Two friends, one shared passion—meet Janelle Hallier and Dahlia Devkota, the duo behind trailblazing skin care and wellness brand, Saint Skin.
Written By Janna Johnson O’Toole
VIOLET GREY profiles female beauty entrepreneurs who are considered industry game changers because of their individual approach to business. Each one entered the conversation in her own manner and maintained a steady, if not unparalleled, trajectory with her indomitable spirit.
Necessity is the mother of invention; two heads are better than one. The story of Saint Skin is laced with age-old adages. Janelle Hallier and Dahlia Devkota are LA-based best friends who often caught up over breakfast to discuss what friends discuss: everything. When the conversation led to skin care, they bemoaned the struggle to find products that were natural and highly efficacious. Eventually their casual chats turned into serious business meetings. “We both were craving results and authenticity in our beauty regimen and not a lot on the market spoke to us,” says Devkota. “So we created it.”
Combining Devkota’s industry expertise (she’s a former beauty editor) with Hallier’s experience as a holistic nutritionist and herbalist was a “magical combination” describes Hallier, and today their venture, Saint Skin, offers both an innovative topical treatment and glow-boosting ingestible.
“Our methodology is using advancements in science but utilizing completely natural ingredients. New clinical data shows us that microscopic injuries to skin from microneedling causes the body to heal and repair by producing new collagen and elastin,” explains Devkota. “Our Micro Press + Youth Serum does this with control, while infusing skin with powerful ingredients—some borrowed from Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine—to increase cell turnover, unlike any other consumer product on the market.”
And the team shows no signs of slowing down. “We have quite a few products in production, including another treatment for the face and something to boost hair growth,” says Hallier. “We’re also looking at the future of health with ideas such as telomere extension, mitochondrial enhancement, and women’s hormones mixed with libido enhancers.” As the saying goes, the sky’s the limit.
Here, the pair shares their holistic approach to skin care and wellness.
First thing you do when you wake up?
DD: I have sweeping views of LA from my bedroom windows so I like to wake up and take in the beauty and stillness of the city before the frenzy of checking email.
JH: I would love nine, but it rarely happens. It’s closer to six or seven.
DD: Roughly six hours.
JH: About 10 minutes
DD: Five tops.
Typical skincare regimen?
JH: In the morning, I wash my face with an Eve Lom cleansing cloth and water, and follow up with a homemade scrub in the shower. I have a few on rotation depending on what my skin needs. Ground rice powder for an abrasive brightening version or almond pulp, which are leftovers from my almond milk for a hydrating option. Then I mist freshly-squeezed lemon juice as a natural vitamin C for brightening, followed by a mix of pure hyaluronic acid, fresh aloe, rose water, and a few drops of rosehip oil, which I massage into skin. At night, I’ll use vitamin E oil to remove makeup and a DIY natural glycolic scrub of just lemon and cane sugar. I have all these pretty glass jars, bottles, and bowls next to a beautiful selection of brushes to mix my magic concoctions day and night. It’s a beautiful ritual I look forward to. Once a week, I Micro Press.
DD: I’m pretty holistic when it comes to skin care and have an inside-outside approach to my regimen. For ingestible beauty that makes my skin tight and luminous, I rely on our Edible Youth Serum, green juice, and vitamins like zinc, selenium, iron, biotin, and adaptogens. For topical products, I use our Micro Press twice a week, which keeps my skin in great shape (it’s like exercise for skin!) and round it out with daily exfoliation and an all-natural, oil-based serum.
Hair situation in the a.m.?
JH: One of two things on repeat: freshly-washed straight hair or it’s slicked back in a low chignon.
DD: Bed head. I have natural waves so the less I touch it, the more it behaves. I’ll admit it: sometimes I don’t brush my hair in the morning and I’m fine with that.
Your signature beauty look?
JH: Don’t make me choose! A bronzy smoky eye or a matte red lip.
DD: Until recently, it was my super long hair.
