We had the immense honor of asking New York Times bestselling author, Tomi Adeyemi, a bit about her self-care routine and career. Adeyemi is the author of Children of Blood and Bone, acclaimed YA novel (and soon-to-be-movie!). So settle in, and learn about how she balances her busy work schedule with taking time to be her baller self.
LCC: Introduce yourself to our readers! Who are you and what do you do?
Hey guys! My name’s Tomi Adeyemi and I’m the #1 NYT best-selling author of Children of Blood and Bone (think Black Panther, but with magic!). Fox is making it into a movie, but I’m Nigerian so my parents still expect me to go to medical school. This will not be happening.
LCC: How do you interpret self-care?
For me, self-care is doing whatever it takes to protect your physical, mental, and emotional health. In 2017 I was horrible with self-care and it took a big toll on me. I knew if I didn’t shift to making self-care my number one priority, I wouldn’t be able to do the things I love or show up for the people I love. I still have a long way to go, but I’m proud of the strides I’ve made (and significantly happier because of it).
LCC: How do you do self-care?
- Boxing/kickboxing/MMA (there’s nothing like punching s**t while Korean trap music is playing)
- Eating healthier (poke, poke, poke, poke, poke)
- Reality TV (Survivor, MasterChef, the Bachelor franchise–BUT I’M NOT WATCHING COLTON’S SEASON–I love it all)
- Binging animated and scripted series (Avatar: the Last Airbender, Insecure, How to Get Away with Murder…I watch a lot of TV–especially if it has badass female protagonists of color)
- Talking to friends and family
- Having dance parties alone in the bathroom (Cardi and Beyoncé are great for this)
- Therapy is baeeeee
- BLOCKING/MUTING HEAUXS (of all kinds and from all facets of society) on social media
- Attempting to sleep. I suck at it, but I’m trying!
LCC: What's your current skincare routine? Has it evolved? How and why?
My skincare journey started a few years ago when I was rear-ended on the highway. Post-accident, I started having anxiety attacks and anxiety-trigged cystic acne. I assumed the cystic acne would go away when the anxiety attacks stopped but HAHA, it did not.
That was the first time I went to a dermatologist and began putting effort into my skin, and it’s been a beautiful journey (*cough, cough* war) to figure out what keeps my skin clear.
I had to get serious about my skincare leading up to my book’s publication/being forced to leave my house. Now my routine is a mixture of healthier behavior, prescribed products from my dermatologist, skincare products from my incredible aesthetician Cody Montarbo, and spot treatment from Renée Rouleau.
I experimented a lot to find what works for me, but now I have a foundation that I can simplify or extend depending on how I and my skin are doing.
- No more pizza every day (still in mourning over this one)
- Managing stress since stress and anxiety since it triggers my cystic acne and I’m basically stressed all the time
- Drinking lots of water
- A Retin-A cream that I now use every other night
- An anti-inflammation antibiotic
- A hormonal acne management pill
- Literally, anything from Cody has been great for my skin (and for friends’ skin who tried his products!) because his line focuses on simplicity, and a lot of his products have dual benefits (like a cleanser that gently exfoliates, or a moisturizer that’s also an eye cream)
- On the daily, I use his cleanser and so much of his moisturizer because my skin’s dry from the Retin-A and being on planes all the time!
- Post-Breakout Fading Gel - my cystic acne leaves me with stark hyper-pigmentation, and slowly but surely this product helps get rid of it
- Anti-Cystic Acne Gel - you can guess what this helps me with
- Rapid Response Detox Masque - really great at (you guessed it!) fighting cystic acne before it starts! But it’s also great for regular acne, and for post planes
- I don’t know who Dr. Jart is, but he has a moisturizing sheet mask that is a dry-skinned girl’s best friend
LCC: How do you balance your career with taking care of yourself?
It’s never easy, and I will always struggle with this because time is limited, and the list of things to do only grows. Reminding myself that I cannot be successful in my career if I don’t take care of myself helps me immensely.
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