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My Favorite Skincare Products

I have dry skin, live in Chicago and I don’t like to wear makeup every day so I need my skin to look good without all the extras. And folks frequently give me props on my skin (thank you!) Since I get asked what I use, lemme tell you my skincare faves!

These are items I use to get clean, glowy skin. In case you’re wondering, most days take me less than 5 minutes from start to finish for my face. When it takes me longer is if I’m doing a strong exfoliant or a face mask. Otherwise, in and out.


Clean skin is the base of good skin. You can do it without stripping your skin of all its oils, doe.


Exfoliating your skin gets dead skin cells off, allowing your products to penetrate deeper, and for your skin to be brighter.


Toners balance the pH level in your skin and essences target your problem areas. A lot of people don’t use either and that’s okay. If there’s a step I skip in my routine more often than others, it’s this one.


Serums are concentrated and penetrate deeper in your skin. They help your other products work better and do their own magic. They’re great for targeting the problem your skin has, and you put them under moisturizers. Vitamin C serums brighten your skin and give glow. Hyaluronic acid intensely hydrate your skin. Retin-a serums address fine lines and wrinkles. Although, so do the other two, on a lower level.


This hydrates the skin under your eyes, since it’s more fragile and much thinner than the rest of the skin on your face.


The ESSENTIAL. Everyone needs to use a good moisturizer. No ash face!


These seal in moisture! And they do provide some glow. If there’s a step you want to skip, this can be it. But for me, I love putting oil on top of my skin when done with it all.


Because it doesn’t matter whether you have melanin or not. YOU NEED TO USE SUNSCREEN EVERYDAY. A lot of our skin problems are due to overexposure to the sun, and this lets you address that.


Experts say our skin heals and rejuvenates the most at night. Having a nighttime routine also makes sure you don’t go to bed with the day’s gunk on your face

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