About Charles

Charles McKnight® is a boutique skincare brand dreamt up by Los Angeles facialist, Charles McKnight. Charles has a clear vision to provide gentle and effective skincare products that are formulated with high quality and science-backed ingredients.

Healthier skin. Happier you. 


It all started back to my childhood. When I was in the 4th grade, I had an excruciatingly painful and embarrasing eczema flareup. It was so bad that I had to stay home from school for several months. My parents rushed me to a dermatologist and I was prescribed medication, but what helped me the most was the advice I received on daily self care. It was advice like, always moisturize your skin after showering and cleanse your skin with lukewarm or cool water, never hot. Those valuable nuggets of advice became my first skincare routine, and I never again had another flareup. 

From an early age, I recognized the importance of having a routine. I loved, and still love, doing my routine because it keeps my skin healthy, and when my skin is healthy and pain-free I’m happy. I can’t beat that! I’ve used gallons of moisturizer over the years, and me being a creative type, thought to myself one day “why don’t I try to make my own?”. And so I did! And I liked what I made. Over time, my skills evolved into more complex cosmetics. 

My growing fascination with skincare inspired me to enroll in the Esthetics program at the Academy of Beauty in Culver City, California. Here, I learned the the art and science of treating the skin and delivering desired results. After I became a licensed esthetician, I was offered a position of nighttime instructor at the Academy of Beauty, which I gladly accepted. During my tenure I opened my skin spa in Beverly Hills, which became an instant success.

My skin spa allowed me to resign from my instructor position to focus solely on my business and clients. When the pandemic hit, I had to close my spa but my determination empowered me to create and release a skincare line, Charles McKnight Skincare, in 2020. My mission is to provide gentle and effective skincare products that are formulated with high quality and science-backed ingredients. I’ve since relocated my skin spa to Monrovia, CA.