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Name: Hélène Heath

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Age: over 30 🙃

 

Tell us a little about yourself…

I’m a freelance content creator and writer with a penchant for all things style, beauty, food, and travel. I’m originally from Canada but have lived in NYC for almost 10 years with my sidekick, Wally, a mini Australian Shepherd, and my husband. You can find me on Instagram at @heleneisfor, where I share my daily musings on all things aesthetic.

What are your bodycare goals? 

To keep my skin hydrated, first and foremost. This becomes all the more important as we age! Hydrated skin is healthy skin, both in terms of feeling and appearance. 

Do you have any specific body skin concerns? 

There are areas on my skin that could use a whole lot of extra love: roughness, granular appearance, clogged pores, creasing, loss of elasticity… Mostly around my ankles/top of my feet, around my knees, on my stomach, and decolleté. 

What do you look for when creating a bodycare routine? 

For me, it’s more about function than anything. I’m always trying to find the most effective products for my concerns so that I can remedy them, versus making every shower a spa moment. I sadly don’t have time for that!

First thoughts when trying the Bodycare Regimen:

1st week…

The appearance of my skin hadn’t really changed after the first week, but it felt a hundred times softer to the touch. While I can’t SEE the difference yet, I can certainly FEEL it.

2nd week… 

After only two weeks, my skin’s texture had noticeably improved and felt so much softer on the areas where I’ve been applying the products. My skin is especially baby smooth after using the scrub in the shower. It feels really great.

3rd week…

My decolleté and stomach are smoother in appearance, but even more so to the touch. My pores are also looking much cleaner on my chest, which doesn’t feel bumpy at all anymore, and my other body parts are more hydrated overall (something I can both see and feel). While the folds on my skin around the feet and ankles are a little tougher to treat, I can only imagine the positive progression over time, beyond three weeks of usage.

Is clean beauty something that you feel passionate about?

Yes, it absolutely is. My overall approach to beauty is very holistic, and that unequivocally includes the products that I use. I also believe that whatever is found in nature is what’s best for us humans–it’s part of our ecosystem. I don’t believe in cutting corners with known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors to make products cheaper.

What else do you feel passionate about?

To elaborate a little on my holistic philosophy: I very much believe that whatever goes into our bodies, along with our lifestyle habits, has a direct impact on how we feel on the inside and how we look on the outside. I’m a big proponent for balance and for people living their truth. By that, I mean that imposing ourselves too many boundaries or restrictions is a set-up for failure, and also that everyone’s system and body chemistry is different. Whatever may work for you won’t necessarily work for someone else. We have to listen to our bodies and figure out what we respond best to as individuals. 

Best advice you’ve ever received in regards to caring for your body?

Moisturize every day. Every single day. Never miss a day. DO NOT MISS A DAY!

How do you stay focused and motivated throughout the day?

Oof, lots of coffee?! Lol. All joking aside, I go through phases where I’m on top of things and feeling incredibly inspired and focused, while there are periods where I just can’t get it together and struggle to get things done. My solution to this has been to understand the times of day when my brain works best and try to take advantage of that. I’m a huge list person, so I write daily to-do lists of what I need to accomplish. I also have overarching bigger picture to-do lists that are weekly and monthly. Without them I’d be lost. 

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

Not a food, but water is a big one! I drink a lot of water and when I slack on my h20 intake, I can actually physically see it. I look and feel healthier when I eat fresh, unprocessed foods, as well as less dairy and meat. Everything in moderation!

What’s on your WFH playlist?

Lots of Robyn, Sharon Van Etten, and Tei Shi. But recently I’ve been listening to a lot of French Canadian music classics cause I’ve been homesick.

Fill in the blank:      Nighttime showers      are underrated.

 

We have partnered with a number of 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 Danielle Buerli.

#faceyourBODY

Name: Danielle Buerli

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Age: 33

Who are you, and what do you stand for?

I am a Designer/Illustrator, designing during the day and drawing at night. I try to create beautiful things for people and brands who’s voice I believe in.  

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

When I am not feeling great or have too much on my mind, I take a bath with Epsom salts and some drops of essential oils. After I get out I always feel new.

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

I definitely take time to pause, listen and take care of myself. Whether it be thru stretching, after sitting too long at my desk, or just taking a break to sit outside and draw for 15 mins. 

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

At the moment tired (LOL) but also resilient, and enduring

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

Almonds, Lemons, and any kind of berry

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

I always moisturize after a shower, either with lotion or an oil, and of course spf when I know I am going outside.

What are some of your favorite body treatments?

I really like a body scrub after being outside when it was a really hot day. Also foot baths? Just soaking my feet in cold water during the summer. 

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?

That’s tough, but I think the willingness and awareness to keep learning and change. That is something that has been on my mind and am working on lately. 

Fill in the blank: ______ is underrated.

Kindness 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 Nikia Rodriguez.

#faceyourBODY

Name: Nikia Rodriguez

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Age: 30

Who are you, and what do you stand for?

I’m a half Dominican-half Ashkenazi Jew who grew up in the Hudson Valley. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for 12 years, and now share a home in Echo Park with my husband, Jeff, and our rescue dog, Poppy. Jeff and I run a production company called Picture Ridge Productions, which specializes in travel, culinary, and lifestyle content. When we’re home (for short bursts of time) we spend most of our time chasing the sun, from our yard, to hikes in the hills of Elysian Park, and (if we have it in us) a drive to the ocean.

As a daughter, sister, wife and friend, I stand for equality, in every form. I stand for empathy, kindness, nature and her protection.

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

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become less and less interested in spending hours in front of the mirror applying makeup, or blow-drying my naturally wavy hair. But on days when I’m feeling less than 100%, I put some music on and pamper myself with a full skincare routine and makeup application.

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

To me, self-care is 60% mental and 40% physical. Mentally, I practice self-care by meditating, reading, spending time with friends, and painting. Physically, self-care comes in the form of healthy eating, low-impact exercise (I love Melissa Wood Health and MadFit) and walking my dog. I’m not someone who necessarily adheres to daily schedules (when I’m not traveling for work,) so I really just take every day as it comes, and listen to my body for cues on what it needs. Depending on how I’m feeling each morning, and what my workload is like, I’ll choose one physical activity and one mental activity to stay balanced throughout my day.

 

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

Natural, Feminine, Resilient

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

It’s not a food, but WATER, first and foremost. I keep a glass next to me at all times! For healthy fats and Vitamin E, I love avocados and salmon. Spinach and broccoli are great sources of Zinc, and my Vitamin C facilitators are citrus fruit and sweet potato.

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

Again, I’m a pretty low maintenance gal. I like a few tried-and-true, go-to products for my face, hair and body. Specifically for my body, Goldfaden’s new Firm Believer and Doctor’s Body Scrub are the perfect product duo to use throughout the week to keep my skin feeling hydrated, smooth and ready for Summer.

What are some of your favorite body treatments?

Admittedly, I’m a sucker for an overpriced, full body 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?

I’m very concerned about the Earth’s rising climate and the planet we are leaving to future generations. We have done so much damage, that I worry it’s nearly impossible to undo without the collective force of each and every human adapting to an eco-conscious way of life.

Fill in the blank: ______ is underrated.

Cereal is underrated.