Hunter McGrady on Regenerist Olay Moisturizer and Melasma

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When things look particularly bleak, it’s important to have coping strategies (thank you, therapy). Mine include listening to the Steven Universe looping soundtrack, kissing my cats ears and looking for people who have their heads screwed. Hunter McGrady is one of the latter: The model, body positivity advocate, podcast host and Olay ambassador has a million bullets in the air, but prioritizes helping women of all sizes feel seen and useful.

So while McGrady says she had the classic pregnancy glow before the birth, her skin got a bit marred afterwards with a handful of dark spots and melasma. To take some stress off her plate, the model teamed up with Olay to create an easy, accessible and results-driven skincare set. For Mother’s Day, McGrady hopped on a Zoom call with In the style to discuss her favorite products, how motherhood has changed her idea of ​​beauty, and how she stays strong during tough days.

I would like to start by hearing about your experience of the new motherhood and some of the challenges and highlights.

“Oh my God. It’s been such a whirlwind, but it’s been better than I could have imagined. I’m so in love with this little human – he changed me as a person. Like the way he look at a sheet, I’m like, oh my God, he’s so in love with this, and that’s how I should start to see it. It’s really changed my life.

I will say there are these struggles that go with it, of feeling like you don’t really have that alone time anymore, feeling like you’re really outside of your body. This body that I have known for so many years looks completely different now… I am learning every day. Each month brings us new challenges, but also brings the most special experiences and memories.”

It upsets everything. With the Olay partnership, how have your beauty routines helped during this process?

“I was using Olay long before I worked with them. My mom still uses Olay, and my grandma. I’ve grown up around their products all my life. It was the very first product that was introduced when I was a teenager and started learning about skin care.

During my pregnancy, my skin looked beautiful, glowing and amazing. And then I had my son and I was like, ‘Where did my glow go? Where did it all go? I had dark spots on my forehead – it was melasma, I had bags, I had spots – I had everything. I went to Olay and I was like, ‘What can I do? What products can I use that are easy, functional, and will actually work and make a difference? »

It was easy for me to have this routine as a little moment to take care of myself; I think that makes a huge difference. I’m not wearing makeup at the moment – I wasn’t comfortable enough to do it before using [these products].”

What excites you about Olay and your favorite products?

“Olay is so near and dear to my heart…I know Olay products are amazing because I’ve used them for 29 years, and I also appreciate what Olay does for the world. They don’t Photoshop any of their images, and want the same from influencers.

They really, really care about diversity and inclusiveness, and on top of that, their products are good. My favorite product of the set is the Regenerist Whip Facial Moisturizer, if you need one thing in your life that’s your holy grail. I have to hide it from my husband.”

You talk about beauty standards online and on your podcast. I wonder if motherhood has changed your idea of ​​beauty?

“It’s funny – when you become a mom, you’re so focused on that person and how they’re living their life…I see the way Hudson loves himself. He smiles and laughs and points at himself, he tries to achieve itself. And I was really surprised many times to say, “Oh my God, we’ve all felt that at some point in our lives, we’ve all felt this pure love for ourselves and this wonder.”

And so I really had to look within and do the work, and say, ‘Where was I told to lose this?’ Yes, I have confidence in myself, and yes, I love my body, but I still have those days – because I’m human – where I don’t like it so much and where I don’t feel so at home. comfortable and confident. I really have to say, remember that childish wonderment. Before society told you what you had to look like and be, and think of that young girl who didn’t care how her body looked, who didn’t even know what stretch marks were. Hudson looks at my stretch marks and he loves them. So, I really enjoyed my body in a new way. It also created this life that I love so much.”

How do you deal with those moments of low body image, when they happen, to set a good example, while still being human? What do you say to yourself?

“I have to see it in the sense, it’s a change. I encounter this new body every day. We do this continuously as humans, as we age – our bodies change and our weight fluctuates. Honor that and say, this saved me 29 years of life I feel bad some days, but other days I feel really beautiful Look at the places I’ve been with this body Look at the things I’ve Look at the success I have created with this body.

My sister, my mother and my husband are the first to remind me of this, and just writing it down really helps. I have a gratitude journal that I keep filling out. And if I ever have a bad day, I’ll go back.”

I like this. Outside of yourself, how do you think the beauty and fashion industries are doing with representation?

“I get asked that question a lot, and I always wish I could say, ‘Here we are! We did it,” but we still have a long way to go when it comes to representation. I think the big brands that make statements, like Olay and Sports Illustrated and other brands that say, “I don’t care what was the norm, this is what it should be” — they have to tell others, I see what they’re doing. I see the success it brings, and I will try… We are not where we started, but we have a long way to go.

Helen L. Cuellar