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Mirror, Mirror: Anne Dordai, Hacking Winter Dryness

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Behind that image of you staring into the mirror is an army of products, procedures, and more. Tell us your skincare routine and we'll dissect it to let you know what's working and what's not. We give personalized recommendations to help you meet your skincare goals and then share it so that our whole community benefits. There are so many ways to get better skin and we hope these vulnerable posts will get you closer to your goals.

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Name: Anne Dordai

Occupation: Project & Brand Manager

IG Handle: @adordai

Identity: 24-year-old Overly-Confident Hot Mess

Location: Brooklyn

Describe your skin:
Combination but dryer than the Sahara in the winter with occasional stress/dietary breakouts. My skin is also a little sensitive and I have allergic reactions to some products (tend to avoid Kiehl's products, Neutrogena and anything with grapefruit or citrus-based products).

What are your short term and long term skin goals?
Short term goals are to reduce my breakouts and puffiness underneath my eyes because my next month my sleep schedule will be all over the place. Long-term goals are to make my dark circles less noticeable, even the tone of my skin and fix any acne scarring.

Biggest concern:
Managing the breakouts right below my cheekbones while also keeping my skin hydrated and toned.

-Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser: wakes my skin up in the morning and removes any grossness from sleep without being too rough
-Thayers Cucumber Witch Hazel: apply with a cotton round to remove any impurities and tone skin
-Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse: use to hydrate my face and keep things slightly matte
-Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre: moisturize and prime face (mainly use in winter for extra hydration)
-La Roche Posay Rosaliac CC Cream with SPF 30: Even skin tone before makeup and use for the SPF

It’s great that you’ve already come to recognize the certain ingredients and brands that don’t work for you. So many people continue using products that aren’t right for their skin and blame issues on external factors, so kudos to you!
If dry skin is an issue at the moment (winter came for us all) as well as acne, you may want to reconsider the Nuxe oil. It contains limonene and citronellol, both of which are essential oils, and can further aggravate the skin. Consider switching to a hydrating and non-comedogenic oil like jojoba oil or rosehip seed oil.
For decreasing puffiness and dark circles, in the morning, you can use a cold jade roller paired with an eye serum that has caffeine. The Ordinary has a good one, or you can go for a 2-in-1 with this serum from First Aid Beauty that has a built-in roller.

-Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Make-up Remover: Take off any mascara and eyeliner
-CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser: Remove any extra makeup or impurities from the day but keep it hydrated
-Thayers Cucumber Witch Hazel: same as the morning routine
-The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (3-4x a week): drop onto face, rub in and let dry before moisturizing. Use to correct skin tone and repair any acne scarring
-Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse: base hydration before any night masks
-Aquaphor Advanced Therapy: I apply a thin layer to hydrate any dry patches

Additional Products:
-Caudalie Instant Detox Mask: I use this about 1-2x a week to pull out any dirt from the skin and tighten pores. I wear this for 5-10 minutes after washing my face at night, followed by my normal routine.
-The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution: I use this 2x a week after cleansing, leave on for 5-10 minutes to exfoliate the skin. I always follow with a moisturizing mask.
-Caudalie Moisturizing Mask: I use this 2x a week and wear it overnight following The Ordinary Peeling Solution.
-Mario Badescu Aloe Facial Spray: I use sporadically during the day to hydrate my face.

Honestly, good job keeping a mist on you. During the winter the outdoors are not kind and being inside isn’t safe either. The transition from cold wind to dry radiator heat can really take a toll on moisture. Spritzing every once and a while can help keep moisture in!

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