JH: Either a brisk 45 min walk or a 30-minute power class.
DD: Pilates and any type of dance class from ballet to Afro-Funk.
Go-to breakfast and a.m. beverage?
JH: I intermittent dry fast so I skip breakfast and drinks and wait until 11am or 12pm to eat. When I do have my first drink or meal it’s a downpour of greens! Matcha, green juice, and a green smoothie—all infused with Saint Skin collagen adaptogens and herbs.
DD: For better or worse, I am a coffee lover. I usually drink a big glass of warm water with lemon, skip breakfast, and then turn to my true love: coffee! Bold, dark, and cut with a rich coconut and almond milk combo.
Foolproof self-care move?
JH: Binaural beats (aka soundwave therapy) change my state instantly.
DD: I am a big believer in far-infrared sauna for skin detoxification and boosting metabolism boosting. It’s a moment to just be. When you’re sweating that much, it’s hard to do much else!
JH: Byredo Rose of No Man’s Land
DD: I love the ancient streets and bazaars in Cairo—it’s where you can find the real deal Egyptian musk. If I wear a scent, it’s usually that layered with distilled jasmine, which is another Egyptian specialty.
An expensive-but-worth-it product or treatment?
JH: I just started doing these Japanese instant lift facials with Claudia Di Paola. I’m hooked!
DD: A monthly PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) microneedling treatment in the doctor’s office. You use your own purified blood platelets and microneedle that into your face. It forces your body to build collagen and makes your skin look like glass.
JH: Rub double espresso on cellulite.
DD: Fermented rice water on your hair to make it grow and give it resilience.
JH: My crystals and a vessel of water.
DD: A glass of water, evening primrose oil tablets, and a vibrational room spray that is infused with ylang ylang and sandalwood for deep sleep.
JH: Send positive blessings and give my husband a meaningful kiss.
DD: Read! I have a stack of books I’m trying to get through.
JH: I love Paz Vega, Emily Ratajkowski, and Scarlet Johannsen
DD: Jane Birkin
JH: Right now!
DD: Besides Saint Skin, my years serving as a beauty editor for W during the heyday of magazine journalism. Reporting beauty backstage during Fashion Week and hanging with Marc Jacobs and Gisele in the early years was a trip.
JH: Cold calling people to sell alarms systems.
DD: My first job in NYC was working the fashion closets at multiple magazines. I schlepped garment bags to shoots and spent my days in a literal closet. It didn’t last long!
How the idea for your current company came to you?
JH: I knew it was my calling when I saw a channel I could give my personal ethos to, combining simplicity, spirituality, love, integrity, health, wellness, and beauty all in one arena.
DD: The idea for Saint Skin came by pure accident. My bestie Janelle and I are both a bit obsessive when it comes to wellness—we would hang out and discuss things we were making in our kitchen and using on our faces. The fun banter turned into a business idea and the rest, as they say, is history.
JH: Have fun, make money, and grow massively.
DD: A dear editor friend of mine once told me to get out of New York (as much as we think it’s the center of all things) because the world is big, needs exploring, and requires you to be bold and to take chances. I’ve always remembered that and tried to live by that mantra in all aspects of life, not just in my career.
JH: Getting into VIOLET GREY.
DD: When people come up to me and tell me how much our products have transformed their skin.
JH: Trying to manage being an amazing wife, mother, and business owner.
DD: We wasted a year in R&D working with a manufacturer who couldn’t produce the tools we needed for our packaging, but kept believing that everything was fine. We surprised him at the factory one day and nothing was done.
JH: Scuba diving. I thought I would enjoy the quiet depths of the ocean. At 100 feet I totally freaked out.
DD: Quit my job and moved cross-country for my boyfriend (now husband).
JH: I am a spiritual relationship whisperer having helped many friends and colleagues with this area of life. All my friends say this could have been my path.
DD: Great intuition and driving fast.
JH: Relationship and sexuality therapist.