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Emily Ratajkowski Shares Her Top Retinol Alternatives and French Pharmacy Favorites

Model, mother, bestselling author and spokesperson for Kérastase Emily Ratajkowski (better known as EmRata) can now add a podcast to her impressive resume. Here, the High Low host tells Vogue about her French pharmacy favorites, taps her gut, and why she’s obsessed with TikTok.

about how she wakes up in the morning

Well, I have a son – he Wake me up! The first thing I do is change his diaper and feed him, then I drink my coffee and stare at him while he eats. Once done, I take care of my skin. My skin has gotten better. In my early twenties, I was like, “I don’t deal with this,” but now I put on sunscreen and use toner and moisturizer. I have a complete routine. Then I get dressed—hopefully quick, since my closet is relatively organized—and head out the door.

About her secret to beautiful hair

I’m relatively new to bangs. I always say – even in private – that Kerastase has really changed my hair. When I signed with them [as an ambassador] about five years ago, I had no idea what good hair products were, and while I was actually pretty good at makeup, I wasn’t very good at hair. I always thought my hair was terrible, and it is. What’s great is that now I don’t have to do much with my hair because everything is in care and maintenance. I love the Extentioniste range because it makes my hair grow so fast! I’m one of those people whose hair breaks when it grows to a certain point, but with that shampoo, it grows. I really like this oil too – it’s light and smells wonderful.

Kérastase Resistance Bain Extentioniste

Kérastase Antiserum Extender

on her new podcast “High Low”

There are two episodes per week, sometimes three. The first episode is a conversation with a guest, which I moderate. And then the second is a separate episode called “EmRata Asks” where I’ll ask a question and investigate. The third episode is a subscription episode where listeners can provide feedback and send their thoughts, voice notes, and DMs, and we start the conversation. I’ve been working like crazy – I’m really excited.

about her skincare routine

I wash my face every night – ok, I try Wash it. I use Bioderma – it’s a French drugstore product and it’s an amazing makeup remover. It’s the only one that gets it done and doesn’t leave anything on your skin or dry it out. After I wash my face, I use Biologique Recherche P 32 – some people don’t like it, but I Is someone who retinol is too extreme for whom, so P18 is a joy medium. It balanced my skin and I layered it with a thick moisturizer.

Bioderma Sensibio Cleansing Micellar Water Sensitive Skin

about her favorite pharmacy

Besides Bioderma, I also like Biafine – it is A moisturizer. It’s that good. Once I did get sunburned – I was sunburned, sunburned – and this was the only way to heal it. I also love Aquaphor, another amazing product. I also feel like drugstore cosmetics have a bad rap, but I think it’s really good. I have some really great highlighters and flakes. Plus my friend who works in makeup development, said, “I tell you, they all come from the same factory – it’s just the packaging!”



637816801 Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Body Balm

about the ritual to help her relax and shut down

I watched TikTok for an hour – this is how I shut down! Nothing makes me feel more entertained or relaxed than that. My algorithm went crazy for one sound, so now I’m all in on “Sbagliato.” I also love when people tell stories, they say “one thing about me” and they go into the story. I’ll watch for three minutes and then watch part two. TikTok is not like social media. It’s like Netflix or Hulu, not like Instagram, and I’ve learned a lot. It’s fun and makes me feel good about being human.

Regarding her general feelings about social media

It’s both a place I feel I can control , but also a way to directly connect with people, and a totally toxic waste of time that made me feel like I wasn’t existing the way I really wanted to be. Both. I have a complicated relationship with it. I set a timer on Instagram for an hour, and I usually go by. I wish I had more advice on this!

The experience of writing her bookMy body

I mean, I didn’t know I was writing a book about my body until it was basically done and I was looking for the title. I realized I was writing about the commodification of my body and image, even the violation of my body, not in the industry but as a young girl. It really changed my relationship with it. My editor suggested that the final essay of the book should be a moment of hope where you are now, but I didn’t feel that way. I’m having a hard time.



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