Health and beauty are the moving forces behind January Labs so it is no surprise that when I learned about Melissa Wood I was thrilled to have a chance to speak with her. In an age where balance can feel seemingly impossible, there is a noticeable shift and an impressive can-do attitude when looking at (and getting to know) Melissa Wood. As a model turned certified health and wellness coach and new mother, the wide range of insight that poured out from this powerhouse of a woman felt natural, inspiring and incredibly sincere.
And while it’s clear Melissa’s mark into what feels like a lifestyle based on overall wellness, her mission has undoubtedly affected anyone who has come across her and her platform. Just hearing from her, one get’s the notion, nothing is impossible if you are connected to your truest self, which is your best self.
Below, learn even more as she shares with us some of her beauty must-haves, personal and professional inspirations in her life and how overall, she established space for women seeking to live their best and most whole lives and more importantly, how she equips such a mindset.
January Olds: How would you describe your style?
Melissa Wood: I would describe my style as sophisticated but comfy. In everything I wear, I always try to find comfort while looking put together.
JO: Do you have any daily rituals that you can't live without?
MW: Absolutely. - Reminding myself of what I'm grateful for in the morning - Reading my lesson in A Course In Miracles daily - Meditation - Mornings with my son, Benjamin
JO: What are your must-have beauty products?
MW:I am a beauty product junkie. I moved to New York as a makeup artist and if you saw my bathroom, you would see there is no shortage of beauty products. I've been using your Daily Brightening Tonic for two months now and I couldn't imagine my life without this now. I turned my team on to this and they both love it. I use RMS Beauty products. I love the creamy, natural look that RMS Beauty gives. I also live for a really good mascara-- I love Dior Show.
JO: What is your go-to workout?
MW: My go- to workout style is a yoga/ pilates style sequencing that I share on my Fitner App channel and I'll be teaching a bunch of classes in New York this summer.
JO: You are literally the picture of health....what lead you to this line of work?
MW: That is so sweet- thank you so much. That means a lot to me. What lead me to this line of work was feeling the complete opposite of this almost all of my life. From struggling with acne, anxiety and an eating disorder, I finally decided to take a deeper look inside to see what was really going on with me. JO: What has been the most exciting part of your career so far?
MW: Reading all the messages and feedback everyone gives me is by far the most exciting part. I literally cry reading some of the messages I receive about helping people change their life. I am constantly moved by the kindness people share both on my Instagram and especially with the re-launch of my website.
JO: Who has been most inspirational to you in your work and life?
MW: My husband has really inspired me to get clear with myself and to spend less time talking about what I want to do, and more time doing it. I also don't go a week without either watching one of Marianne Williamson's lectures or reading from her books. She is a constant life inspiration for me. JO: What advice would you give to other women you wish someone would have told you?
MW: Spend less time going with the flow of the crowd, focus less on doing things just because your friends are. Try to avoid things that don't bring you pure joy and happiness. Simply put, be your own person.
A new month, a new beginning to remind yourself, your skin needs protecting, so here are some tips to refresh your mind with as you step into the new Spring Season and how breaking your habits can make all the difference.
Washing too much
If your skin is dry skin, try and lather up less often, since doing so strips away natural oils. A creamy or oil-based cleanser at night (they’re gentler on dry skin) is best to use and be sure to rinse with just water when you wake up. (This way, you’ll retain more of your own moisturizing oils). Side note: removing make up will always be key in keeping your skin in the best condition.
Turn the TV off
Bright screens have the power to suppress melatonin, a hormone that makes us sleepy and regulates our circadian rhythms. When melatonin levels decrease, your circadian rhythm gets thrown off which make your skin cells work inefficiently, causing more wrinkles and dullness over time. And because sleep is also important when it comes to keeping your skin healthy, try and wind down by reading a book or meditating.
Tell us about your pillow
Speaking of sleep, what kind of pillow do you sleep on? Believe it or not, but our pillows collect oil, dead skin cells, bacteria, and excess night creams so as we toss and turn, all of that is deposited right into our pores. Tip: change your pillowcases at least once a week and also be sure to swap out the regular cotton version for something smoother, like satin, silk, or Egyptian cotton. Rough pillowcases can actually cause wrinkles.
In moderation, your favorite things: alcohol and sugar
Unfortunately, consuming too much sugar, salt, caffeine, and alcohol will show on your face. Take alcohol, a huge dehydrator and inflamer for your skin. This will consequently make your skin dull and blotchy. In addition, try and avoid sugary foods since they break down collagen and elastin in the skin which can and will produce wrinkles.
Last but not least…
This is often overlooked, but be sure to get your moles check each year. If you’re forgetful, schedule it near events you’ll remember, like your anniversary or birthday. No matter how thorough you may be when examining your own skin, mole checks are nonnegotiable. A little effort for a lot of cause.
I am so excited to share this interview with Caroline Vreeland. She is not only an incredibly gorgeous, talented, and smart woman, she is a force. It is rare to meet such a beauty with an inner kindness that is so palpable. She is an inspiration and I am so excited to watch this babe’s career skyrocket! Oh and by the way … she happens to be Diana Vreeland’s great granddaughter—one of the most formidable women of all time!
JL: Do you have any daily rituals that you can’t live without?
CV: Face timing my sister, green tea from Alfred, and taking a selfie with my boyfriend for the app “Everyday.”
JL: What has been the most exciting part of your career so far?
CV: Having people come up to me on the street and tell me my music has meant something special to them! And shooting for Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion book (twice!) was a huge milestone for me as well.
JL: What inspires most of the songs you write about?
CV: It can be anything from a fight with a friend, to the art I see, or the book I’m reading; anything & everything inspires me. I’m like a freak with too much empathy. For instance, I will see someone in a painting. A farm girl maybe. Then I’ll daydream about what her life was like-no … it’s more like I’ll feel her life as if it were my own. Deeply. I really feel these people! Then I’ll build a world in my mind of what a day in her life is like or what she’s going through, and I the somehow write a song about it! So although something may not have happened to me specifically, I can truly feel like I’ve been there, felt those emotions, so, in a way, all I come across becomes a part of me.
JL: As a woman who is building a career, how important is the support ofother women?Who has been most inspirational to you in your work and life?
CV: Successful, confident women provide a sense of security to those searching to find love for themselves. One of the most inspirational things that has happened to me is having girls write messages to me explaining how I’ve given them a sense of pride in their bodies or big boobs, or the way they carry themselves, or in the idea that they can express themselves the way they want to. The number of followers one has on Instagram doesn’t matter. What matters is that I could have some kind of influence on women. One girl wrote to me last week saying she’s always hated the scar on her face but since seeing how I embrace the scar on my forehead, she’s learned to find the beauty in hers. This brought tears to my eyes. This, to me, is the importance of influence through social media.
JL: What advice would you give to other women you wish someone would have told you?
CV: Never give up on what matters to you, never give in to what you are not, and never compromise who you are at your core. Be kind to everyone and I mean everyone because you never know what someone’s truly going through, and a small kindness from you could change their day or even their life.
JL: Lastly, your Great Grandmother Diana Vreeland is one of my favorite icons of all time, how has she influenced your life?
CV: I’ve said this before but it is the bare bones truth. Nanina (as we call Diana in my family) is in my blood, a part me, flowing through me. It sounds crazy but I know she is inside me, guiding me. Because of her I am not afraid to be imperfect and brave.