Loving The Skin You're In
Your skin holds your story. It holds your health, your joy, your pain, your indescribable thoughts, the unsaid, and all the feelings in between. The very thing envelopes you as an entity, is your first line of defense.
My mother who has aged gracefully, first taught me about skincare and how to care for my skin from the inside out. I get a lot of questions on my skincare routine and the products I use, so I thought I’d share! As someone who’s always on the go, traveling for work, I usually keep my skincare routine consistent and makeup application minimal during the week. I mostly use water or oil based products and I’m a huge fan of serums because their high molecular weight penetrates your skin the quickest.
the holy grails
You should always consult a dermatologist or esthetician before beginning a new skincare regime…
Cleanse - Use an oil or water based cleanser to remove makeup & impurities. I use this one.
Tone - Usually once you cleanse your skin, you tend to strip most of the moisture out, so it’s important to use a toner to balance the pH levels and essentially prep your skin for absorbing all the nutrients you’re about to feed it. I normally use a seawater and mineral based toner.
Moisturize - For me, this is a two step process. I always use a serum before my moisturizer. During the day, I’ll make sure to switch between Hyaluronic acid serum or a Vitamin C serum, followed by an oil, and at night, I’ll use a collagen peptide serum followed by an oil or snail cream.
Our skin naturally produces hyaluronic acid, in efforts to keep it healthy and supple. As we age, the amount we produce decreases, which is why you’ll see tons of skincare brands advertising it for anti-aging products. I started using this hyaluronic acid when I was 19.
This serum (although a little pricey) has the highest concentration of THD ascorbate which is 50 times more powerful than traditional Vitamin C. This has become a holy grail and I will buy it over and over again.
I swear by rose-hip oil, it keeps your skin super hydrated, gives you that glow, and helps even out your skin tone. I use this one, but make sure you buy it cold pressed.
At night, I use this collagen peptide serum to help with cell turnover and boost collagen synthesis, followed by my moisturizer. I use a Korean beauty staple, snail cream - don’t knock it till you try it. It goes on like butter, and keeps my skin feeling supple.
4. Protect - This is probably the most important step. My mom would always tell me to never leave the house without sunscreen. More than just protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, it seals in all of your skincare. This antioxidant sunscreen gives you that glow without the grease.