Embrace getting older! I call it “positive ageing.” It shouldn’t be something negative and you can’t avoid it, so might as well embrace it. Feel great about the experiences and maturity you have gained, while maintaining your sense of self.
Asa part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Amber Edwards. Amber Edwards is the President, for Sinclair Pharma (North America), a global aesthetics company with a portfolio of aesthetics technologies that focuses on collagen stimulation that targets a clinical demand for effective, high quality, long-lasting, natural looking and minimally invasive treatments. Amber has spent more than twenty years in pharmaceuticals and medical device, leading commercial efforts for some of the most well-known brands in the market. She is currently spearheading the growth of Silhouette InstaLift in the US. As beauty and wellness go hand-in-hand, wellness has been a central role in all aspects for Amber’s life.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?
My backstory is rooted in a passion for all thing’s wellness, with a firm belief that if we take care of ourselves — mentally and physically — we are ultimately able to take better care of others. I first found my love for wellness in college as a fitness instructor, something that has been a constant in my life for 27 years. Through working as a fitness instructor, I was inspired by people striving to be the best versions of themselves which ultimately led me to a career in pharmaceuticals and medical aesthetics. The evolution of medical aesthetics has really rounded it all out for me — feeling great and looking like your best self is all linked.
Can you share your top three “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing?
1) Make your own well-being a priority. It is easy to feel guilty about spending time or money on yourself, but if it’s toward something that preserves your health or state of mind, everyone around you benefits.
2) Embrace getting older! I call it “positive ageing.” It shouldn’t be something negative and you can’t avoid it, so might as well embrace it. Feel great about the experiences and maturity you have gained, while maintaining your sense of self.
3) This is an extension of the previous answer — be you and love your own unique features and attributes! It’s tempting in this social media world to try to compete or to look like someone else, and it’s a major pitfall in the medical aesthetics world. It would be very sad to live in a world where everyone looked exactly the same — the same cheeks, lips, bodies. The beauty of medical aesthetics today and the direction we are going with Silhouette InstaLift, is that you can very naturally enhance or maintain your own unique look.
Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
I think my early mistakes are linked to my own impatience. I’ve always been ambitious and eager to keep progressing but have learned the hard way that a promotion or advancing too quickly can actually be detrimental if you aren’t really prepared for it. Society can be so driven by titles, but there is so much to be said for taking the time to get a breadth of experience and to take some lateral moves in order to set yourself up for success when the right opportunity do come along. This is one of the biggest pieces of advice I give to people starting their careers — enjoy and embrace the learning journey, not just the title destination.
When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?
At Sinclair, we are striving to be a leader in shaping a more natural and overall healthier perception of beauty. We hope to officially move this market past the overfilled, overstretched, overlifted trends that have given the category a bad reputation. In market research we constantly hear consumers say their biggest fear in getting a cosmetic treatment is that they will look completely different and unnatural, and there are plenty of bad examples! Our current product, Silhouette InstaLift, and the products in our pipeline are all very subtle and use your body’s own ability to create more collagen in order to provide a very gradual and naturally refreshed look. I tell my friends and family that if you can tell someone has had work done, it was not done well. The goal is to look like you’ve just had a holiday, looking refreshed and rejuvenated.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
I can’t name just one — I’ve been incredibly lucky to have had a few people in my career who have been willing to take a chance on me. David Pyott, former CEO of Allergan, established a culture of what was known as “autonomy and accountability.” Regardless of level or title, you had the autonomy to speak up, disagree, take a calculated risk — but you also had to assume complete accountability for the outcome. This mantra is something that has stuck with me and that I have tried to instill in my own teams as my career has progressed.
What are your “3 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?
- “Nothing worthwhile is ever easy.” When you see something you’ve put your heart, soul and tears into come to life, it is so rewarding!
- “You don’t know everything.” Being open to other opinions and perspectives is invaluable.
- “You deserve to be treated with just as much respect, and to be given just as much opportunity as any man in a similar role.” We still have a long way to go towards gender equality!
Do you have a “girl-crush” in this industry? If you could take one person to brunch, who would it be?
I’m going to say Anne Wojcicki, Founder and CEO of 23andMe because I just listened to a podcast featuring her story and was blown away. She is fearless — she created a concept that was riddled with obstacles — technology, regulatory, science, etc. — and didn’t let any of that slow her down for a second. She could have thrown in the towel a million times, but she truly believed in what she was creating and the massive impact it could have on so many areas.
Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?
Mental health. I struggle with anxiety and it can be debilitating. I have learned to use a variety of coping mechanisms, primarily exercise (i.e. physical and breathing exercises), but it’s something I deal with daily and hope we can find more options for it the future. Especially as the pace and pressure of staying ahead of everything at all times continues. It’s going to affect more and more people.
Thank you for these fantastic insights!