Launching the UMM Skincare line for people and pets marks the third career shift for Bellevue resident Anisha Vinjamuri. Prior to diving into the beauty industry, Vinjamuri, 38, ran a management consulting firm for almost a decade, and prior to that, she was an engineer at Microsoft. After taking a step back from work, she re-evaluated her career and focused her attention on another passion: purposeful skincare. In October of this year, she launched UMM Skincare, and each product — including soaps, scrubs, lotions, and anti-aging serums — is made with natural ingredients and inspired by holistic Ayurvedic medicine. We caught up with Vinjamuri to learn more about UMM Skincare and a few of her favorite things.
To Be Inspired
Nature — PNW trails, rain or shine.
What outfit makes you feel powerful?
Anything comfortable. My wardrobe is pretty simple. Most days I am in athleisure wear. I feel powerful when I can be myself and focus on my daily grind.
Wine! Also, the apricot-blueberry cake from Whole Foods. I can eat the whole thing.
Exploring off-road trails and paths in the beautiful PNW (I schedule to do this once a week), lifting weights, meditation, indulging in UMM skincare rituals, and power naps.
Hawaii. I visit at least twice a year to recharge. I am drawn to the simplicity of life there, the realness of people, and the rich flora and fauna.
Last binge-worthy show you watched
Tom and Jerry (never gets old)
What made you want to launch a skincare line?
I took some personal time off after an epic burnout in the technology industry. High drive comes with steep downsides. I was holding myself to a very unrealistic external standard of perfection, which caused a lot of imbalance between who I really am and a role that I was playing to seek validation. This, along with close family members being diagnosed with cancer, really shook me. So, my focus shifted to two things: rediscovering myself and finding ways to reduce the grip cancer has on people and pets.
What influenced you to include animal-friendly soaps?
My handsome boy, Mr. Neo, a 2-year-old working line German shepherd. He is my best friend. I did not find many options that are natural, have the same PH as that of dogs’ skin, or that are gentle enough to be used on pups.
What’s one must-have item from your line?
The power bundle, which is a powerful combination for dull, dry, rough skin, skin with uneven texture, and sensitive skin.