Hello, My Age Is: 55
Is Taking Care of Yourself Vanity?
In partnership with our friends at The Organic Pharmacy
The founder of The Organic Pharmacy, Margo Marrone, is a homeopath, pharmacist, shaman, and yogi—and a clean-beauty formulator, too. Her multiple roles inform the way she lives her life and keeps her skin glowy, almost preternaturally smooth, and fresh. (There’s also some diamond powder involved, infused into formulas rich with homeopathic herbs and nourishing botanical oils.)
Rose Diamond Face Cream
Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Carrot Butter Cleanser
Marrone’s skin and sense of well-being has evolved with her career. “I used to think looking after myself was vanity,” she says. “Now I feel the opposite: To spend time looking after myself is not an indulgence but a necessity. When I turned fifty, that was the turning point when I realized I need to nurture my skin in order to look and feel good. It’s a part of my well-being.”
She says feeling beautiful isn’t related to the way she looks. “It is a headspace. For years, I said awful things to myself. A shaman teacher once said to me, ‘Send yourself flowers, not arrows.’ It took me many years to do it, but now I send myself only flowers, and at fifty-five, I feel my most beautiful.” Her tips for aging beautifully integrate body and mind, wellness and beauty absolutely seamlessly.
LIFESTYLE SHOWS UP ON YOUR SKIN
I am not blessed with great genetics, and there was a time where I didn’t take care of myself and was not well—and it showed: I had no energy and awful skin, and I was ill almost constantly. In my twenties, I suffered with terrible acne. In those days I ate badly, had no idea about proper skin care, and used harsh products that made my skin even worse. I had constant colds. It wasn’t until I discovered homeopathy, healthy eating, and proper skin care that all that changed.
A GREAT SKIN ROUTINE HELPS, THOUGH
Skin care has always been a passion, and I was not blessed with good skin, so my regimen is important, and I follow it without fail.
I wake up and do some skin brushing and always cleanse properly using either Rose Diamond Cleanser or Carrot Butter Cleanser, depending on how my skin feels.
Rose Diamond Cleanser
Carrot Butter Cleanser
I take off cleanser with a muslin cloth to get a deep clean and exfoliation, too.
Organic Muslin Cloth
Next I spritz on (and leave on) my Herbal Toner—it’s great to reduce pores, plump, and hydrate the skin.
Then I put on a corrective serum—vitamin C for day (I use my retinol serum at night)
This daily glow serum combines two skin-care powerhouses—vitamin C and hyaluronic acid—for skin that looks radiant, moisturized, and healthy.
GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serum
goop, $125/$112 with subscription
EAT CLEAN, WORK OUT, AND CLEANSE
Eating well, thinking well, and exercise really affect the way I look and feel. I gave up refined sugar eight years ago, and now I have a predominantly vegan diet, and I feel fantastic. I avoid alcohol, and I exercise with yoga, Pilates, outdoor cycling, and walking in the park. I love to cook early dinners (between 6:30 and 7 p.m.) and try not to eat after that. I cleanse at least four times a year at the change of every season to reset my body, and I love infrared saunas, as well as a blissful twenty-minute bath.
This body-and-spirit-centering bath soak, infused with Himalayan pink salt, helps take the edge off during turbulent times (or after a crazy day).
“The Martini” Emotional Detox Bath Soak
Just turn on to preheat, tuck yourself in, and let infrared heat (plus layers of amethyst, tourmaline, and charcoal) do its magic.
Infrared Sauna Blanket V3
YOUR THOUGHTS SHOW UP ON YOUR SKIN
Even thoughts—what we think and what we say to ourselves and others—turn out to be so important. I used to use terrible language toward myself, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve managed to shed many of my fears and gain deeper understanding, so much peace, and self-worth. What helped was shamanic work, manifestation workshops, breath workshops, looking at the past, and books like The Four Agreements.
KEEP MAKING NEW DISCOVERIES (LIKE: DIAMONDS ARE AMAZING FOR SKIN)
We use diamond powder in our new range, and it’s incredible. It helps blur and smooth, so it’s like your filter, softening the look of your skin wherever you put it. Young skin reflects light very well, while older skin absorbs it—the diamond powder helps skin reflect a bit more light.
This moisturizer, which is full of active ingredients, has a rich, velvety texture, but it’s light at the same time. It sinks right in and nourishes and hydrates, with fantastic long-term results and of course the diamond powder for the blur and the glow.
Rose Diamond Face Cream
What’s great about this cream is it addresses the whole eye area, including over the eyes up to the brow, underneath the eyes, and in between the brows. It’s got quite a few active ingredients, so it smooths and softens the look of wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness all at once.
