Meet Holly Thaggard, the founder and CEO of Supergoop! and our new favorite skincare guru. We were so thrilled to chat with this suncare industry pioneer, and to find out how she has worked to customize her beauty routine in her fight to end skin cancer. Holly’s philosophy? “It’s not skincare unless it’s suncare.” Read on for a peek inside this beauty professional’s routine, plus find out which products she considers “suncare” essentials!
What is the first beauty product you reach for after you wake up in the morning?
Before hitting the gym, I splash my face with cold water and apply Caudalie Polyphenol C-15 serum. It is lightweight, hydrating and smells super fresh. I save my sun protective routine for after my workout and shower because I’m up when it’s still dark outside.
How do you protect your skin during this dry time of year?
I notice that my hands and legs need a lot of attention in the winter months. Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream SPF 40 with Sea Buckthorn layered with our Forever Young Body Butter SPF 40 does the trick. Our hand cream formula is antioxidant-rich. It also strengthens my nails, which tend to be more brittle in the winter. Our body butter instantly hydrates dry skin, locks in moisture and makes my legs and arms look immediately more youthful and smooth.
Are you a shower-in-the-morning type of gal, or do you prefer washing up at night?
Both! My evening routine includes a warm bath, but I exercise in the mornings and enjoy a cool shower post workout.
Give us a rundown of your everyday makeup routine.
For my face, I keep it simple. Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30 is my supertasker—it hydrates, treats and protects all in one easy, lightweight swoop. I follow this with our Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35+ to even skintone and to treat any inflammation. This product has more than 50,000 reviews online from people who say it’s the “holy grail” of CC and BB creams! We were first to market with a CC cream in the U.S., and our chemists really knocked it out of the park. I follow this with a very quick Dior mascara, Nars shadow, liner and highlighter and Chanel or Nars lipstick. To finish off, I set everything with a few quick mists of Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50. I know, the amount of SPF I apply every day is insane, but I believe you can never over-apply SPF!
What can you absolutely not start your day without?
Planks! I know it sounds crazy, but lately I have this obsession with holding a plank for longer than the day before. I’m very competitive, even with myself and little games like this really help keep me motivated. I start over every Monday. I travel so much that I’ve found this is something I can do anywhere.
What are your favorite makeup removal products?
Klorane Floral Water Make-Up Remover with Soothing Cornflower. I was gifted this product by the company’s vice president of sales and it is wonderfully light and gentle. The way it dispenses from the packaging is super handy. I apply with Shiseido cotton squares.
Favorite wintertime haircare products: Go!
Living Proof Leave-In Conditioner and the Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo. My hair is super fine and everything ends up weighing it down as the day goes on, but the Living Proof formula is lightweight, and it quickly detangles my hair, too.
If you could only use one beauty product before bed, what would it be?
Caudalie Overnight Detox Oil. My daughter, Emery, loves the scent. I love it when I tuck her in at night and she tells me I smell so pretty! It’s a great way to end a hectic day.
Any favorite de-stressing scents or beauty products you love to indulge in before you hit the sheets?
I like to read before bed, and having a NEST grapefruit candle burning is calming and very de-stressing.
Take us through your evening skincare routine, step by step!
For the evening, I’m all about slowing down and following a ritual so that I enjoy the process of getting ready for bed, which is something I try to instill in my daughter, too. She is 11 and doesn’t wear makeup yet, but I want to make sure she forms good habits early so she’ll continue this as she gets older.
As I mentioned, my go-to evening products are Fresh Soy Cleanser, Klorane makeup remover and Caudalie Overnight Detox Oil. While I rely on Supergoop! Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37 during the day, I’ve recently started adding the Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum to my night routine. Last year, I met Tiffany Masterson, the Drunk Elephant founder, and I was super impressed by her commitment to clinicals and safety, which is something we both had in common in building our brands.