The motivation behind Skin Chemists is primarily a matter of passion.

We are chemists with a lot of passion who realized that having a positive outlook on life and feeling your best can make all the difference.

Skin Chemists is a British-born, beauty company that traces its roots back to the 1800s, with Thomas Ridley & Sons Chemists Ltd celebrating Queen Victoria’s Jubilee with their popular Quinine and Tonic formula.

At Skin Chemists, we have one aim: to deliver targeted results – results which let you live the life you want to live.

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More about Skin Chemists

Francis G. F. Walker, the father of our founder (Richard Walker), received his degree in pharmaceutical chemistry in 1955 and went on to take over Ridleys in Carlisle. Shortly after, he developed one of the first vegan, botanical skin creams by combining elderflower with a natural moisturizer. For the next 50 years, this product helped people feel and look their best.
The people they served could already see their devotion to quality and to getting the job done right.
Mr. Walker was a pioneer of cutting-edge, successful natural skincare who combined science and nature.

These values of providing high-quality care, effective therapies, and cutting-edge outcomes still guide our work today, in 2022. "My father was a Chemist and member of the Pharmacology Society of Great Britain graduating in 1958. In the 1990’s while I was working with him making a new formulation, we were talking about what makes a great formulation. He said to me, "Richard, when we’re making a skin treatment, you need to make it with passion, to make it with love, and make it knowing that your treatment is going to help many, many people."

- Richard Walker, Founder & CEO