"Mascara, definitely. For some people, it’s lipstick, but I never go out without my mascara. I’d feel naked otherwise. It’s that one thing. It just changes the whole eye. If I had no time to put makeup on, I would just do my mascara and run out."
What do you love about beauty rituals and taking care of yourself?
"It’s funny, I was just saying to someone yesterday that I think our body is like our temple. I wake up, and I take care of my body as if it were a temple. I polish it, I feed it, I clean it. Self-care doesn’t have to be something we feel forced to do. For me, it’s a pleasure. It’s like, yeah, I’m going to do this for myself because it makes me feel good."
What’s your signature beauty product?
"I like oils, in general. I typically apply a serum, then an oil afterwards. I think it’s super important what we put on our skin or inside our bodies. So, I pay a lot of attention to ingredients. I make sure my products aren’t full of chemicals that are toxic. It’s important for my health. I started to pay really close attention to ingredient labels when I was dealing with Hashimoto’s, which is an autoimmune disorder. For example, I stay away from gluten, if I can, and I look for things labeled clean or sustainable. Really, I think nature offers everything that we need. But as far as oils themselves, I know some people really go for creams instead because they say oils stay on top of your skin, instead of absorbing into it. That hasn’t been my experience. Oil doesn’t block my pores; it just leaves a nice, shiny glow to my face without being greasy. So, it works for me. I’ve used it for many, many years now."
How do you start your day?
I grew up watching my father, who was a hairdresser, splash his face with cold water, first thing in the morning. As a young girl, I adopted that habit, and I’m still doing it to this day. I use the coldest water possible; that’s the best. It contracts the pores, so it makes your complexion look tighter and more awake. Cold water takes the swelling out, I believe. I’m not an expert, but that’s what I’ve observed. Then, if I have the luxury, I like to take a little bit of time to make a tea. I’ll sit by the window and just enjoy my tea. After that, I’ll think about my emails or my work.
“Self-care doesn’t have to be something we feel forced to do. For me, it’s a pleasure. Like, yeah, I’m going to do this for myself because it makes me feel good.”