We have partnered with 5 beautiful, kind, and strong women in our community and asked them questions about self-care, wellness, and of course BODY. Sharing our new Bodycare Collection we collaborated with them to create imagery that showcased their bodies through their lense. We’ll be sharing their imagery and stories throughout the next few weeks so that you can all get to know and love them as much as we do. ⁠

Meet Elise Gill.

#faceyourBODY

Name: Elise Gill

Location: UK/ Sussex

Age: 30 years old

Who are you and what do you stand for?

I am Elise and I am a skincare focused content creator and I believe in sharing my skincare knowledge to help empower others to feel good in their skin

On those days when you’re not feeling 100 percent, what do you do to give yourself a confidence boost?

I step away from whatever is making me anxious, sometimes I’ll pray or meditate, sometimes I lock myself in the bathroom and have a long hot shower and do a facial and bodycare routine and sometimes I’ll workout to get endorphins running

What activities would you say are part of your self-care routine? And how do you make time for self-care?

Activities include a long shower (I’m not really a bath person) and I will use a body scrub, then follow with an extensive skincare routine ie: double cleansing, masking (sometimes I use 2 masks) then I’ll use a facial tool either gua sha or an electric one, finish with oils and massaging in and I ALWAYS make time for moisturising the body with oils before bed. I always set aside two days a week where I do a full self-care routine. This is usually a Wednesday and Sunday evening. It really affects my mood if I don’t set aside this time

What are 3 words that come to mind when you think of your body?

Strong, soft (in texture), me

What are some of your favorite foods that keep your skin healthy?

Seeds, berries, lots of greens like spinach and broccoli.

What does your current skincare routine look-like, specifically for your body?

Shower, use a scrub, shave, dry brush if I haven’t used a scrub then always slather on body moisturizer

What are some of your favorite body treatments?

I love a good oil and scrub and using squalene on the body is my new fave thing!

If you could get the world to change its collective mind about one issue, or adopt one way of being, what would it be and why?

To be kinder to yourself. Work is work, but your body is always with you, be kind to it, treat it well. I think that recent events have shown us that we need to listen to our bodies and be kind otherwise we will always be run down and will never be our best selves.

Fill in the blank:

   HA or squalene on the body     is underrated.

We have partnered with 5 beautiful, kind, and strong women in our community and asked them questions about self-care, wellness, and of course BODY. Sharing our new Bodycare Collection we collaborated with them to create imagery that showcased their bodies through their lense. We’ll be sharing their imagery and stories throughout the next few weeks so that you can all get to know and love them as much as we do. ⁠

Meet Shalini Acharya.

#faceyourBODY

Name:  Shalini Acharya

Location: New York

What activities would you say are part of your self-care routine? And how do you make time for self-care?

Yoga and meditation are key to my self-care routine. I wasn’t into meditation a few years ago, but since I started practicing, I feel a significant difference. Meditation has helped me through my anxiety and keeps me balanced. The days that I don’t practice, I feel off and I can’t sleep well.

What are 3 words that come to mind when you think of your body?

Strong, petite and healthy.

What are some of your favorite foods that keep your skin healthy?

My husband and I switched to a plant based diet this year and it has brought both our energy levels up and made our skin look healthier. It helps that there isn’t a vegetable or fruit that I don’t like! One of our favorite recipes is our chia bowls with blueberries and walnuts. Delicious, with good fats, fiber, antioxidants and protein- skin superfood!

What does your current skincare routine look-like, specifically for your body?

I alternate ways of exfoliating my body to keep my skin looking supple. I usually dry brush my body with a dry brush. I use it right before my shower in circular motions focusing on my lower body and arms. Twice a week, I use a body exfoliation treatment. I like to nourish my skin after I scrub off the dead cells in the shower, I love body oils and serums. Needless to say, I’ve been loving Goldfalden MD’s new body serum since I started using it, it’s healing. Once a week, I step it up by doing some lymphatic drainage massages to keep the blood flowing and clear out any toxins.

If you could get the world to change its collective mind about one issue, or adopt one way of being, what would it be and why?

I would say that I’d want humankind to collectively be more compassionate. I don’t think it’s a lost cause and fully adhere to the idea that we can all learn to be more compassionate. A book I am reading, the Art of Happiness, which talks about practicing compassion to receive and give happiness. I would highly recommend it!

 

Danielle Duboise

Name: Danielle Duboise + Whitney Tingle

Who are you, and what do you stand for?

