FIRST THOUGHT: Wellness Starts in the Sheets
A nap is always a good idea. Seriously. Every other day, I see some viral article about how this is good for your health or that will make you live longer. There’s one thing each and every one of those concepts on wellbeing include: get enough sleep. It’s no longer “cool” to pull an all-nighter, or say you can get by on a few hours. Now, unless you’re a kindergartener, it’s hard to fit a nap in.
For the next week, set a bedtime alarm. When it chirps at you, pause HBO, put down your bourbon and start your nighttime routine. Charge your phone in the kitchen, turn on the ocean sounds, and sweet, sweet dreams, girlfriend.
WOMEN IN NUMBERS: $180 Billion
Another thing we don’t pay attention to? Skin. It’s one of those things you don’t notice until it betrays you with wicked sunburns, hormonal acne and crow’s feet. (By the way, who invented that term? Literally any other bird’s foot would be better). I digress. By 2024, skincare’s going to be a serious marketplace, estimated to hit $180 billion a year. I feel dewy already.
WOMAN TO WATCH: Tata Harper, Founder of Tata Harper Skincare
Tata Harper is a skincare expert. That’s right. She knows all about that weird stuff that keeps us all together.
Originally from Columbia, Tata would help her stepfather work at cattle auctions and later, she started her own clothing brand. With a degree in industrial engineering, Tata would relocate to Miami and then, finally, to the farm in Vermont.
Then, Tata’s stepfather was diagnosed with cancer, and it opened her eyes to the dangers of synthetic chemicals in products. So, she decided to create a non-toxic skincare line using her family’s 1,200-acre family farm.
Now, the family farm continues to flourish as the headquarters of Tata Harper Skincare. Tata’s business is part of what’s deemed the “green luxurious market.” It’s the industry that wellness influencers like Gwyneth Paltrow can’t get enough of, where a focus on environmentally friendly elements melds with decadent features.
Since its inception, Tata Harper Skincare has seen tremendous growth. 200 people work at the business - a far cry from the days when Tata would make homemade hair masks at home spa parties with her grandmother.
There’s lot to say about Tata’s products. One of my favorite features is the batch number that’s etched on the bottles. You can simply look up the number and see when it was made and who made it. (That’s important, because you don’t want Tata’s Anti-Aging Quadruple Neuropeptide Face Serum to be older than you).
If you feel like you have 99 skin problems and then some, Tata offers a concierge service that helps guide you toward a specific regimen. She’ll guarantee that it’s vegan-friendly and cruelty free.
Here are some gratis tips from the expert. First, layer your skincare products in order from thinnest to thickest. Don’t slap on that eye cream and then your toner, girl. Another thing? Slow down your face care. This isn’t a sprint. Be gentle and think good thoughts.
Aside from making people beautiful, though, Tata says the most rewarding part of her job, is to help people live a healthy, high quality life.
QUITE THE QUOTE
Let’s say goodnight or good nap with a quote by Tata Harper:
"People said what I wanted to do, an all-natural luxury skincare line that was truly effective, was crazy. ... But they were wrong. ... And I am proud to have pioneered the movement."