Photograph: Courtesy of Alexis Ren
For the reason that Reduce spoke with Alexis Ren, then dubbed “Instagram’s teen idol,” in 2016, the mannequin has been named a Sports activities Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie of the Yr, are available in fourth place on Dancing With the Stars, starred in lots of a music video, and greater than doubled her Instagram following. Her skin-care routine, nevertheless, has largely remained the identical.
Ren began secretly utilizing her mother’s skin-care merchandise on the age of 13. “My mother was not pleased with me when she discovered,” she remembers, however collectively, the pair went to the mall and constructed a routine with Kiehl’s and BareMinerals merchandise. Slowly, she realized what her pores and skin liked (makeup-free days) and what it didn’t (heavy oils), the latter of which might manifest on her pores and skin as offended bumps. “I used to be actually insecure about it rising up. I used to be a ballet dancer so I always had my hair up in a bun, and I couldn’t cover the bumps with my hair. The women in school would make enjoyable of me, and due to the stress, I might escape extra,” she says.
In the end, the expertise helped her perceive the connection between her feelings and her pores and skin. “Now I take a look at issues like zits not simply as they’re however what they’re attempting to inform me. At any time when I escape, I recount the final couple of days and see if there was something that got here up I haven’t handled, or if I haven’t checked in with myself for some time. I deal with myself like I might deal with a lover, and that has modified every little thing for me.”
One factor she’ll by no means hand over is facials with Sonya Dakar, the Beverly Hills aesthetician who works with Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jennifer Lopez. The pair met by a mutual good friend three years in the past, and Ren credit her with utterly remodeling her pores and skin’s texture. “I take a look at facials like going to the dentist. You sweep your enamel to maintain them clear and wholesome, however infrequently we want a deep clear. Identical with pores and skin.”
Ren additionally needs to make it clear that you just don’t need to lay our a fortune to make use of good-quality merchandise. “We get so caught up within the advertising and marketing that half the time we don’t even know what we’re shopping for. Typically I am going to a grocery retailer and discover a serum, and it really works amazingly properly.” And above all, she believes, it’s essential to just accept that your physique and pores and skin are ever altering. “Should you don’t love and settle for your self, it doesn’t matter what number of balms, oils, moisturizers, and serums you throw in your face. We should first consider that we’re worthy of the merchandise, that we’re worthy of our personal love, and we’re worthy of being whoever we select to be. Inside that state, we will heal something that must be healed.”
Beneath, a take a look at Ren’s necessities for mixture pores and skin, together with the face masks she reaches for throughout her interval, the physique scrub that helped her again zits, and the cleanser she’s relied on for the previous three years.
“Resulting from my love for the ocean, climbing, skateboarding, browsing, and dancing, I’ve used waterproof mascara for the final 5 years. Due to this, I would like a make-up remover that may deal with waterproof merchandise. That is it. I found it by a good friend who has an analogous life-style, and it’s mild on the pores and skin and melts away even the toughest make-up to get off. I used to be over the moon when I discovered it as a result of scrubbing make-up off breaks my coronary heart. I really like having my night time routine be a ritual of self-love, not a let’s-get-this-over-with expertise.”
“Sonya Dakar is household to me, and her merchandise really feel like dwelling. I began utilizing the Sensi wash about three years in the past, and since then, not solely has the look of my pores and skin modified however so has the feel. I used to have bumpy pores and skin, and now it’s clean and vibrant. I exploit at the present time and night time to maintain my pores clear and my face refreshed.”
“I really like this multiuse magnificence water that I found by social media. At any time when I’m in my hometown of Los Angeles, my pores and skin tends to dry up. I exploit this after I’ve put my lotions on, earlier than mattress, and to set my make-up within the morning. I additionally spray this on my chest. Considered one of my magnificence musts is to at all times deal with my chest the identical as my face. I consider these little acts as pro-well-being, not anti-aging. It has Brazilian guarana extract (a pure supply of antioxidants) and papaya extract (a pure exfoliant) that my pores and skin eats up like cake.”
“I’ve used witch hazel for many of my life, and it’s at all times been a protected place for my pores and skin. One of many causes we proceed to interrupt out even after washing our face is as a result of we nonetheless have make-up and dust residue on after which we slap cream over that, clogging pores. I be sure to take a (reusable) face pad — I like Paula’s Alternative Reusable Cotton Rounds — and go over my face with the witch hazel after I wash my face to verify it’s utterly clear. I’ll go over my pores and skin a few occasions extra if I’m undecided I received all of the day without work.”
