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Name: Jada Temple
IG Handle: @feministagainstthemta
Identity: I’m a 23-year-old hustler with a passion for acting and a love for beauty
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Describe your skin: Combination (I also have eczema)
What are your short-term and long-term skin goals?
My short term goals are to minimize breakouts and keep my lips ultra moisturized in the harsh winters of NYC. Long term, I’m hoping to keep wrinkles at bay (but like, I’m in my twenties, I’m not pressed about that yet).
Biggest concern: Dry skin (mostly my lips), blackheads.
In the morning, I wake up and try to drink a whole liter of water before I leave the house (which can become problematic when the urge to pee becomes overwhelming on the train to work but, you gotta do what you gotta do). I’ll probably have put on a night cream the night before when I went to bed. If I’m really crusty when I wake up, I’ll rinse my face with water. Then I spray a hefty amount of Pixi Rose Glow Mist all over my face. This spray is my little secret - it’s a toner and a moisturizer and you can buy it from Target and.....it’s iconic. Once the spray dries, I slather my face in moisturizer. Right now I’m using First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream. I like really thick cold-cream-like-creams that make me look and feel dewy. Dr. Jart, Weleda, and Glow Recipe make my favorite moisturizers. For my lips, I use Aquaphor.
At night, I wash my face with a natural cleanser. Sometimes if my skin is really dry or the weather is really dry, I wash my face with jojoba oil.
Washing your face with jojoba oil? What a great use for it! Jojoba oil is anti-inflammatory and does wonders for skin with eczema. It’s ultra-moisturizing, antibacterial, and because it’s non-comedogenic, it won’t clog up those pores.
If my pores are feeling clogged, I will use a coffee scrub to exfoliate (I try to only do this twice a month).
Physical exfoliation like scrubs can sometimes be a tad too harsh for the skin. If you’re looking to exfoliate more often, consider switching to a chemical exfoliant with AHAs and BHAs, like Drunk Elephant’s Framboos Glycolic Night Serum or The Ordinary’s Glycolic Toner.
If I feel like a mask, I’ll use the Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey mask. I use my Pixi Glow Toner again, then Dr. Brandt Needles No More Eye Cream, and finally my First Aid moisturizer. If I’m feeling super dry and/or like my skin is uneven, I’ll skip moisturizer and use Glow Recipe’s overnight watermelon mask. Without fail, I wake up with perfectly even and moisturized skin (hyaluronic acid is simply THAT girl).
She really is. Hyaluronic acid is a major moisture booster (say that three times fast!) and works with every skin type out there. While our cells naturally produce hyaluronic acid, being out in these streets–especially NYC pollution–can break it down, so adding a dose into your skincare routine can help get those moisture levels up.
By the end of the day, I try to have had at least 3 liters of water. I saw the biggest improvement in my skin, from always flaky and pimply to glowy, even, and virtually clear, when I committed to drinking a minimum of 3 liters of water a day.
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