Glow Goals is a new column dedicated to our shared skincare obsession and a chance to peek inside the beauty cabinets of the most dedicated (obsessed?) skincare devotees.
To introduce our new column, Well TO Do’s CEO and President will be the first to invite you into the world of the seriously skincare obsessed. Up first: CEO Alyssa Ages.
The Main Event
This cabinet was put in our washroom by our designer as a place for things like towels, shampoo, and extra bars of soap for my skincare-minimalist husband. But like Regina George, I made him trade me. I was kind enough to give him a shelf near the bottom but the top part is all the stuff of skincare dreams.
About 90% of my routine is all-natural products but then there’s the K-beauty sheet mask obsession and, well, more on that later.
The Top Shelf
Ummm, what’s with the deodorant collection?
Once I found out about all the godawful stuff in chemical-laden deodorant (not to mention the aluminum in anti-perspirant), I made the swap. However, during pregnancy, I learned that what works when your hormones are at one level, might not work when they go insane while you gestate a human. What’s more, it turns out you kind of stink when breastfeeding, so that required making yet another switch.
These are all in my rotating roster: Takesumi Detox, Soapwalla (no baking soda), Vapour Organic Beauty palo santo-scented (because why just get your pits clean when you can get them spiritually clean too), Green Beaver, and my first natural spray by Honestly phResh (a pre-probiotic spray).
What’s in the two little brown bottles?
I have worn the same scent since the 7th grade: French vanilla and Indian patchouli. And like the good little hippie that I am, I get this blend of essential oils mixed for me at Jean Turmo, a little shop in Woodstock, NY.
How about that natural sunscreen collection?
Have you heard about all of the horrifying things in chemical sunscreen? They do a number on your skin, endocrine system, and hormones, not to mention the damage they cause to coral reefs when you step into the ocean slathered in the stuff. I use a mix of natural sunscreens but my fave is the Coola which is so light – it’s almost a whipped consistency – that it feels like you’re swiping really expensive scented air on your face.
That’s a whole lot of spray bottles…
It has taken a long time to find a toner that I really love. And while I like all of these, I adore the Rose + Neroli from Odacite.
Think you have enough serums?
Well, honestly? I think there’s no such thing. I actually cycle through all of these for different skincare needs. I love that Odacite has something like 30 blends for every possible issue. I adore SkinOwl for their minimalist blends that my skin really drinks in. That unlabeled bottle is a blend I had made for me at FaceGym in NYC after my first treatment. And then there’s Vintner’s Daughter which is so luxe, I’m terrified to open the bottle for fear I might spill a drop and lose like $100 in product.
Nice cleanser collection.
I used to be a “splash water on my face in the morning and call it a day” kind of gal but after a session at The Detox Market with one of Odacite’s amazing ambassadors, I learned my skin type is better off with a proper cleanse. I’m loving their Black Mint Cleanser for morning and night. I also love Conscious Coconut for travel and for when I want something super simple to cleanse with.
What’s with the weird torture implements on the left?
Jade rollers, cold rollers, gua sha… I haven’t met a skin tool I didn’t want to try at least once. I love the little dry brush for a quick exfoliation. The cold roller and jade roller are great for when you want to give your skin a little extra love but you’re pressed for time. The gua sha is for the occasional time my newborn takes an early evening nap and I can watch The Bachelor while tending to my face.
That lady on the bottle label in the back row looks happy to be using whatever product is in there.
Not to be all “I went to Morocco,” but I went to Morocco once and brought back this pure argan oil, as well as a tub of black soap (made from olives!). The rest of the bottles in that row are other body oils, including a patchouli scented one I picked up at the Muskoka Yoga Festival and a shimmery number from SkinOwl that’s inspired by selenite crystals!
I also adore 8 Faces which I use on my face, on my post-preggo stretch marks (yes I have them and yes, this actually does help).
Yep! Wait til you see the full collection of sheet masks. These are just a few I love, including The Honey Mud by May Lindstrom and a clay mask from Sedona, Arizona. I haven’t tried the NIU Body one just yet.
And of course the eye masks! I love the Flawless by Friday for when I’m feeling bougie (they’re not so cheap) and the Gold & Snail ones (from Amazon!) for everyday use. Snail skincare has become a bit of an obsession (no snails are harmed in the making of these products but your skin will thank you – snail mucin is said to help encourage the production of collagen). Very excited to try the Juice Beauty stem cell mask as well.
That’s not a lot of hair care products for someone who is so product-obsessed.
Thanks to Joyous Health (that’s their shampoo and conditioner in the middle), I recently tried a Natural Hair Care Detox and have whittled down my routine to just a few products. I also really love Innersense‘s line. While I don’t have time to follow the “Hair Ceremony” instructions (like breathing deeply and becoming centered) to a “t,” I do love how my hair looks and feels afterwards.
Post-wash, I’ll use the leave-in conditioner, and I’m looking forward to trying this ACV-infused hair rinse from Sunday’s Company.
I love a beachy summer wave which is where the Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray comes in.
And for the days when I skip a wash, I’m all about the dry shampoo.
About Those Face Masks…
I mean at this point, it’s more of a collection/hoarding problem than even an obsession. Like when am I even going to use all of these? Why did I purchase a mask that makes me look like Homer Simpson, as if he’s some kind of skincare ideal?
I can’t even read the instructions or the ingredients on the back of more than half of these packages (K-Beauty for the win) but damn if they don’t make my face feel brand effing new every time.