I’m 40, Live in NYC, and Swear by $14 Sleep Gummies and $3 Hair Masks

March 13, 2019

The first thing you might notice about Noria Morales is her hair: long, luxuriant, and shot through with silver. But while Morales consistently gets noticed for her gray hair now, it’s not something she spent much time thinking about in the process of achieving it. “It’s been a subtle evolution in my hair, so much so that I didn’t really realize it was happening until a couple of years ago,” says Morales, whose started turning gray in her midthirties. “I’m still too lazy and not fearful enough of gray hair to start coloring.” In the same let-it-be spirit, Morales tries to take a natural approach with all her beauty regimens, prioritizing overall wellness. “I’m very cognizant that my body just turned 40,” she says. “So I’m passionate about sleep, working out, and minimizing the stress and anxiety I feel.”

But natural is not the same thing as being completely laissez-faire; hair color may not rank as a necessity, but Morales invests in sanity-saving treatments like massages and nails, and little luxuries that make self-care feel less like a chore (such as fancy Italian toothpaste and a straightening iron that eliminates the need for blow-dry appointments). And there’s one category that gets a free pass, moneywise: “I spend whatever I want on exercise,” she says. “It's better than going to a bar.”

My daily skin and body care: $500

I hate washing my face, but I find deep satisfaction in removing my makeup with wipes (Patchology Clean AF, $20) or oil makeup remover (Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent, $20). I like seeing the dirt come off. So gross, right? Then I have a slew of different natural products that I rotate through. I don’t stick to a routine. But I do loveface mists. I use Pixi's Milky Spray ($15), which I got at Target, and Kiehl's Cactus Flower and Tibetan Ginseng ($27) all day long because I think it makes me look fresh—like I just exercised and took a shower. I also use a serum every day. I’m currently into Dermalogica Biolumin-C serum ($87), which I follow with Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil ($82). If I need cream on top of that, I like Goop’s Juice Beauty daytime moisturizer ($100).


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