Take advantage of NYC’s amazing tap water and hydrate! I make sure to drink at least 50 oz of water every day. In the winter, chapped lips are the bane of my existence and regular chapstick never cuts it — so I’ve turned to lanolin ointments, which help moisturize better than the average petroleum jelly products. I find that they last longer because I don’t need to reapply as much, making them cheaper in the long run.
I try to go for more natural products and to stay cost-effective. I like to use tea tea oil to manage breakouts and coconut oil as a make-up remover. I also recently found that using natural lime juice one to two times a week helped with my acne scars.
My skin is really reflective of my general health, so I try to take vitamins and probiotics daily, eat a healthy diet, and get 7+ hours of sleep. But on the nights where I want to eat a whole pizza and stay out until 3 a.m., my secret is the Laneige Water Mask. Believe me, it hides your sins and makes your face glow.
After any exhausting day, my skin looks as dull as I feel. I like to cook, so I started making my own masks. For a fast revival, I make a mask with one tablespoon of tumeric, half a tablespoon of honey and half a tablespoon of milk (or yogurt for extra supple skin). After 20 minutes, the liquid gold hydrates my skin and leaves me with a sun-kissed glow.
For anyone who regularly shaves their face, I recommend more gentle face products. Our jaw area tends to be more sensitive due to shaving so nonirritating products are essential. I recommend Dirty Shaving Cream from Lush and the CeraVe SPF 30 daily moisturizer.