Why Our Beauty Director Spikes Her Morning with Ashwagandha and Fish Oil
I am a morning person. Assign me a task in the morning, and it will get done. Assign it at 4 p.m., and…it will get done the next morning. Breakfast is my favorite meal—the New York Times recently revealed that concentrating your caloric intake at breakfast as opposed to dinner can have serious, statistically significant weight-loss benefits—I could eat it all day, especially if it were some version of the Rainbow Bowl from Bondi Harvest, which I frequent when in LA: a little veg, a little egg, a little fermented something or other.
I love coffee: In moderation, it can improve mental and physical performance, and it’s full of antioxidants. I mix Ashwagandha—which has significantly changed the way I feel, also both mentally and physically, since I started taking it a year ago—into the coffee, because it’s insanely bitter and only coffee kills it. With whatever breakfast I have, I take D3, probiotics, and either Why Am I So Effing Tired or High School Genes; both have fish oil, which I think keeps my skin extra-moisturized, along with everything else.
Sun Potion Ashwagandha goop, $36
This organic cold-water extract powder of the ashwagandha root is an excellent tonic for immune health, sexual vitality, and harmonized mood. Add 1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) to warm water or tea. An excellent addition to milk potions, elixirs, smoothies, raw chocolate, and more.
Hum Here Comes the Sun High-Potency D3goop, $20
Do most of your glimpses of sunlight come from behind a glass window, through a screen, or longing from afar? Long days in the office are more common than ever, and have led to widespread vitamin D deficiency across the US, Australia, Canada, and the UK. Even if you spend the right amount of time outdoors, cloud cover, air pollution, altitude, and skin color all affect the amount of sunshine available to the body. That’s why HUM formulated Here Comes the Sun, the”sunshine vitamin,” especially for skin craving the sun. Packed with D3 for strong bones and cellular health and regarded as superior to D2 by many scientists, Here Comes the Sun offers a summer’s day, every day.
goop Why Am I So Effing Tiredgoop, $90/$75 with monthly subscription
Formulated with a variety of vitamins (including a high dose of the B’s) and supplements—many sourced from ancient Ayurveda—this helps re-balance an overtaxed system. Replenishing the nutrients you may be lacking may improve energy levels and diminish stress.
goop High School Genesgoop, $90/$75 with monthly subscription
Formulated for women—particularly in a perimenopausal or postmenopausal state—who feel like their metabolism might be slowing down, and whose bodies are no longer responding to the exercise and diet levers that they’ve always pulled. This regimen addresses numerous systems in the body that may contribute to weight gain when not functioning properly.
Before I eat or drink anything, though, I have a glass of water with lemon squeezed into it. It is counterintuitively alkalizing and good for you. I learned this not just from legions of sexy French women insisting on it, but also from a dermatologist lecturing at the American Academy of Dermatology’s annual meeting.
If a take a shower (I shower every other day, in general), I dry brush before (here’s why).
Organic Pharmacy Skin Brushgoop, $15
This genius, long-handled natural-bristle brush allows you to thoroughly dry-brush every part of your body—especially your back, which feels particularly amazing (and is uniquely hard-to-reach). It’s also the perfect balance of soft and firm, designed to gently exfoliate, improve circulation, condition skin, and boost the lymphatic system. Brilliant for detoxing, and equally brilliant for everyday skin-smoothing and energy-generating immune support.
I don’t cleanse in the morning; I start with vitamin C on my skin first thing —it has anti-aging/anti-acne/sun protective/skin-glowifying benefits that really make a difference, I think. And it sort of gets my skin in gear. The vitamin C powder from True Botanicals is the ultimate: It doesn’t activate till you mix it with water (or serum/moisturizer/SPF, though I love it with water), so it stays fully potent without preservatives, not to mention traveling like dream.
True Botanicals Vitamin C Boostergoop, $90
This brilliant bottle is pure powdered vitamin C—which, added into your daily serum treatment, helps to stimulate collagen production, brightens and evens the skin tone, and leaves skin looking noticeably healthy, glowy, and firm. Because vitamin C degrades in water, even preservative-packed formulas don’t stay effective for long; this brilliant powder, however, remains fully potent until you mix it with water or moisturizer (it’s truly amazing combined with the Cellular Repair Serum, RENEW). It’s also fantastic for travel—but the real reason to use it are the (serious) results: Healthier skin that clearly more even and decidedly glowy.
Five minutes later, I smooth on some face oil. I’m the hugest face oil fan on this earth. The five minutes is to give the vitamin C time to work before going in with the oil, which might dilute it if I put it on right after, or so I believe. The face oil is my favorite goop by Juice Beauty product of all: It’s luxuriously, nourishingly cushy and moisturizing, but it also somehow manages to sink right in. Truly, I cannot live without it.
goop by Juice Face Oilgoop, $110
This nourishing, potent miracle oil sinks instantly into skin and starts to work. Made with a pure blend of organic oils, it leaves skin remarkably supple, soft, and glowing. It turbo-charges any moisturizer, but also hydrates beautifully on its own. It can even be patted on over makeup for a midday pick-me-up. The Enriching Face Oil is formulated with USDA-certified organic ingredients and contains approximately 99% total organic content.
Five minutes after that, I put on mineral (never chemical) SPF. Some dermatologists will tell you to put SPF on first; I like some C and some oil first.
Ursa Major SPF 18goop, $54
This lightweight, ultra-hydrating all-mineral SPF 18 blends in so beautifully it’s truly unbelievable. Unscented and packed with skin-perfecting vitamins, it treats your skin while leaving it smooth and protected. Sinks into skin in seconds, feels incredible–this lotion is seriously the ultimate (easy) daily anti-ager.
If I can manage to do Jivamukti yoga before work, I need very little makeup. Exercise makes such an incredible difference in your skin it’s astounding. A famous makeup artist once demanded to know who’d done my makeup, and the truth was no one—just a typical mind-blowing, ass-kicking Jivamukti yoga class.
The worst part of my morning is deciding what to wear. If I were a billionaire, I would employ not a stylist, but a person who would simply decide, based on weather and scheduling considerations, which outfit would fit the day best. I have saved an enormous amount of time, perhaps years of my life, not blow-drying my hair—I am forever grateful to the hair genius Sally Hershberger for pointing out that I didn’t need to—but worry that I have used up all of that time and then some standing in front of the mirror half-dressed like an idiot.