How this soon-to-be 30 year old learned about her skin in order to care for it.
How would you describe your relationship with your skin right now?
It's wonderful! After a year of researching ingredients and following derm and esthetician advice from the internet, I finally understand what my skin needs and am able to better take care of it.
What do you love about your skin?
It does its job! It's resilient and beautiful. Sometimes it gets angry or reacts to my stress, but it's still beautiful.
How has your skincare or skin changed over the years?
I didn't care about my skincare routine for so many years of my life. I've since become a lot more aware of the importance of protecting my skin for longevity sake and my skin is so much healthier because of it! My skin used to be dry and flaky (sorry, that's gross) so I'm a lot more aware now of what my skin needs and what my skin absorbs best for long-term results.
What's your daily skincare routine?
I try not to overdo it... AM: no cleanse, toner, active (usually a vitamin C) / chemical exfoliation, eye cream, hydrating serum, moisturizer, and SPF. PM: cleanse with a gentle milky / creamy cleanser, retinol, niacinamide (depending on what my skin needs), hydrating serum, moisturizer, and I finish it off with an occlusive substance like an oil or petrolatum to retain the moisture.
What's important to you when choosing your skincare?
I don't like anything with fragrance in it and I also try to avoid anything that may be hormone-disrupting. I prefer short ingredient lists in general. I also try to choose brands that have sustainable practices and are BIPOC-led. I also pay close attention to marketing. I'd rather not choose a brand that seems to only market to white women.
What do you love the most about Atolla?
The flexibility of the plans, the affordability of the products, the formulations. Honestly, what's not to like?
What does #LiveYourBestSkin mean to you?
Pores, acne, blackheads, "puffy," etc. etc. are all just terms that are used to scare us into trying to have perfect, poreless, baby skin and I'm not into that. I just want my skin to be healthy and that means something different for everyone. #liveyourbestskin means taking care of it and honoring it.