The Vital Proteins pop-up took place in the heart of SoHo in a bustling room decked out with bursts of color, a super-Instagrammable flower wall, and delicious fruit-infused beverages. The grass-fed-collagen company hosted Olivia Culpo, the face of the brand's latest campaign. She arrived in a full Fendi getup, so I inevitably complimented her on her lewk as soon as we sat down in the pink velvet chairs to chat. She immediately complimented my shirt right back, which felt like something a good friend would do.
The conversation flowed naturally after that.
A quick peek at Culpo's amazingly curated Instagram feed will assure you she is living her best life. She's an It girl when it comes to beauty. Her hair, makeup, and wardrobe are always on point, but she's especially good at taking care of her body and putting her health and wellness first. Read on to find out the one thing she loves doing to stay centered and how she keeps that glowing skin of hers in tip-top shape.
On how her definition of wellness has evolved over the years:
"It's become more holistic. What you put inside your body is just as important as what you put on your face. This is why I'm such a huge fan of Vital Proteins for hair, skin, nails, and joint support. I've definitely noticed a big difference in my hair. I've even given this to my boyfriend because he's an athlete for joint support. It's for everyone. The collagen creamer even helps enhance brain activity."
On her secret to great skin and feeling healthy:
"Drinking a lot of water and getting plenty of sleep plays a big part in my skin. I also love to exercise when I can. I always start my days with lemon and hot water. It helps wake up my body. I love detoxing and juicing to replace all the bad things we put in our bodies."
On the way she hits reset to recharge after constantly being on the go:
"I definitely think taking breaks is important. There's this new method I heard about called the Pomodoro method. Pomodoro means tomato in Italian. You focus on 25 minutes of activity or work. Then you take a five-minute break. Then you do another task, followed up with a five-minute break. It's basically a way to calm our minds since we're all so overstimulated. If your attention span is short like mine, taking those breaks will help."
On her morning skincare routine:
"I love starting with the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads. They're so good."
"Then, I put on Kate Somerville's sunscreen."
"Then, I use these glow drops from Clarins and an eye cream."
On her wellness advice for women trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle:
"You have to really listen to your body. Whenever you make it seem like a chore, you're not going to want to do it, you're not going to enjoy it, and then you're not going to reap the benefits. You have to try to figure out how to make it fun and simple for you. If you're not the type of girl who's into doing a 25-minute bedtime ritual, that's fine. There's no pressure, and you can figure out what feels right for you. I can imagine if you're not into those things, you might feel like you should be, but you don't have to be. Adopting a healthy lifestyle is really simple; it's about finding the right products and doing stuff you enjoy."
On what her perfect plate looks like:
"It'd be a very balanced plate with lots of greens, protein, and maybe a starch of some sort like a sweet potato. I try very hard to stay away from carbs. The only times I really indulge in carbs is when I eat sugar and that's if I need chocolate, orange juice, or apple juice to keep me going throughout the day. I'm never going to eat a huge sandwich in the middle of a very long day of work. I get groggy after, and my stomach doesn't react well to gluten. Like for me, I know if I'm going to have pasta, I'm not going to feel well afterward. Again, you just have to listen to your body."
On her current workout routine:
"I like to switch things up, and when I can't go to the gym regularly, I have a series of things I do in my hotel room. I love to run. I try to get running in as much as I can, and if I could do it every day, I would. I love Pilates as well. I do the app Sweat by Kayla Itsines. It's really great for busy women who don't have the time to go to the gym. You can literally do it all in your bedroom."
On the rituals she does to stay grounded:
"I would love to meditate every single day. I go in and out of different phases, which I allow myself to do because you can't be too hard on yourself. I also really enjoy reading, journaling, collecting quotes, talking to a friend on the phone. Everything helps to make sure you're staying level-headed and not keeping all of your emotions inside."
Ed note: The pomodoro technique means tomato in Italian because it's based off of a tomato-shaped timer meant for your kitchen that you can set to 25 minutes to participate in the practice. Read more about it here.
Next: Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look on how Olivia Culpo gets ready for a night out.