The year was 2006. Velour sweatsuits, puka shell necklaces, and iPod Nanos were social currency. Keeping Up With the Kardashians didn't exist (neither did Kim Kardashian's pop culture reign), and the most influential reality show was The Hills, which followed the lives of a group of young women making their way in LA. Lauren Conrad was one of them, as was Kristin Cavallari, Audrina Patridge, Heidi Montag, and Whitney Port.
It's 13 years later, and The Hills is getting a reboot this summer. There have been additions and subtractions to the original cast, but many of our old favorites are back-Port, of course, being one of them. The pop culture influencer-turned-designer-turned-author might be returning to her reality TV roots, but she's not the same woman that she was before. For one, she's a mother (Port has an adorable little one named Sonny). She also has a new sense of confidence and self-possession, along with a passion for clean beauty. Scroll on to read our exclusive interview with Port, in which she talks about clean beauty, her go-to product line-up, and how this version of The Hills will compare the original.
As always, we were inclined to talk beauty, first. Port has recently partnered with Seed Phytonutrients, which is a plant-based beauty brand that's focused on spreading healthy and sustainable products across the planet. Today, on Earth Day, the brand launched a new campaign to fight plastic pollution.
"When it comes to caring for our planet, every littleВ step makes a really big difference, which is why IВ partnered with Seed PhytonutrientsВ for Earth DayВ to bring awareness to their #PeopleWhoCareВ campaign," Port tells us. "For every Instagram story or postВ shared fromВ April 22-30thВ taggingВ @Seedphytonutrients,В @5GyresВ and using theВ #PeopleWhoCare hashtag, Seed will donate $1 toВ 5 GyresВ to support the fight against plasticВ pollution. It's important for me to teach Sonny-and everyone I have the power to-the importanceВ of recycling, preserving the environment, and usingВ more clean and natural products."
"Clean Beauty products to me are focused on notВ using materials that are known to be harmful orВ irritating but instead ones that are safe andВ efficacious," she continues. "Using clean products in my beauty routineВ has allowed me to simplify things a lotВ more. For some reason, as I started toВ want to only use clean products, I alsoВ wanted to lessen the products I used andВ really make my routine about qualityВ instead of quantity. I also think cleanВ products just smell so much better, like theВ Seed Phytonutrients collection forВ example, the whole line of hair, skin, andВ body products smell so freshвЂ¦ skippingВ perfume is a luxury now!"
Even though she's passionate about clean beauty and has focused her own efforts on purchasing only earth and health-conscious products, she knows perfection isn't always possible. It's more important to improve the health of our beauty routines, rather than overhaul them to be 100% clean. "I must admit, I don't go all the way clean-thereВ are some products I have been using forever thatВ have little bits and pieces of unnatural elements,В but I wanted to be more conscious of what I wasВ keeping in the household, mostly for Sonny's sake."
Port uses the brand's Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner ($24), along with It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner ($19), every time she washes her hair.Seed Phytonutrients Moisture Shampoo $24Shop
As for skincare, she relies on a few tried-and-true products that she knows work best for her and her skin type. That is, after she begins her mornings with "a whole milkВ cappuccino, a banana, and hot yoga." She starts off by cleansing her skin with Comfort Zone Active Pureness Gel ($28), which has a 94% natural that's formulated to exfoliate and balance the skin's oil production.
After cleansing, Port opts for even more exfoliation, interchangeably reaching for scrubs and peel pads from Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and skin expert Dr. Sheila Nazarian. While these products aren't widely available, you can get similar exfoliating powers from other sources (for example we love a good exfoliating face mask, such as Tata Harper's Resurfacing Mask $62).Honor MD Tropical Mist pH Balancing Toner $42Shop
After this balancing toner, which is formulated with a number of different botanical extracts, coenzyme Q10, and hyaluronic acid, Port reaches for even more hyaluronic acid in the form of Honor MD's Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($95). It offers lightweight hydration and plumping powers.
Then it's on to moisturizer. Port cocktails two different products to create her own signature formula: Benev's Pure Squalane ($42) and Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre ($22). The former is a derivative of olives that prevents water loss, and the latter is a classic French pharmacy product that's beloved for its rich texture and the long-lasting moisture veil it creates.
We also had some questions about the new Hills reboot (it's only natural, considering we're a group of 20 to 30-somethings who grew up watching the reality show). Namely, we wanted to know how this new version would differ from the original.
"The Hills was so great to film this season because IВ was so much more confident. I wasn't a young 20-something feeling unsure of where this path wasВ taking me, so it felt more empowering to be a partВ of," she explains.
When we ask her if she had any reservations about joining the reboot, she's quick to answer. "Yes! I was scared to start doing reality televisionВ again because it has changed so much. I got reallyВ used to being in control of my privacy-sharingВ when I feel I needed to talk about something andВ being private when I didn't want to. So now, to beВ on a show and have more exposure, I don'tВ necessarily have that control any longer and that isВ scary. Especially with a husband and childВ involved."
Even now that Port has officially joined and filmed The Hills reboot, she's not without apprehension. "We all talk about people behind theirВ backs, it would be a lie if we said we didn't. I'mВ scared that I may be too honest about how I feelВ about some situations and it wasn't necessarily myВ place to form an opinion," she says. All in all, Port says it's kind of like everything and nothing has changed since the initial premiere all the way back in 2006. "I know that sounds silly andВ contradictory to say, but everyone is kind of up toВ their old tricks, but now the issues are more deeplyВ rooted and serious so it feels a little moreВ dramatic and heavy."
Catch The Hills reboot when it premieres in June on MTV. In the meantime, check out 7 simple ways you can make your beauty routine more sustainable. It is Earth Day, after all.