Skincare is considered one of the most important steps for not only achieving flawless skin but for creating the perfect canvas for makeup. I interviewed my sister-in-law, Bella, on her favorite skincare products and how she maintains her glowy skin.
Bella is a professional dancer who has been featured in music videos, movies, and various campaigns. She is constantly behind the camera whether it be for a job or a casting which increases the importance of having camera-ready skin. In today’s post, we speak about some of her favorite products, what she considers to be the most important step in her skincare, and who she draws inspiration from when it comes to finding the right products.
Jada: How do you classify your skin type?
Bella: I have normal to dry skin, so it is really important for me to use products that will be hydrating.
J: How do you find the products that you like?
B: I usually discover new products through makeup artist or beauty influencers on Instagram. I also love to find new products through my friends whenever they are trying something new. As part of my job, I work with a lot of makeup artists so I am constantly introduced to new products through them.
J: Do you have a holy grail product?
B: Yes! There is one particular moisturizer that I have been using for two years that I love. It is the Fresh Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow Face Cream. This face cream does exactly what I need in order to achieve what I want for my makeup. For a while, I would change my face cream every six months because I found that my skin would become used to a product and I would not see the results that I wanted. This Fresh Face Cream is one that I keep replacing!
J: What are your favorite drug store product(s)?
B: I do not typically purchase drugstore products however, I do recommend the Sukin Micellar Water. I like this product because it is vegan and leaves my skin hydrated.
J: What do you look for in the products you use?
B: Whenever I look for a skincare product, I look to see if it is vegan, paraben-free, and cruelty-free. I prefer to support brands that are considered clean beauty.
J: Do you use facemasks? How often?
B: I use a few different masks but I always use the Caudalie Instant Detox and Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. What I love about the Caudalie Instant Detox is that it strips away impurities without being too harsh or leaving my face with breakouts. It also doesn’t counteract with other products that I use. Summer Fridays mask is super hydrating and leaves my skin looking youthful and glowy. I typically use the Caudalie mask first and then the Summer Fridays mask after to add the hydration back to my skin.
J: How do you keep your skin camera-ready?
B: I believe in double cleansing and moisturizing your skin at night. I noticed that my skin would often look dull and unhealthy from not taking the time to cleanse properly. Double cleansing has become the best routine.
J: What is the importance of double cleansing?
B: From experience, my skin has never been as glowy and youthful-looking until now. I realized that I was not doing a good job of removing all my makeup with one cleanse. I like to use a melting butter as the first step to my makeup removal and then a jelly cleanser. You can never get all your makeup off with one cleanse! That was important for me to realize.
J: I know you travel often, what are your travel essentials?
B: Drunk Elephant Jelly Cleanser, Fresh Vitamin Nectar Face Cream, Mario Badescu Rose Water, and Dr. Goldfaden’s Bright Eyes Concentrate.
J: Do you use serums?
B: About a year ago I started using serums and saw a huge difference in my skin. At first, I used Drunk Elephant Marula Oil serum but I stopped because it was a little too heavy to wear under my makeup and often left me with clogged pores. Now I use The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid for during the day and Drunk Elephant Night Serum at night and wake up with the softest skin.
I also use 100% Castor Oil to help grow my lashes and eyebrows naturally.
J: Who are your favorite beauty gurus?
B: Mary Phillips, she is a makeup artist who gives great skincare advice. I also like Nam Vo. She is also a makeup artist but her main message is all about glowy skin which is what I am always trying to achieve.
J: Go-to brands?
B: Drunk Elephant and Fresh.
J: What is the cheapest and most expensive product you have right now?
B: Cheapest is the Sukin Micellar water and the most expensive is my Fresh Face Cream.
Thank you, Bella, for sharing your beauty tips!
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