Fascinated by everything science and medicine, Elyse Love excelled in school. But when she developed nodular cystic acne, she slipped into the shadows, opting out of classroom discussions she once had a major voice in. After her first dermatology appointment at age 14, Elyse realized she wanted to find a way to help others feel what she didn’t at the time: powerful, beautiful, capable, and strong.
Elyse’s family raised her to survive in a world where people would assume things about her intelligence and work ethic based on her skin color, which fueled her fascination of how skin and identity intertwine.
Today, to no one’s surprise, Elyse is a dermatologist. Though she’d always been interested in medicine, it wasn’t until medical school that her career choice was confirmed. On the night before her graduation from Emory University School of Medicine, her cousin was involved in a terrible car accident. Elyse was able to act as an interpreter of the complex and sometimes confusing medical lingo her cousin’s doctors were using, cementing her choice to work in a field where the voices of people like her family are often marginalized.
Elyse doesn’t just help her family, though; she’s always been one to jump in and help others. From fitting tutoring into her busy class schedule to leading fitness classes at a local nursing home, finding the time to share her knowledge with those who need it has long been a part of her day-to-day life.
As a representative for Glossier, Elyse uses Instagram to discuss beauty, give skincare tips, and encourage her followers to reach out to her for advice and tips on what products to use. She says her goal on social media is to “inspire little black girls to be who they want to be and whatever they want to be.”
Not only is she busy saving her patients’ skin, volunteering, and keeping her Instagram account updated, she also runs a life and career blog called Love and the Sky. The inspiration for the site’s name comes from two things: “I hope that every post on this site will be written with love, in love, and will stay true to who I am. And for me, the sky represents life outside of medicine.” She makes sure to pack her two-year-old blog with tips about school, beauty, food, and travel, plus peeks into her personal life. In a profession full of procedures, strict guidelines, and not a ton of wiggle room, Elyse finds comfort in her blog, where she is able to let her creativity come to life.
Though she has a lot going on, Elyse does have a singular mission that ties all of her platforms and messages together: “Be kind. Be kind to others because life is easier when you spread positive energy. Be kind to yourself; treat yourself often, and forgive your imperfections and mistakes. Be kind to your skin.”
If you can take anything from her endless amounts of inspiration and advice, it’s that you should believe in, be kind to, and take care of yourself. And your skin.
A Day in the Life
What does your daily routine look like?
My weekday routine is structured but flexible. My alarm chimes at 5:20 a.m. I’m usually pretty good about getting out of bed because I don’t want to wake my partner, but sometimes I then go back to sleep on the couch! Most days, I make coffee and brush my teeth in a sleepy daze then head to the gym or for a run before work. Evenings are filled with meetings, happy hour, or Real Housewives, and I’m in bed by 10:20 p.m. We’ve started five-minute guided meditation before bed, and now I can’t fall asleep without it!
What are your favorite ways to practice self-care?
Self-care is part of my daily routine, starting with my a.m. workouts. Taking time for myself, with myself, every morning helps me start my day feeling strong and in control. My anxiety peaks and my self-confidence drops when I miss a few days. My partner and I have a pretty adorable, if I may say so myself, p.m. routine that’s part skincare (our nightly sharing of the tretinoin tube) and part meditation. On the more indulgent side, I absolutely love a good massage. My idea of heaven is a never-ending full-body massage.
How do you stay inspired?
My biggest problem is that I’m over-inspired. There are so many versions of myself I want to manifest and so many things I want to put out into the world, but there just isn’t enough time. So, for me, sometimes it’s important for me to take a break from the overload of stimuli so that the things I really, really care about can rise to the top.
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What are the best products you’ve discovered recently?
What are your favorite apps?
Instagram, VSCO X, and Spotify, obviously. I use Planoly to plan my feed (aka see what the next post will look like, and post it regardless).
Whose Instagram is on your radar?
I consider myself to be a broke @HannahBronfman, so I follow her really closely. I admire her career a lot. @elainewelteroth is a huge inspiration to me. I grew up reading Teen Vogue and never felt represented. Her work in diversifying fashion and beauty media is so inspiring. Also @WillSmith is killing it!
What’s your go-to healthy snack?
Apple or carrots and hummus for home. On the go, I love Lenka bars—they’re organic granola bars that I order by the box.
Elyse Love IRL
If your pet could talk, how would they describe you?
Sore subject. We want a dog so bad, but unfortunately our work schedules aren’t pet-friendly. If the many dogs on Instagram could talk, they would probably say, “This girl has a problem!”
What is your bucket list travel destination?
Everywhere, but one particular bucket list item is to visit all of the U.S. National Parks. My 2020 resolution will be to spend less money on clothes and more on travel.
What woman in history would you love to take to brunch?
OPRAH WINFREY. DUH. Secondly, Meghan Markle—not because she’s a “real-life fairytale,” but because I would love to have a conversation with a brilliant, driven woman about love, sacrifice, and compromise.
What are you really great at (that might embarrass you to admit)?
This was such a hard question for me to answer, but I’m a pretty fast runner!