Beauty Philosophies: Erin Moylan
I'm excited to introduce a new series today! The Beauty Philosophies series merges my love for beauty, food, and wellness. I want to get practical and demystify how some of my favorite women think about beauty and health -- and how it all meshes together into one whole, raw, beautiful life.
Today I'm introducing my good friend and co-worker, Erin Moylan. Erin is one of those people you just know is destined for great things. Not only is she ridiculously intelligent, but she has an inspiring philosophy around wellness and environmental/sustainable living. She really stands out to me as an old soul with an authentic message for both the theatre/artist community and for people trying to make the world a little bit better than they left it. I've learned so much from talking with her! Plllluuuuuus Erin has the most amazing hair and skin you've ever seen. I just love her so! So without further ado, Erin:
Hiiiiii Erin. Introduce yourself and give us some deets on what you’re up to these days :)
Hi everyone! I’m Erin! I’m an actor/writer/artist/yogi/reader/amateur environmentalist. I moved to the city in hot pursuit of a career in music theatre, however, I’m discovering there’s no need to rush into something that doesn’t quite fulfill me intellectually and spiritually, so I’m here...figuring out the picture my puzzle pieces make.
Tell me about your beauty routine (skincare, makeup, etc)?
I make all my own products. I’ve been product & toxin free for about a year and a half now. If you’re thinking I’m a crazy, crunchy granola girl, ding ding ding, you are correct! Because I mean everything: toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, lotion. The only thing I still begrudgingly buy from ‘the man’ is contact solution.
I’m proud to say I can pronounce all the ingredients in my “products” and let me tell you, it is so empowering to have complete control of what I put in and on my body.
I want to share my routine since it’s a little out there and hard to imagine how I could possibly not use any products. I save soooooo much moola and it’s seriously simple. All you need is courage to allow your body time to adjust to the changes. I think this goes without saying, but this is what works best for me and my skin and my body. I have gone through lots of trial, error and failure to get to this point with a routine and it’s still changing as I learn and experiment.
- Rinse face with cold water
- Brush teeth (see recipe below)
- Use stainless steel tongue scraper (this is my favorite part. Gunk-be-gone!)
- Moisturize with calendula oil
- Brush eyebrows--crucial
If I’m showering:
- Dry brush entire body from the feet up
- Baking soda as shampoo
- Apple cider vinegar as conditioner
- Organic soap of your choice (right now I’m using an organic goat’s milk bar from Little Seed Farm--check ‘em out)
- Argan oil or coconut oil on wet hair to fight the frizzles
- Lotion up with my creamy lotion (includes cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax)
- Brush & Floss (My favorite brand is Eco-dent gentle floss. 100 yds of vegan waxed, compostable floss in a recyclable cardboard box)
- Wash face using a mix of jojoba oil, castor oil with a few drops of lavender essential oil & vitamin E oil
- Apply rosehip oil under eyes
That's amazing. I'm stealing all of these tips. ;) I know you make some of your skin/body care products from scratch. Can you share one of them with us (recipe)?
The main ingredient in most of my recipes is coconut oil. So if you’ve somehow missed that train, that’s step 1. BUT, because CO is all the rage, there are lots of of poor quality oils that are not so good. When purchasing CO, choose organic, virgin (unrefined), cold pressed coconut oil. It’s best for your skin and for the environment. I approve of Trader Joe’s CO and it’s relatively inexpensive compared to other brands. Be a conscious consumer and know the impact you personally are making on the food & beauty industries by voting with your dollar. I cannot stress this enough!
Ok, so the recipe. This is my super top-secret toothpaste recipe. It’s extremely difficult and scientifically precise:
- Mix equal amounts of baking soda and coconut oil in a small glass jar or container.
- Add 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil to flavor.
- Mix well.
- Keep refrigerated.
**Disclaimer: it will be very salty! This is definitely not for everyone, but I encourage you to give it a fair chance and allow your taste buds and body to adjust. THIS IS DENTIST APPROVED! I pass with flying colors when I go to the dentist. They can’t technically tell me this, but they’ve hinted before that I could go 2 years without a clean up because I take such good care of my teeth. I’ll never tell them my secret, just smile and nod.
Who are your role models (and why)?
They’ve changed quite a bit along the way, but I’ve always had such admiration for Emma Watson. She’s politically intelligent, she makes conscious, sustainable fashion choices, she’s well-read & multi-talented, she enjoys being unique, and uses her prominence as a platform for things she’s passionate about.
Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobsen. Badass, brassy, unapologetic artists.
And my mom. She’s been the biggest influence to me in my journey to a non-toxic, sustainable lifestyle.
What advice do you have for people who want to live a more non-toxic, environmentally-friendly lifestyle? Where do we start?
Two of my BIGGEST pet peeves are plastic water bottles and plastic shopping bags!!!! Bring your own. Generally, I avoid all single use items (so...trash) like coffee cups, water bottles, shopping bags, plastic produce bags at the grocery store, plastic silverware, etc.
It’s scary sometimes to say, “no bag” and it’s even scarier to bring your own containers or reusable coffee cup. I bring a mason jar to the coffee shop and I say, now with much more confidence, “You can just put it in here!” They will stare at you like you’re the weirdest creature they’ve ever seen, but just smile back unwaveringly! They’ll get uncomfortable and just fill the damn jar. ;)
Yes, it takes a little more planning to make sure you have a cup, mug or bag with you, but once you consider the consequences that one little plastic bag or cardboard cup has, conscientiousness quickly becomes habit. My mom came to visit for a week and we created zero trash. Yes, 7 days, in NYC, no trash. I encourage you to consider your personal footprint on the world.
Ya'll, I've witnessed Erin walkin into work with her Starbucks coffee in a mason jar first hand. She lives this OUT. Incredible!
How do you stay spiritually focused and balanced living in a place like NYC, and also as an artist?
hahaha...I’m not going to lie and pretend like I’m perfect because I’m just not. I workout and do a lot of yoga. Moving my body and working my muscles has become the most therapeutic activity to burn off anxiety and avoid existential crises. I read and daydream a lot and when that becomes too overwhelming, I write about it. I spend a lot of time in coffee shops and wandering outside. I’m working on allowing myself to not know what’s next.
Is there an unhealthy food or unproductive habit you find difficult to resist, and if so how do you work to resist it?
Cookies. The key is just don’t resist...
What does it mean to you to live in the moment and how do you do that day to day?
This is something I’m working on, so I’ll share this (my apologies, I don’t know the origin):
“I give up freely what is no longer serving me. I release it to create space for what inspires me.”
What does happiness look like for you?
A day without obligation, total freedom and potential for anything. Reading, coffee, dogs, farmers markets, plants, belly laughs, hugs, travel...
And last, but not least, what is your beauty philosophy?
My beauty philosophy has evolved into a lifestyle. I wish I had a succinct mantra to chant over and over. Essentially, we only have one body and being on this planet and in this world. Take care of YOU. Nurture your body, cultivate your mind & feed your soul.
Where can people find you on social and the internet?
Don’t be shy! I’m in the process of developing a blog/video series as an outlet to share my lifestyle. For now, catch up with me on instagram & twitter @eskimoylan
Thanks, Erin!! :)