5 Women in PR Talk Us Through Their Skincare Routines
From cleansing, right down to masking. Insane schedules and office air have nothing on these working girls and their crystal clear skin.| December 21, 2017
They’re at the office churning out reports and having meetings one minute, then jetting off to events, darting from place to place to make sure everything is running perfectly smoothly the next. Like so many jobs in the fashion industry, the public relations field isn’t always as glamorous as it looks. Still, the women in public relations that we know always seem to have it under control despite their mad schedules and the countless events they have to see to. You look at them and think, “Yeah, they got this.”
When your profession requires you to meet people on the regular, appearances matter. But, when you’re exposed to cold and dry office air on one hand, long days and late event nights on the other, committing to keep skin in tip-top shape takes extra effort. Like we said, however, the ladies that we know have it all under control. For them, it’s all about singling out power ingredients, exfoliation, sunscreen, masking and quick fix solutions when a zit pops up on *gasp* an event day. These five ladies gave us their FULL routines, so take notes. Take COPIOUS notes.
“I am very committed to keeping my skin healthy, so I am very diligent when it comes to my skincare regimen. To keep my skin hydrated and dewy, I mask nightly with a Oriental Herbal Hanbok Mask, and visit AEON Medical and Aesthetic Centre for monthly facials twice a month and laser sessions once every four months. My daily skincare routine starts with a Papulex cleanser and moisturising cream, Caudalie toning water, cold-pressed prickly pear seed oil, Babor eye cream and AEON sunscreen.
At night, I switch out the prickly pear seed oil for an Algae Active/Hydra Plus Babor ampoule. When I have special events, I always apply the Babor Glow Booster Bi-Phase ampoule. Aside from skincare and treatments, I also make sure to drink plenty of water daily and attend Barre and Pilates classes three to four times a week. I believe that beauty and health starts from within, so what you eat makes a difference. I start every morning with a tablespoon each of cold pressed black cumin seed oil and cedar nut oil (which you can purchase from Vom Fass at ION Orchard) and two drops of pure lemon essential oil. I also take a multivitamin, coconut oil gel, primrose oil gel and Crystal Tomato supplements daily.”
“I’m super lucky that I never had any serious skin issues before, so my daily routine is super simple with nothing fancy. I’m also super lazy. I don’t believe in applying a lot of products at my age, so I focus on products that brighten and moisturise. I only wash my face with facial foam at night and just water in the day. In the mornings, I use the Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Toner and Nature Republic Royal Silk Ginseng Toner. My nighttime skincare routine starts with the same toner, followed by the Second Skin Mask and Hyaluronic Acid Mask from Innisfree, then I end off with Nature Republic’s Royal Silk Ginseng Watery Cream, which is very light on the skin. I believe exercise affects how your skin looks – and how you feel, of course – so I make it a point to work out at least twice a week. I don’t eat supplements, but I add Moon Juice Probiotics in my liquids to strengthen my gut as I’m prone to digestive problems. Better digestion gives better skin, too.”
“Skincare reigns supreme in my day-to-day routine. Beyond the three litres of water I gulp down every day, good skincare takes the cake for keeping my skin healthy amidst my long working hours and environmental elements. I start my skincare routine at night by using an oil-based cleanser to remove my sunscreen and make-up. Then, I would go in with a water-based cleanser like the COSRX Low PH Good Morning Cleanser with my Clarisonic device. Once a week, I use The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution to exfoliate my skin. (Note: this is not a beginner’s product you should only leave it on your face for 10 minutes at most.)
After stepping out of the shower, I apply toner, pat on the Missha Time Revolution Essence and follow with Missha Time Revolution Ampoule, before using an eye cream and a sheet or hydrogel mask. I love snail masks for its healing properties, and niacinamide for its ability to tackle uneven skin tones, dullness and texture. A great, affordable option is Dr Morita’s Snail Repair Essence Facial Mask which I always have in my fridge in case of an emergency zit situation. After masking, I lightly tap two to three drops of rosehip oil all over my face as a moisturiser.”
“My beauty routine can be described as “fuss-free” and “essential”. Chanel Demaquillant Yeux Intense is my go-to eye-makeup remover that leaves my eyelids soft and calm. The perfect makeup remover is Bioderma’s Sensibio H20 that makes my skin feel supple and clean. I’m all for double cleasing and I’m currently using the SENKA Perfect Double Wash Makeup Remover Cleanser.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic is my favourite daytime vitamin C serum to enhance protection against environmental damage. The Clinique Mosture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate is all I need to keep my skin hydrated the whole day. I swear by Sunplay’s Skin Aqua Sarafit UV Milk SPF50 – it leaves a comfortable silky matte finish. I alternate between Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Super Moisture Essence when I’m going outdoors and Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Mild Gel SPF30 when I’m in the office the whole day. These sunscreens feel like nothing on your skin.
I alternate my night toner between SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and SK-II Cellumination Mask-In Lotion, followed by a gentle, non-abrasive, leave-on exfoliant like Paula’s Choice CALM Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant and the SK-II Cellumination Aura Essence. I don’t like too much makeup, so Le Correcteur De Chanel is my go-to concealer, while Laura Mercier’s Silk Creme Foundation steps in when I have meetings and require more coverage.”
“Essentially I think it’s important to focus on the basics, so hydration and sunblock are key features in my routine. I play around with skincare a bit, the latest addition being a drugstore Vitamin C range Rohto Melano CC that I picked up in Japan. Otherwise, I use the Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux for my eyes in the morning, followed by whichever Vitamin C product I’m trying, then Chanel Blue Serum and Chanel La Solution 10 mixed with a drop of Chanel Huile de Jasmin.
Then, loads of sunblock – Chanel UV Essential SPF50, which also functions as my makeup base. At night, it’s the Chanel Le Lift Concentre Yeux for the eyes, followed by a Vitamin A serum (I’m currently using Mad Hippie), Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum, Chanel Le Lift Sleep Recovery Mask, and topped off either with Huile de Jasmin or Acure Marula Oil.
It might sound like a lot, but it only takes a couple of minutes as the products absorb quite quickly. I’m normally out of the house in half an hour tops from waking on weekday mornings. On the weekends, I keep it simple with just an eye cream, Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum and Le Weekend de Chanel, which contains glycolic acid at a 6% concentration which I find really helps to keep skin exfoliated, smooth and fresh. If I’m not too lazy, I’ll apply a clay mask fortnightly (using Now Foods European Clay Powder and a jojoba oil) or use an exfoliating scrub. I’ve never given much thought to facial cleansers, but a few months ago I picked up Chanel Mousse Exfoliante Purete which is now my daily cleanser, and it cleans really well without giving that squeaky, tight feeling.”
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