Self-Care Essentials Melissa Barrera Swears By


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If you’re a fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical-turned-feature film, In the heights, you’re probably already familiar with actress Melissa Barrera and her stellar performance as Vanessa, a determined young woman who dreams of becoming a successful fashion designer in New York City.

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In the heights opened when I was a sophomore in high school and wanted to study musical theater. Nobody in my hometown has ever done that, so I constantly wondered if I had a chance at a career in musical theater or if it was just a dream,” Barrera said. last June. “I took a school trip to New York, and a few of us escaped from our hotel to see the show. I remember crying uncontrollably. It was a weird feeling, because they were tears of hope and pride – the pride of seeing the Mexican flag on a Broadway stage and seeing people who looked like me and roles I could play – I felt like I was on the good track. That’s one of the many reasons why it means the world is in this cast. It’s the musical it made me want to do musical theater because there’s room for me.”

Since he starred in In the heights, Barrera landed the lead role in the new adaptation of the Yell franchise, as well as secured its place as Clinique’s new global ambassador—only the second in the brand’s history. To take a closer look at the staples the beauty star and ambassador reaches for time and time again, we catch up with Barrera to learn more about her daily product rotation and wellness favorites, which often (if not always) include the scent of palo santo, as well as regular workouts broadcast from his hometown gym in Mexico. Here, seven of the staple products the actress uses for Take over.

What are you reading these days?

In fact, I just started this book called The last thing he said to me, and it’s like a mystery thriller with a badass female lead. And I started reading it because it’s part of Reese’s Book Club, so I picked it up and it’s so good. Right before I go to bed, I go read a chapter, and it’s been a lot of fun.


The last thing he said to me: a novel

What are some of your favorite bath and/or shower products?

I don’t spend a lot of time in the shower. I’m just going to use shampoo, conditioner and, like, a sponge on my body. For shampoo and conditioner, I use Olaplex, because in my last two projects, that’s what the hairdresser gave me to take care of my hair. So I thought it must be good. And in fact, this morning, my hairdresser, Clayton [Hawkins], was like, “Your hair is so strong!” and I was like, “Oh, this has to work.”

I was a shower gel before, but I find myself switching between that and bar soap. I like to do little things for the environment that make me feel better about the products I use. So I try to buy soap bars packed with recycled materials, bamboo-based toilet paper and paper towels, you know? As [trying to live sustainably in small ways] in certain areas of life helps me feel better about myself.

What beauty or self-care products do you regularly use to combat zoom fatigue?

I love using the rose facial spray. Clinique’s Moisture Surge Face Spray is another favorite of mine for, say, waking up refreshed. I keep it on my counter, literally. Like, sometimes when I’m in the kitchen, I’ll be like [exhales]-it is so good. I also think for Zoom fatigue I just sometimes need to get up and stretch. Because sitting on your butt for hours and hours and hours, no matter how comfortable the chair, is starting to affect me. I’m 31 now, so I’m starting to feel it in my body after a while.

Do you have a favorite hand sanitizer, soap and/or cream right now?

I started using Gold Bond in Whistler and Winnipeg, Canada because it was super cold when I was there. The cream is so good; it’s so thick. Climate change is really what affects my skin the most, and the skin on my hands in particular. And I saw the first cup of Carmen, which is a movie I’m in that’s coming out this year, and there’s a close-up of my hands. And I said to myself: “I have to take better care of my hands” – we forget the hands! We are so focused on the face that we forget about the hands. So I really try to focus more on the skin on my body, as well as my face.

Do you ever light a candle or an incense stick to decompress? If so, what are some of your favorites?

I have palo santo right now in my living room, and I love it because it cleans the energy. So I’m going to light it, walk around, and then let it burn for a bit. I love the smell of palo santo; I also gave it to all my neighbours. If they don’t like the smell, they’re probably wondering “What kind of gift is this?”

Copper Palo Santo Set

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What’s the last beauty product you put on today?

The last beauty products I put on were probably my lip liner and lipstick. It’s always at the end – my makeup artist, Lilly [Keys], I just edited them. I love the look because she does, like, this smudge thing — she’ll line them, and then, like, smudge them, so it looks like I just dated someone.

Are you into bold makeup, no makeup, or no makeup right now, and why?

There are days when I don’t wear makeup, and other days, like today, when I have more time and I wear makeup boldly. For me, it’s about playing and having fun with it.


Clinical Serum Foundation Even Better SPF 25 Broad Spectrum



What’s the last fitness class you streamed or took in person?

The last fitness class I streamed was probably from B:27. It’s a gym in my hometown of Monterrey, Mexico, and whenever I’m there physically, I like to go there in person to work out!

What self-care tip would you recommend to our readers?

I would say use sunscreen – use sunscreen every day; add it to your morning routine. I have it as part of my morning routine; if I don’t go out, I always use sunscreen. Even the light from your computer can damage your skin, so it’s such an important thing to wear. And a lot of people say, “No sunscreen! It makes you look white,” but there are such great formulas out there now, especially the tinted ones. So add one to your routine. And you’re going to thank me, because it really, really helps prevent sunspots and wrinkles and all that.


Pep Start Broad Spectrum Daily UV Protector SPF 50

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