July 2020

Monica Ruffo of Well Told Health - Part II: The Maker

How do you start your day?

Early! When I wake up I always stay in bed for a good 20 minutes and daydream, visualize and then imagine how my day will unfold.

Do you have a morning/evening ritual?

After I get out of bed I like to do some exercise, it used to be a spin class or pilates but recently I have been going for long walks with my son at 7AM. It’s so peaceful at that time and it feels like the world is full of possibilities. We have great chats - I love it.

What is your daily skincare routine?

Twice a day without fail I wash, tone and moisturize. At least once a week I exfoliate and do masks, usually I do 2 masks: a first one to firm and tone and a second one to moisturize.

Do you have a daily wellness routine?

Of course! Haha. I get some exercise and mediate every day. It keeps me grounded and sane. Also, when I first wake up, I always take our Anti-inflammatory, and Energy. In the winter I also take vitamin D but in the summer I get a lot from the spending time outdoors.

I also have a spoonful of apple cider vinegar followed by about ½ teaspoons on amla powder every morning. It took some getting used to the taste (yuck!) but it is excellent to alkalize the body. After having cancer I do everything I can to keep my body alkaline. I usually will also have a matcha latte with oat milk at least once a day (it’s an antioxidant blast!) and will take a second of our Energy supplements after lunch to avoid the slump. After dinner I usually have Stress Fighter to help me unwind.

What is a beauty product or tool you can’t live without?

Routine deodorant! It took me forever to find a natural deodorant that actually works for me. I had nearly given up until I found this brand. I have since learned that natural deodorants work differently on everyone and you really have to experiment but Routine is truly amazing for me.

What do you do for R&R when you need to reboot?

R&R? Um… well recently there hasn’t been much of that. Covid hit us hard. I spend time with my children every day though. Having dinner together is non-negotiable. I also love to cook! It is very therapeutic for me. And my meditation practice does wonder to clear mind and banish stress and negativity.

What are your must haves when traveling?

Our Energy, Sleep and Stress Fighter products are fantastic along with Antioxidant to boost the immune system. I also drink tons of water while traveling.

What selfcare advice would you have given yourself 5 years ago?

Well 5 years ago I was undergoing cancer treatment and I think it marked the start of a much more intense selfcare journey. I am definitely in a better place today.

Do you have any beauty/wellness advice for our followers?

Everybody is different and you really have to figure out what is right for you and be open to changing that up over time as your needs change. The important thing is to take time for yourself and truly listen to yourself and what your body is telling you. If you have an ache or pain or you can’t sleep at night, rather than getting frustrated with yourself be grateful that your body is talking to you in the only way it knows how. You can’t help others if you don’t help yourself first.