Carly Cardellino Shares How She Keeps Her Skin and Mind Healthy From PM to AM

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Welcome to PM to AM, a series about developing a healthy routine in the evening and morning. Created in partnership with Estée Lauder, Byrdie is talking to some of our favorite tastemakers about their rituals and routines on both sides of sleep.

Hi Byrdies! I’m beauty expert Carly Cardellino and I’m psyched to be hanging with you (digitally) from PM to AM—all to celebrate Estée Lauder’s New Advanced Night Repair serum. Expert how, you ask? I’ve spent the last 15 years in the beauty industry as a beauty editor and director, working at publications like Health, Shape, and Cosmopolitan, learning from the industry’s best dermatologists, scientists, makeup artists, hairstylists, manicurists—and I’ve soaked in all of the info like a fluffy, Bahamian sponge. But my beauty days started young: I was in dance early on and have the recital pictures with a full face of makeup and bangs to prove it and the rest is history.
For me, sure, beauty is, in part, about the way you look. But after I had the opportunity to learn from some of the most talented people in the industry, beauty became more about how health can directly manifest on the outside — on your skin. It’s all connected. And that knowledge inspired me to translate what I’d learn from these beauty geniuses at events, meetings, or in interviews to everyone else—the readers (and now, those who follow me on social). And it’s still what drives me to this day. So, hopefully, you can see why Byrdie chose me to hang with y’all—I’m both honored and excited, so let’s get started!

BYRDIE: Tell me a little about yourself and your skin / skin type

CARLY CARDELLINO: I’d consider myself a pretty healthy person—I definitely don’t workout every single day, but I do try to do Pvolve and Melissa Wood Health several times a week. That, and I make sure to eat healthy. That’s all physical—mentally, it’s also important to take care of your brain. I’ve been meditating at night, which really helps me quiet my mind and relax. We have a 20-month-old, so it’s full-on running around during the day, as you can imagine.
As for my skin type: I can’t remember when I started breaking out, I think I was in college, but it wasn’t until last year that I found a dermatologist who helped me with an effective regimen. Dr. Shari Marchbein is her name and she is an acne wizard. She prescribed me prescriptions and products that, together, cleared up my skin in a week. This experience also allowed me to use other products that I really couldn’t play with before, so I’m forever grateful to her.

BYRDIE: In what ways do you take time for yourself? And why is it important to take these moments for yourself at night and in the morning?

CC: Self-care is wildly important to me—I read a quote the other day by wellness educator Joyce Sunada (via my friend Sue’s Instagram stories) that said: “If you don’t make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness.” How powerful is that? It’s so true. So, I make sure to take time out to do a little Gua Sha on my face in the morning—you know, to keep things lifted—and apply the rest of my skincare routine, and then I start my day.

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BYRDIE: Tell me about your evening routine

CC: I love my daughter, but the evenings are magical to me because they’re all mine! I can do a face mask, paint my nails, organize my beauty products, read a book—the possibilities are endless! (All of the mamas totally feel me right now.) But my favorite way to wind down is with a glass of wine next to a bubble bath, listening to a podcast in the background with a good-smelling candle lit. Is there anything better? I stay in there for about 20 minutes and then and then apply my nighttime regimen, which is quick: I wash my face with a gentle cleanser, apply Estée Lauder’s New Advanced Night Repair Serum (ANR) on my face, neck, and chest—it’s lightweight, oil-free, and the best part: This Hyaluronic Acid packed formula hydrates skin for 72 hours and leaves skin feeling nourished. Then I finish up with an oil-free moisturizer.

BYRDIE: Tell me about your morning routine

CC: Every morning is different for me—it all depends on Delfina’s schedule and how I feel when I wake up, but typically I wake up and either make a green juice or my husband makes some coffee, and then I go into the bathroom and do anything I need to do before Gio starts work (I’ve been home with Della all day during the pandemic, so I need to be efficient). So, I quickly wash my face (if I can do some Gua Sha, great); otherwise, I apply my acne prescriptions, ANR serum—During the day, it delivers 8 hours of antioxidants to your skin cells, which help prevent or stop free radical damage from blue light from your smartphone! It is perfect for my acneic skin, and it has hyaluronic acid that helps lock in moisture for 72 hours, which helps create the perfect environment to optimize skin’s natural repair process. PS: It works for all skin tones and types — I finish up with oil-free SPF 30 (we have a lot of windows in our apartment, but I also go outside with Delfina and applying right before we leave is a pipedream), Then, I make us a healthy breakfast (usually eggs, avocado, and yogurt) and then she is in exploration mode until naptime. That’s often when I workout, if I feel up to it—sometimes I just nap because her level of energy can’t be matched.

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BYRDIE: How does your personal morning and nighttime routine help set up your day and make you feel energized / relaxed ? How has it benefited you to maintain these routines?

CC: Pre-Covid, I didn’t really have a routine—my days were all over the place with events and meetings. But once we were self-quarantining, I found it crucial. I really felt lost at first, especially since I had just left Cosmopolitan to go out on my own—without a schedule and the ability to see other people, I was like, what do I do? I know everyone else was going through the same thing. So, I quickly figured out a daily schedule to loosely follow. It’s hard to predict your day with a toddler, so I just give myself a lot of grace and forgiveness if something doesn’t happen the way I want it to. But having a morning and nighttime routine helps bookend your day and, personally, helps me feel more put together, so I’m grateful for it.