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When I turned 30, the panic of aging made me obsessed with skincare. I tried every potion, lotion, oil, serum, cleanser and mask out there. I’m not sure what I was looking for, to be honest, because after all that I realized that despite the passage of three decades, my skin was actually in pretty darn good shape. I attribute this mostly to the age-old refrain, “Brown don’t frown,” but I’ll also take some credit because I’ve stayed up on all the latest trends in skin care through the years and have really found some incredible products for women of color that are worth every penny.
Plus I found a fantastic Latina facialist here in Los Angeles named Anna Logan who has given me invaluable advice that I can now pass on to you, dear reader. Some basic pointers I’ve learned over the years include:
- Pay Attention to Ingredients: Your skin is the largest organ of your body and it absorbs whatever you feed it. Make sure to feed it natural and highly nutritious ingredients when possible. This means staying away from harsh chemicals for the most part and trying to find products with high-potency and organic ingredients.
- Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate! There are lots of different ways to get the gunk out of your pores, from physical scrubs to enzyme peels. Use these in combination to get the most out of your skincare routine. My facialist told me to start with a light enzyme or glycolic acid treatment for a few minutes before exfoliating with a scrub to get the most effective cleansing.
- Always apply serums before final moisturizer: Serums are pricey for a reason. They are super concentrated and the best ones have very high-quality ingredients. You want to apply them right after you wash and dry your face but before you moisturize so that your skin can soak in all that goodness. Lock in the serum with your moisturizer.
- Moisturize Properly: There’s a spectrum to moisture, from oils (the most moisturizing) to creams, to lotions, and lastly, gels. Moisturize according to your skin type and you’ll see a remarkable difference.
- Personalize your skin care routine: Not all the skincare “rules” work for everyone. For example, I don’t (and shouldn’t) wash my face twice a day. I wash it at night and in the morning I just rinse and spray my face with rosewater or a gentle toner before applying my serums/moisturizer and makeup for the day. If I washed my face twice a day, it would be super dry and tight.
Once you have figured out what works for your routine, the next step is finding products for that beautiful skin you’re in. There are so many ways to access the natural, radiant glow we’re all after ladies! Here are a few of my favorite cleansers, toners, lotions, and potions: