Cindy Edwards

Stephanie Duttenhaver

That wash of tides is essential. And in Savannah, the founders of Sapelo Skin Care have been paying attention—to rivers and creeks that swell with high tides twice each day. Stephanie Duttenhaver and Cindy Edwards also heed lessons of generations of southern women to be gentle and careful with their skin; a heritage often overlooked in today’s hyper-popular trends of repeatedly inflaming the skin with quick-fix dermabrasion procedures and chemical peels. Following cues from tides and tradition, they’ve crafted a contemporary, twice-daily ritual that soothes and replenishes—bringing surges of nourishment and hydration for healthy cell development.

Precisely formulated in small batches, Sapelo Skin Care was created by consulting with physicians and enlisting a Savannah-based cosmetic scientist to source marine and botanical ingredients. From a lab near Savannah salt marshes, the team continues to test and develop new formulas made with gardenia stem cells, magnolia oil, oyster shell calcium, seaweed, and Georgia honey.

Sapelo Skin Care launched in 2015, its name a nod to a still-wild Georgia barrier island.

The nature-based system includes a serum, cream and oil that’s gaining devotees in the South and across the country. Elegant packaging is designed by a Savannah graphic artist in hues to match the pale, silvery-green of a live oak’s reflection on saltwater. Orders ship from a post office inside the founders’ neighborhood pharmacy, and the line is already expanding to cleansers, eye serums and masks. All of this, born of the Georgia tides.

Modern Skin Care Inherited from the South