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Mirror, Mirror: Kat Kaneski, the IRL Mary Poppins

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Name: Katherine Kaneski

Occupation: Professional Marry Poppins (nanny)

IG Handle: @kat.in.ny

Identity: I literally just woke up idk I'll get back to you on this. [Editor's Note: LOL]

Age: 25

Location: NYC

Describe your skin:

Combination: dry around the jawline and oil-prone on my T-zone.

What are your short-term and long-term skin goals?

My short-term goals include hydrating as much as possible and avoiding all breakouts. At 25 they are few and far between, but since moving to NYC, the pollution has exacerbated it. Long term is more obvious–to look as young as possible for as long as possible.

Biggest concern:

The occasional stubborn zit that forms under the skin. I never used to get this before living in New York. I've noticed that exfoliation helps with these.


I rinse my face with water then balance with toner. I'm currently using Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Spray. Next is the Drunk Elephant Vitamin C Serum (every other morning) and the LaLa Retro Moisturizer from Drunk Elephant. Finish it off with the Biore Watery Essence sunscreen and I'm done.

Youth is in the details. Someone once told me that the first thing that ages are your eyes, neck, and hands. In that spirit, adding an eye cream can help keep you looking 25 forever (ok, maybe for a while, but still). Keeping on the theme, I’ve heard Drunk Elephant’s Shaba Eye Complex is great!


I double cleanse (first with Algenist Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser followed by Belif Creamy Foaming Cleanser). I follow with toner and then the Drunk Elephant TLC Glycolic Serum. This product is my favorite and has made the biggest impact on my skin. It practically prevents me from breaking out. Lastly is 4 drops of Marula Oil from Drunk Elephant mixed with one pump of the LaLa Retro Moisturizer.

Double cleansing is actually a great way to counteract the overall grossness of the NYC air. It’s also important to add an antioxidant-rich serum into your routine to keep pollution from showing signs on your skin. We’ve got a few options: Dr. Roebuck’s Tassie Anti-Pollution Serum, Verso Anti-Pollution Mist, and This Works In Transit Pollution Shield.

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