My Beauty Routine: Emily Vickers
I met Emily this past year (she recently profiled me on her blog), as her adorable daughter Betsy is just a few months older than Milo. Emily has such a warm personality — and the most gorgeous glowing skin. I yearned to have all of her secrets! Emily shares her beauty routine and all about her transition to natural products…
We noticed that you use mostly non-toxic products. How did the switch to a more natural beauty routine happen? Any products that were hard to give up?
When I was young I was given steroids to treat chronic eczema. After failing to show any improvement a visit to an allergist revealed I’m allergic to Formaldehyde. Yes, what they use in dead people. A quick search and you’ll see that this chemical is in a lot of consumer products, especially those with fragrance. It was hard to find the products I desired but then I stumbled upon Follain in 2013 and the rest they say is history.
The hardest transition to all natural products has been my hair products and I elaborate on this later.
Walk us through your am skincare routine:
In the morning I splash my face with cold water to wake up my skin then follow with a spritz of Hannes Dottir Mineral Mist. The hype is real, face mists provide instant hydration and help set your makeup. Next I put on Ursa Major Vitamin C Serum, a new favorite of mine that brightens and evens skin tone. I finish off my routine with a moisturizer with SPF. I use Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream with SPF 30 on days I’m applying makeup. On days that I’m on-the-go and don’t have time to apply makeup, I’ll use True Botanicals Everyday True Coverage SPF 20 which is formulated with a light foundation so I like that I have a small amount of coverage for evening my skin tone before heading out the door. Throughout the day, I love to spritz Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator to keep my skin hydrated (this is especially crucial for anyone working in an office or on airplanes a lot!)
Walk us through your pm skincare routine:
I always wash my face with a cleanser (I switch this up a lot but right now it’s Tammy Fender’s Cleansing Milk) and if I’ve had makeup on I use Ursa Major’s Face Wipes. I like to put on a mask most nights, whether it’s an exfoliating or hydrating mask. Afterwards, I apply True Botanicals Pure Radiance Oil which is formulated with powerful antioxidants to repair aging and sun damaged skin. Lastly, I’ll mix together True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster which is in powder form with True Botanicals Cellular Repair Serum. The combination of the two creates a powerhouse of fighting wrinkles, stimulating collagen production, and repairing skin.
As we look ahead to fall, are there any products / rituals that you’re excited to try?
Every season I’m excited to re-introduce products that perform well in their perspective climates. Fall time usually means starting May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon in order to prepare my skin for dry, cold New England winters. I also love to add a bold lip like Kari Gran’s ‘Jeannie’ Lip Whip, a perfect addition for sweater weather.
This season I’m excited to add True Botanicals Pre-Cleanse Oil to my routine. Their ‘good oils’ help cleanse away the ‘bad oils’ from your skin. I discovered when sampling this cleansing oil that they take off the hard to remove makeup, imparts potent antioxidants and leaves my skin dewy.
Sunscreen is so important! How do you work that into your beauty routine? Any favorites for face and body?
Sunscreen is so important! I wasn’t always as diligent as i am now, but in an attempt to be better about protecting my skin I apply sunscreen on my face every morning whether it’s sunny out or not. When I’m at the beach, my favorite products are EIR NYC Surf Mud sunscreen on my body and Raw Elements Tinted Facial Moisturizer SPF 30, a genius combination of foundation and protection from the sun. It’s also important to protect your lips so I highly recommend Suntegrity Lipstick SPF 30 in Sunset Coral. I also like to mix in some good ole fashioned coverage…like a hat and UV sun shirt when on the SUP.
When did you start wearing makeup? Who are the beauty influences in your life?
I have always had a minimalist view on makeup. In high school I wore nothing more than liquid foundation (complete with the line below my jawline because blending wasn’t in my vocabulary yet). Back then, I admired the raw beauty and effortless cool of Kate Moss. She nailed the pink blush and berry lipgloss.
Today, I’m drawn to French women for how they exude beauty from the inside and out – Marion Cotillard, Ines de la Fressange, and Jeanne Dumas. I’m always looking to them for inspiration in style, minimal makeup, bold red lip, and the perfect bed head look.
Since becoming a mom, how has your routine and relationship with skincare changed?
I think it’s important for my daughter to see that I take care of my skin which to me includes everything from applying sunscreen to washing off makeup every night. Since becoming a mom the only thing that has changed in my routine is my increased focus on making it simple and streamlined because time is of the essence! Currently, Vapour Beauty’s Foundation Stick, RMS Beauty’s Lip 2 Cheek and W3ll People’s Bio Brightener are all I need to head out the door.
What makes you feel beautiful?
A perfectly fit cocktail dress, dewy skin and a good hair day of course.
When you’re looking to de-stress and give your skin a break, what do you do? Any favorite masks or relaxing techniques?
My #1 way to destress is exercise. Spinning, bootcamp and yoga are my go-to’s. A close second is treating my skin to a mask. I try to put one on every other night. My favorite’s are Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask for instant hydration and glow, True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask twice a week for a gentle exfoliation, and the unique formulation of May Lindstrom’s Problem Solver. Mix one part water with one part powder for a potent mask which will subside any pesky pimple attempting to ruin your glowing complexion.
What about your hair? What kind of shampoo and treatments do you use?
I must admit, it’s been difficult for me to throw away my toxic shampoo and conditioner. My hair is fine and it’s been difficult to find products that don’t weigh down my hair and make it look like I’m trying to bring 90’s grunge back.
I’ve had early success with Intelligent Nutrients Shampoo, Yarok Feed Your Ends Spray (ideal for heat protection from styling tools) and my favorite this summer for beach hair is Captain Blankenship Sea Salt Spray, a total game changer.
How has your idea around beauty changed as you’ve gotten older?
My 20’s were all about experimenting and I feel my 30’s is about perfecting my personal aesthetic. Since becoming a mother I’ve found my uniform of Petit Bateau stripe top, jeans, and ballet flats are both functional and feminine to me. When it comes to beauty, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’ve abused my skin when it comes to sun exposure and now I relish in finding the best anti-aging (and natural!) products. Leaving the house every day with minimal makeup and clear, hydrated skin is most beautiful to me. That and pulling off a gorgeous red lip on date nights.
You’re going to a remote location and can only bring three products. What do you bring?
I’m envisioning this remote location to be a tropical island so naturally my first product would be sunscreen. My second would be Skincando’s Combat-Ready Lip Balm because I hate dry lips and thirdly, African Botanics Enzyme Polish, even though I won’t see anyone ever again, that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t buff away the dullness in order to have soft, radiant skin.
So much affects our beauty — including how we take care of our inner selves. How do you unwind, de-stress, etc?
I truly believe in the 80/20 rule for staying sane and enjoying life. I eat well, exercise, and use natural products 80% of the time. The rest, like dessert, skinny margaritas and dry shampoo are my 20% wiggle room.
I relax by taking a yoga class, drawing a bath, and putting a mask on my skin. Regular date nights sans child are equally important for me to stay centered.
Any favorite foods or recipes that make you feel beautiful inside & out?
Local fruits and vegetables, dark chocolate, and red wine feed my soul. I crave them if I’m not getting enough – that and chips but they definitely don’t make me feel beautiful afterwards! I find great joy in trying new recipes and adding a healthy twist to them and then testing them out on my friends.
What do you hope to teach your daughter about beauty?
I hope to teach her that confidence is beautiful and that confidence is gained from knowledge, knowledge that you don’t want to douse yourself with Formaldehyde.
Thanks so much, Emily! xo
All images courtesy of Emily Vickers.