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: Amanda
Registered Dietician from Hartford, CT
BINTO: Tell us a bit about your daily wellness routine!
Amanda: I always start my day with a glass of water and I make sure to stay hydrated all day - I bring my Nalgene with me wherever I go as a reminder. Hydration is so important for skin health and I even consider it part of my daily skincare routine! I try to keep the rest of my skincare routine as simple as possible, starting in the morning with a splash of water to the face followed by Cocokind’s Rosewater Toner and Facial Repair Oil. Then I apply some light foundation with SPF and eye makeup and I’m ready to take on the day! My night routine is similar to what I do in the morning except I use Cocokind’s Facial Cleansing Oil to wipe my makeup away before toning and moisturizing. I also love exfoliating and applying a facial mask 2-3 times per week to smooth and brighten my skin. And of course, as a dietitian, I can’t talk about wellness without talking about diet! I consider my diet to play a significant role in my skincare as well so I always make sure to include plenty of fruits and veggies for antioxidants to prevent damage to skin from the inside-out.
BINTO: What product can’t you live without?
Amanda: Cocokind’s MyMatcha All-Over Moisture Stick! This product can literally be applied anywhere and everywhere for instant moisture to dry spots but I use it mostly on my lips. My lips used to peel and crack despite constant chap-stick application until I started using MyMatcha. It is the only product that has been fully effective for me and I love knowing it’s made only with natural, organic ingredients.
BINTO: What’s your definition of wellness?
Amanda: To me, wellness is the holistic practice of self-care. I think of it as a lifestyle to maintain and continually improve upon rather than something that can fully be achieved. Wellness is about listening to your body and being mindful of how to take care of both your physical and mental needs.
BINTO: Have you ever discussed supplements with a health professional or do you tend to Google things?
Amanda: I think everyone is guilty of just Googling things every now and then when we want a quick answer! But- if I’ve learned anything from being dietitian, it is that health and wellness are so individualized. For most things in life, especially concerning health, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. I always recommend consulting a health professional if you’re thinking about taking certain supplements – what works for others may not have the same effect on you, and vice versa.
"If I’ve learned anything from being dietitian, it is that health and wellness are so individualized. For most things in life, especially concerning health, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution."
BINTO: Do you feel like there is something you're still searching for in your wellness journey?
Amanda: Absolutely! I'm always looking for the cleanest products for my skin and hair. It's definitely a challenge to find gentle and natural products at the right price point. Making the switch to cleaner makeup products is next on my list.
BINTO: Have you ever made any wellness mistakes you've had to learn from?
Amanda: I used to have a lot of acne as a teen and it wasn't until I consulted a holistic doctor that I realized that dairy was a significant cause of my skin issues. Since then, I have greatly reduced my dairy intake and my skin has really cleared up. I find now that whenever I eat dairy, I'll almost always wake up with a spot on my face the next day. Though I avoid dairy as much as possible for this reason, I always make sure I include other good sources of calcium in my diet.
BINTO: Have you seen your wellness routine evolve over the years?
Amanda: My wellness routine has definitely evolved to a more natural approach to skincare and overall health. I used to choose products based on what they were advertised to do for me (“clear up your acne,” “brighten your skin,” “eliminate dark spots”) but my focus has now shifted to looking for products made with minimal, clean, and natural ingredients. I first decided to switch my skincare routine with the thought of doing what would be best for my skin in the future. After using natural skincare products for almost a year now though, I’ve noticed that my skin looks better than it ever did using those other products that are filled with additives and chemicals just to create a certain effect. I take a similar approach to my diet as well; though I never like to be too strict with anything diet-related (all foods can fit into a healthy diet!), I do tend to choose foods that are minimally processed and with ingredients I can see and pronounce.