For this week's Self Care Sunday Feature, we had the pleasure of interviewing Ysa Penarejo!
Tell us about yourself and the course of your career.
Do you have any more upcoming projects in the works that you are able to talk about?
Do you have any self care routines for long days on set?
How do you do self care at home? What are some of your favourite products and must-haves?
When I’m home, the one thing that I love to do in terms of self care is just sleep. You’re probably like, “Ysa, we already sleep. Do you just do that?” Haha! But really, I’m always doing something. Even when I’m back home from work, I’m dancing, teaching, catching up with friends, and spending time with family. I get so lost with my routine back home that I forget sometimes to get a good night’s sleep in. For sleeping, something that I like doing at night is turn on my salt lamp. I have crystals that sit near it so it recharges them but it serves me by helping me rest and recharge for the next day.
What are things you do to take care of your mental well being?
For a good amount of time, all I did was take dance classes. It is very hard for me to find other activities that I enjoy as much as dancing. I recently started doing private training sessions with one of my best friends and that has been really encouraging and motivating during this time. It’s a win-win situation as I get to spend time with her as well as have her train me. Which keeps me accountable for staying on top of my game!
What is your best-kept self care/beauty secret?
In the morning, I’ll put rosehip oil on my face and do a lymphatic drainage face massage. When you wake up, your face is a little puffy depending on the night before. This has helped reduce the puffiness in my face and it’s a way for me to set my intention for the day.
You’ve got a day off from work. What’s on the agenda?
If I’m on location for work, I would explore the city! Go try some new food, shop a little bit, go to some viewspots. Also, if anyone else in the cast is not working I love hanging out with them. It gives me a chance to get to know them personally outside of work. If I’m back home, I make sure I get my body moving. Whether that’s a dance class, working out, or even just taking a walk. After that, I’ll try to catch up on shows that I’ve been watching and then if I’m not too tired, go spend time with loved ones.
What are ways you make your life more eco-friendly/sustainable?
At the moment, I’m really into making the clothes I wear come from sustainable stores or buying it secondhand. I’ll go thrifting or shop on depop. And for the givens I’m always aware of recycling, the amount of plastic I’m using, and saving as much energy as I can. For my skincare, I look into eco friendly products as those are things that I go through on a daily basis.
I would love to have a scent that incorporates sage in it. Any candle that I have bought has had sage in it and it’s just delightful. I’m not very sure what this blend would have but I would want the scent to be something that is very neutral. Certain scents would be advertised or catered to something that’s more “feminine” or “masculine” but I would like to see that middle ground made into a scent...with some sage in it haha!