I use an eye cream from Urban Skin Rx called Vitaleyez; it’s really good for dark circles, for bags, and for tightening the skin underneath my eyes and getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles. Then I will use either Augustinus Bader’s The Cream or this one by Silvana called Ultra Lifts Anti-Aging Lotion. It’s basically anti-sagging and hydrating.
Usually I have in my goddess locs, so I use a hair wrap from my Good Girl Wraps line at night.
I developed these wraps because I got my hair inspired by Lisa Bonet—I really wanted it to look soft and pretty, and I wanted it to be a very specific look. So my hairstylist and I created the goddess locs together, and then after I started wearing them, I found that a lot of girls were asking me, “How do you tie them up at night?” And then the other question is, “How do you work out?” You can put the locs in a bun, but if you’re jumping around, the bun falls down.
So I created the Good Girl Wrap as a way to be able to put it over your hair and hold your hair down, so while you’re working out, your hair is not flopping everywhere, and then at night you’re able to tie your hair down so that you can sleep on your pillow comfortably. It’s silk and cotton, so it acclimates to your body heat.
I put on Eucerin, which I love—it’s super, super moisturizing.
And then I use Vaseline on my lips, and on some of my tattoos. It’s just the simple, 100% Vaseline, but they sent me a bedazzled jar that has an “MMG” on it.
My number-one go-to thing for bedtime—and I can’t believe that it works—is this spray called This Works. Ha!
It’s a pillow spray, and I spray it on my pillow and my sheets, and as soon as I lie down, I fall asleep. It’s like magic. I also crack the window in my room so I have a little bit of fresh air, and I turn on a little space heater so that it’s not too cold.
I have a little teddy bear that I love to bring to help me sleep when I’m traveling.
His name is Javier. I think I found him at Urban Outfitters years and years ago, and he’s just a funny-looking square bear that looks like SpongeBob Square Pants, but he’s a teddy bear. He’s very funny looking. But I travel with him, and I sleep with him.
I also have sheets I can’t live without.
I was working on a show, and my cast mate was like, “Girl, do you have any sheets?” We were in this apartment, and I just had the sheets they gave us. She’s like, “No, you need to try these sheets.” I was like, “A sheet is just a sheet.” She was like, “No.” So I started using these sheets—they’re called Pure Bamboo—and now I’m obsessed with them. They are the softest sheets of life. When you lie on them, you feel like it’s butter and you’re soaking into the bed.
I try to get seven hours of sleep. I’m a bit of a night owl, so it varies.
When my day starts, my phone starts going off immediately and I have a whole morning ritual that I do as well, so I feel like from the moment I open my eyes, I’m going, going. Night is the only time where nobody’s reaching out to me; I can rest, I can relax, I can unwind, and just have time for Meagan. So because of that, I tend to go to bed pretty late. Sometimes 2 a.m., sometimes a little bit later, but I make sure that when I do that, my day allows me to have gotten seven hours of sleep, and then also to have an hour in the morning before I even start getting dressed to really pray and meditate and read my Bible. But I try to just time it out, and it starts with what I do in the evenings to make sure that I get those seven hours.
When I have 17- or 18-hour days on set, I take little naps when I can, or drink a little bit of tea.
I don’t mind those days because I’ve been in the business since I was a kid, and so I’m used to it. I try to stay away from coffee, but I just drink something that has a little bit of caffeine in it. The biggest thing for me is just trying to have a positive attitude and push through. I take the stance that tomorrow’s not promised, so I want today to be the best way that it can be.
So that’s how I try to live in terms of self-care, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically: What do I need to do for Meagan so that Meagan can do what she’s supposed to do in the world, in this season?
This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.