Welcome to Beauty Around the Clock, Marie Claire's weekly peek into the daily lives of some of the most game-changing women in their industries. Ever wonder how they get it all done in a day? Here's your answer.
In 2018, LA-based influencers-turned-entrepreneurs Lauren Gores (opens in new tab) and Marianna Hewitt (opens in new tab) took their love for skincare and wellness and channeled it into Summer Fridays (opens in new tab)—a clean beauty brand with glowy skin, Instagram-worthy vibes. What started off with a single ultra-hydrating Jet Lag Mask has since grown to a complete range which includes cleanser, serum, a lip butter and multiple masks. Here, the two beauty bosses talk self-care rituals, motherhood, and finding balance.
Rise and Shine
Lauren Gores: I typically wake up around 6:30 a.m., to the sound of my toddler’s feet running across our wood floors. He hops into bed with us for a few minutes, and then insists on a family cereal date... that’s when I pour myself a cup of coffee. It’s not as zen of a start as it was pre-mom life, but my son is a great morning workout buddy. He’ll play while I do a morning mat workout, or bring toys next to me while I run on the treadmill. If it’s a busy morning, I’ll stretch for 10 minutes while manifesting what I want out of my day.
Marianna Hewitt: I wake up around 7 a.m. during the week, the first thing I do is check my phone. It’s a terrible habit ... I would love to stop!
LG: I get ready really quickly. My skincare and makeup routine is about 10 minutes, because I have it down to a science. Hair is usually only five minutes: I putt a little product in and let it air dry.
Skincare: In the morning, I cleanse with Summer Fridays Super Amino Gel Cleanser (opens in new tab), followed by our CC Me vitamin C serum (opens in new tab) (which also gives me an instant glow that makes me appear like I am very well-rested). I’ll then apply a thin layer of our Jet Lag mask (opens in new tab) as a moisturizer, or mix it with a water cream in the morning. Lastly, I try to always remember sunscreen, even on days indoors! Oh, and Lip Butter Balm (opens in new tab). It’s feels like a vanilla cloud on my lips!
Hair: If I shower the night before, I typically let my hair air dry overnight, and add in a little Ouai hair oil (opens in new tab) to the ends to smooth out any frizz, and a small amount of wavy spray or texturizing spray (opens in new tab) to give it some body. If I shower in the morning, I’ll apply some Moroccan Oil curl cream (opens in new tab) to the ends, and follow up with the products listed above once it’s a bit more dry. Pre-COVID, I would get a weekly blow dry that would last a few days, with some Playa dry shampoo (opens in new tab) and Oribe texturizing spray (opens in new tab). I am also obsessed with Briogeo’s Charcoal and Tea Tree Scalp treatment (opens in new tab). I find that using this prior to a blow dry makes my hair last longer and my scalp is in much better shape all week.
MH: Currently about 10 minutes. I’ve cut down my morning routine since I’ve been at home!
Skincare: Summer Fridays Super Amino Gel Cleanser (opens in new tab), followed by our CC Me Serum (opens in new tab)then moisturizer and our Lip Butter Balm (opens in new tab). If I’m going out for a walk that day, I’ll add Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen (opens in new tab).
Hair: I’ve been air-drying almost every day! I’m washing with OUAI Detox Shampoo (opens in new tab), followed by Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Mask (opens in new tab) and then a leave-in hair conditioner and oil.
Signature Beauty Look
LG: Clean skin combined with dewy blush and highlighter, minimal eye makeup but full brows.
MH: Armani beauty luminous silk foundation (opens in new tab), NARS radiant creamy concealer (opens in new tab), Mascara, KKW lip liner (opens in new tab) & Lip Butter Balm (opens in new tab). And I love anything that smells sweet and summery. I mix a vanilla oil I found on amazon with Salt from Ellis Brooklyn (opens in new tab).
LG: Hot lemon water followed by coffee at home, and to eat I usually have hard-boiled eggs and tomatoes on toast, or a protein smoothie.
