Stephanie Morimoto Has Mastered the Art of Winding Down

The CEO talks self-care, plant-based eating, and her optimal bedtime routine.

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In the ultimate quest for inner beauty and outer glow, Marie Claire asks our favorite trailblazers to share intel on finding balance in their busy lives. Read it all here, in Beauty Inside & Out.

After working in the non-profit education space for years, Stephanie Morimoto used her experience as a consumer to break into the self-care space. She fell in love with Asutra, a wellness brand focused on providing accessibly-priced self-care to all, and upon finding out it was for sale, bought the company. The now-owner and -CEO champions active self-care, mental health, and supporting other entrepreneurs and small businesses. Here, she talks her sleep habits, her favorite beauty products, and her perfect formula for getting some shut eye.

Inner Beauty

Asutra Melt Pain Away Magnesium Body Butter

Doing self-care, on purpose, is important to me. For me, that’s getting at least 8 hours of sleep, exercising, and getting a daily dose of magnesium. Three in 4 of us are deficient in magnesium, so we need to supplement, and it's excellent for maintaining healthy muscles and keeping a calm mind. I use this magnesium body butter post-workout, which helps me recover—when my muscles are particularly sore, it’s really soothing.

Asutra Mist Your Mood Aromatherapy Essential Oils

To get a great night’s sleep, you need to create the right conditions to let it happen. For me, that's my Power Down Hour (or two) to wind down before bed. After we eat dinner and do the dishes, my hubby and I watch TV. Then, I review my goals for the next day, read a book (paper, not electronic!) and do my nighttime skincare routine. My final step is five spritzes of Asutra’s calming lavender and chamomile Mist Your Mood: two on my pillow, two on me, and one on the hubby (who actually likes it)! And I’m out.

Nettle Tea

Nettle leaf tea has been used for over 2,000 years as a powerful spring tonic. I love to drink two cups a day in the spring, which alleviates my allergies. It’s great for joint health too.

Pride Candle Company Candles

During my Power Down Hour before bed, I like to burn candles. It sets a more chill vibe, plus the aroma is relaxing. I love this small Chicago company’s unique scents, and that they donate proceeds to the LGBTQ+ community to fight for equity for all.

Outer Glow

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

This cleanser cleans and exfoliates while still being gentle on the skin. Plus, the strawberry seed oil in it smells delicious!

Asutra Day & Night Serum Set

I use our vitamin C and hyaluronic acid serums every morning, and our retinol and eye serums at night. I love that they’re gentle and vegan. The eye serum has sesame and quinoa proteins to stimulate collagen production.

Eu'Genia Shea Butter

My hands get really dry, so I adore this shea butter to soften them. It comes in a beautiful small tin that you can take anywhere. And, the brand is run by a mother-daughter duo that is dedicated to fair wages and opportunities for their female workers in Ghana. It donates 15 percent of profits back to them in the form of an education fund.

EM Cosmetics Magic Hour Eyeshadow

I’m mesmerized by this golden, glowy palette. It’s a visual pleasure opening the compact because it has a lovely geometric design. Plus, it’s an Asian American woman-owned brand, which I love supporting.

Recipe for Success: Stephanie Morimoto's Hemp Salad Bowl


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I’ve started eating plant-based for breakfast and lunch. It’s giving me more sustained energy throughout the day. I love making big salad bowls like this one for lunch.

  1. Add your favorite greens to a big bowl—my favorites are arugulashredded red cabbage, and broccoli sprouts.
  2. Instead of an oil-based dressing, use cubed avocado as your fat. It has more nutrients and fiber. Mix avocado, a squeeze of lemon juice, and sea salt into the greens.
  3. Add nutsseeds, and/or fruit. This bowl has toasted pumpkin seedschopped almonds, and dried cherries, which are also good for muscle recovery and sleep.
  4. Top with protein of your choice. I love Hempeh, a cultured hemp protein.

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Taylore  Glynn

Taylore Glynn is the Beauty and Health Editor at Marie Claire, covering skincare, makeup, fragrance, wellness, and more. If you need her, she’s probably roasting a chicken, flying solo at the movies, or drinking a bad Negroni at JFK.