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Name: Sacha Strebe

Location: Los Angeles 

Age: 41

Tell us a little about yourself…
I moved here from Australia seven years ago and fell in love with the LA lifestyle. After a few years working in digital media—I held the position of Editorial Director for MyDomaine and then Create & Cultivate—I went out on my own as an editorial consultant helping content creators and media brands with their digital strategy, growth goals, and more. I accomplished so much during that time and felt incredibly fulfilled, but creatively I really felt the pull to return to the design world so I recently accepted the Editorial Director role at EyeSwoon, working closely with interior designer, Athena Calderone. 

While digital media keeps me creatively fulfilled, my other passion is skincare. I have always loved the innovation, technology, and ingredient advancements of the beauty industry, and testing them out on my own skin to achieve that healthy radiance we all crave. After many requests from friends to share my own skincare routine and treatments, I finally launched an Instagram account called @skinlexicon where I could share everything from the products to the lasers, injectables, PDO threads, and at-home tools I love. The response so far has been phenomenal and I love how close the skincare community is, too—it’s always positive, open, and fun! 

What are your skincare goals? 

For me, it’s always been healthy, even, glowy skin which equals hydration! I am 41 so my skin is going through a new iteration. It’s thirstier than it was in my 20s so I definitely find I need hydrating serums, thicker moisturizers, and an occlusive to seal it all in. 

Do you have any specific skincare concerns? 

I developed melasma after having our son 13 years ago so after treating it with three sessions of IPL at the time (I know they don’t recommend that now), my routine has been all about maintenance and prevention ever since, which equates to brightening products, lasers, microdermabrasion with PRP, and a lot of sunscreen! I am also a big fan of exfoliation, which I know has gotten a bad rap in recent years for damaging the skin barrier, but at my age, it’s key to ensuring a steady cell turnover (which, let’s be real, has significantly slowed down). I love chemical exfoliators like peels (I do a chemical peel at least 1-2 times a month) and physical exfoliators at least 2-3 times a week.

First thoughts when incorporating Radiance Repair and Doctor’s Scrub into your routine:

1st week… As a fan of exfoliation, I couldn’t wait to try the Doctor’s Scrub, especially considering almost all of my friends recommended it to me. The difference in my skin was immediate—we’re talking baby smooth, soft, and with that healthy glow from stimulating the blood flow. I also love how receptive my skin is to the serums afterward—it heightens absorption and ultimately, the efficacy. Radiance Repair is almost like a moisturizer/serum hybrid. The texture is incredibly smooth and my skin has a beautiful, glowy sheen afterward. 

2nd week… There is a visible difference in the texture of my skin—smooth, even, and clear. Since the Doctor’s Scrub is so fine, it doesn’t damage the skin or irritate—it really does feel like I’ve just stepped out of a professional microdermabrasion treatment. I have also noticed a reduction in pore size or the appearance of pore size since the scrub helps to clear away dirt and debris thus minimize blackheads in the process. I love the Radiance Repair so much—often I’ll come back into the bathroom during the day if my skin is feeling dry (especially during these colder months) and reapply it because it just feels and looks so good when I do.

Is clean beauty something that you feel passionate about?
I think the term “clean beauty” has caused a lot of confusion with consumers around what it is and what it means for something to be considered “clean.” I don’t think anyone wants to put skincare on their face that could be carcinogenic but I also think there’s a lot of fearmongering around certain ingredients that hasn’t been helpful. It’s important to do your own research and find skincare that works for your concerns and goals. I follow a lot of cosmetic scientists like Michelle Wong from Lab Muffin and Jen from The Eco Well who help to explain a lot of ingredient myths and debunk misinformation.

What else do you feel passionate about?

I love my fashion especially my Aussie designers—Dion Lee and Christopher Esber! I am also obsessed with our French bulldog, Cosmo. And I’m passionate about getting out in nature—I learned how to ski this year and just started mountain biking with my husband and son.

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

Good skin takes time. Consistency is key. And get regular facials by a licensed esthetician to do professional extractions and facial massage. They can also help to get you on a skincare routine that’s suited to your skin and goals—so important. Also, see a dermatologist for annual skin cancer checks! 

How do you stay focused and motivated throughout the day?

