Sarah's own experience with stress took her on a journey to find the right balance of inner and outer beauty. In 2003, she became critically ill as a result of chronic stress. When she heard her doctor say, “If you don’t learn to manage your stress, you won’t live to see forty,” it was a huge wake up call for Sarah. She was forced to re-evaluate her lifestyle, taking a three-month leave of absence from work to heal physically and emotionally from the effects of job-related, chronic stress. As part of her healing process she traveled to Iceland, where she discovered a natural oasis of pure, unspoiled waters, air, and plants – the epitome of a calm, clean, low stress environment. She was struck not only by the peaceful and pristine environment, but how Icelanders experience incredible longevity and vibrant, healthy skin. It was there that she drew inspiration for what would later become skyn Iceland.