The wellness rituals of natural skincare formulator May Lindstrom

May Lindstrom is a California-based natural skincare formulator and founder of her eponymous range. Each of her products are free from pesticides, heavy preservatives, parabens, silicons and pesticides, and lovingly created from her apothecary kitchen.

We caught up with the mother of two while in London for the launch of May Lindstrom Skincare into Space NK

Here, she shares why a bowl of savoury bean, body brushing with pine oil and Tibetan chanting is all part of her daily wellness routine. 

I start my day with a warm mug of water with good sea salt and lemon. This helps immensely to hydrate and restore mineral balance after a night’s sleep.

If I have time, I love a hearty, nutritious, and savoury breakfast. I’ll often leave a pot of beans to cook on low overnight, and in the morning, will greet the day with a big bowl, swimming in broth and glugs of olive oil, and topped with fresh garlic and herbs. When I start the day like this, I feel like a superhero.

I begin my mornings in the shower, brightening my skin with gentle (and powerfully effective) exfoliation with The Clean Dirt. The spicy and exotic aroma wakes up my senses. I follow with The Youth Dew, layered with The Blue Cocoon, for incomparable glow and health. I use both of these twice a day, every day. The Youth Dew provides graceful ageing protection, a host of antioxidant superpowers, and balancing moisture. The Blue Cocoon is my greatest skin saviour – it eliminates redness and sensitivity, heals and deeply hydrates, calming both skin and spirit.

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Before I exit the shower, I massage The Pendulum Potion over every inch of my skin, all the way to my toes, and even a few drops through my hair. To complete, I mist my face, neck, and décolleté generously with The Jasmine Garden, add in another minute or so of massage, and then go about my day.

The Blue Cocoon

In the evenings, I distribute four to six pumps of The Pendulum Potion into my palms. I’ll press over my dry skin, then wet my hands and gently massage my face to loosen any makeup and environmental debris. From here, I cocoon my entire face and neck in our warm, damp Facial Steam Cloth. I hold for several seconds before sweeping gently, then rinse and repeat until my skin is soft and cleansed

I’ll also indulge in a full treatment masque with The Problem Solver twice weekly. While I love the idea of this happening with a specially carved out hour in the evening, complete with soft music, candles, and a welcoming bath – that’s not always reality. Often, my masques are applied thick and quick first thing in the morning while still in PJs. I’ll pack my kids’ lunch, do a little cleanup around the house, or attend to the first time-sensitive emails of the day while the formula works its magic. Once dry, I’ll hop in the shower, allowing The Problem Solver to rehydrate and rinse away easily. 

The Clean Dirt

On an ideal day, I’m up before the sun (and my two kids!) and get a few minutes of stretching in before I step into my bathroom. When I have an extra five minutes, I’ll dry brush with a drop of an essential oil in the bristles – right now, it’s pine. Blood flow affects everything, and when I can get things moving early, my energy is set for the day.

There’s an app on my phone called Insight Timer that holds hundreds of thousands of guided meditations and music, so I’ll listen to something off there during my stretching, dry-brushing, and morning shower routine. Today’s background music was Tibetan chanting and it made for such a peaceful and powerful start to the day.

May Lindstrom

I try to live by and inspire these simple actions: Eat the rainbow, move your body, be kind, and fill your life with people who make you laugh and love deeper. As a result, your skin will glow.

I eat clean, whole foods, mostly plants, well-sourced protein, lots of good fats but I don’t stress about what to call my diet. I might be 90% whole, “healthy” foods and 10% Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. That’s my balance. I simply love cooking, eating, and sharing a beautiful meal. Living in California, I am very blessed with incredible access to the best farm-fresh goodies year-round and there’s nothing better than prepping just-plucked vegetables for lunch or dinner – a task now shared with my kids.

My acupuncturist recommended I take an adrenal supplement as I get my body back into its own balance after spending most of the last eight years either pregnant or breastfeeding. If I’m feeling extra run down, I take oregano oil to support my immune system. I generally try to keep supplements to a minimum, focusing on whole foods my body can more easily assimilate instead.

My biggest indulgence is twice-monthly massages by an incredible woman who comes to my home. She started caring for me three years ago during my last pregnancy. I was having a number of complications and ended up on horizontal bedrest for four months. 

I’ve been going to Korean spas in Los Angeles for over ten years (Olympic Spa is my favourite). They are far from fancy, but provide exactly the functional time-out and reset I crave when life gets intense. Sauna, steam, soak, stretch, massage, scrub. Top it all off with a bowl of seaweed soup and I’m set.

I’m experimental and open to always learning more about how to enhance my wellness, but I’m relatively mellow and somewhat traditional in my approach. The most “extreme” thing I’ve explored is ceremonial sweat lodges such as Temezcal, where there is both strong physical and spiritual/emotional factors at play.


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