How do you start your day?
Since COVID-19, I’ve found my need to be in nature unquenchable, but my options in New York City are somewhat limited. So I start my day with a walking meditation in Central Park. It gives me a moment to unplug and reset – which is helpful not only for my overall wellness but for jump starting my working day with a bit of clarity. If I have enough time, I’ll combine that with the 5 Tibetan Rites. Amazing for your immune system and balancing your chakras.
Do you have a morning/evening ritual?
Although it’s not the healthiest way to begin my morning, I do really love my coffee ritual. I’m just not by nature someone who rolls out of bed chipper and ready to go (it must be my Cuban heritage but I come awake at night!), so I relish my warm cup of café au lait in bed reading the news. It’s a few moments of quiet time that help me gather my vitality.
At night, I love to take an Epsom or Himalayan salt bath and if my energy seems “off”, I’ll add in some apple cider vinegar. This ritual replenishes lost minerals like magnesium, helps relax and soothe my body and forces me to detach from email and text.
What is your daily skincare routine?
Morning and night I cleanse with our Chamomile Lavender micellar. If I’m wearing heavy makeup or my skin is on the drier side, I’ll use our Date Nut Brulee miracle melting balm instead. I’m very much against “soapy” or detergent cleansers for your face or hair.
Next, I’ll splash some rose or sweet orange hydrosol on my skin and then follow with our instantly hydrating Plum Elixir as my serum and moisturizer. At night, I’ll also layer on some Chia Carrot Brulee, a super antioxidant moisturizer that’s an overnight moisture pack.
A few times a week, I’ll use our Purple Corn Grains gentle scrub and our Matcha Coconut Paste mask. I like activating these with our hydrosols or our Coconut Vinegar.
Do you have a daily wellness routine?
Lately, I found my energy is super topsy turvy and I’m more sensitive to others’ energy, too. It must be a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. So I’ve been trying to make time to do some pineal breath work before meditating. Even for 3-5 minutes, it really takes the edge off.
I’ve also rediscovered some amazing books on my bookshelves for natural healing through foods and have begun slowly boosting my immune system using some of the recipes. Like a daily liver flush with a drink made from fresh squeezed lemon and orange juice with ginger, cayenne pepper, garlic, crushed clove and olive oil. It sounds terrible but its oddly yummy and helps to decongest your liver.
What is a beauty product or tool you can’t live without?
Oh! I have a few. At the moment, I’m into face massaging using a crystal stone that I keep in the fridge. It’s not an expensive gua sha tool – it’s a flat, rounded crystal that I bought years ago and it works beautifully. I also love my decanter for water that has a wand infused with malachite to charge the water. I drink this water but also use it to mix-up my masks and scrubs.
What do you do for R&R when you need to reboot?
As a founder of a start-up brand there’s so little down time! But my happy place that I try to go to once a year for a re-charge is Harbor Island. It’s a magical strip of 3.5 miles of pink sand and the most turquoise water. It also reminds me why I’m so passionate about cleaning up the oceans and the planet from plastic waste.
What are your must haves when traveling?
I think during this COVID-19 world, our travel must-haves are very different than they were a year ago. Now it’s our moonshine based hand sanitizer, Grape Hand Tonic, several masks, and minimal “stuff” as the thought of all the potential ways your stuff can get contaminated is mind-blowing. I do love my Kindle and tucking into a good book.
What selfcare advice would you have given yourself 5 years ago?
Find at least one thing everyday that you love about yourself. It’s so disheartening to look back to images from a decade ago and remember how I hated that image because I thought I didn’t look pretty enough. Now I look at them and I’m like “wow, look how young my skin looks!”.
We waste so much energy in finding out what we need to fix, actually looking for all our possible flaws and that prevents us from celebrating what we have to begin with… so I guess what I’m saying is accept yourself with grace and ease. Be kind. Be patient. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen when we make small edits.
Do you have any beauty / wellness advice for our followers?
One of my pet peeves is washing your face or hair, with foaming detergents or stripping soaps. All you’re doing is removing all the healthy microbiomes and disturbing the gentle pH acid mantle that your skin needs to help protect itself from irritations and sensitivities, as well as to maintain moisture. Try oil cleansing, like with our solid oil Date Nut Brulee, toning with a hydrosol like our Blue Cornflower or a diluted vinegar when skin needs decongesting, and a micellar for everyday like our Chamomile Lavender. Even splashing your face with pure water is fine. Just please ditch the detergent.