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Mirror, Mirror: The Digital Strategist Who Loves Witch Hazel

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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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Occupation: Digital Strategist

Identity: 24-year-old female

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Describe your skin:

Delicate, dry, fair

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

My short-term skin goal is definitely to develop more of a routine and knowledge base about the products my skin type needs. On the long-term, I am working to avoid too much sun exposure and definitely wrinkling. I'm prone to dry skin so staying hydrated is a big deal to me.

What is your biggest skin problem right now?

Currently, I'm dealing with lack of routine in my schedule leading to breakouts while simultaneously having dry skin. Using spot treatment dried out the areas even more. I've recently started using Tea Tree Oil which has been my best solution so far for any breakouts.

In the morning I like to use a gentle CeraVe moisturizing cleanser to wash off any sweat from when I was asleep.

If you have dry skin, using a gentle, hydrating cleanser in the morning is a great way to start, and CeraVe’s cleanser is non-comedogenic (so it won’t exacerbate the breakouts) and it contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides for optimal hydration retention.

I follow this with witch hazel (I switch brands all the time) on the face and neck, and then an all-purpose oil from Nuxe.

Witch Hazel is lit because she a) is a witch and b) is great for acne. However, if dry skin is your main concern, witch hazel may not be the best ingredient for you. Almost all witch hazel is distilled using ethanol, AKA denatured alcohol, which is very drying. It can damage the skin’s surface and speed up free radical damage. We suggest swapping witch hazel for a gentle toner or mist, like a rosewater and glycerin spray. It’s great for retaining moisture!

Lastly, I use Burt's Bee's BB cream for color/SPF. At night I start with Lancome's makeup remover for any eye makeup (although generally I get lash extensions and skip this step) followed by the same CeraVe cleanser and witch hazel. Once a week I use The Ordinary's chemical peel, I'm trying to get into a routine with it Sundays. I then apply Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré and seal it all in with The Ordinary's cold-pressed rosehip seed oil.

Say yes to the SPF! Good job making sure you’ve got that step covered. It’s great to have a step that’s 2-in1 (like a BB Cream or tinted moisturizer) to make sure that step is never forgotten.
Exfoliation is essential, and chemical exfoliation is the best option for anyone with dry skin. It helps to rid skin of flakes and improve the overall tone and texture, but make sure not to overdo it! Over-exfoliation can lead to further dryness.

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