My Beauty Routine: Keri

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While it’s fun to read about the beauty habits of celebrities, I find it most helpful to learn about the beauty habits of women who have lifestyles, ages, or budgets similar to mine. In this series, I’ve asked amazing women I know to share their beauty routines. These are women from across the country, different ages, lifestyles, professions, and beauty/skincare priorities.


Name: Keri

Age: 33

Location: Los Angeles, CA and Washington, DC

Profession: Personal Fashion Stylist (visit Keri on Instagram and Facebook)

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Tell me a bit about your skincare and/or routine.

After struggling with adult acne on the side of my cheeks and forehead in my mid to late 20s, I went to a dermatologist who gave me a prescription face product to use. I didn’t want my skin to be conditioned to having to use a prescription every day, so I did a lot of online research to find facial cleaners and toners that worked best for combination oily skin. The moisturizer I currently use is one recommended by my dermatologist (available at a local drug store!). What I love is that most of the products I used don’t cost an arm and a leg and they last a long time.

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Evenings (when I haven’t gone to sleep before washing my face 🙂 )

When Breakouts Start to Pop Up

  • Step 1 – Wash my face with CeraVe Foaming Face Cleanser
  • Step 2 – Use a cotton pad to apply Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner for All Skin Types
  • Step 3 – Use M-61 Power Glow Peel (I tried this when I received a sample of products from bluemercury a few years ago and got hooked! It’s a wipe you use on your face and next. The next morning, breakouts are gone. It’s hit or miss when I try to use on my face when breakouts happen during that time of the month. I’m starting to learn not to pick them (hence why I have to use Ambi *facepalm*)

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Has your skincare and/or beauty routine changed due to age, lifestyle, career, etc.? If so can you share a story about why or how that happened?

I use a lot more skincare products now than I did before due to getting older. Now that I am in my 30s I use an eye cream and serums; something I didn’t do when I was younger. I started using the dermatologist recommended eye cream after I noticed lines under my eyes a few years ago. The lines aren’t as obvious when I get adequate amounts of sleep.

What is the best skincare or beauty advice you ever got and from whom?

In my young adult days, through magazine, physicians and/or other people, I always heard that the “secret” to great looking skin was drinking a lot of water.

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What is your must-have holy grail beauty or skincare product?

My facial cleanser and makeup remover is a must have. If I come home from a day or evening of wearing makeup and I don’t feel like doing everything else, the least that I do is make sure my makeup is removed before going to bed.


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  1. I love this series. I always get such good ideas for new products to try. I second Keri’s recommendation of Cetaphil Oil Control moisturizer with 30 SPF — I’ve been using it for several years and it is awesome.

  2. Keri has absolutely gorgeous skin! Love this series, it’s illuminating to see what different women choose.

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