Rose Diamond Eye Cream
This is the product that has highest concentration of diamond powder in it, and here, we’re using it to exfoliate—and we’ve added acids and papaya extract. It’s gentle—I’m against abrasive exfoliants that tear at your skin—but very effective.
Rose Diamond Cleanser
RITUALS ARE SUPER EFFECTIVE
The first thing I do when I wake up is just lie in bed awake and take a brief scan of my body: How does it feel? Is the energy flowing? Am I stuck anywhere? If I am, I just take a few moments to breathe in that space and allow energy to flow freely. I get up, light some incense, and give thanks. It helps clear any negativity and allows me to start my day always full of positivity.
7 AM Incense
COMMIT TO CLEAN
The skin is a living organ, and we absorb ingredients in creams, lotions, and potions through it. The healthier the ingredients we use, the healthier our skin. It is that simple.
When I was training as a homeopath in my twenties, I came across an article that talked about carcinogens in cosmetics and food. I had never heard of such a thing, and it surprised me. I was shocked that, for example, the apple I had always thought of as healthy had been sprayed with poisonous pesticides and herbicides with horrific side effects that no one spoke about. The pesticides were poisoning not only our bodies but also the animals, birds, and the earth. At the time, “organic” didn’t really exist in the mainstream. I was also shocked to discover that skin care could contain carcinogenic ingredients like formaldehyde, as well as estrogen-mimicking compounds, as in the preservatives known as parabens.
When I first started The Organic Pharmacy, everyone thought I was mad. I was asked all the time, “Why do we need organic skin care?” Clean didn’t exist then, and people had no idea of the harmful chemicals that can go into skin care. Twenty years later, it warms my heart to see the way the industry has shifted so much. I recently spoke to a buyer at a major retail chain who said that if a brand wasn’t clean, it would not be considered. How fantastic is that? Clean is the future. It just makes sense—it’s healthy for us and healthy for the planet.
FOCUS ON GLOW
For glowing skin, you’ve got to cleanse and exfoliate every day, which is why I’ve combined the two actions in the Rose Diamond Cleanser.
Rose Diamond Exfoliating Cleanser
Nothing gives the skin more glow than that, followed by a big dose of hydration from my hyaluronic acid serum—it’s incredible.
Hyaluronic Acid Serum
I love the way in the summer, oils give your face and body an incredible glow.
This invigorating body oil enlivens and deeply nourishes skin.
Detox Body Oil
This ultraluxurious active face oil leaves skin firmer, smoother, softer, more radiant, and moisturized—the (clinically proven) results blew us away.
GOOPGENES All-in-One Super Nutrient Face Oil
goop, $98/89 with subscription
GROW WITH YOUR WORK
It’s incredible to look back and see the journey and how the phases of my career—a pharmacist, a homeopath, a shaman, a CEO, and a yogi—have been so interconnected. My time as a pharmacist gave me a solid foundation in the science of herbs, the human body, and of course, formulation. As a homeopath, I learned that the basis of disease is not physical but energetic, and that for every disease, nature has a cure—you just need to find the right energetic match. It allowed me to go deep into emotional and mental issues, and to get to the root of a dis-ease. It also allowed me to understand plant medicine in a different way than I did as a pharmacist. Both are quite scientific, but they approach science from different perspectives.
I saw many clients with skin problems who had tried everything and came to me as a last resort. Through my clinic, we slowly developed topical skin salves based in homeopathic principles, and they evolved into a line.
In creating and running The Organic Pharmacy, I’ve learned that all CEOs have a much bigger role to play than running a company: We have a responsibility to be the change we want to see in the world and implement it in everything that we do. The Organic Pharmacy, for me, was and is a place of healing where I can use herbs, homeopathy, supplements, detox, and topical care.
As a shaman, I learned that shedding one’s past is critical to freedom and that rituals play an important role in this path. It allowed me to connect even more deeply with the divine mother, our earth, and to go deeper into the energetic layers of the body and access the energy available to all of us in the universe.
As a yogi, I learned the importance of movement as a daily meditation. All cultures say the same thing, as I see it: Purification of the body is fundamental (detox), nourishing the body is essential, and purifying the mind (our words and our thoughts) is crucial, as is having unconditional love for ourselves and others.
BRING IN THE YOUNGER GENERATION
I started a company with my daughter called House of Roxy that brings shamanic work to the younger generation—there are all sorts of kits for manifestation and different kinds of rituals. She speaks to a different audience, and she’s great at keeping it fun and light and not so heavy.