Our latest Glowdown features Vanessa Packer, founder of boutique fitness studio modelFIT. Focused on mindful exercise based on functional movement science, modelFIT is centered on the belief that slow and controlled movement builds long and lean muscles. The connection between mindful exercise and healthy skin is an important one, so we picked Vanessa’s brain on the value of the holistic approach, what she loves about her skincare ritual, and more!

What made you want to start modelFIT?
Out of a desire for a better workout in a more beautiful space. I wanted to create an effective and efficient way for women to feel their best.

Why is the holistic approach so important to you?
It helps me to live a more balanced life and to handle stress in a more manageable way.

What are your favorite forms of activity? Share one that takes you out of the studio.
Running outdoors, preferably on the beach. Hiking, yoga, swimming!

How do you feel about having created the go-to fitness studio for people like Taylor Swift, Chrissy Teigen, and Karlie Kloss?
I’m humbled and eternally grateful for all our clients.

Walk us through your typical weekday skincare ritual.
I wash my face a solid two-three times a day, especially if I work out and if I’m running around with sunscreen on. Toner, serums, moisturizers - I alternate quite a bit, and pay attention to what exactly my skin needs on that particular day. I love a face mask, so I often steal away 20 minutes while I’m doing emails at home or cooking in the evening to put one on. Sunscreen every day! And moisturizing night cream in the evening.

What’s your go-to Erno Laszlo product and why?
Right now I’m very into the Firmarine Lift Essence Lotion and Firmarine Moisturizer SPF 30! It’s a great duo for daytime.

What is your number one skincare goal?
Evening skin tone, and firming / anti-aging.

Do you have a skincare hack or “secret” you’re willing to share?
Neosporin is good for everything! Cold green tea pouches are incredible for puffy eyes, and I do a lymphatic draining massage on my face while I wash it and when I apply moisturizer. It’s a game changer.

Who is your #1 beauty icon?
Gisele - the ultimate earth beauty.

What’s one thing that you love about yourself and why?
I can easily adapt to situations and circumstance, flexible to change.

What’s your number one go-to accessory?
Sunglasses and my airpods.

How do you take time for yourself?
I love a long hot bath, or jumping in the infrared sauna with The New Yorker magazine.

How did your relationship with self-care begin and how has it changed over time?
It was ingrained in me from a very early age. My mom has always been big into self-care.

What’s your favorite self-care trend?
Micro-current facials .

Tell us about your perfect day. It could be a memory of a real one or a fantasy for a future one.
On a beautiful beach, far away with no cell reception and crystal clear water. No plans.

Rapid Fire
Red lip or nude lip?
Flats or heels?
Depends on the occasion.
Night out on the town or in with a glass of wine?
Night out if there’s disco playing somewhere or a great concert.
Cats or dogs?
Yoga or the gym?
Music or podcasts?
Current favorite song/podcast?
Too much great music to list, and I’m always streaming. Favorite podcasts are Alec Baldwin’s Here’s the Thing, How I Built This with Guy Raz, Oprah’s SuperSoul, Goop, and Malcolm Gladwell’s Broken Record.
One book everyone should read.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman.
What is your zodiac sign?
Taurus Sun, Virgo Rising, Aries Moon. I’m an astrology nut.

Sentence Finishers
My guilty Instagram follow is…
I’m personally not active on social.
My favorite health trend is…
intermittent fasting.
A woman I admire is…
my mom.
I always travel with my…
dry brush and eye mask.
My fridge is always filled with…
lemons, fresh ginger, fresh vegetables, cold brew.

Last Thing You Did
Last selfie you took?
Nope don’t selfie.
Last person you called?
My husband.
Last recipe you tried?
Salmon en Papillote from The New York Times Cooking app.
Last class you tried?
Kundalini Yoga in LA.
Last show you binge-watched?
Man in the High Castle.
Last self-care trend you tried?
Infrared sauna and dry brush. I do them daily/weekly.


Photo credits, in order of appearance:
1. @modelfit
2. Erno Laszlo
3. Paristoribio
4. @modelfit
5. Erik Tanner