It’s here: 31 days. 31 cities. 31 perspectives. Each day in the month of March, we’re profiling an inspiring woman from across the world and asking her to share her beauty routine, products, and wellness secrets. Consider this your firsthand look into the beauty traditions and cultures of your beauty-obsessed counterparts from Thailand, Nigeria, and more (and don’t forget to check our Instagram for a beauty-themed global takeover each day). Following Charlotte Devereux, a natural beauty connoisseur from New Zealand, we have Frida Vega Salomonsson, a photographer and magazine editor who has a refreshing view on self-care and society’s standards for “perfect skin.”
Name: Frida Vega Salomonsson
City and country of residence: Stockholm, Sweden
Your beauty icons:
Brigitte Bardot and Isamaya Ffrench.
The skincare products you can’t live without:
I got a mild version of perioral dermatitis after exfoliating my skin too much. So here is a little warning about skincare: Don’t go too hard on your skin. I was pretty dry but had acne and got really frustrated with my skin at one point and overdid it with exfoliating and acids. Instead, I should have added more moisture to my skin. So I’m giving my skin a total break from everything right now. I don’t even wash my face daily, I don’t use any moisturizer, and my skin has never been this good, except for a bit of redness from the PD. But I do use Locobase Repair ($26) from the pharmacy for my lips now during the winter. It’s really fat and thick; it’s like putting on a mask for your lips. I usually apply it before going to bed. Before my skincare product detox, I really liked Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel ($59) and my Biologique Recherche Crème Placenta.
The hair products you can’t live without:
Dry shampoo is my number one thing. There is nothing I hate more than washing my hair. It’s just so boring. I’m blessed with having really thick hair, but it takes an hour and a half to wash, dry, and untangle everything. So I won’t do it unless it’s absolutely necessary. Other than that, I need my Tangle Teezer, a spray leave-in conditioner like Redken Extreme Conditioner ($27), and Fanola No Yellow Shampoo ($10).
The makeup products you can’t live without:
There are only two products and two applicators I can’t live without: a tinted moisturizer, Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($6), brown mascara, and an eyelash curler. But for going out, I wouldn’t mind having tinted moisturizer, powder, brown mascara, brown eye shadow, and lip gloss.
The most popular beauty products and brands in your country right now:
It seems like everyone in Stockholm is obsessing over Glossier. We haven’t been able to order it here, but everyone’s going crazy about the brand, and apparently, it’ll start shipping here soon.
The most popular beauty trends in your country right now:
Skincare is huge here now. People are buying acids and masks like there is no tomorrow. It’s trendy to be that girl with glowy, natural skin—but all au naturel. And yes, it’s beautiful, but it’s so much more about genes than products. It’s such an unreachable trend for so many people. A few years ago, my friends and I never paid attention to the structure of our skin. We were happy if we managed to conceal a spot with a bit of foundation. Now you’re supposed to have clear skin, no pores, and no visible makeup. Like, come on—give me a break.
Favorite traditional beauty secret from your country:
Försvarets Hudsalva Original Military Balm ($13). It was developed by the Swedish military like 50 years ago. It’s made with fat from natural resources, and it’s supposedly so clean that you can fry food in it.
Where you buy beauty products:
What does “healthy living” mean to you?
Doing your best at finding the right balance in your own life, I guess? If anyone knows how though, please tell me.
How do you define and/or practice “self-care”?
For me, it’s about actively making decisions that you know will have a positive impact on you mentally or physically. One week that could be taking a walk and getting to sleep early, and another week it could be going out and dancing like there is no tomorrow. Self-care doesn’t need to be cucumber juice and yoga. It can also be ordering a pizza with extra mozzarella and not being so hard on yourself all the time.
What’s your favorite way to stay active and why?
I’m kind of embarrassed to admit this, but I don’t stay active. I’ve been to my gym three times in the past six months. But I’ve also been sick a lot this winter, and I do really want to get back into it. Mainly because it really helps me mentally. It really helps me reduce anxiety and stress. I like to take long walks while listening to podcasts or go to high-intensity classes at the gym. I don’t like low-intensity classes like yoga or Pilates.
What’s your favorite healthy meal?
I’d say that Swedish tacos are as healthy as it gets in my home. Swedish tacos are the Frankenstein of tacos. It’s some sort of mix between Mexican tacos and American tacos but made much more bland and child-friendly. I seriously eat it twice a week.
What are the most popular wellness trends in your country right now?
In Sweden during this time of year, everyone’s posting photos of themselves skiing on Instagram. So I don’t really know—I guess skiing?