I truly love what I do so it’s never hard for me to stay focused and motivated. I love creating, collaborating, and challenging myself to innovate, step up, and push myself to be better every day. But matcha helps too! Lol.

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

I’m a vegetarian so I eat lots of plant-based meals with healthy fats like avocado and olive oil, plus there is always a ton of leafy greens and seasonal veggies in my meals. We also cook a lot at home so we know what’s going into our meals. I love to do a big grocery shop on the weekend and meal prep for the week ahead. I stopped taking a lot of vitamins and focused on supplementing through diet. I also follow Glucose Goddess because I think glucose is one of the most underrated elements of good health—her hacks to flatten glucose curves have been such a gamechanger for me!

Fill in the blank:  ________ is/are underrated.

Poetry. I always seek it out in times of need whether that be for creative inspiration, motivation, or just when I need to feel uplifted. I just bought a book of Pablo Neruda but I also love Mary Oliver. 

I also think rest is underrated. This year I have allowed myself to resist the urge on the weekend to “do” and instead just to “be” and not feel guilty if I haven’t accomplished anything or fulfilled a to-do list. Rest is just as if not more productive. We need it. 

 

As fall approaches, our beauty regimen and routine might involve some changes. Whether you have spent your summer days under the beaming sun tanning or packing your skin with Vitamin-C infused serums, your glowing complexion can transition into the fall season. Sometimes adopting a minimalist approach toward skincare can reap more benefits than adding a load of beauty products. But also, you need to change your lifestyle to reclaim your skin’s natural health. Many beauty specialists swear by the “less is more” motto and embracing a sustainable skincare regimen leads to lasting results.

Colder temperatures call for a switch in our beauty habits. From the things we consume to the time we go to sleep, our daily habits influence our health. A natural beauty routine is the right solution for treating long-term skin issues. Here are the best tips to refresh your skincare in 2020.

Win at sleep

Put a halt to sleep deprivation and set up a bed schedule. Your body has a natural sleep cycle and a regular sleep schedule can help your skin restore its natural beauty. To get you in a sleeping mode, ban electronics two hours before bed and avoid fatty foods before hitting the sack. Instead, eat almonds which help boost sleep quality and use a silk mask to help you fall asleep faster.

Moisturize and protect your skin from sun damage

We recommend using a heavier cream like ​Goldfaden’s Wake Up Call​ for a night treatment while resting. This cream targets dry and aging skin while smoothing fine lines. Dermatologist and skin expert, Dr. Alicia Barba says “If you suffer from dry skin, avoid hot showers and choose a lurk warm temperature which prevents stripping away our skin’s natural moisture.” Also, always use sunscreen even if it’s cloudy outside. UV rays can still harm your skin during colder months.

Freshen up your skincare routine

Tailor your skincare regimen according to your lifestyle. When it comes to skin detoxing, more is not always better. A mistake most people make is over-exfoliating their skin. Too much exfoliation can strip the skin from its natural oil. ​Goldfaden’s Fresh A Peel​ contains lactic acid and multi-fruit enzymes to balance your skin tone and reduce the appearance of lines and pores. A monthly hydration treatment can also help boost your skin glow. In addition, choose a water-based cleanser like gel or foam, which help remove dead skin cells.

Apply hyaluronic acid

A hyaluronic acid serum helps restore the skin’s moisture barrier while providing more glow. Is important to always layer your serum with a water-based moisturizer to protect the skin’s microbiome.

Use probiotic-based formulas

Probiotics are the answer to target skin issues such as eczema, breakouts and psoriasis. These microorganisms serve as a shield to environmental factors while protecting your skin from bad bacteria.

Try a supergreen diet

A healthier diet is key to battling acne, reduce inflammation and boost your immunity for healthy skin. Reclaim your skin health with power foods such as tomatoes, pumpkin and broccoli. After all, you are what you eat and your meal’s composition can be the solution for cleaner skin. Research conducted by the ​American Journal of Clinical Dermatology​ has proven how diet plays a role in our lives and concluded a correlation between acne and dairy. Choose milk alternatives such as oat milk or soy, and replace cheese for a free-lactose option.

