Beauty Director Maureen Choi wants you to feel as good as you look.
There are a few things I’m really great at: sleeping through my alarm (every single time), smearing makeup on any white collar within a five-mile radius, crushing an entire plate of cheese fries in under 60 seconds. One thing I’m not the best at? Putting myself first. I have the built-in tendency to prioritize work/life/other people’s needs before my own, which I used to consider a badge of honor when I was working my way up through the magazine industry. In my dazzling late thirties, though, I have finally come to realize that spending time on me is the key to sparking joy, patience, clarity, and a truckload of energy.
Still, practicing self-care can be hard and riddled with judgement and angst. You see, I'm not the kind of person that eats kelp noodles and does all the yoga. I don’t meditate and have never met a kombucha I actually liked (oh, the bloat!). I'm busy, stressed and tired, which is why I prefer to focus on the self-love things that make me feel happy and a touch chest-puffy when I manage to accomplish them every single day. (Like slathering on a weightless sunscreen and popping back a gut-boosting probiotic.)
Indulge and for the love of feeling fantastic, share it with family, followers, and friends. Also: Let us know what you think and how you feel @violetgrey.
Wishing you all the wellness in the world,
Itchy, sore, red, inflamed—there’s nothing good about ingrown hair. FUR, which soothes and clears irritated follicles with a blend of coconut, tamanu, and tea tree oils, is an elegant solution. Paired with an exfoliating mitt, the Concentrate can be used on the eyebrows, face and neck, as well as down below. Try it in the shower for added efficacy.
These gynecologist-approved wipes are pH-balanced to be ultra-gentle where it matters most, neutralizing odor caused by sweat glands in the intimate area. Throw them in your bag to spruce up post-workout, or any time you want to feel fresh.
A versatile cult classic, this ultra-emollient, 100 percent plant-based balm can be used on anything from dry nails to diaper rash. We love it as an alternative to petroleum jelly to hydrate and calm post-procedure skin, as well as a quick fix for dry elbows, cracked lips, and flyaway frizz.
Invented by Carson Meyer—a former VIOLET GREY intern!—this sublime scrub sloughs off dead skin with alpha-hydroxy acid, while also delivering a serious hit of moisture with coconut, sweet almond, and jojoba seed oils. Apply a handful to rough areas, and feel them transform into silk.
A soak in this serenity-summoning elixir is the next best thing to visiting Kaufmann’s plush holistic spa in Austria. St. John’s Wort eases anxiety and insomnia as well as muscle cramps, while cocoa butter and sodium bicarbonate heal and hydrate dry skin. Add five to seven tablespoons to your tub and let the day fade away.
A regular regimen of good bacteria promotes digestive health and glowing skin. The Nue Co.’s uniquely formulated time-release supplements deliver 15 million spores, plus prebiotic fiber to boost their efficacy, and don’t require refrigeration. Pop three a day, or open the capsules into your favorite smoothie.
This fragrance-free body cream is formulated from clean ingredients, absorbs like magic, and leaves skin healthy and glowing. Packed with vitamins A, E, B3, and C, and omegas 6 and 9, Necessaire’s luxe moisturizer is also calibrated at a specific pH level of 4.75 to 5.75 to optimize skin barrier. Slather it on.
Like targeted cryotherapy, these innovative hydrogel patches mimic the invigorating effects of extreme cold—waking up the skin, deflating puffiness, and diminishing dark circles. Keep them in your fridge for an even more satisfyingly icy blast. We love them after late nights, long flights, and before big events.
Who said sunscreen doesn’t play well with makeup? Unseen Sunscreen acts like an invisible primer that keeps your face in place while also fending off damaging UV rays. Going makeup-free? Skin-loving ingredients like red algae, frankincense, and meadowfoam seed oil leave you with a nice, soft glow.