Beauty editor Julia Alfert reveals her own personal beauty routine including Keweko, Orgaenics & Mádara
Certain rituals are important. Especially right now in these times of change and with so many new and exciting things lining up ahead, it’s good to have something that you can count on here and there, something you trust, and just keep going. Meditation, for example, is a great ritual. I recently spent two weeks on a silent Zen retreat and meditated for up to five hours a day while I was there. Of course that’s not very workable for normal daily life. But the good news is that just ten minutes every morning is enough to find yourself and be more awake and alert as you go through your day.
Otherwise, even your morning coffee or the trip to work can be a meditative experience. Actually everything can be meditative, if you do it mindfully and are “fully in the moment.” It’s much the same with a daily beauty routine. Mine is sometimes more extensive, sometimes less so, and the products vary. There are some steps to mine, however, that have become a permanent habit. For example, brushing my skin with a body brush before I get into the shower and rinsing off with ice cold water just before I get out again. Or thoroughly combing my hair before going to bed.
If I had the privilege of living by the sea, I’d integrate the ritual of a morning swim. I just spent a few days in Cadaqués, a wonderful and picturesque village on the Costa Brava where part of my family lives. While I was there, I had already jumped in the ocean before it was time for breakfast – that awakens the spirit. And once or twice a week I would probably forego the shower afterwards and simply rub a nourishing body cream over the salt already on my skin. That’s what my aunt has been doing for 20 years now and in her early 50s she has skin and a body you would really envy. But back to my routine. Since I’m traveling a lot right now, my “product portfolio” is limited. It just wouldn’t work, however, without these few choice tubes and jars – they make my beauty ritual into an even lovelier custom.
At the moment, I’m using the Peppermint Shampoo by Malin+Goetz almost daily. The fresh mint aroma clears my head and my hair feels so pleasantly clean and soft afterwards. When it gets a bit much for me again, I’ll switch to one of the other shampoos on my favorites list. But after two days, my mint addiction will come back again and I’ll be reaching for the (Malin+Goetz) bottle.
I apply a little bit of Oi Conditioner by Davines to the ends. Once or twice a week, I distribute the product all through my hair and leave it in for about 15 minutes – then it becomes an intensive, moisturizing hair mask. For a shower gel, at the moment I’m using Activate Body Wash by Linné Botanicals. This liquid cleansing gel contains Dead Sea salt, activated charcoal, volcanic ash, and various essential oils. It has a smoothing exfoliating effect, cleanses, and nourishes the skin. The oils aren’t just there to make your skin super soft, but also to provide a great scent: Eucalyptus, vetiver, and Douglas fir are both refreshing and relaxing at the same time.
I take vitamins and micronutrients in capsule form with a glass of hot water before I start my facial care routine – right now, it’s the Mrs. One-A-Day Multivitamin Komplex by Ogaenics. In the morning, a few spritzes of On The Rise Refreshing Toner by Keweko makes for fresh skin in no time. I massage a few drops of the rich, smoothing, and intensely nourishing EGF Serum by Bioeffekt into my skin and gently tap a little around my eyes. It magically does away with red, irritated, or dry areas and has a balancing effect. Afterwards, I actually don’t need to use any more care products. Now and then I use a little Face Oil by Rodin on my face, neck, and décolleté. In the evening, I cleanse my skin with the Micellar Water by Mádara. It works completely without rinsing afterwards and the hyaluronic acid in it already moisturizes your skin during cleansing – wonderfully uncomplicated.
I use a mask once or twice a week when I have time. Or, better said, I use two of them: the Scrub Face Mask by Linné Botanicals, which smells like chamomile, bergamot, and natural honey and cares for your skin while cleansing and polishing it thoroughly thanks to fine granules; and then the SOS Hydra Mask Moisture+Radiance by Mádara afterwards, which is like a knight in shining armor that transforms dry and irritated skin into radiant softness.
In regards to makeup, there’s always wonderfully little going on for me: I bring my brows into form a bit, apply a little concealer and highlighter, and a few swabs of color on my lips or cheeks now and then. The products I use are mostly the usual suspects.
Speaking of summer: After an intensive period of work and some great experiences, I’m taking this summer off to relax, travel, and file out the details of some new projects. So for the time being, this is my last article for hey woman! and I’ll close it with a “beauty bye-bye for now.”
Originally from Hamburg, Julia Alfert moved to Berlin from Paris in 2010. After completing her studies in Art History and trying out different jobs, her path led her to Harper’s Bazaar, where she worked as Fashion & Beauty Assistant until mid 2015. While she’s harboured a love for all things beauty-related for as long as she can remember, her discovery of the written word is recent. When Julia isn’t busy trying out different creams, oils, and sprays she writes and styles for an assortment of magazines and websites.