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Sakaralites, meet Carla Harshman. You can find her traversing New York, usually donning a beret, Jackie O oversized glasses and glowing, radiant skin. She's put in the woman hours to snag that enviable complexion, though, with an intricate multi-step routine and a lovingly thorough self-care regimen. We've tapped her to share her expertise in putting your best face forward— whether it be re-thinking your coffee habit, grocery shopping for good skin, or why Manuka honey is the holy grail.
Dive into her day, filled with creative projects, meetings in Brooklyn, museum dates, beauty side-hustles, and a power (Sakara) lunch.
7:00 am: Wake-up (this counts as sleeping-in. I generally [TRY to] get up at 5:30/6:00 am to workout).
7:20 am: Actually wake-up after hitting the snooze button twice (mornings are tough).
7:20 am: Stretch in bed (my body is super stiff in the AM, I’m an ex-ballet dancer + things crack a lot. Stretching gets my blood flowing + body feeling alive... again). Step out of bed and dry brush, gets blood flowing even more, stimulates lymphatic drainage, firms skin, AND prevents cellulite. We like this.
7:30 am: First things first. I use an ice roller over my entire face, focusing on eyes for three minutes, followed by a jade, or hematite roller depending on my mood for another three minutes. Skin rollers are excellent for draining lymphatic fluids, reducing puffiness, preventing fine lines + firming skin tone (YES!).
7:40 am: After I roll, I dampen skin + apply Manuka Honey over my entire face as a mask. I leave honey on for as long as time will allow, but I aim for at least 20 minutes five days a week. Manuka is incredibly healing, it hydrates, exfoliates, heals acne, improves skin tone, and brightens and it’s so gentle, yet very effective, which is why I love using it on (almost) a daily basis. (Read my thoughts on why Manuka Honey should be a part of your beauty regime here on The S Life Mag).
While honey is doing its thing, I prepare lemon water with cayenne pepper, turmeric, and fresh ginger. Cayenne boosts our metabolism, turmeric heals acne, helps fade scars, and is a wonderful anti-inflammatory + ginger is loaded with antioxidants. It also evens skin tone and increases elasticity. Everything we put into our body affects us internally, so we might as well give it good purpose with what we choose to ingest on a daily basis, this is one of the top reasons I love and appreciate Sakara Life SO much, it’s delicious + good for you. I drink a lot of water too, to flush toxins out of my body. I start with 3-4 glasses in the AM and drink continually throughout the day – it makes skin glow. In the AM, I add five full droppers of Sakara Life Beauty Water to one of my many glasses. It contains rose and silica. Both wonderful ingredients for boosting the glow factor and silica helps increase collagen production and firm skin.
7:50 am: Still honey masking, I light palo santo, hold a crystal (lately, I’m gravitating towards rose quartz – encourages love, kind thoughts, reduces stress, and opens the heart), and meditate for 20 minutes. Sometimes it’s journaling, but I prefer to have this time to focus my thoughts on the day and set my intentions. It keeps me grounded, focused, + feeling positive.
8:10 am: Eat breakfast (my favorite meal). Today on the menu, Sakara Life’s Cacao Chip + Almond Waffles w| Amber Maple Syrup. I love sweets, this is such a treat. It’s delicious without feeling too heavy and leaving you with carb-guilt. I can eat this every morning. :)
8:30 am: Wash honey off – spritz with rose water to keep skin hydrated.
8:45 am: Quick AM stroll, it’s important for me to get fresh air and get my body moving. I work as a consultant + work from home a lot, so I like to start my day moving + out of the apartment and generally, I will grab a coffee (I’m a new coffee drinker! Yikes, right?!). #AMERICANO.
9:30 am: Go through inbox, respond to emails, make phone calls, etc…work on current projects, i.e.: research product ingredients for my lip products. I’m developing (super luxe, delicious, and absolutely gorgeous in color + taste) a line of fun, sexy, beautiful products, more details to come, so stay tuned. :)
10:15 am: Get ready for day – shower, wash face, apply makeup. I have a business meeting to get to, but I prefer a "no makeup-makeup" look, so I get ready pretty fast. Natural, gorgeous, glowing skin is the best, and I’m a big fan of a top knot, or sexy bedhead. I don’t wash my hair everyday, the dirtier the better, it gives hair great texture. Everything should be slightly undone.
11:30 am: Meeting in Brooklyn at Toby’s with athleisure brand for an upcoming event + product launch.
12:30 pm: Back home for a quick minute + time for lunch! Today on the menu, Turmeric Toast + Salad w|Creamy Cashew Ranch Dressing. I love turmeric, I use it on almost everything I eat, it’s amazing for the body + so incredible for glowing skin - it’s a natural anti-inflammatory. The creamy cashew ranch dressing is seriously good. It’s spicy + tangy + SO delicious! This makes me want to eat salads more often, I’m normally not satisfied by eating leafy greens, but this certainly leaves me feeling full + happy.
1:30 pm: Into the city for a meeting at Condé Nast with Brides + Self Magazine. I love visiting Condé, it’s always a fun time + lots of exciting things in the works!
3:30 pm: Back to Brooklyn for a quick change (shoes) + late afternoon snack + juice at my favorite juice spot in BK – Grass Roots Juicery. I use this location as my office a couple days a week. It’s quiet during the daytime, spacious, + close to home. Answer more emails + brainstorm about potential partnerships for a menswear client I’m working with. Current project: upcoming sneaker release...!
5:00 pm: HOME + taking a quick minute to chill. Cruising Instagram (naturally) + watching Netflix – “The Great British Baking Show” (guilty pleasure because the accents + delicious sweets, it’s addictive + I have a small crush on Paul – he’s one of the judges, a total silver fox).
5:30 pm: Early supper. Sakara Life Chili w|Cornbread! A dinnertime dream for this girl. I grew up in the south, so I really appreciate a hearty meal that’s comforting + filling without making me feel like I need to do a three-day juice cleanse afterwards.
6:30 pm: BACK INTO THE CITY, lol. My day is generally spent hopping across the East River several times a day. Meeting my boyfriend at MoMA to see the fashion exhibit, “Is Fashion Modern?”
9:00 pm: BACK TO BROOKLYN! Rowdy night, early bedtime for us kids. ;P
Sleepover at my Love’s. Change into his pj’s, wash face + unwind. Watch Netflix in bed – start the “Meyerowitz Stories,” kinda funny, but slow moving – don’t finish. Last but not least, before bedtime, I take my Sakara Life Superfood Chocolate Probiotics (it’s really hard to only take just one. It’s basically candy.) + 5 full droppers of the Detox Water Concentrate. This makes me feel like I’m really keeping my body clean because it helps eliminates toxins, relieves stress, + of course, helps skin glow, which is what we want. It’s definitely what I want! <3
11:50 pm: Puts iPhone down and actually attempts to get beauty rest. Turns on 'Sleepstream 2' app and tunes into white noise to take me to dream land. Sets alarm for 6am.
By S LIFE MAG • February 27, 2018