Tips from a Pro: Joy McCarthy shares her beauty routine (contest now closed)

I am so pleased to bring you my ‘Pro series’; interviews with experts from the health and wellness world. First up, Joy McCarthy, Holistic Nutritionist and author of “Joyous Health: Eat & Live Well without Dieting” (if you missed my book review, check it out here). Joy is the founder behind ‘Joyous Health’ and works with a global clientel through one on one health coaching and group workshops. She is highly influential through her writing and corporate speaking engagements and can be seen regularly as Holistic Nutrition & Health expert on Global TV’s The Morning Show and Steven and Chris.
Joy McCarthy, Holistic Nutritionist and founder of Joyous Health

Joy McCarthy, Holistic Nutritionist and founder of Joyous Health

What beauty staples do you keep in your make-up bag?
There are 3 cosmetics I always wear (except on weekends): mascara, blush (when you are this fair, you NEED a little pink on your cheeks), lip balm and a variety of different oils and moisturizers. It’s so great that natural health stores have such an amazing variety of natural and organic beauty products. I remember years ago when I first started using an SLS-free shampoo it was like a greasy schloppy mess on my head. Not now, the products available are amazing! However, buyer beware — just because a product states it’s “natural” doesn’t mean it is. It’s best to do your own research. In fact on page 81 of my book JOYOUS HEALTH I have a whole page dedicated to 12 ingredients to avoid in your cosmetics. One of the most common offenders is “parfum” and it’s even in products marked “unscented”. This is a often a source of phthalates which are toxic to the reproductive system and may interfere with hormone function. It’s even bad for fish and other wildlife.
Share a little bit about your morning and night time skin care routine. What keeps you glowing?
A good quality moisturizer. It really depends on the time of year, but as of now I’m still using my winter moisturizer because it gives my skin that dewy look I’m after. I love the look of hydrated skin! I use “JUST PURE” but underneath I put a few drops of this strawberry rhubarb serum by Eminence. I do this twice daily. Also, I do not wash my face in the morning, just before bed. I wash with either Consonant Organic Foaming Face Wash or the Coconut Milk Cleanser by Eminence. It just depends on how my skin feels. And lastly, I love all the oils from Skin Essence Organics. When I need an extra boost I will slather my face before in bed in oil.
I love, love, love your hair! What are some of your hair care secrets?
Thanks so much! First off, I’m very anti-hair-product. I used to dye my hair (over 15 years ago) and used tons of products like mousse and gel to tame my naturally wavy/curly hair. I will never forget the day I stopped dying my hair. I went to a new stylist and she was like “why the heck are you dying your hair when you have such a nice natural colour?”. I thought to myself, good point! And I never went back to using hair dye. I wash my hair with Rahua Voluminous shampoo and use a tiny bit of their conditioner too (just on the ends though). In the winter, I use a bit of coconut oil on the ends. Other than that, I don’t use any products. Most days I do have to flat iron my bangs and put a little beachy wave in with a curling iron because when I blow dry it straight it’s so heavy it needs a little bounce!
What is the weirdest thing you have tried in the name of beauty?
I’m not very adventurous with my skin actually. So the weirdest thing I’ve done isn’t that weird.. just DIY face masks. And I’m totally addicted to the mask from consonant. It’s SOOOO hydrating! I do it at least once a week in the winter. I swear the first time I ever did it, it took 5 years off my skin.
I assume at one point in your life your beauty routine was not always so clean (as with everyone); what was the hardest product to let go of (or transition from) when switching to an all natural beauty routine?
I know many people struggle with finding a good natural deodorant. Initially, when transitioning I would still use Dove when doing corporate seminars and any public speaking and then use the natural stuff any other time. But now, I realize the importance of sweating as it’s a form of detoxification and plugging up your pits with chemicals is soooo ANTI-beautifying. However, no one wants to stink! As you probably know, the joyous deo is the bomb! It’s the best natural deo I’ve ever used because you won’t stink. I haven’t used any regular deo like Dove in years. Mascara was probably the hardest one for me to transition to a clean one because most of the natural ones just don’t work. I’ve found one I like, but it’s not a 10/10, it’s about a 7/10 however it’s far far better than what used to be available.

GIVEAWAY and Promo code (contest closed)

Joy has recently launched her Natural Beauty Essentials product line and we’re giving the entire line to one lucky reader! These organic products are not only adorably packaged, but highly effective and smell great too–I’ve tried and tested them all myself! AND since I love all of my readers. . . and so does Joy, use promo code elodiebeauty to get 10% off of your own purchase!

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Just answer the following question in the comment section below for your chance to win these amazing products: “What is the weirdest thing that you have done in the name of beauty?”

  • Contest closes on June 12, one winner will be chosen at random on June 13
  • All Canadian and U.S. residents eligible to enter

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  1. DC says

    The weirdest thing I’ve done in the name of beauty is use bump stopper (intended for men who shave their heads) to get rid of in-growns.

