Dr. Bates Solutions
100% Plant-Based Skincare
Dr. Nanayaa Bates, a specialist in regenerative medicine, began her company in a London shed mixing and blending raw ingredients to help treat her pregnancy acne. Finding that off-the-counter treatments were not working, Nanayaa reached out to her mother in Ghana to source the all-natural and organic ingredients that she had grown up with to treat her skin. She whipped up a few batches of her new skincare potions for friends and family who loved the effective, chemical-free products. For Nanayaa, it was time that Africans and the rest of the world returned to a clean, chemical-free life, and so she teamed up with her mother and Dr. Bates Solutions was born.
Dr. Bates Solutions
When did you start your business?
I started my business in October 2014. It started in London in my shed mixing natural ingredients to fight pregnancy acne. I was three months pregnant with my son. I realized all the ingredients I needed were in Ghana and so started importing raw materials to produce facial products for family and friends. The anti-blemish set was my first set of products. It worked wonderfully! Everyone who used them was happy and amazed by the results. And the great thing was they could continue using the products because they were 100% natural.
What motivates you to keep going?
The feedback we get from our clients. The world is moving back to using natural remedies and we are excited to be a part of this move.
What do you wish people knew about your business?
The world is used to fast acting chemical cures and we are trying to educate them that natural remedies take a little bit longer (not much) but they work. Once you find something that works for you, stick to it. And this does not apply to just our products but all natural products.
What's the first thing you do when you wake up?
See my son's faces. I miss them very much when I'm away for work.
What is your favorite detoxing regimen?
I don't think I particularly have a detoxing regimen. I try and live a clean balanced life. I try to take out some time to destress and relax. I like the water so my holidays and breaks are planned around the sea, river or lakes.
What are you most grateful for?
What's the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Kiss my husband good night. He is my rock!
What makes you awesome?
I am a mother and wife, an entrepreneur and a medical scientist. I run my all-natural skin care business which I set up in Ghana (with the help of my amazing mother) and I consult on developing regenerative cardiovascular devices for congenital heart defects.
Where do you give yourself license to have fun?
At home and the gym. My husband, sons and I goof around a lot. We make up silly stories, dance and games. At the gym, I put on crank music (I discovered it doing my Bachelor's degree in Miami) and dance during exercising. People come up to me to ask for my playlist as they want to join in my madness. I love going to concerts, especially rock ones (I am a rock chick) and I rock out the entire night. I do not sit down.
Nanayaa Bates poses with her signature line of organic skincare products.