These days it’s nearly impossible to know what women are spending on the way they look. Someone with Instagram-flawless contouring might have honed her craft using the finest from the drugstore aisles, and the utterly makeup-free type might be spending thousands on laser treatments and serums. Enter our series What It Costs to Be Me, in which we’re asking interesting women for radical transparency.
Next up? Jessamyn Stanley, 32, yoga instructor, body-positivity activist, and author of Every Body Yoga, from Durham, North Carolina. Her grand total? $3,001.
“We live in a society that’s made us think self-care is self-indulgent, and that you should be constantly giving of yourself instead,” says Jessamyn Stanley. “I believe the reason we’re all here is to give of ourselves, but you can’t give from an empty cup.” She would know. The yoga instructor flies across the country teaching sold-out classes and giving inspiring talks on body positivity, inclusivity, and empowerment. But even in the midst of her hectic schedule, Stanley prioritizes taking care of herself—which can take the form of anything from “not being around people who are energy-draining” to luxuriating in a lengthy bubble bath.
Lately, she’s found solace in her skin-care routine. “I’ve finally gotten to a place with my skin where I’m like, ‘Okay, we’ve gotten to know each other.’ It’s taken a few decades, and it’s been up and down journey, but we’re here now.” Here, Stanley’s full regimen—along with the other beauty and wellness essentials she can’t live without.
My shower and bath routine: $125
I’m a staunch bath person, but I live in a world that requires I be more of a shower person. That said, I still like to have at least one to two baths every week. It’s a pretty big thing for me. When I’m traveling, I’ll specifically look for an Airbnb that has a bathtub, if I can. I can get really wired, and the best way for me to come back to reality is to find water as quickly as possible.