Invest in a blue light device

The FDA has proven blue light therapy to be effective for acne treatment. Blue light devices help target acne-causing bacteria by drying the oil that causes the germs. This is a non-invasive treatment you can try at home while saving money on the dermatologist.

Movement is key

Aside from exercising daily, it is important we move our facial muscles too. Imagine working out your face muscles every day? It boosts your collagen production and your muscles will get more toned. To improve your skin’s sculpture, massage your face with circular motions or use a lymphatic massage roller to boost skin cells.

 

ABOUT THE WRITER:

Jannely Espinal is a curious writer and editor demystifying beauty myths. She has a penchant for fashion history and cultural beauty practices. Recently, she conducted interviews with skincare specialists and celebrities for HOLA! USA, as well as spearheading the lifestyle vertical. Throughout her career, she has attended Milan and New York Fashion Week while unveiling several celebrities’ beauty tips, including Romee Strijd and Patrick Ta. Her mission is to change the narrative on skincare issues and help her readers understand health, wellness and beauty as a whole.

“Alex my business partner and I started Dash three years ago now, firstly to give a fresh perspective on soft drinks industry by making a great tasting drink without any sugar, sweetener or calories. And secondly, both us are from farming backgrounds and we wanted to do our bit to fight against food waste, so we use wonky fruit that would otherwise go to waste to infuse our waters.” – Jack Scott, Co-Founder of Dash Water.

Dash is currently stocked in around 6,000 stores mainly in Europe however has just launched in the US. You can buy directly from their website and use code ‘DAILYSCRUB’ for 20% off your order. Thanks, Dash!

How did the idea for Dash Water come about?

We both worked at a larger soft drinks company in the UK, and it was there we saw there was a massive gap in the market for a great tasting drink without any of the Sugar or Sweetener. We then went about infusing fruit in water and carbonating it with a soda stream in our kitchen and taste it out with people in London parks. When we went to source our fruit we realized there was a lot of fruit going to waste due to the way it looked, so all our drinks are made from fruit that would otherwise go to waste. 

What do you think about, creatively, when you’re creating a new flavor?

We now have x5 flavors, every time we want to make the best seller. We do a lot of research into flavors through various data channels. Then we get tasting, it normally around x6 others including people who have lots of experience in making drinks and have very good taste/pallets. Once we honed in on a flavor we will then make a larger batch to try on a bigger audience and tweak until we are happy. 
Where do you find inspiration?
 
I find my inspiration from other brands and our customers. Ultimately we need to create something that people like, its very important to never forget that.

How do you practice sustainability?

We’re very proud to be B-corp certified, where we balance purpose and profit. One way in which we do this at Dash is we go the extra mile to use fruit that would otherwise go to waste. See a short video here which talks more about how we source our blackcurrants. 

What cities are on your travel bucket list?

I would love to spend more time in Brazil. I’ve been to Rio, but would like to venture north to Salvador it looks like a beautiful city with fantastic beaches and Caribbean waters. 

How do you de-stress?

I am very lucky I live next to Hyde Park in London, so to de-stress I like to go for a jog/stroll and listen to my favorite podcast! Hyde Park is a must-visit to anyone visiting London, its stunning in the summer and has of hidden area’s makes you feel like you have escaped London for a short while. 

Favorite mood-boosting meal?

We have a Vietnamese noodle place opposite our office in Soho that is so comforting! I get the Mytho noodles, broth and noodles always very mood-boosting! The restaurant is called Keu if anyone is in Soho looking for a quick lunch.

What is your daily mantra?

I try and be very mindful of how I treat people, important to treat everyone with the same amount of respect. However this can be very challenging as we still have our phone numbers on the site, so I’m not very patient with people selling me the next trade show, I’m working on though! 

Any advice for people wanting to make the switch towards a more mindful existence but are not sure where to start?

Being around people that make you feel good would be my main piece of advice! Positive energy. When I’m commuting into work, I try and take 10 mins to concentrate on things around me — trees, sky, birds, I suppose a sort of meditation. 

The best piece of advice you’ve received?

I got told by a previous boss when leaving to start Dash to pack your small tent with the best quality people and magic will happen. It’s so important to work with the best possible people, it lifts the energy when your around talented people who care about what they do. We have a fantastic team of people that really care and are determined to inspire millions of dash drinkers.