By: Jessica Gignac Photos by: Lillian Reitz
Anyone who knows me can tell you that my approach to beauty, wellness, and all things that make me feel my best starts with what my family and I are putting into our bodies and how much we’re moving them.
Growing up, running and playing any sports my friends were playing instilled in me the need to sweat and challenge my body on a daily basis. After a few years in college when that movement took a backseat, I finally dusted off my jogging shoes, hit the ground running and never really looked back. It wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I started to truly make the connection between what I was eating and how it affected me on the inside, and therefore on the outside.
This was long before the wellness industry grew to be what it is today, and the only expert I really knew on the subject was Dr. Nicholas Perricone. He had written The Perricone Prescription, and it was unlike anything else people were talking about at the time. While most “diets” encouraged low-fat packaged and processed foods, he encouraged full-fat everything (the good kind), proteins from the sea, all the fruits, and especially all the vegetables you could handle (which, in my opinion, is never enough).
My journey has slowly evolved to what works best for my family and me. Our general opinion is, “If we’re making it at home, it’s probably OK,” and constantly consuming the most nutrient-dense foods we can. We live in a world where it’s easier and cheaper to eat badly, and the consequences result in diseases we never knew could exist. For us, to keep out of doctors’ offices and instead live our lives with ease and no chronic pain starts in our kitchen and in our grocery baskets. As for products that have made their way into my regular routine, I have a handful to recommend.
The Morning Ritual
My morning routine starts with warm lemon water mixed with Vital Proteins Marine Collagen and Cap Beauty sea salt, followed by black coffee (from Lucy’s, of course). On an empty stomach, these probiotic supplements start my day fully alkalized and get my gut happy.
Vichy Vitamin C Ampoules
Available on Amazon
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid
Available at Sephora
La Roche Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer UV Available at Walgreens
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation
This foundation is light enough that I don’t feel like I’m wearing anything, but still has enough coverage to camouflage the melasma I got from my last two pregnancies. Available at Dillard’s
The Nighttime Wind Down
I like to end the day with Bellocq Le Hammeau tea from Eleanor’s Market and Tony Chocoloney 70% dark chocolate from Natural Grocers. Tea and dark chocolate are non-negotiable at night – as soon as the kids are asleep, I indulge in silence, reading, and snacking.
Bioderma Micellar Water Available at Target
IS Clinical Hydra Cool Serum Available at Skincare Butik
Shani Darden Retinol Reform Shani Darden retinol gives my skin the strength it needs to maintain elasticity, fight wrinkles, and keep a healthy glow. Available on Shani Darden
Goop Genes All-in-one Super Nutrient Face Oil Available on Goop
Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Moisturizer Available at Sephora
All Over, All the Time
Dry brush always: I started dry brushing when pregnant with my first kiddo over ten years ago to increase my blood flow, but the benefits of stimulating the lymphatic system are really why I’m still doing it all these years later. Available on Goop
Kate McLeod Body Stone The Kate McLeod body stone is so thick and moisturizing. I like to rub it all over just out of the shower, while my skin is still damp and the pores are open. Available on Kate McLeod
Ode to Venus Oil Available at COMMONS
Nécessaire Unscented Lotion Available on Nécessaire