Hannah Frye

mbg Assistant Beauty Editor

By Hannah Frye

mbg Assistant Beauty Editor

Hannah Frye is the Assistant Beauty Editor at mindbodygreen. She has a B.S. in journalism and a minor in women’s, gender, and queer studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Hannah has written across lifestyle sections including health, wellness, sustainability, personal development, and more.

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March 28, 2023

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Beauty routines are never truly stagnant—practices evolve and change like we do. In As of Late, we chat with influential folks about their current products and rituals. Here, we get a snapshot of what they’re doing right now: the sacrosanct formulas they use until the last drop, the fresh launches they’ve got their eyes on, and of course, the why behind it all.


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After looking down at thousands of faces over the last 13 years, holistic esthetician Lesley Thornton knew there was something missing in the vast industry of at-home skin care. 

“I realized there was a lack of understanding around ethnic skin and a lack of consumer education around skin care routines,” she tells me in a virtual chat.

She adds, “After working on thousands of clients, you come to realize that you can get all of the facials you want but it’s your home care that does the heavy lifting.” 

All of this combined inspired her to create Klur, a modern skin care line that’s independent, self-funded, and woman-owned and operated. The brand has a unique emphasis on minimal but well-considered products to help you build a routine that’s low maintenance yet highly rewarding. 

After such a long career in the beauty industry, Thornton has compiled a quick list of her favorite products and rituals that keep her looking and feeling healthy, well, and always glowing. To come, her top picks. 

The tried-and-true: A gentle cleanser.

“I use oil cleansers from different brands, but there is no other gel cleanser that I have used or loved more than Gentle Matter. The cleanser starts in a gel format but performs more like a cream once it touches the skin.

“What I love about it is that it glides on the skin really silky. There’s no scent, it’s very aroma-natural. It’s a pleasure to use and it takes a simplicity approach in formulation, but it feels very sophisticated.”


Gentle Matter


For those who love a gel cleanser but don’t want loads of stripping soaps, welcome to Gentle Matter. This gel-to-silky cream formula is packed with antioxidants and moisturizing botanicals from olive oil, jojoba oil, primrose oil, and more.

Klur Gentle Matter

The surprise hit: Ashwagandha for relaxation.

“Something that I ended up adoring but wasn’t totally expecting is ashwagandha. I take it at night at about six o’clock because it helps me wind down. It puts me in a place where I feel like stress doesn’t affect me.

“I use Life Extension Optimized Ashwagandha. It’s a capsule and I take just one capsule. It’s not a ton of ashwagandha so I don’t feel depressed—I can still feel my feelings, you know? It’s just enough.”

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Optimized Ashwagandha


If you find yourself struggling to wind down after a long and stressful day, an ashwagandha supplement may be able to quiet that internal chatter. Be mindful of serving size and talk with your doctor if you’re unsure whether ashwagandha is a good fit in your routine.

Life Extension Optimized Ashwagandha

The secret: Using body scrubs at the gym for a mess-free experience.

“One of the most underrated things is a gym shower. I do body scrubs at the gym—I take a jar of my body scrub and take it there to avoid making a mess, and it’s the best thing ever. I do it once a week after a really great workout and some time in the sauna.”


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The up-and-coming: Grounding as a form of skin health.

“I practice grounding as a form of skin health. I scrub my feet; I go to the park and walk in the dirt for 10 to 15 minutes and practice grounding for inflammation.

“When I was a kid, I loved being in the dirt. I realized whenever I would go to the park I have the desire to take my shoes off. Rubber soles and insulated shoes disconnect us from electrons in the Earth anyway, and when I take my shoes off I feel like a whole new person, so I started making it part of a weekly routine. 

“I do think we will start seeing more people grounding for inflammation.”

The steal: Affordable Korean scrubbing cloths.

“I use these Korean scrub mitts from Amazon. This is a cloth you can throw into the laundry; I just throw it in when I do my sheets. It’s not plastic; it’s woven fabric. Because of the way they weave it, it helps to pick up the dead skin. The best thing you’ve ever used for $6—just add it to cart right now.”

Gold Sangsa

Exfoliating Bath Washcloth


Traditional shower poofs can collect mold and bacteria over time, so a washable product like these is an ideal swap. Not to mention, you can pair the scrubber with a body polish for extra power or use it with a creamy body wash for a deep yet gentle cleanse. When you’re ready, toss it in the wash and reuse it. How easy is that?

Goldsanga Exfoliating Bath Washcloth

The thing my grandparents taught me: Eat your protein and eat your vegetables.

“My grandfather died at 97, and my grandmother just turned 90. They were a butcher and a gardener, so they always told me: ‘Eat your protein and eat your vegetables.’ 

“There are other compounds that are released when you chew foods. For example, broccoli releases sulforaphane when you chew it, and the saliva works on an enzyme that converts it to that nutrient.

“If you need a green juice on the go, fair enough. But sometimes, you just need to eat your vegetables. Skip steaming them, blending them, juicing them, just eat them.”


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The seasonal staples: A warming post-dinner tonic.

“I love warming spices. I drink a combination of cayenne, cinnamon, and ginger in winter, and I love it. It’s a warming drink that I have either pre- or post-meal, but it’s my winter drink, and I just have to have it. In the summer, I put strawberries in it. 

“It’s spicy, it’s warming, it feels Ayurvedic, it has medicinal properties to it as well.” 

Thornton’s recipe: 

  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of ½ lemon squeezed
  • ¼ tbsp ginger powder
  • a pinch of cayenne powder
  • a pinch of cinnamon powder
  • a pinch of turmeric or turmeric extract
  • a couple of drops of stevia


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