The medicine cabinet takes on a whole new personality in all of our homes. For some, it's exactly as its advertised, suspended above the bathroom sink. For others, a pile of makeup palates on your nightstand, or bottles of supplements in your kitchen cabinet, maybe even tinted moisturizers that have found a home in the console of your car.
The Medicine Cabinet Series was created to give you a unique look at the everyday lives of a diverse group of women from around the country. Dive in for a candid approach to wellness unlike any other.
The Medicine Cabinet Series: English
Reproductive Health Writer and Birth Doula from San Francisco, CA
BINTO: What does your wellness routine look like?
English: I recently started a daily meditation and journaling practice that I try to do first thing in the morning. I then get my body going with water flavored with lime juice or electrolytes. I take my BINTO supplements with this. I also make coffee blended with collagen peptides and stevia.
I've been trying to listen to my body and only eat when I'm truly hungry, so I don't really have set meal times right now. This has been challenging for me but it's going well so far! I focus on eating mostly organic, whole foods throughout the day and limiting refined sugars, grains, and booze. I like to sweat three to five times a week through walking, running stairs, HIIT classes, and vinyasa yoga. A big part of my wellness routine is spending time with people who make me feel full, alive, and heard.
Well-being starts with sleep, food, exercise, and caring for my mental and emotional health, but I've always loved skincare and makeup, with an emphasis on the former. My everyday products are Indie Lee Squalene Oil and Brightening Cleanser, Drunk Elephant sunscreen, RMS concealer, Lily Lolo mascara, Pacifica tinted brow gel, Smith's Rosebud Salve, and Le Labo Santal 33 perfume. Once a week I take a bath with candles, essential oils, and salts and do a face mask.
BINTO: What product can’t you live without?
English: I probably can't pick just one. I love my Vital Proteins collagen peptides — I notice a difference in the way my hair, skin, and nails look when I'm consistently using them. The lime juice and flavored electrolytes for my water are game changers, too. I don't drink nearly as much water if it's plain. I'm also big on sunscreen.
BINTO: Have you ever discussed supplements with a health professional or do you tend to Google things?
English: Both. When I'm Googling, I only seek information from reliable online sources like clinical studies, academic institutions, the BINTO blog, or research-backed organizations. From my work as a women's wellness writer, I've gotten to know a lot of health professionals. I text or email them questions all the time (thank you!).
BINTO: Have you seen your wellness routine evolve over the years?
English: It's become more holistic over the years. These days, my wellness routine revolves around sleep, mindfulness, diet, exercise, and relationships. Previously, I didn't really think about how my friendships, spirituality, work-life balance, or sex life impacted my overall wellness. It was more about beauty products, calories, or running five miles a day, versus things like nutrients, spending time in nature, or going to therapy.
BINTO: What was the defining moment when you realized you could take personal wellness into your own hands?
English: When I got an IUD about two and a half years ago, I had a really negative experience at the gynecologist. I felt dismissed and my questions did not get thoroughly answered. Frustrated but determined, I went home and decided to take my health (and uterus) into my own hands. I spent hours researching and calling my friends in the medical field to get my questions addressed. From this experience, I learned that at the end of the day, I'm my own best health advocate.
This is actually why I began writing about reproductive health. When I was researching IUDs, I found clinical studies on PubMed but they were really hard to parse. On the other end of the spectrum, there was light, fluffy content that didn't have enough scientific grounding. I decided to try and fill this largely ignored hole and space on the Internet. I have a background in content, so I started writing about reproductive health but doing it in an accessible, engaging way that only cites experts and legit sources.
BINTO: Do you use BINTO? Do you stick to your routine?
English: Yep and yep! BINTO gives me peace of mind and I view it as a form of everyday self-care.
BINTO: Favorite supplement in your pack-Go!
English: I love the probiotic. I have a sensitive digestive system and my probiotic keeps everything running smoothly.
BINTO: How do you take your wellness routine on the go?
English: I like that BINTO supplement packets are so easy to pack and toss in my purse or toiletry bag. My journal, water bottle, and essential oil rollerballs are usually with me, too.
BINTO: Do you feel like there is something you’re still searching for in your wellness journey?
English: I've tried every natural deodorant on the market and none of them keep my B.O. at bay or pass my boyfriend's sniff test. Until then, I'll be sticking to my tried-and-true (but chemical-laden) Secret.