Meet Melanie Sutrathada, an actor, host, and tastemaker based in New York City..png

Meet Melanie.

Melanie Sutrathada is a New York-based host, actor, and tastemaker with a love for laughing entirely too loudly, shopping 75% off retail, and binge-watching Netflix. 

Why You Should Choose Natural Skincare Products.

Why You Should Choose Natural Skincare Products.

What we put on our skin is just as important as what we put in our bodies. When it comes to your body, you shouldn't settle.

High quality ingredients are a must when choosing skincare products because what you put on your skin eventually ends up in your body. Topically applied ingredients penetrate the skin and expose it to harmful chemicals like parabens and formaldehyde. Take a look at the scented lotion you have in your cabinets. What are the names of the ingredients? Can you pronounce them? Do you have any idea what they are? All of those scary ingredients with the names you can barely spell - let alone pronounce - are sitting on your skin. 

Unnatural and synthetic ingredients may be cheaper than their natural alternatives, but they have a negative effect on our bodies. Natural ingredients are an investment in yourself and are well worth it in the long run. Our body is the only place we'll live forever and we need to treat it as such. There are tons of amazing products on the market that are safe and effective without harmful preservatives and chemical additives. 

One of my favorite new skincare companies is Drifter Organics, an organic, gluten-free, cruelty-free and vegan skincare collection made with plant-based shea and cacao butters. The company just finished their first Kickstarter campaign, bringing in over $11,000 in just 30 days! With the success of their campaign, Drifter Organics is officially available for pre-order.

Amazing brands like Burt's Bees, Aveda and Origins have been staples in the beauty scene for years because of their natural products and these brands are not going anywhere in 2016. However, I also love being able to support an amazing new business (especially one that's run by a mother-daughter duo). I decided to switch up my skincare routine for a week and traded in my normal organic coconut oil for Drifter Organic's Serenity Now Body Butter and loved the results. I was surprised by how the body butter reacted to the warmth of my skin and loved that it really seemed to melt into it. I expected the body butter to be more oily or greasy, but it actually felt great on my skin and kept it feeling silky smooth all day. The body butter was lightweight and intensely moisturizing, and gave me a healthy glow (yes!). The combination of lavender, palmarosa, helichrysum, and frankincense was gentle for everyday use and perfect for my sensitive skin.

On top of realizing that I was helping to support a great company like Drifter Organics, using natural product was a reminder to me of how important it is to invest in yourself - mind, body and soul.

If you're looking to add more natural products into your skincare regimen, Drifter Organics should be at the top of your list.

The Five-Way Bikini Top.

The Five-Way Bikini Top.

TechStyle NYC: Urban Oasis Experience.

TechStyle NYC: Urban Oasis Experience.