Meet the Founders: Moonlit by Stephy Kim and Kriszta Matyi

by Elizabeth Pamboukian on Jul 22, 2020

Meet the Founders: Moonlit by Stephy Kim and Kriszta Matyi

We do so much to our skin during our morning routines to ensure that it looks great. Our bathrooms are cluttered with a variety of serums, moisturizers, and treatments we’ve only used once or twice. But what if the solution to better skin was as simple as a full night’s rest?

Meet former night owls and current sleep enthusiasts Kriszta and Stephy, co-founders of Moonlit Skincare. Kriszta Matyi is a beauty and skincare obsessed web developer with background in design. Stephy Kim has worked in skincare under the likes of Birchbox, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, Obilphica, and L’Oreal-owned Kérastase and Shu Uemura.

The slumber duo met at Parsons School of Design; “rest was scarce during our college years – and wreaked havoc on our skin and sleep routines.” From there, they looked for sleep solutions that not only worked but also looked aesthetically pleasing. “The options we found were not priced or designed for us, and it became clear that the most restorative hours for skin were an afterthought in the beauty industry.”

In the midst of the wellness movement and staying home for longer periods of time, we’ve (hopefully) started to take better care of our skin. Although most people don’t recognize it, skincare and sleep go hand in hand. Studies show that poor sleep directly affects skin complexion, causing more wrinkles and fine lines, swollen eyes, acne breakouts, etc.

After working in the design and beauty industries for years, Stephy and Kriszta came up with a solution for all our skincare woes in 2017: Moonlit Skincare. Their product line includes a Facial Toner, an Overnight Facial Oil, the Let Me Sleep Eyemask, a Silk Pillowcase, and Slumber Bath Salts.

Their skincare products are made to be used during bedtime and when we’re asleep because our restorative hours also tend to be our most vulnerable. With the right products and ingredients, during sleep, our skin can create new collagen to help smooth wrinkles, hydrate to depuff, and increase blood flow for a youthful glow. 

The Sleepy Spritzzz 2-in-1 Facial Toner + Sleepy Spritzzz is made to balance and clarify skin to give you that #WokeUpLikeThis glow. It’s suitable for all skin types, but the pH-balancing witch hazel and aloe vera especially target oily, hormonal, or acne-prone skin. It’s designed to help you unwind with calming chamomile and lavender essences, so it can double as a sleep mist. Just spray it on your pillow or bedding, and you’ll be catching zzz’s in no time.

Next, the Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil works around the clock while you’re resting to transform skin from dry and dull to rejuvenated and smoothed. A moisturizing combination of jojoba and sunflower oils plump skin while balancing uneven tones. Grapeseed oil delivers collagen to boost firmness, erasing fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, ginseng and papaya energize skin and encourage cell regeneration, so you awake with a lit-from-within glow. And while our facial oil works hard to give your complexion an overnight makeover, it also encourages relaxation with a classic lavender scent that calms and de-stresses. Warm up a dime-sized amount in your palms, then gently press into cleansed face and neck before bedtime. Use nightly to smooth, plump, and refine skin.

Perhaps their most Instagrammable product, The Let Me Sleep Eyemask, available in navy and black, is crafted from 100% High-Grade Mulberry Silk and supports #SleepGoals. It’s perfect for all snooze styles—from cat-nappers to side-sleepers. Wearers will enjoy peaceful rest thanks to interior pitch-black paneling that blocks out distracting light to increase melatonin production. The adjustable strap offers a comfortable fit for all. Plus it’s soft and foldable, so it can go anywhere to help you drift off during long flights or relax through meditation and power naps.

A silk pillowcase minimizes skin irritation and compression to reduce wrinkles and other fine lines while also preventing breakage in hair. The Cloud 9 Silk Pillowcase does just that and more. The silky sheen helps provide a smooth layer between skin and fabric, increasing the effectiveness of your nightly serums and moisturizers. Also made from 100% High-Grade Mulberry Silk, this pillowcase comes in 2 sizes: standard and king

Lastly, the Slumber Bath Salts will ensure a restful 8 hours of sleep. The salts combat muscle tension, while a balanced blend of soothing essential oils like calming lavender, warm frankincense, and cheerful geranium relieves stress, lowers anxiety, and moisturizes your skin. Dissolve a small palmful of Slumber Salts under warm running water for an indulgent, tension-melting bedtime bath.