Alicia Keys Figures Out Her Pores and skin
The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys has put a lot of thought into beauty, wellness, and self-care lately. You could tick some of the pandemic considerations, but Ms. Keys, 39, has also developed a beauty-meets-self-care line called Keys Soulcare, which will debut on December 3rd.
The line, which includes skin care and home fragrances, is inspired by beauty rituals that make her feel good – suitable for those stressful days. See what she likes below.
Day and night
I love both routines – day and night. Both are really special and important in their own way. If it’s morning, my routine depends on the day. Sometimes I’m in a great hurry. More mornings are like the rushed ones, but sometimes I have time to pamper myself. I definitely have oily skin and have been prone to breakouts.
At the beginning of my career, I didn’t know what was going on. I’ve been under the camera and under hot lights and that definitely didn’t help. I had no skin experience. My mother wasn’t a great beauty. She just said, “Here’s a wash, here’s a lotion, now do your day.” I had to try a lot of different things from makeup artists and other experts I met and it wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I found out, “Oh, that’s how people do it.”
There’s this brand called Osmosis Beauty. I use their mist and they have a detergent that I really like. I have this other mist, LIV by Knutek, which is more Ayurvedic with tea tree oil.
When it comes to creams, I’m really excited about Keys Soulcare Transformation Cream because it won’t clog you up or make you greasy. I start this line because I love the idea of simple and workable rituals that we can bring into our lives. I find that these routines along with meditation give me center and calm every morning.
I also love the Epicuren propolis sunscreen. It’s pretty hard though.
I recently met Tiffany Masterson who started Drunk Elephant. In the end, we found that we think alike and are connected through our stories. She’s so DIY which is so great. She has tinted sunscreen that is so light.
I really like the Chanel Le Volume waterproof mascara in brown. The color is called 27 Mirage. In general, I like a lot of Chanel makeup products.
I’m big, big on fragrances and I’m big on incense and I’m big on candles. As an artist, I always light candles and incense in the studio. That’s why we have the most beautiful candle as part of Keys Soulcare’s first offering. It’s sage and oat milk. It has to do with creating the space around you with scented fragrance that adds to the creative process.
The scent is also deep in the meditation practice. If you burn sage, clean the room. And bringing that into the self-care routine is very powerful. If you get ready at night or if you haven’t finished yet, a large part of it lights a candle and sets an intention.
When I think of lighting the candle, I think, “I’m shining at full power.” That’s a big thing I’ve been thinking about personally – don’t hold back and just be bright and brilliant and brave. I love this mantra.
I also like fragrant oils – lavender or eucalyptus. When it’s for the bath, I’ll drop about eight or 10 drops of essential oil there. When it’s on my skin, I put a little on my finger and just do pulse points. I get mine at Whole Foods and then there’s the Young Living brand. Your oils are really amazing and I order them online.
I’m going crazy with my bathroom. I go bananas. There are these amazing bath boxes from Mama Medicine that we will be working with for Keys Soulcare. The founder, Deborah Hanekamp, is a beautiful craftswoman. She will fill the box with rose petals and certain crystals and certain oils and other incense.
Then she gives you a menu of what to do to relieve tension or how to recover when you feel exhausted. During this time when everything feels so crazy, the bathroom is a relaxing place.
In fact, one of the nicest things about this new normal we’re going through is that it’s obviously not so much about the outside. It’s so much more about the inside. With my hair, I enjoy the simplicity of everything. I’ve never worn ponytails in my entire life. Also, I definitely wear my hair and am a lot curly and natural.
I use a lot of different things. There’s a new brand from Gabrielle Union and Larry Sims – he’s my hairdresser – called Flawless. I use their items because they are quite simple and also very good. I also like Ouidad because the products are rich. My hair is very curly, and if I wear it curly, the more moisture there is, the better.
I love a good hair mask – I have gotu kola. Most of the time, I’m lazy and don’t dry my hair. When I use a hair dryer, I use it with a diffuser attachment.
Take time to care for yourself
I got one of these theragun massage items. It’s scary at times. You look at it and it looks like it hurts. It hurts a little, but then it doesn’t.
I love face rolls. I’ve been doing them for a while. Mine is an obsidian stone. It feels so good to use stones and crystals in my life. For me, it’s a big part of what feels good. I love to call myself the energy I am looking for. Lord knows we need good energy.
I also have an LED light. It’s very portable. It’s almost like a book and you open it in front of your face. It’s called Dpl II.
Diet and fitness
There are so many accessible ways to exercise right now. I enjoy my meditation, but the fitness side of my routine makes me feel clearer and more in my element. Otherwise I could be moody and not want to create.
Taryn Toomey’s the class is great. I also work with Jeanette Jenkins, the Hollywood trainer. She does a lot on Instagram, and when my kids are in the park playing basketball I pull out her IG and do a few minutes of it.
I like AKT from this Frau Anna Kaiser. She is really great. And I like to do a good Gaia Yoga. I go to the app and find a yoga session that fits my time. Oh, and I’m a peloton fanatic.
I do not eat meat. I’ve been like that since I was a kid. I don’t make dairy products. I’m doing a cheat day though. I’m trying my best to save everything for Sunday. It really helps. If you eat all you want on Sunday, you don’t want it. It is too much.
I’m not trying to totally eat bananas. When I want something, I eat half of it. The other day my friend from Mexico brought me through Pan de Muerto. It’s basically butter and sugar on bread. I am a bread fanatic. Why did you bring this to me Don’t you know it’s hard for me So I just told myself to have half of it.