D: I’m a child of the desert, a mother and lover. I stand for Mother Nature, nourishment and helping others shine their brightest lights. 

W: I’m Whitney. Co-founder & Co-CEO of Sakara Life. I’m on a mission to help people experience the life-transforming power of plants.

On those days when you’re not feeling 100 percent, what do you do to give yourself a confidence boost?

D: Eat my Sakara greens, take our probiotic and tell my body thank you. Tomorrow is another day. 

W: I try to do something to shift my energy. Whether that’s calling my best friend (Danielle) or doing some movement and playing my harmonium, I try to do something that gets me out of my head and lifts my spirits.

What activities would you say are part of your self-care routine? And how do you make time for self-care?

D: I set aside time to breathe every morning (currently obsessed with Ziva Meditation!) and I work with a life coach via The Handel Group. It’s been LIFE CHANGING. She holds me accountable for everything. It kicks my butt but it has helped me grow in so many ways. I love to be challenged like that. I also try and move every day. Whether it’s walks with my family and dog or trying a new online class (Ballet Beautiful, Sculpt Society, and Melissa Wood Health are my current favorites)! I also take The Foundation every single day. It’s Sakara’s new supplement line and they’re the cleanest most nourishing supplements on the market. I feel such a difference taking them. 

W: A big part of my current self-care routine is setting aside time to fill my brain with information that will help stimulate ideas, inspiration and creativity. That’s what we try to offer with our Sakara Life Podcast – and I like listening to other podcasts like The Doctor’s Farmacy, On Being, Esther Perel, and the Goop Podcast. As of late, I’ve also really been focused on maintaining my “normal” routine: eating my Sakara meals 3 to 5 days a week and trying to dedicate at least 20 minutes a day for some sort of movement whether it’s taking a walk or doing an online class. I’ve really been into Melissa Wood Health, The Class, Sculpt Society, and Caravan Wellness.

Whitney Tingle

What are three words that come to mind when you think of your body?

D: Powderful, loving and nourished

W: Resilient, Feminine, Human

What are some of your favorite foods that keep your skin healthy?

D: At Sakara, we believe that beautiful skin comes from a nourished body and a healthy microbiome. That means eating a plant-rich, nutrient-rich diet and eating foods high in water content– Eating your water is the secret to the Sakara Glow. 

I also make sure to drink plenty of water everyday and always add our Sakara Beauty Water Drops. We often forget that skincare starts with what we put into our bodies.  These drops help make your water more absorbable by your cells, allowing for more hydration. 

W: Leafy greens! At Sakara we always talk about eating your water and it really is so important for having healthy skin and ensuring it’s properly hydrated at all times. I always try to eat a rainbow of veggies (carrots, beets, cucumbers) to provide phytonutrients that are essential for circulation. I also LOVE adding hemp and pumpkin seeds to my salads as they contain essential fatty acids that are great for anti-aging.

What does your current skincare routine look-like, specifically for your body?

D: For my face: I exfoliate every morning with Dr. Goldfaden Scrub. Sometimes if I have an extra 10 minutes, I’ll steam my face over a boiling pot with 2-3 bags of Sakara Detox Tea inside. It’s very high in antioxidants and steaming always helps my pores. 

For my body: I love dry brushing. It’s an incredible way to exfoliate your skin and improve circulation. 

W: I start with the inside – make sure I am eating well (eating enough fresh, organic plants in my diet) and taking a good probiotic like our Sakara Daily Probiotic.

I love goop’s G.Day Ginger and Ashwagandha Bodywash for in the shower. Then, while my skin is still a bit damp, I like to follow with either goop’s G.day black pepper + rose hip energy body oil or body lotion by Lxmi

What are some of your favorite body treatments?

D: Lymphatic drainage from Anna Zahn at Ricari Studios + dry brushing everyday.

W: Who doesn’t love a good massage. Dreaming of the day when the world is back to “normal” and I can get a good massage. 

If you could get the world to change its collective mind about one issue or adopt one way of being, what would it be and why?

D: We have to lift each other up and help others shine their brightest lights. No one is a threat to our success except ourselves. 

W: Food is medicine. What you eat impacts every aspect of your body and life, and the planet. Once we all understand that and decide it to be true, we can work collectively to drive down the prices of healthy foods and create a healthier place to live for all. 

Fill in the blank:

W: dill is underrated.

D: Bacteria and the microbiome is underrated. 

*P.S. I hate dill! Sorry, D! 😛