  2. says

    Oh man, what HAVEN’T I done! I used to do DIY hair masks quite often, with egg and olive oil etc., and the last time I did it I think I may have accidentally scrambled the egg in my hair when I took a really hot shower to rinse it off! Hahah, it was an experience for sure..took a few washes to get that stuff out completely. xx

  3. Erin says

    I once made a hair mask with mashed strawberries (don’t ask) it was the worste idea ever and it took forever to get the strawberry chunks out of my tangled hair and off of the shower wall and curtain… I’ve learned a lot about homemade hair masks since then!

  4. Ami L says

    Great interview, love Joy! When I was in highschool I used to apply toothpaste on blemishes at night. I had read in a magazine that it worked (it didn’t). So I used to have these white spots all over my face when going to bed, def one of my weirder beauty phases.

  5. Stephanie says

    Like joy, I’m not terribly adventurous with my routine. I think smearing hemp oil on my face weirds out those around me, as does my baking soda shampoo and acv conditioner. Normal for me, weird to those close to me that don’t believe in no gunk.

  6. says

    Oh my goodness I am such a huge fan of Joy! I loved this interview, thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    The weirdest thing I have done in the name of beauty was to bring an entire can of coca-cola in the shower with me and dump it all over my head. I had heard coke is supposed to give your hair a healthy shine. This did not end up being true. It was just a weird, cold, smelly experience.

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  7. says

    The weirdest thing I have done for beauty is unknowingly putting coconut oil all over my face hoping that it would help with moisturizing (it did by the way).

  8. Heather says

    The weirdest thing I have done in the name of beauty is put toothpaste or baby diaper rash cream on my zits to get rid of them! P.S. it doesn’t work lol!

  9. Leah P says

    The craziest thing I’ve done in the name of beauty is putting mayo in my hair to supposedly make it softer and more manageable – gross! I know better now! 🙂

  10. Kelsey says

    The weirdest thing I’ve done was apply mashed avocado to my hair in the shower to get a lustrous shine. I’ve also heard beer can give your hair shine but I haven’t been quite that adventurous to find out! I’ve also applied a whole egg while in the shower but that was not the greatest experience.

  11. Adi says

    The weirdest thing I have done in the name of beauty is using raw honey to wash my face… but it works! Makes your face so fresh looking.

  12. Veronica says

    The weirdest thing that I ever did for beauty (and glowing skin) was bathe in mud – I literally climbed into a jacuzzi full of steaming mud at a spa. It took forever for all those little particles to wash off after!

  13. Sara says

    The weirdest thing I’ve done for beauty are leaving henna on my hair for four hours. The instructions said to wrap it in Saran, so I did. My head sweated so severely that streams of sweaty, slimy henna found their way in the tiny open areas, and streamed down my face, staining orange paths as they went. It was so gross, but my hair looked and felt amazing!

  14. Hayley says

    People probably think its weird that I wash my face with raw honey! And that I make an avocado/honey/lemon face mask. I tend to use a lot of edibles on my skin 🙂

  15. Becky says

    I made a charcoal, bentonite clay tooth paste scrub to whiten my teeth. Kept it on my teeth for about 15 minutes. Freaked my boys and husband out with my “black, zombie like” teeth. It works well though.

  16. Catherine says

    The strange beauty things I did were mostly when I was at teenager in the 1970s. And because my hair was so important I tried lots of things to ‘beatify’ it such as mayonnaise, beer (for extra body and smoothness), lemon juice to make the sun turn it blonder, henna as a conditioning treatment that actually made my dark blond hair turn reddish-blond-ugly colour, and milk in my hair – can’t remember why I use that. LOL!

  17. Sarah says

    I used to used those nose pore strips – that was pretty weird! Now I guess the weirdest thing I do is wash my face with oil, but I actually don’t think it’s that strange. 🙂

  18. Samantha G says

    The weirdest thing i have done for beauty is an olive oil hair mask- for a week i looked like i just stepped out of the shower..

  19. Ravi says

    I read somewhere that if you put garlic in your nail polish it will make your nails stronger..I didn’t really see a noticeable difference it I did notice the lingering garlic smell on my fingertips.

  20. Aimee Hartzog says

    The weirdest thing I’ve ever done in the name of beauty turned out to be a disaster! As a teen, I rarely had pimples but when I did, they were huge and noticeable. After having no luck with spot treatments and acne washes, I opted to use toothpaste to dry them out quicker which seemed to do the trick. On one occasion, the spot became too dry and flaky, so to relieve the area I decided to put some aloe vera gel on it. I woke up the next morning with a green chin, which remained green for a few days. My friends still tease me about my green chin 15 years later.

  21. Candice says

    The weirdest thing I’ve ever tried in the name of beauty is an egg white mask. Crack an egg and separate the yolk from the white, then brush the whites on your face. It will dry and make your face feel really tight, so you can’t smile or move at all. Your face looks really weird, lol. It’s supposed to help lighten your skin and help with scars, etc.

  22. Jessica Champion says

    The weirdest thing I have done for beauty is probably making my own deodorant, which did not work at all! My hubby even said “you need to find a different deo” haha. It was just to strong from the essential oils. I guess less is more ;). I could really use this set as I would be able to try Joys deodorant. I am a huge fan since before she was famous 😉

  23. Rom says

    I once smashed avocado and mixed it with egg yolk and spread it all over my hair to get “a healthy natural shine”. Not sure if I used the wrong ratios, or if maybe my hair just didn’t respond well… All I got was a healthy natural slimy mess!!

