We chatted with Lisa Potter, the US Commerce Editor for MailOnline, about her undying love for personalized skincare rituals, desert island beauty products, the soothing difference a hot bath can make, and the best beauty advice she’s ever received.
Name: Lisa Potter
Profession: Fashion & Commerce Editor, and TV correspondent
Describe yourself in 3 words: Loving, Strong, Compassionate
How did you get your start?
Interning. I used to read the glossy magazines and knew journalism was the career for me so I applied to my favorite publications for work experience before landing a permanent position at Marie Claire UK after graduating from my university. I worked with some amazing mentors there for a couple of years before heading to the Daily Mail in London with their NYC office in my sights.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the fast paced environment of a newsroom, it’s not for the faint hearted but the energy certainly keeps you on your toes. I work across Fashion and Commerce, so I get to see the operation from both editorial and business perspectives which I like. I feature daily on the DM TV show too, which has been a totally (and unnatural) new skill set for me to learn!
What is your philosophy on beauty?
Of course beauty is entirely subjective, but for me aesthetic value comes from an inner peace and a dewy complexion! Taking care of your skin and appearance is so important, I value it highly and will always invest in products and procedures accordingly.
What is your best beauty advice?
Buy the good products, drink lots of water, SPF, regular exercise, get a little botox if you want it, sleep, limit your vices!
What is your daily skin-care routine?
I like to cleanse with a balm like The Cleansing Balm by Augustinus Bader, then I follow with a prepping lotion, dab on Skinceuticals C E Ferulic which is an instant skin pick me up, then I massage in Dr Barbara Sturm’s Face Cream Rich before adding on a protective layer of EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40 Sheer Moisturizer. I lather Costa Brazil’s Kaya Jungle Firming Body Oil all over my body which smells utterly divine, rub some Oribe Gold Lust Hair Oil through my hair and add a lick of Roen Cake Mascara and I’m good to go.
We are big believers in self-care...how do you indulge in self care?
I love the ritual of my skincare regime. It’s a time set aside for myself and something I take great care in. I also love a spa day, a regular facial, weekly mani-pedi appointments, even just running a hot bath and lighting a candle feels like a sacred act of self-care after a long day!
What’s the biggest beauty mistake you’ve ever made?
I’m terrible at doing my own make-up so it would have to be one of the many times I’ve attempted something that is so not me, even something simple like a smoky eye I will somehow mess up.
What do you think is the biggest beauty mistake people make?
Who am I to judge, but perhaps by not wearing SPF. Every. Single. Day.
What was the best beauty advice given to you?
Don’t over-pluck your eyebrows, bestowed upon me by my mother when I was a teenager. These unruly brows are eternally grateful.
Who is your hero?
Boss woman Jess Richards! I have so many amazing girl friends around me who inspire me every day with their love, ambition and resilience; I think we should all be celebrated for our strength and beauty.