Skincare Secrets I Learned From Mom (Lisa's Story)

Continuing on with our “Skincare secrets I learned from mom” series where the purpose is to discuss skincare habits and tips with real women from diverse backgrounds, today we’re excited to bring you Lisa’s story.   

Lisa is 29 and has a Scottish/German background. She has fair and combination skin and has only recently been noticing that her skin is somewhat sensitive too. I used to work with Lisa at a clothing company, but always noticed her stunning glass-like skin more than her outfits (and this is saying a lot because she has some hot ensembles too!).  I love that despite her youth, she’s already established skincare as one of her health priorities and is diligent and mindful with her practices. She’s beautiful inside and out and was the first friend I reached out to when I needed free modeling for our site :p. Below is a summary of the skincare secrets Lisa shared with us. 

  1. Tell us about your skincare history. When and how did you become aware of the importance of skincare? What influenced you? 

I became very aware of the importance of skincare when I was in middle school and it was actually magazines that brought it to my attention!  

  1. Any secrets/tips that stem from your cultural background? Or anything else just unique to your skincare routine in general? 

My primary tip would have to be SPF every day on your face - don't forget the neck! Right now I'm rotating between two different mineral sunscreens. My dermatologist in NYC once recommended these to me and said for face sunscreen, it's best to look for one containing Zinc Oxide.  I look for products that protect my fair skin but also don’t feel too heavy or clog pores.  

  1. Tell us about your mom ... did she, your aunts, or other women around you influence you in your skincare journey?  

Funnily enough - not at all. My mother and her sisters grew up in a small farm town in the state of Washington. Fashion, beauty and skincare regimens were not instilled in her, so she wasn’t an influence for me in terms of my exact skincare routine. She doesn't have any type of regimen (these days I’m recommending stuff to her!), but her skin looks great – she’s not big on products but very active so high marks on other holistic elements like exercise, balance, gratitude, and peace of mind. She’s definitely influenced me in this way. 

  1. What is your skincare routine?   

I first wash my face (morning + night) with a simple and gentle facial gel. In the morning, my routine is to then splash my face with an essence and pat vitamin c serum on. For moisturizer, I just a “nighttime” moisturizer for both morning and night. I use that even in the morning because I prefer to use my own sunscreen - not one that's mixed into my moisturizer. Sunscreen is the final step and then I try to wear very little face makeup to let my skin breathe as much as possible. 

For my nighttime routine, I use a jelly cleanser to remove makeup and then wash my face with the same gel used in the AM. I think the K-beauty double-washing really works! Normally, I would just use the same moisturizer for nighttime that I used in the morning. Recently though, since it's colder out, I’m noticing my skin feels more sensitive, dry, and red. So I've been using a redness relief night cream to supplement.  

  1. What is top of mind for you these days when it comes to skincare?  

My goal is to keep my routine simple as I age, but to be smart about specific products or ingredients I should introduce as I get older. I’m already realizing, the routine I had at 25 shouldn't be what I necessarily rely on at 35. I want to continue to prioritize skincare in my beauty and wellness routine, but be open, inquisitive and smart about evolving it to find what works for me in each stage of my unique skin and life!