POPSUGAR Australia: Take us through the day in the life of Priya Serrao — what does it look like?
Priya Serrao: A day in my life in lockdown is pretty boring, I'll be honest! I live with my family at the moment, and I'm in a standard working from home 9-to-5 situation.
I don't have a strict routine in place, but there are a few things I like to make time for. Movement is something I like to squeeze in daily — usually a walk or a quick 30-minute workout — because I think it sets me up for the day. I also like spending a bit of time reading or listening to a podcast before bed. I find it's a great way to wind down and snap out of work-mode while also learning interesting ideas.
POP: What does it feel like to 'glow' on the inside and out to you?
PS: 'Glowing' to me means feeling at my best, right? And I feel at my best when I've had 8-to-9 hours of sleep, a chance to move during the day and have had some delicious, wholesome, nutritious food to eat. That's it. It's as simple (and as difficult) as that!
I think my close relationships are also integral to feeling my best. I honestly don't think I'd be able to function without these. I have an awesome, supportive family, and we share any troubles we're having at work or our personal lives openly. I'm also very lucky to have an amazing partner and close friends who offer so much emotional support and great constructive feedback when I need it too. I'm extremely lucky to have them.
POP: What does your morning routine involve?
PS: My morning routine has gone through several phases over the lockdown period. I was doing well in March/April and then lost a bit of motivation over Winter in June/July before getting back into things in the last few months.
As the weather's been warming up and the days are getting longer, I've slowly started getting back into finding ways to move every morning. I think going for a long walk or squeezing in a quick workout is important for me to have a clear head and to help regulate my mood for the rest of the day. Also feels good to accomplish something first thing in the morning!
POP: Take us through your morning and night skincare routine.
PS: I like to keep my skincare routine short and sweet. My morning routine starts with washing my face with water, spritzing some toner followed by an oil and a moisturiser. I've been using Swisse's Rosehip Oil followed by the Rosehip moisturiser. My skin is very dry so I love layering these products. I end with a layer of sunscreen! My nighttime routine starts with cleansing my skin (double cleansing if I've worn make-up during the day) followed by Swisse's Hyaluro-Natural serum and a layer of the Hemp Seed moisturiser. I find that when I layer these products, I wake up the next morning and my skin feels super soft and hydrated.
Swisse Hyaluro-Natural Hydrating Serum ($29.99)