I don’t eat breakfast, but I try to start the day with a healthy tonic of apple cider vinegar, lemon, maple syrup, turmeric, cayenne and water. (It tastes better than it sounds.) And while I can’t feel a difference between regularly drinking this and a mug of espresso, my brain thinks it’s better, and we eat with our minds as much as our bodies.
I hurt my back a few years ago and have had to lay off weightlifting, my favorite form of exercise, so now I do boot camps, HIITs, and yoga classes a few times a week at my office, which is in Primary, the brilliant co-working space that combines work and wellness, which means I have a fitness studio 50 paces from my desk. I don’t want to think when I work out: I want a tough and motivating someone to tell me what to do for 45 minutes and be done with it. And while I am skeptical that 15 minutes of Tabata really do last for 48 hours, here’s hoping.
I’m very minimalist when it comes to my beauty regime, and could fit all the products I use into a compact travel bag if I had to. Let’s start with skin: I began dry brushing every day in college, and have used Dr. Bronner’s Castile Peppermint Soap almost as long. Another life-long favorite is Curel. I’ve tried more expensive moisturizes, but nothing works as well.
On to the face: I don’t leave the house without slathering on Neutrogena Healthy Defense SPF 50, though my new brilliant science-minded facialist De Anna Caiozzo (she also works at Primary) recently introduced me to EltaMD Sunscreen. At the end of the day, my absolute essential cleanser is Amorepacific Treatment Cleansing Oil, followed by more Deanna recommendations: Le Mieux Vitamin C toner and Le Mieux Retinol Serum. I’ve moisturized religiously every day since I was 12, when I started pilfering my mother’s Lancôme anti-wrinkle cream (in her wisdom, she just rolled her eyes) and now slather on whichever facial oil is in the cabinet: Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil, Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum, Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil, or regular coconut oil. I got a Ling Jade Roller a good decade ago and am still using it. That’s me on the sofa, watching Killing Eve, rolling my cheeks and forehead.
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I want my hair to look great, but I can’t stand wasting time fussing with it and putting on a product cocktail. With a few spritzes of Bumble and Bumble Tonic and Mizani 25 Miracle Milk Leave In Conditioner (I love a multi-tasker…), I’m good to go, especially since discovering this Hair Straightening Brush, which takes me from dry curls to smooth waves in less than five minutes. This easy, no-fuss tool is brilliantly compact for travel and it’s called “Miss Queen.”
I love makeup, though here, too, I keep it simple: MAC eyeshadows, Shu Uemura eyelash curler, Maybelline Colossal mascara. And always perfume — Hermès Un Jardin Sur le Nil. I lost my sense of smell in a car accident in the Caribbean ten years ago, but I love perfume, which means this is the last perfume I will ever wear, and I’m okay with that.