“That is the primary product I placed on my pores and skin after I’ve washed and used witch hazel to do away with any remaining residue. My pores and skin loves this moisturizer a lot. It provides a vibrance to my pores and skin that I can’t get wherever else. The second I put it on, it sucks it up the way in which I drink my espresso within the morning.”
“Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. I’ve used this for a few yr now — I used to be launched to this product by a good friend; I really like phrase of mouth. I like making use of it earlier than my make-up routine as a result of it creates this lovely, dewy take care of I apply the muse on high of it, and I really like me a dewy look. I additionally love giving myself a face therapeutic massage with this serum as properly, to assist it dissolve into the pores and skin and launch muscle pressure. I apply my serum after my Sonya Dakar moisturizer as a result of the Nano Hydrator absorbs so shortly on my pores and skin, whereas my serums have a tendency to remain on the floor for longer.”
“I’ve solely gotten into eye cream within the final yr or two, however I’m so glad I did — my love for the solar received me tremendous into caring for the fragile areas on my face. Since I’m at all times within the solar I knew my night time routine needed to be robust and eye cream was wanted. The pores and skin round our eyes is essentially the most skinny a part of pores and skin on our face. It deserves further love.
I’m an enormous fan of spending extra on my skincare than my make-up, as a result of if I deal with my pores and skin proper, I don’t want that a lot make-up. Once I purchase one thing dear, I think about it an funding for my future well-being. I feel this eye cream is value it as a result of it lasts a very long time — you don’t want to make use of that a lot, and I’ve discovered that I can skip the concealer once I use it.”
“I pair up this oil with my Armani serum for an ideal mixture. It has commiphora oil and Ouessant honey, which each have properties which might be very important within the renewal strategy of the pores and skin tissue. Additionally, I do know there’s a debate on which order you apply your face oil and moisturizer, and whereas I’ve by no means gotten into any debates on the order of my routine, my pores and skin loves absorbing moisturizer earlier than placing on heavy oils and serums. I feel debates on these subjects can by no means be settled as a result of everybody’s pores and skin is totally different, identical to our our bodies.
On high of it being a tremendous oil that creates even texture on my pores and skin, Guerlain has additionally introduced a ten-year renewal of its help for a sustainable improvement partnership with the Brittany Black Bee Conservatory. This system ensures safety of a singular ingredient of the world’s pure heritage, a species of black bees discovered on the island of Ouessant. I’m at all times searching for manufacturers who’re keen to take duty and discover methods to assist our surroundings. Even one thing so simple as glass packaging makes an enormous distinction in the long term.”
“Once I need that after-facial glow, that is my favourite. It’s heat and alluring the way in which it sits on the face, and I get up the subsequent morning feeling refreshed. A good friend beneficial it to me as a result of I used to be complaining about how dry my pores and skin felt within the mornings. I usually go away it on in a single day twice per week to essentially get the advantages. It has vitamin C, which promotes collagen manufacturing and helps with UV injury attributable to the solar, which I want from my love of browsing and seashore hangs. It additionally has a tremendous orange scent that I completely love.”
“I heard about this by a good friend that was raving about it on a hike someday. Nothing like a bubble tub, chocolate, and a very good masks when mom nature calls, and that is my go-to masks when it’s that point of the month and your pores and skin isn’t very pleased. It doesn’t have a scent however the foam makes up for that. It’s actually enjoyable. It has colloidal sulfur and oat extract to essentially clear these pores, and it leaves my pores and skin supersoft.”
“Lots of people don’t know this, however I’ve struggled with zits on my again for some time now. It’s calmed down so much due to all of the totally different merchandise I’ve used, however brown sugar scrubs have labored the most effective for me to clear it up. The scent of this one is simply too good to be true — I scent like a cake after my showers, and it leaves a smooth moisturized really feel after I let the sugar come off. Normally, I’ll use it two occasions per week to exfoliate and moisturize multi functional, and I’ll scrub for round 30 to 45 seconds earlier than I wash all of it off.”
“I’m in love with moisturizing my physique. I spend a number of time within the solar, and I wish to make my tans final so long as they’ll, so I search for essentially the most hydrating lotions that may preserve my pores and skin from flaking. I’ve been utilizing this lotion for just a few months now, and I find it irresistible. It has vitamin B, C, E, and omega-9 for the softest pores and skin.”