Your partner in health
Hi, my name is Peter Lee, co-founder & CEO of Saranghae Skincare
“Live simple, train hard and live an honest life, then you are truly free”
Peter is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Saranghae Skincare and Orora Skin Science. Peter is driven by curiosity and the intense desire to do hard things. Classically trained as a mechanical engineer from the University of Waterloo, he has tackled unique challenges from designing cars, launching a clothing line, developing software, to launching new skincare formulas.
He launched Saranghae Skincare with his wife Andrea Mourad and together they’ve been helping women of all ages elevate their skincare rituals to feel their best with innovative and science backed skincare formulations since 2016.
But if you ask him, his most enjoyable and important role is being a husband to a wonderful wife and a father to 2 incredible kids.
“Right here and right now is where I am meant to be... ”
One hundred meters away from the summit of a 19,974 ft. mountain in Bolivia, Peter stopped and looked to either side. The path to the summit was icy and steep with mile long drop offs on either side. His knees were buckling, his hands were sweaty and his brain was begging him to turn back.
But he kept moving forward, one foot in front of the other, because he promised his son Marcus that he would not give in. He wanted to show his son that we can do hard things if we just put one foot in front of the other, again and again.
In so many ways, launching Saranghae was like climbing a mountain. It starts with excitement, hope and a healthy dose naivety. You overcome the early obstacles with hardwork and some luck. And when you inevitably hit that insurmountable wall, we can lose sight of how much we’ve accomplished and how close we are to the summit. This is the moment, some call it the moment of truth. I like to call it one hundred meters from the summit! Right her and right, is exactly where we're meant to be.
Mountains to Marathons
“Endurance is a state we reach for those who have had the privilege to endure. ”
In mid 2018, around 2 years after the birth of his son Marcus, Peter stepped on the scale and watched in resignation as the evil fluorescent blue number spit out 270 pounds. He was smoking a pack of cigarettes every 2 days and was pretty sure he suffered a mild heart attack. He was in and out of depression and in his words, he felt as if he was sliding down a hole that he couldn’t get out of.
In June of 2018 he was invited to climb Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, and the course of his life changed forever. It was one of the hardest things he’d ever done. His knees swelled to the size of grapefruits and embarrassingly remembers telling his climbing group to leave him there to die because he was in excruciating pain. But when finally reached the bottom of that mountain, the feeling of exhilaration was intoxicating. He was hooked! Since that event, Peter has climbed mountains in Canada, US and Bolivia, he has run numerous marathons and ultra marathons, and is currently prepping for his first 100 miler. Is an eight-thousander in his plans? Shisghapangma (26,335 ft in elevation) sure looks beautiful!
“Saranghae Means I Love You ”
'Sa - Rang - Hae' means 'I love you' in Korean.We are a Korean Beauty company that marries ancient Asian medicinal philosophies with modern anti-aging science.
Our journey started when our spiritual founder Myeong-Jo Lee originally wanted to create a skin cream to help her sister heal from burn scars. After 2 years of trials, Myeong-Jo found that not only did her formulation help heal scarring, it reduced wrinkles, and improved skin firmness and resiliency.