Beauty

The Key Is (Really Good) Olive Oil

Written by: Jean Godfrey-June

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Updated: July 21, 2022

Agatha Relota Luczo

My Morning Routine

Agatha Relota Luczo | founder and chief creative officer of Furtuna Skin and Bona Furtuna

While modeling for Vogue, Elle, Chanel, Jeremy Scott, and Thierry Mugler through the ’90s, Agatha Relota Luczo was clearly also taking some design notes: Along with being wildly effective and clean, her ultraluxe Furtuna Skin line is chic as hell. It’s made on the mom-of-four’s organic family farm in Sicily, which also makes the Bona Furtuna olive oil she starts every day with (in the form of a shot—more on that later).

Currently, she watches the sun rise over Paris as she takes that shot—the family moved there from Atherton, California, in September of last year. “I love it,” she says. “Everywhere you go–shops, restaurants, museums, galleries–you feel like you’re on a movie set. Few cities have the cinematic quality of Paris. We’re treating it like an adventure—not quite sure how long we’ll stay.”

The family goes to the farm in Sicily as often as COVID protocols and the kids’ school schedules allow (they range in age from seven to twelve). Long ago, Relota Luczo’s husband had promised his Sicilian grandmother that he would find the land that once belonged to their family; after finding it, the couple bought it along with over 700 surrounding acres and started planting, harvesting, and making some really incredible skin care, along with the Bona Furtuna olive oil, pastas, sauces, salts, and—we should note—the softest, most delicious panettone we have ever tasted. Today, there are 500 different flowers and plants on the farm, including more than 80 medicinal plants; all of them organically grown and many of them are hand-harvested.

Relota Luczo’s mornings are especially important workwise, because the rest of the Furtuna team—she cofounded the brand with beauty and wellness entrepreneur Kim Walls—is in the US. “My mornings are a little more forgiving than my evenings in terms of Zoom calls and meetings,” she says. “I’ve learned to become a morning person.”

6 a.m.: I like to start my weekdays before everyone else wakes up. I drink a shot of my Bona Furtuna Extra Virgin Olive Oil without fail. While there are many benefits to drinking EVOO, not all oil is created equal: Ours has organic certification from the USDA and Bioagricert (in Italy), so you know it’s the highest quality. I follow the oil with a cup of warm water with lemon, and then a cup of coffee.

6:30 a.m.: I’m efficient in the shower so as not to dry out my skin. I love using the G.Tox 5 Salt body scrub a few times a week. I always follow my shower with GOOPGENES body butter.

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I try to avoid washing my hair every day if I can. On days I don’t wash my hair, I flip my hair over and dab Crown Affair powder into my roots with the fluffy brush that comes with it. If I need a little extra moisture on my ends, I use a few drops of our Due Alberi Biphase oil.

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6:45 a.m.: My skin routine is quick and easy. I have been modeling since I was sixteen, and one of the essential beauty lessons I learned is not to overcleanse the skin in the morning and save the thorough cleanse for night. I do believe in preparing morning skin for serums and face moisturizers: I moisten a cotton pad with our micellar cleansing essence and sweep it across my face until the pad comes away clean (I love the fact that you don’t have to rinse). Then I apply two pumps of our face and eye serum to my fingertips and blend into my face and under my eyes. It’s multitasking and illuminating and helps protect against damage and dehydration.

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I complete my routine with our cult-favorite biphase oil, which combines botanically infused olive oil and nutrient-rich olive-leaf water to leave my skin plump and glowing. During the winter, I occasionally add in our Replenishing Balm for an extra dose of hydration.

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6:50 a.m.: If I need to wear makeup that day, I apply RMS Living Luminizer to create a subtle glow and the “Un” Cover-Up under my eyes. Westman Atelier’s Beauty Butter Powder Bronzer leaves this incredible, velvety-matte finish, and the Eye Love You mascara adds natural-enough-for-daytime volume to my lashes. I finish with the buildable Baby Cheeks blush and Squeaky Clean lip balm, which is so hydrating.

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7:10 a.m.: Once I’m dressed and ready, I make my own breakfast—some mornings
I have a bowl of fruit or eggs with avocado—plus breakfast and lunch for my
children before taking them to school. I love dancing, so whenever my family
needs a little boost in the morning, I turn the music on while preparing
their food to get our groove going for the day. Your body releases
endorphins that trigger good vibes and positivity when you dance,
and it’s something we all enjoy.

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7:45 a.m.: We leave for school drop-off, and I’m back home by 8:45, when I check my emails, work on my to-do list for the day and see if I have time for a workout.

9:30 a.m.: I try to work out a few times a week. If my schedule permits, I run over to the gym for some weight training, or I’ll do a yoga flow by Melissa Wood Health. If not, I continue working.

11 a.m.: Midmorning, I love to take GOOPGLOW Morning Skin Superpowder. Throughout the day, I drink lots of water to stay hydrated and take regular walks.

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