Our Follain family members are some of the most passionate and inspiring ladies around and they’re an essential part of spreading the word about healthy skincare. As many of you know, they’re a wealth of knowledge and happen to be incredibly easy to talk to. Each month we’ll be profiling one of our team members to share with you their personal beauty secrets and tips for living a balanced lifestyle.
Amy Murphy is the wonderfully talented Director of our Beacon Hill shop. She’s the chatty Irish native who is most often found zipping around Beacon Hill and nibbling on baked goods. Read on to find out the secrets to her personal beauty ritual.
What is your morning beauty ritual?
My morning routine used to be quite like that of the Tazmanian Devil tearing around the apartment, just managing a shower and a quick tousle of the hair. Makeup might or might not happen, but I never forgot to tone and moisturize. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized the sanctity of a slow-paced morning and how it can ultimately put you in the right mindset for the rest of the day. I take the time now to sit and have my tea, relax into my beauty routine and let it put me in the right place for the rest of the day.
What is your evening beauty ritual?
My evening routine is very relaxed. It’s always my time to unwind and take “me” time. I usually make tea (peppermint probably), and throw on some mellow music (usually Leon Bridges or Otis Redding). I then cleanse twice to get the day off and then I tone and moisturize. Twice a week I will do some kind of treatment, which is either a mask or exfoliant… or both!
What is the one Follain product you can’t live without?
I always laugh when people ask me this but I am OBSESSED with the One Love Organics Charcoal Heart Sponge - I always feel like my face is so happy when I use this with any cleanser.
What unsafe conventional product has been the toughest for you to give up?
I would say hair products. I have very thick hair and it’s so difficult for it to feel really nourished. I was the one who would try just about anything that would promise super soft, luxurious hair - especially if it smelled amazing! What I’ve realized through this process is that if I just let my hair be in its most natural state, it is very happy and it will take care of itself.
Aside from skincare, what’s one ritual that makes you feel the most beautiful?
I feel most beautiful when I am taking care of my body and mind, which is why a good restorative yoga or meditation keeps me balanced and feeling beautiful.
What tips would give others to help them feel and look beautiful every day?
SLOW DOWN! The world is fast-paced enough and stress is the quickest thing to age you inside and out. Also, take the time for rituals and pampering, whether it be an extra 45 minutes at night to light a candle, have a glass of wine and put on a mask.
What are your favorite foods that promote beauty from the inside out?
I eat avocados almost every day in some form. I also try to stock up on berries and eat some form of fish at least twice a week for the beneficial omegas.
We often abide by the “80/20 rule”. Treat your body right 80% of the time and splurge 20% of the time. So.... what's your 20%?
Baked goods!! I am a sucker for really good scones or muffins – it’s the Irish in me that loves a good scone and cuppa tea!
What DIY beauty routines do you do at home?
I make a really hydrating hair mask using avocado, honey, coconut oil, and yogurt. It smells amazing and leaves my hair so shiny and healthy – better than any mask I’ve bought, believe it or not.
What’s the best piece of beauty advice your mother ever gave you?
Never ever sleep with your makeup on!
Photo credit: Sarah Wilson