Bobby Berk on His Favorite ‘Queer Eye’ Transformation, Easy Sustainability Swaps and the SPF That ‘Changed His Life’

He’s one fifth of Netflix sensation Queer Eye, a bonafide interior-design skilled and an completed writer, however now, Bobby Berk is partnering with Sensodyne to align with two of his self-proclaimed passions: oral well being care and sustainability.

We chatted with Berk on his sustainability tips, his prime trick for making an area really feel extra serene, and the skin-saving step cast-mate Jonathan Van Ness “drove into his head.”

On this partnership with Sensodyne…

“Oral health-care has at all times been one thing that—no pun meant—has been drilled into my head. When I used to be little, my mother was so loopy about it, that she would brush my sister and my tooth, off and on, till we have been about 12 or 13. So it’s at all times been one thing close to and expensive to my coronary heart. And then, since we’ve been filming Queer Eye, we’ve had such a loopy schedule and we’ve been so drained so I’ve been ingesting far more espresso over the previous couple of years than I had been in my earlier life. And I seen my tooth started getting sensitive, however first I believed it was cavities. And I used to be like, no, I’ve solely had one cavity in my complete life, because of my mom. And so I went to my dentist, and they’re like, ‘No, you don’t have any cavities. Your tooth are simply getting delicate from all the acid you’ve gotten in your mouth all day lengthy from espresso.’ So she mentioned I ought to begin utilizing Sensodyne. So then my agent got here to me and was like, ‘Hey, Sensodyne wants to work with you.’ And I’m like, ‘Brilliant. I use them every day. It’s a match made in heaven.’ 

Couple that with the incontrovertible fact that Sensodyne additionally simply launched a model new tube that’s recyclable, it was good. And it’s even higher as a result of being in the constructing business, our business sadly creates a lot waste, that I’m at all times making an attempt to offset that by utilizing merchandise that don’t. And now my Sensodyne toothpaste may be recycled too.”

On Jonathan Van Ness’ influence on his skin-care routine…

“His stressing of sunscreen has definitely been driven into my head more. I definitely use more sunscreen now than I did before. I found sunscreens before always left me oily and you could smell it and I always hated sunscreen. But I’ve actually found two over the last year and a half that I’m obsessed with. One of them is actually Karamo’s line, MANTL, and the other is Unseen Sunscreen from Supergoop. The one from MANTL is also very similar. It has a matte, clear finish. You don’t feel it at all, it doesn’t leave you greasy or oily. So those two sunscreens have changed my life changed my life with sunscreen because before honestly, I would end up not wearing it because I just hated the way it made my skin feel and it would make my pores big.”

On his sustainable skin-care favorites… 

“I really try to use products that don’t have packaging, or have recycled packaging or packaging that can be recycled. For example, shampoo bars instead of liquid shampoo. All liquid shampoo really is, is something that was solid that they put water in to turn into a liquid, right? So you don’t need it to be liquid when you buy it. Aveda has a really great one, it just comes as a regular bar, but you just lather it and it’s great shampoo. And so there’s no plastic to get rid of. And then SBTRCT has a vitamin C booster, which I like to use because I have red blotchy skin, and it makes it more even.”

On the frequent recycling mistake we’re making…

“So many body-care product bottles aren’t actually recyclable because all the different components inside of them are different types of plastic. People don’t think about that, and they just think ‘Oh, it’s all plastic, it can all be recycled,’ so they throw it all the way together, which makes it not recyclable and it goes into a landfill. So often, if there’s a pump on it, that can’t be recycled, so you’ve got to remove that and separate that in your recycle bin.”

On his favourite Queer Eye transformation…

“I think after last season, I feel like it’s the barn. It’s definitely the biggest thing we’ve ever done. I actually went back afterwards and donated money to have a second story built in it. So we just kept making it bigger and bigger. So I would say that one because not only did it help people—a big part of Safe in Austin is helping people—but it also helped animals. So that one was very dear to my heart just because I’m a huge animal person.”

On Earth-friendly home-care staples…

“There is an organization referred to as Blueland, and they promote a package that does have plastic bottles in it, however they’re reusable. There’s a window cleaner and a multi floor cleaner and a bathroom cleaner and they’re all dehydrated little tablets [to be mixed with water]. And if you run out, you fill it again up with water and you set in a brand new pill. So you’re not consistently shopping for these plastic bottles that, once more, due to the spray bottle, aren’t really recyclable. 

So I undoubtedly attempt to both use bottles that aren’t plastic in any respect, or use corporations like Blueland the place the merchandise is likely to be plastic, however is recycled plastic or may be reused 1,000 instances which is a big discount of plastic. And then as an alternative of utilizing plastic zip-top luggage, I additionally use reusable silicone ones. And I exploit these for stuff round the home, I exploit them for meals, I exploit these for my nutritional vitamins after I journey as an alternative of throwing them in a plastic bag.”

On methods to immediately make an area really feel extra serene…

“Get rid of the clutter. That’s always my tip to make a space feel more serene. Don’t let that chair in your bedroom become the clothes rack. We all do it and it gets bigger and bigger and bigger, to the point where you put that one piece on top and it all just falls over. I always tell myself I’m going to take care of it, and then I don’t, and I go to bed looking at it and I go to bed staring at a failure. And what happens when you wake up staring at something that you’ve told yourself you’re going to do that you did not do yet again? That feeling stays with you all day. So keeping your bedroom clean and tidy, it’s not just about keeping something clean and tidy—it really is about your mental health.”

On how he winds down earlier than mattress…

“I have bad allergies, so when I take a shower I use this eucalyptus spray that has changed my life at night. I spray it in the shower and when I’m showering the eucalyptus just opens my head up and I’m able to breathe much better when I sleep. So that’s one of my little things that I do. And I wash my face before I go to bed. There was a quote by David in Schitt’s Creek. I think it’s when Patrick had gotten his wisdom teeth taken out and they were laying in bed and he said, ‘Your skin is so pretty.’ And David said, ‘Thank you. It’s just a simple 15 step routine.’ It’s not quite that many for me, but as I’m getting older I find it is more and more. So yeah, I definitely take care of my skin at night.”

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