Hill Harper creates new skincare line after surviving Cancer!
Hill Harper is more than just an award-winning actor, he has penned three New York Times best-selling books, Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, and The Conversation. Hill Harper, is opening up about his health scare, back in 2010, Harper was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. In a recent interview, Harper discussed his cancer diagnosis, what scared him, and his new skincare company.
“I was shooting a movie in Atlanta; shooting with Tyler Perry, and I woke up one morning, I couldn’t swallow and I knew I wasn’t sick. So I called a buddy of his who was a doctor in Atlanta and said, ‘You know I think something is wrong and I’m not sure what.’ He said ‘Come on in’ and next thing I know, later that afternoon I’m sitting on a table with 16-needles sticking into my neck with an ultrasound guiding them, extracting fluid. I come back a week later they tell me ‘You have cancer and you should get surgery on your thyroid and get it removed, get a Thyroidectomy as soon as possible.’
“My father had been diagnosed with the same thing at his age and he has since passed. And so I had the surgery and everything was great, but I wanted to research and find out ways that I could actually be healthy. What I started to find was, what we put on our skin, you know our skin is our largest organ on our body and what we put on our skin we absorb into our system. Our liver has to detoxify and deal with it and I found that 98% of the products have aluminum in them, have petroleum, which is oil, have parabens, which is preservatives that affect your endocrine system. Your liver has to deal with all of this and if your liver is so weighed down, dealing with all these things you’re putting in it, then it can’t detoxify.”
“So I started by buying all these natural body products but they were so expensive that the average person couldn’t afford it, that’s not fair, so I started a brand new company to produce all-natural, healthy skincare products, that are most importantly, affordable. The company is called, BetheArchitect.com, because you can can control your life. You’re the architect of your life. Put in the right products.”
Hill Harper has developed baobab oil–infused skin and hair products for men and women: JUA Essentials for women and H2L for men. “I started learning so much,” Harper told EBONY.com at the Renaissance club in the historically Black neighborhood of Bronzeville. “Everything we put on our skin is absorbed and has to be processed through our liver, the same way as if we ate it or drank it. What I began to realize is I wanted to use all natural oils on my skin to protect my health.”
His preferred oil? Baobab. He was introduced to it while in Africa and knew it would be essential to the line.
“The oil itself has vitamins C, D and A. I think in the future, baobab oil will be as popular as coconut oil is now. It has more health-based properties than coconut oil,” Harper said.
The collections – H2L Natural Men’s Care Premium Hair & Body; H2L Natural Men’s Care Shave Set; and JUA Natural Hair & Body Care – range from $38 to $65, and are also available by subscription.
Written By: Tanisha D. Davis