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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.
Location: Washington, DC
Profession: Operations Manager
Tell me a bit about your skincare and/or routine.
My skin is sensitive and I get the occasional breakout. As a result, I have some hyperpigmentation, especially on my left cheek. I have spent the past two years really figuring out what works for my skin and what doesn't. (Spoiler alert: makeup wipes are the devil for my skin and once I got rid of them, my breakouts decreased significantly.)
I am currently in my second trimester of pregnancy and dealing with more hormonal breakouts than normal. I have come to rely more and more on my COSRX pimple patches, which are sent from heaven. Also, once I found out I was pregnant, I had to have a come to Jesus with myself. I still have a few spendy products on my list below, but I streamlined things a bit and have spaced out how often I use the really expensive stuff. With the cost of day care in DC what it is, I just can't justify the costs. Here is what works for me:
- Splash with water
- Wipe down face with Simple Micellar Water
- Apply Vitamin C serum (I really like Radha Beauty Vitamin C, which is easily found on Amazon. Always run everything on Amazon through Fakespot)
- Apply Etude House Moistful Under Eye Cream
- Apply Moisturizer with SPF* (I like CereVe with SPF 30 or the Josie Maran with SPF 47)
*Note: if I am spending any real time outside (more than my commute, basically), I use Etude House Sunrprise Mild Watery Light Sunblock in 50
- First cleanse with Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil
- Second Cleanse with Philosophy Purity Made Simple
- M, T, Th, Fri, Sa: apply Hyaluronic Acid (Radha Beauty) and Differin Gel*
- W and Su: Apply Sunday Riley Good Genes (this is expensive, but I just can't quit it. I always buy it at Sephora or Derm Store during a 20% off sale)
- Apply Etude House Eye Cream
- Apply Moisturizer (depending on how dry I am, I use Rosehip seed oil–Radha Beauty again!–or the CereVe Skin Renewing Night Cream)
*I know retinols are controversial during pregnancy, but 1) differin is VERY low levels of retinoids and 2) my doctor OK'd this.
I have been using more clay mask to help clear my skin this pregnancy. Sephora brand makes a decent clay mask and the price is right.
I wear makeup daily and wear a fair amount. The double cleaning really makes sure I get every stitch off. My skin changed the most (and the environment thanked me) when I threw the makeup wipes in the garbage.
Has your skincare and/or beauty routine changed due to age, lifestyle,
I care more about my skin and have educated myself as I have gotten older. I really cannot recommend branching out from Sephora enough. They carry some good products, but a lot of time, you are paying for packaging and scent. My vitamin C serum is $25 less than my former favorite and just as good. I am not afraid to pay (Good Genes is expensive!) but man, a lot of women are simply overpaying. Check out K beauty brands and reputable brands found on Amazon. Also, if you find a really spendy product you love, space out how often you use it. You will be amazed how far you can stretch a jar if you are only using it twice a week.
What is the best skincare or beauty advice you ever got and from whom?
I belong to a skincare facebook group and they showed me the way with double cleansing. If you wear makeup or heavy sunscreens (which you should!), you simply can't get everything off in one pass.
What is your must-have holy grail beauty or skincare product?
- Sunday Riley Good Genes is so wonderful for exfoliation, leaving me bright and smooth
- Philosophy Purity Made Simple has been my favorite cleanser for years…it is creamy and doesn't strip my skin
What is your biggest beauty or skincare regret or embarrassment?
I am a picker. Nothing gives me more joy than really going at a pimple with gusto.
What nugget of skincare or beauty wisdom do you wish you could give to
your younger self?
ALWAYS wear sunblock.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I think eye cream is a bit of a scam. I use some for extra moisture, but honestly, most of the claims are outrageous and the expense isn't worth it. I bring all my serums and retinol right under my eyes (carefully!) and just cover with a reasonably priced moisturizing eye cream. If you have an eye cream and you love it, by all means use it! But the fancy stuff ain't for me.