Skin care has always been part of Erice Ndlow’s self-help practice. “In the evening, I like to take the time to apply the serum – it makes for a relaxing end to the day,” says the goop junior associate of the beauty editor. “With oily skin prone to acne, I always had to pay extra attention.” As soothing and stress-relieving as Ndlow’s skin care routine was, she had never seen the results she had hoped for. “It became more and more tiring and less worried about self-help,” she says.
After joining the goop, she slowly replaced her conventional products with clean ones. Now the rituals are equally relaxing, but the results, he says, have improved. “Since I switched to cleanliness, my skin is cleaner, more even and radiant,” she says. “I see lasting change and look forward to this self-help practice every morning and night.”
I have learned that not all products with vitamin C are the same, and the best for the skin comes in the form of L-ascorbic acid. You mix this with hyaluronic acid serum when you are first ready to use, and vitamin C remains super powerful for the three months it takes to use. My skin looks great right after I apply it, and over the last three months of using it, my skin tone definitely looks more even.
Since I have acne scars, sunscreen is absolutely necessary to protect those areas from further highlighting. I remove this mineral sunscreen on my face and neck. It has a nice shade that blends seamlessly with my skin, and it feels so smooth and hydrating.
My lips tend to really dry out, but since I started using the multi-purpose Olio E Osso balm, they are moist and soft as pillows. I usually apply a shade of Tea Rose over my lips for a nice shine and extra warmth. I always keep it on myself too – it’s great for quickly washing away moisture and lip or cheek paint.
Double cleansing has absolutely changed my skin: I’ve had less penetration since I started doing it. In addition, it leaves my skin deeply clean, yet soft and moisturized. I start with a Wonder Valley oil cleanser, which melts makeup and dirt and turns into a milk emulsion as I spray with water. It has a nice citrus scent. I follow this with Tammy Fender Cleanser, which removes any remaining traces of makeup and helps clean my pores. For a split second, the smell of mint turns my bathroom into a spa.
My skin was going through stages looking a bit dull and quite frankly tired, and I would resort to applying more makeup during the day to restore the glow. Now I use this serum at night and wake up looking great and renewed. It’s made from herbal remedies like cotton burdock and purslane extract, and my skin somehow looks fresher and brighter and I wear less makeup.
I’ve heard of this serum for a while, but it was when I was still avoiding oils for fear of exacerbating my skin problems. After joining the goop – where virtually every employee deals with oils, regardless of skin type – I ventured out with this botanical serum. My only regret is that I haven’t used it before: not only does my skin look more radiant and moisturized than fatty acids and omega 3, 6, 7 and 9; it also calmed down significantly. I smooth the oil between my palms for fifteen seconds and inhale an incredibly soothing scent before patting it on my skin.
SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK
Peeling for peeling
I started using this amazing facial scrub before I joined the goop. A friend recommended it and was absolutely handsome. I massage it into my skin while I’m in the shower and let it work while I soap the rest of my body. Once I wash it off, I immediately feel the smoothing effects – my whole face simply looks flawlessly clean, and all my products then sink better into my skin.
The first time I tried this mask, I was thrilled. My skin drank it in just twenty minutes and afterwards it looked extremely dewy and pillowy soft. I use it now between Microderm days or whenever my skin looks a little dull or feels like it needs increased moisture. The scent of the rose is subtle and relaxing, which makes this mask great just before bed.