What are your favorite MINERAL products?
MAISON is my favorite product for addressing inflammation and dry, tired skin on my hands after work. HYDRATE is my favorite product for my face. It's a great addition to my morning and evening skin routine, and makes my skin feel so dewy and moisturized! The scents are amazing.
Tell us about the physicality of your work.
I love the physicality of painting - the act of moving my body and using tools to create something visual is invigorating. My process involves lots of movement. I’m either standing or crouching over a canvas laid on the ground or I’m stretching & reaching toward a canvas or the edge of a wall to create various elements in a work of art.
My hands are my most precious and utilized tool - I use them to hold, grip, and work my tools as well as press, scrape and blend my paint in many different ways. Gripping brushes and maneuvering my body to create different pools or strokes can be taxing on my joints, my skin and my muscles. I often rely on meditation, exercise and stretches to reset and rejuvenate my body and my mind.
How have you incorporated MINERAL’s products into your routine after additional time with them?
I start every morning with a cup of coffee and spend some time writing and reading to clear my head and find my focus for the day. Slow mornings help me ease into my day and find energy for my work; once I'm up and going, I wash my face and apply oil (HYDRATE/RELIEF) before using an SPF lotion to moisturize and protect my skin. Taking time for myself before I start my day is critical to me staying grounded and feeling like my best self. I also apply HYDRATE in the evenings especially after exfoliating or using harsher products on my skin because it’s so soothing.
I use MAISON almost every day and up the usage on days I put more wear and tear on my hands, for ex. when I'm building canvases, framing paintings, moving lots of heavy objects or holding brushes for a long period of time. My hands get tired as the day goes on, so I reapply often.
At which points during your process do you find MAISON to be helpful?
Today, I used MAISON before assembling canvases in anticipation of my tired hands. I used it once more after working on some paintings and I'll reapply again right before bed.
Before trying MAISON, how’d you handle the tiredness felt in your hands?
Before trying MAISON, it wasn’t something that I viewed as a need for my routine. I figured soreness and dry skin were just part of the process, and I didn’t do much to address it. Since trying it, I've found I can work without worrying about how my hands will feel afterwards, and I no longer feel guilty for asking so much of my body in the process of creating. The act of applying MAISON has become not only refreshing to my body, but also my mind as a nice reset and refresh throughout my work day.