Coconut oil is amazing for so many uses. This is by far the best brand and a big jar lasts a long time. I use it for lotion, eye make-up remover, as a hair treatment, night-time face oil, and even put it in my breakfast fruit shakes. My dog loves it too.
I have a bottle of this in my bathroom so I can spritz my face first thing in the morning, at my desk for mid-day wake-me-up spritzes, and I always take it in my carry-on (only 1 oz) when flying for mid-flight rehydrating spritzes. I love the name and love that it’s packed with hydrating seaweed and essential oils. For a less costly (more diluted) version the pump up the volume face spray is also great.
My friend Rose-Marie from RMS Beauty had a small personal infrared sauna in her apartment, and I thought… I’d love to have one of those! As if the universe heard me, I received one as a special deal. It’s in the corner of my bedroom and I’ve been using it for years now. Sweating out toxins is incredibly good for you on many levels. And relaxing in this sauna apparently burns a lot of calories too. I’m not sure it gets any better! The dry heat also makes it easy to read a book or, do what I do, and bring paperwork in there.
Speaking of Rose-Marie, her make up line is like nothing else. The un-cover up, lip shine, luminizer and more are all amazing but her un-powder is what I worship the most. I’ve always had a tendency to get that greasy-faced look and caking on beige powders all day ended up looking like, well, caked on beige powder. RMS Un-Powder disappears like magic. This super-fine white magical powder gets rid of any shine leaving only a dewy soft look.
I’d always known skin brushing is incredibly good for your skin but most of the brushes out there are coarse and painful, so I avoided doing it. Then I found this small brush that’s much softer so you’re not wincing in pain, and the best part is using it on your face. It feels amazing and keeps those skin cells turning over like they should!
I’ve had my rebounder for over 10 years now and it looks and works the same as ever. It’s a gentle form of exercise that gives your cells a gravitational-pull work out. The best thing about it is that is also boosts your mood. It’s like jumping up and down on a bed… it’s hard not to feel much happier. Sometimes I bounce up and down gently while watching news, other times I put on loud music and make it a vigorous work out.
The phrase “beautiful inside and out,” transcends beyond the figurative notion. What we put in our bodies—directly by the food we eat, superficially by the products we slather on our skin—has a clear correlation to our appearance. It’s undeniable that a diet high in raw foods leads to optimal health, including ideal weight and luminous skin.
Read on below for our exclusive interview with Sarma where we discussed everything from her daily skincare routine to fitness regimen. Afterwards, scroll through the slideshow above to learn more about—and shop!—her go-to essentials.
How has eating raw and organic changed your life? I always thought I was a pretty healthy eater, until I stumbled onto the idea of “raw” and tried it for what I thought was going to be a two week experiment. After only a few days, I already felt so much better. I slept better, I had much more energy, and it even felt like a fog was being lifted, like I was waking up. I also researched the topic and was so surprised I didn’t know about it earlier and wondered, why doesn't everyone eat this way all the time? I was 30 at the time and only wished I’d started earlier.
I’m also grateful for the way it’s opened up my life in so many other ways. I just live a cleaner life in general and am more aware of my choices and their impact.
What are you some of your daily essentials? Virgin coconut oil, face the day and plump up the volume skincare products by Simply Divine Botanicals, Swan Greens Juice from One Lucky Duck, my infrared sauna, RMS’s "un" powder, a body brush and a rebounder. *Editors note: scroll through the slideshow above to read Sarma’s explanation for each.
You’ve written two books on how to get glowing skin. What is your favorite juice and smoothie recipe to get the glow? For juice, I always drink Swan Greens, probably three a day. It’s my favorite from our juice bars. Like everything we make, we use all organic ingredients. This one is made from cucumber, spinach, dandelion, grapefruit, pear, spearmint, tarragon, and yuzu. It’s has just a little bit of fruit sweetness to balance the “green.” I definitely don’t have time to juice myself so I always have a few bottles of this in my fridge.
For shakes, I like using a coconut water and fruit base. Papaya is really good for your skin (you can just mash it up and use it as an enzyme mask) but it’s great in shakes as well, with pineapple, strawberries, and of course a spoonful of coconut oil too. I always add a tiny pinch of Himalayan pink salt to my shakes and usually a touch of stevia and a pinch of vanilla powder.
Best beauty advice? Everyone says things like “drink lots of water” or “wear sunscreen every day” but everyone knows that. The most entertaining beauty advice I ever got was more about appearances… my friend Rose-Marie from RMS Beauty once told me, “Honey, as you get older and your skin sags; remember, don’t ever be on top. You don’t want to be looking down at your man with a saggy face. Always be on the bottom.” Thanks Rose-Marie!
What is your fitness routine? I see a trainer usually twice a week if I can for strength training, and I like running on the treadmill at the gym, or kickboxing, and taking my dog for long walks. He’s a pit-bull mix and needs a lot of exercise so that gets me out the door even when I don’t feel like it. The colder it gets out the more I use my rebounder indoors, and I have all kinds of free-weights lying around my office and home. So when I’m on a conference call or watching something on TV, I do sets of arm curls or other exercises. This sounds ridiculous, but I also do squats when I’m flossing and brushing. I’d have a tendency to rush through my oral hygiene too fast otherwise, so doing a certain number of reps means I’ll do a thorough floss/brush job too. It’s a win-win. I’m always trying to squeeze in exercise wherever I can since I don’t feel like I have as much time as I’d like to do a more regular routine.