1) What was the primary inspiration for your (recent?) focus on health, wellness, clean eating and living?
Growing up in Vermont, I credit my Mom for an early awareness of what I put in and on my body: we celebrated rainbow-colored foods, for example, avoided aerosol, and had a natruopathic, whole health doctor. In this sense, clean living has always been a part of my life.
But making choices like where to live, what to do for work, who to surround myself with and where to spend money are ones made as an investment to wellness as an all-encompassing lifestyle. Seeing the repercussions of stress and external toxins affect loved ones has been a big influence, as is seeing years of (seriously dedicated) sunbathing catch up with my skin. Plus taking care of myself makes me a generally nicer, calmer and more productive person!
I fully subscribe to the idea that “what you do every day matters more than what you do once in awhile” and hope that by living intentionally, I’ll be able to age gracefully, stay active and do the things I love for as long as possible.
Southern California living really is all about making your desired lifestyle a reality– I find that people here value their flexibility and tend to prioritize their personal life over their work life, which I think is a very healthy approach to take.
For someone wellness-focused, Venice Beach is heaven on earth! There are 7 weekly farmers markets within walking distance, the ocean is a 1/2 mile away, and juice bars, yoga studios, and raw food restaurants are plentiful. The fact that I can bike most places is a huge bonus, and working from home makes for a very light green footprint. I love having everything I need right in my own backyard.
My main requirement for a skincare product, natural or not, is simply for it to work. (Although I dont support immoral companies such as those who test on animals.) Ideally Id like to use only pure products, but its challenging to find staples that are both effective and completely natural. Im currently in the process of phasing out products in my routine that contain toxic ingredients and am really enjoying the research and process of trial and error. Fortunately, as non-toxic lines such as Tata Harper develop formulas with extremely compelling results, it becomes far easier to get the best of both worlds. I look forward to being able to share a well-curated list of natural products and resources sometime soon!
4) In your search for inspiring businesses, individuals or communities focused on wellness and clean living, any stand-outs we should know about?
I recently had the transformative experience of taking a detox workshop with yogi Seane Corn. I’ve never met a person with so much passion for their work and was completely mesmerized by her commitment to yoga, activism and to the combatting of toxins in our bodies and environment. Her classes are an absolute fortune of knowledge and inspiration– she’s constantly traveling so it’s possible to try a class no matter where you live.
In my daily life, I use Philosophie Superfood Powders in pretty much everything I eat. I love that they’re made entirely of purposeful, active ingredients without any caffeine or fillers. More powerful than any latte or protein shake I’ve ever had!
Other inspirations include The Esalen Institute in Big Sur, which has an incredible work-study program I’m dying to try, The Detox Market, a great source for finding toxin-free lifestyle products, and Cafe Gratitude a vegan restaurant that recently opened a location in my hood. The menu is inventive and delicious, and they make you think about more than what’s on your plate.
This beauty tip is actually a non-tip: When I first moved to LA, the pollution took a serious toll on my complexion. For six months my skin was covered from chin to ear with what I thought was adult acne– I’d never experienced anything like it and went nuts trying every facial and infomercial product I could find. (Still with no improvement.) At some point a friend told me to Just. Stop. Everything. No face-washing, no spot-treatment, no makeup and definitely no picking for two entire weeks. This went against everything I thought I needed, but I was desperate. During this time my skin was able to regulate itself and all the problems cleared up permanently. It was a rough two weeks but reminded me that above all else, the body truly knows how to heal itself best.
Thank you Rachel!
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Author: Tata Harper Team
The team at Tata Harper Skincare is passionate about promoting a modern, health-conscious natural beauty lifestyle that’s committed to safety, honesty and sustainability.