Lev Glazman & Alina Roytberg
Co-founders of cult skincare and beauty brand Fresh
Alina Roytberg: Sometimes you enjoy a destination but it doesn’t mean you necessarily want to go back there the next year, it’s just something that’s in your memory. For me, that was Jingmai Mountain in Yunnan. I think that the landscape is the kind that you really respond to because you go up and above sea level, there’s a lot of vegetation, a lot of trees. I love forests and the idea of old trees, the deep shades of green.
Lev Glazman: There’s a place in Tulum [Mexico] called Be Tulum. The Mayan tradition is extremely present there, and it’s extremely spiritual. Something happens the moment you pass into that part of Cancun and get right into that jungle. I’ve never felt like this anywhere. I’m sure there are amazingly beautiful places out there if you go to one of those other islands, but this is one of my personal favourites. Not only do I love the setup, but I love what it does mentally to me, and I’m always drawn to it.
AR: I also love the beach on Cape Cod [Massachusetts], on the upper area of the Cape. I love renting a house near Truro to be close to beaches. It’s very simple, so it’s completely not fancy. You end up paying a little bit more on Homeaway or Airbnb to get a place where you can just walk to a private beach, and that’s my favourite thing. I’ve been to the Caribbean once, and it was a beautiful experience. But there’s something about that slightly more pristine, grey and rocky Atlantic coast that I always respond to.
AR: There are so many different things you can still learn in this world, and it’s always exciting to go somewhere and find something you really had no reference for. I don’t want to seem disrespectful or uneducated, but when you live on the Western side of the world, you’re not so aware of some indigenous nations in China. There are 19 different indigenous peoples, and we met nine of them. Yunnan was extremely memorable for me because it was a combination of culture and landscape.
LG: I love to wake my skin up in a major way in the morning. I brew tea and I put it in the freezer to create tea cubes, and in the morning I use it all over my face, under my eyes, everywhere. It gives so much energy to the skin and wakes my skin up. And it’s probably one of the most pleasant things ever. You can do it with anything: rosewater, kombucha. Take rose petals and put them in warm water and then freeze the water.
Tea-bag compresses are also amazing – when you cool them off, put them in the refrigerator. It really helps depuff your eyes.
AR: My top beauty tip is an obvious one: wash your make-up off before you go to bed. That is one thing that will make a difference in your life because it will keep your skin clean. It’s simple but it’s important and it’s true. Pollution and all the old makeup together, all those silicone-based products you’re putting on ... And try to keep your hands away from your eyes. In fact, keep your hands away from your face, that’s how you break out.
AR: My favourite spa treatment is the Pedi- Spa by Bastien Gonzalez. It’s something you trek all around the world looking for, and they have it at the Oriental Spa at Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong.
LG: We opened a kitchen-bakery-cafe called Bartlett House a year and a half ago in upstate New York, just outside of Hudson. So we’re in the food business now, and we’re working on a hotel.
AR: In Sonoma Valley [California] there’s a tiny little restaurant in Glen Ellen called Glen Ellen Star. It’s about cooking and taking full advantage of the bounty in Sonoma; the true meaning of “Here’s the farm and here’s the kitchen”. Extremely sophisticated, extremely simple, but the kind of food you could eat every day. And I think that’s the part that really both of us are attracted to. It’s not about a monumental experience; it’s about something that is so understandable and so clear but so thought out. I think you can do a lot with simple ingredients.
AR: ABC Kitchen has opened a vegetarian restaurant called ABCV in New York. It’s excellent. We’ve had breakfast there, we’ve had lunch there, we’ve had dinner there. All three meals were really enjoyable. It’s a big trend, it’s very cool, and I really enjoy these vegetable-forward menus.
“There are so many different things you can still learn in this world ” ALINA ROYTBERG