Lately, I’ve been having some very real skin struggles. I’ve done every mask imaginable, tried an array of toners and considered ever cleanser under the sun. Then it dawned on me, I still hadn’t tapped my most valuable resource: fellow faces. This week I asked a bunch of wonderful women I’m lucky enough to call friends (and family) to share some of their useful tips and tricks as well as their tried and true regimens. Here’s what they had to say…
“Everybody’s skin is different, what’s yours like?”
“I have combination, sensitive and acne-prone skin. Some parts can get dry, while my T-zone is where I produce the most oil. The goal of my skincare is balance. I want my skin to feel soft and radiant.”—Natacia, a Student in Winter Park, FL.
“My skin is pretty dry, especially in the winter, so I’m a little obsessive about achieving a hydrated, dewy glow when the seasons change. My favorite products to use are Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum and their Hydra Beauty Gel Creme—they are light enough to avoid shine but still incredibly hydrating.”—Olivia, a Key Leader for Lululemon Athletica in Arlington, VA.
“I use the Rodan+Fields Redefine line of products. I buy them from a sorority sister and love the idea of using all of one product [line]. Previously, I would buy whatever the salesperson at Sephora said I needed, and I had a hodgepodge of products. At night, I wash my face with Cetaphil, then use the R+F exfoliating roller, the Redefine Overnight Restorative Cream and the Multi-Function Eye Cream.” — Lynn, from AZ
What’s your go to routine?
“[In the morning] I wash my face with Dove Sensitive Skin Bar Soap and try to incorporate Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale also. Once I finish with washing my face, I put on Natura Bisse C+C Vitaman Cream. [At night] I do the same thing but I also put on the their eye cream.”
—Lisa, a beach-lover in Davie, FL.
“In the morning I wash my face with Cetaphil, then I put Olay Day Lotion on before I put my makeup on. At night, I wash my face with Cetaphil then use Ren Under-Eye Cream and Ren Night Cream. Twice a week I use AmorePacific Exfoliator.”—Becky, an Assistant Buyer in Hoboken, NJ.
“When I was 14 I had some skin problems and I went to the dermatologist who suggested a UV light treatment, which worked wonders after only four times. Ever since then I virtually have done nothing except apply lotion to my face after showering. I never use any products for washing it or exfoliating the skin. This mostly stems from my laziness, but I firmly believe that this is the best thing for my skin, because I’ve had no problems since except one or too pimples from time to time. Now that I live in China I wash my face with water more regularly and sometimes apply a very light cleaning product that simply gets rid of the oil.”
—Theresa, a Marketing Assistant in International Trade in Guangzhou, China.
“I use Clinique Foaming Cleanser, Clarifying Lotion, and Repairwear Cream. I use this every morning (after my workout and right before I put my makeup on) and every night right before I go to sleep. Once a week, typically on a weekend, I also use a gentle exfoliating cleanser. For makeup, I wear tinted moisturizer with CC cream and sunscreen to make sure I don’t damage my skin further.”—Erin a Graduate School Student in Maitland, FL.
What do you do when your face needs a little pick-me-up?
“Whenever I need a pick me up I exfoliate 3 times a week and I’ll put a mask on 3 times a week—a different mask every time with a different task. I never do the same thing whether the mask is hydrating or just toning or just to mattify my face. At night I’ll put what my aestheticians gave me, which is .5% pure retinol, fixes me right up!”—Stella, a Student in Davie, FL.
“A friend introduced me to Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel a while ago. I’ll pick up a pack of five if my skin has been looking dull for a few days and it gives me an almost immediate radiance. I also attend a heated power yoga class every Wednesday at 6am and sweating out all the toxins and pollution absorbed into my skin from the last week has made a definite improvement.”—Olivia
“I use the Therapeutic Sulfur Masque by Peter Thomas Roth about 2 to 3 times a week, sometimes I forget but, if my skin isn’t looking great, I’ll be sure to put it on”. – Leonora, a student in Winter Park, FL.
“A couple times a month I use the Vivo Per Lei Dead Sea Minerals Facial Peel. It feels a little funny at first, but your skin is left feeling super soft. I found this at a spa as well, but they sell it online. A couple times a month I also use Chanel’s Hydramax+Active Moisture Mask.”—Brittney, an Assistant Manager at Lululemon Athletica in Arlington, VA.
Any skin trend you’ve never done but are dying to try?
“I would love, love, love to get a Clarisonic! Everyone who has one seems to be in love with theirs and to really swear by them and how their skin looks and feels after each use.” — Caroline, a recent college graduate in Boston, MA.
“I really want to try Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. It’s inexpensive and has tons of amazing reviews.”—Lulu, a Graduate and Lab Assistant in Claremont, CA.
“I’ve heard that coconut oil can do wonders for the skin and I would be very open to trying that for a change. One of my friends swears by oil pulling and says it has diminished her skin problems.”—Theresa
“I’ve been curious to try some of the Korean beauty products that have hit the market recently. They cater to the dewy glow I’m always after so I may have to pick up a moisturizer one of these days and test it out!”—Olivia