harlotte Ferguson is the founder of London-based skincare and wellness brand Disciple. Her products are all specifically designed for stressed-out skin and minds, targeting concerns such as inflammation, acne and eczema.
Disciple’s CBD oils are widely considered some of the best on the market, and the brand’s transdermal CBD patches have a growing loyal clientele.
Here, Charlotte, who’s also a psychotherapist, breaks down her daily wellness regime…
I wake up between 6-6:30am on weekdays. I’ll make a cup of tea and go into the living room with a blanket and start reading whatever wellness or spirituality book I’m into at the time – currently it’s about wabi sabi – the Japanese philosophy of imperfection and impermanence.
I tend to fast most weekdays between 7pm-11am. so I’ll just have a yogi tea. I crave coffee and carbs in the mornings so at 11ish I’ll have some toasted sourdough (made my my husband) and a chemex of Cru Kafe and enjoy every mouthful. This way I start the day eating something I really love.
I love hiking and yoga. I’ve tried everything fitness-wise and these are the things I really enjoy, so I figure it’s best to go with the path of least resistance! I’m all for getting out of my comfort zone but as a solo founder I do that quite a lot in other areas of life. Luckily I have a jivamukti yoga centre right next to my office off portobello so I’ll go there a couple of times a week and then on Sundays I do yin yoga – where you hold poses for five minutes. It sounds easy but can be extremely mentally challenging which I love. I live in the Chilterns now, 45 minutes outside London and there are some incredible walks so I put on a podcast and go for a 3-4 hour walk once a week too.
I’ve suffered with acne for years and it’s mostly under control now unless I’m really stressed or have eaten a tonne of dairy. Keeping things simple is best for me, so no 10-step Korean regime! I’ll do a quick cleanse with our Clean & Serene Face Wash (£17), then I’ll use Gallinee Face Vinegar (£23) as a kind of toner, then I’ll use a couple of drops of Good Skin Face Oil (£23). After a bit of Bare Minerals powder, some concealer under the eyes and applying my eyebrows (I have none) I spray the Soleil Toujours SPF 30 mist on top.
My night-time skincare regime is more grounding and happens over the course of the night. I’ll do a double cleanse including Night Shift AHA cleanser (£27) as soon as I get in. Then I’ll do some form of acid exfoliation 3-4 times a week, I like the Malin and Goetz pads (£42). Later I’ll add some Triple C Serum (£30) which helps the skin stay hydrated and when I’m in bed I’ll massage some Dreamy Skin Retinyl Oil (£35) while I read.
I use CBD on a daily basis – firstly in my coffee which I whizz up with some oat milk, then when I get home in the evening I’ll apply a CBD patch after a shower to help me start winding down (a great replacement for that habitual glass of wine) and start prepping for a good night’s sleep. If I’m having a really hard time switching off I’ll pop a few drops under the tongue to help me drift off.
I’m usually in bed for 10pm. I’m a morning person and would rather be up early than late. I try to not look at my phone or drink alcohol after 8pm, as it just interferes with quality sleep. By 9:30pm I’ll be making some form of night time tea which I drink in bed whilst reading for 30 minutes. I use a sleep app to track my sleep and wake up within my sleep cycle so no harsh alarms in the morning!
Supplement-wise, I buy mushroom powders from Glow Bar and mix them into my coffee. I try to get most things from food but also take Glow Bar’s ashwaghanda as this is great for low mood which I can really suffer from especially in the winter. I also have a custom blend from Nourished which are 3D printed sugar-free gummies – mine have vitamin A, D3 algae, selenium, lycopene, ginseng and milk thistle.
I learned transcendental meditation a few years ago so I’ll do this for 20 minutes each day. I’ll also do some daily journaling – usually involving writing down anything that’s worrying me then dividing into two lists, things I can control and things I can’t. I used to do this with my psychotherapy patients and I find it really helps de-escalate any morning anxiety.
When it comes to pampering (when it’s allowed), massages are important to me, I have one a month at least because it helps with body tension. I love manicures which I get regularly with my girl Kaddy. I love trying new wellness treatments like ear candles, gong baths and reiki, but to me wellbeing doesn’t have to cost anything, sometimes for me it’s simply alone time or an early night.
Food-wise, if I’m running around town I’ll get a salad box from Leon. If I’m at home then there will always be some leftovers in the fridge. We always cook extra so will fashion something – maybe some leftover chicken and lentils or some form of veggie curry, I’m half Fijian so love exotic flavours. For afters, it’s a couple of squares of dark chocolate. On the weekend we’ll be a bit more decadent and go for a nice dinner with all the courses and wine. Sunday might be a roast.
Finally, when it comes to a tipple, I love natural wine and also make my own. I love funky reds and also enjoy a gin with sparkling water and lots of lemon juice.