MH: My breakfast is always a Fab Four smoothie from Be Well By Kelly (opens in new tab), my nutritionist for many years. It’s got protein, healthy fats, fiber and greens and keeps me full till lunch. My favorite protein powder is Tone It Up vanilla! (opens in new tab) And my beverage is water with lemon followed by an iced coffee with vanilla stevia - YUM!
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Morning Maintenance & Signature Look
LG: I commit to three-mile runs three days a week, combined with daily mini workouts that target different areas. I can usually do the mini workouts in about 20 minutes, so they’re great for busy workdays. I get inspiration from a few different apps I love: the Sweat app (opens in new tab), Tone it Up (opens in new tab), and Melissa Wood (opens in new tab) for Pilates moves you can do from home.
MH: I like to work out first thing in the morning. The later in the day it gets, the less likely I’ll get around to it. I’m loving Melissa Wood (opens in new tab) Health’s pilates app, The Sculpt Society (opens in new tab) and the Sweat app (opens in new tab). All are great at home workouts to do and easy to follow along.
LG: Stretching daily is a game changer for me, and I’ll do it any time. Sometimes, it’s the best in the midst of a heavy computer day. Get up, move around, stretch my body, and focus on positive thoughts on how I want to shift my day. This has become increasingly important while working from home with a toddler, because my patience inevitably gets tested more often while trying to work alongside him. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I’ll take 10 minutes of alone time to stretch and pray, or go for a walk outside.
MH: I meditate every morning—just five minutes makes all the difference. I’ve also got stress release (opens in new tab) oil from Saje Wellness on my desk which really helps calm me.
LG: I notice a difference when I keep up with regular facials. I went a long stretch (over a year) of not doing them, and once I started again, I found my skin to be overall significantly brighter.
MH: I love my Celluma LED light (opens in new tab)—it's a large panel that I use for 30 minutes a day that helps with three settings; acne, wrinkles or pain. It's expensive but I love it!
LG: An ice face roller from Amazon.
MH: A dry brush; I lightly brush my skin before showers.
LG: Oprah Winfrey
MH: Kim Kardashian, Jamie Kern Lima, Jessica Alba, Oprah, Emma Grede
Highs and Lows of Entrepreneurship
LG: One of the highest points was seeing our products on Sephora shelves for the first time—it suddenly felt so real, so tangible. The toughest moments have been more personal for me, surrounding the imperfect juggle of being a present mom, while also traveling often for work.
LG: A news anchor! I am grateful I wound up on this journey, but if I hadn’t, I’d be going after a seat on a morning show.
MH: Branding Agency.
LG: This is where I like to really have my skincare self-care time, because there’s no urgency to be anywhere. I’ll oftentimes do one of our Summer Fridays masks, or put in a hair mask—so usually a total of about 25 minutes with that included.
Skincare: Summer Fridays Super Amino Gel Cleanser (opens in new tab), Summer Fridays Overtime Mask (opens in new tab) for exfoliation and brightening, an AHA oil or serum, and a thick layer of our Jet Lag Mask (opens in new tab) to leave on overnight + our Lip Butter Balm (opens in new tab) on my lips for overnight hydration.
Hair: If I shower the night before, I’ll put in some Olaplex Hair Perfector (opens in new tab) to help with broken and damaged hair, as well as a small amount of Moroccan Oil Curl Cream (opens in new tab).
MH: I love a long nighttime routine so I'll spend 30-45 minutes on it. I dry brush, shower, do a face mask, lay in bed with my LED light.
Skincare: I use Summer Fridays Super Amino Gel Cleanser, then depending on how my skin looks I’ll grab a treatment product for whatever is happening that day, followed by Jet Lag Mask (opens in new tab) as a moisturizer then my celluma LED light (opens in new tab).
Hair: I like night showers so I use OUAI detox shampoo (opens in new tab), Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Mask (opens in new tab), followed by a hair oil and leave in conditioner then I go to sleep with my hair damp.
LG: Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask (I use it on my hands as well), a lavender sleep spray, a Slip silk eye mask (opens in new tab), and Moon Juice magnesium powder (opens in new tab) I’ll mix with hot water before bed.
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