Tami Blake of Free + True Skincare is a former ballerina, pursued her MBA as a young mother, and is now the beauty entrepreneur, esthetician and certified formulator behind her own clean skincare brand. While she credits her success and personal strength to her background in ballet, we wanted to know to what she credits that skin. Riffle through the beauty pro’s medicine cabinet and daily routine in our beauty series here…
My skincare style: My skincare style is meticulously easy and effective so that I can get on with my day. Whether I’m adopting a skincare fast, reset or full blown at home facial, I know intuitively how and when to change up my routine if needed. This has a lot to do with my experience as an esthetician and a skincare formulator.
My skin type: Combination skin
Why clean beauty matters to me:
I see beauty products in the same way I do nutrition. Whole foods and clean supplements nourish, strengthen, and repair the body with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Whole botanical skincare boosted with high tech actives can make a huge difference in skin health. When I formulate skincare, every ingredient serves a purpose for the skin. There are no cheap fillers used to keep costs down — every ingredient brings value to the skin. As a cosmetics formulator and esthetician, I’ve learned how to analyze formulas to find out where the value is. Quality, pure, and safe ingredients yield superior results.
Beauty obsession of the moment: A rose quartz gua sha. CBJ Beauty Secrets makes my favorite.
Favorite health habit for beauty:
Living a well-rounded, holistic lifestyle is key to maintaining a natural glow. Minimizing processed sugar in my diet and drinking my daily superfood latte keeps my energy levels high and my immune system strong. My daily morning meditation keeps my mood balanced and gives me a level of self-awareness to recognize when I am feeling stressed. Lastly, roller skating is my new happy place. It’s something that I do 3-4 times a week and it keeps me glowing (and going) all day long. I believe that when we take care of our mind, body, skin, and spirit, our natural beauty shines through.
Favorite daily products:
Kari Grain Lip Whip
Free + True Bright Side Vitamin C Serum
The Healing Place Apothecary Black Rum Natural Deodorant Balm
Free + True Body Prophet full-body serum
My daily skincare routine:
I love starting off with a gua sha facial massage and an omega-rich face oil. Gua sha promotes healthy lymph flow while tightening and toning the skin. With regular, consistent use, the results can be phenomenal. Then I apply my skincare.
I cleanse with our Marigold Morning Creamy Gel Cleanser, hydrate with a layer of hydrating serum and follow with the new Vitamin C serum, Bright Side. It’s a potent formula that I’m super proud of and provides amazing results by brightening, evening out skin tone, and promoting collagen production!
Do you use a facialist or dermatologist?
As an esthetician myself, I feel like I’m always working on my own skin. My at-home skincare routine of daily gua sha and weekly exfoliation keeps my skin glowing. When I have the time, I see my facialist for a little microcurrent pick-me-up.