  24. Andrea K says

    I think one of the weirdest beauty treatments I have done was actually on an airplane. As flight attendants our hands get super dry by the end of the flight , from the constant washing. So we sprinkle sugar on our hands, then grab some lemon slices and then rub our hands for a few seconds, then we rinse with champagne (left over at the end of the flight, and gets dumped). Makes our hands silky soft!! It works!!

  25. says

    I made a DIY beach waves volume spray with epsom salts, sea salt, chamomile tea to naturally lighten my hair, jojoba oil, and a bit of vanilla extract for a great smell!

  26. Meagan says

    I’m not sure it’s really a weird thing I’ve done as far as a beauty routine goes but when I had my eyes lasered and couldn’t wear mascara, I wore my sunglasses every day for two weeks. At work, at home, even at an indoor concert! I was so determined to not let anyone see my pitiful blonde eyelashes. 5 years later, I’m now not as ashamed to go makeup free and even get compliments on my mascara-free eyelashes!

  27. Chantelle Mahoney says

    A couple of things….lemon juice to “fade” my freckles and toothpaste for a pimple. Neither worked!

  28. says

    Great interview! I love the new site too 🙂

    Like others mentioned, I think the weirdest thing I’ve done is the ol’ toothpaste on blemishes trick. I tried it as a teen – numerous times – but never got results. I wonder what mythical toothpaste actually works for this??

  29. Lina says

    Congrats to Joy on her beauty line! How exciting and beautiful!

    I used to put toilet paper in between my armpits in addition to applying an antiperspirant. I used to sweat like crazy in my teenage years. I would then reapply mid day by washing my pits in a bathroom sink, dry with the hand dryer, the antiperseriant again and tp. I probably scared a lot of people

  30. Leah says

    The weirdest thing I’ve done in the name of beauty was putting some sort of egg mixture on my hair. It was so messy!

  31. Emily S. says

    I have put all kinds of weird stuff on my face. Oats, honey, yogurt, mashed banana, chamomile powder, green tea, apple cider vinegar… the list goes on! I don’t consider it weird so much as unconventional and even though it can be a bit messy and smell a little funny most of the stuff had amazing results. I was particularly surprised to find that organic raw apple cider vinegar diluted in distilled water makes an awesome facial toner.

  32. Tara says

    The weirdest thing for me was rubbing baking soda on my teeth trying to whiten them. I’ve always been leary of cosmetic teeth whitening but I want whiter teeth!

  33. Juliee Fortier says

    The weirdest thing that I have done in the name of beauty is dump a beer on my head as a hair rinse…? It did give it a goos shine afterwards though

  34. Sarah says

    The weirdest thing I did in the name of beauty was in high school- toothpaste on blemishes overnight (FYI: it does not work)

  35. Amanda says

    The weirdest thing I have done in the name of beauty was over plucking my eyebrows as a teenager. I don’t really know why I thought it was a good idea, I am just so grateful it wasn’t permanent and they grew back!

  36. Lianne Wallace says

    Great interview!! When I was younger I used to put band-aids over my nipples to hide when I was cold {my high school was always VERY cold!}. I also had very bad acne so I would rub rubbing alcohol all over my face before bed with hopes I’d dry everything out 🙁 I embrace my beauty now — sticky-outtie nipples and zits, thats just me!

  37. Betsy says

    I had my husband coat my hair with an avocado mask and it was the messiest & most hilarious endeavor. I have a ton of hair, it was a lot of green sludge.

  38. says

    The wierdest thing I have done in the name of beauty is use a plastic spoon and coconut oil to massage my face (anti-aging! apparently takes ten years off your face if you do it regularly!) A Korean friend of mine taught me this- i guess what is perceived as ‘weird’ depends on where you live and the beauty practices in that part of the world. Fascinated by all of these replies, great question! 😉

  39. says

    P.S Would love to do Joy McCarthy’s make-up with all organic and eco-friendly,, Canadian made make-up!! Joy, if you’re reading, tweet me @mayagoldenberg Thanks 😉

  40. says

    The weirdest thing I’ve done in the name of beauty I tried one of those weightloss/slimming corset things with matching underwear. It was great at giving me a nice outline but man was it ever uncomfortable! When I would try to take it off after a long day of work it felt like trying to pry a wet suit off me.

  41. Meghan says

    The weirdest thing I have ever done for beauty was dump olive oil on my head and then wrap my hair in saran wrap. I was an impressionable teenager with wild, frizzy hair, but this trick didn’t work at all! It took days to wash out the oil, I was pretty embarrassed by my limp and oily locks.

  42. Magdalena says

    I once saw a YouTube beauty video advising women to shave the peach fuzz on your face ( all of it, like forehead, cheeks everything), and it was supposed to make moisturizer and foundation sink in better… So of course I tried it, took half an eyebrow off in the process and in the end my face just looked weird… It all grew back normally though 🙂

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