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 Deb’s story.
Deb is 28 and on a mission to challenge the status quo. Deb is such a vibrant soul who brings a smile to everyone’s face, stranger or friend alike. She carries so many titles right now because of her endless talents: she is a creative, an entrepreneur, a connector, an activist, a manager, a fashion designer, oh and a rebel. She holds such a depth that is not deterred by her playfulness, which is one of the many things I appreciate about her. Deb’s luxurious caramel complexion is out-of-this-world gorgeous. I couldn’t believe she wasn’t wearing any makeup when I first met her . . . her natural beauty is absolutely stunning. Read on to learn more about her secrets to incredible skin.
1. What is your cultural/ethnic background, age and skin type?
I’m mixed - my mom is Mexican, and my dad is Nigerian. A combination of normal to dry is my skin type.
- Tell us about your skincare history. When did you become aware of the importance of skincare?
There’s a misconception with dark skin. Some people have thought that it’s built to withstand extreme temperatures and harsh conditions—it’s not. I operated the majority of my life with this misconception, including thinking that my skin was super tough. I didn't really know how to care for my skin well enough. I enjoyed the sun rays using sunblock only when we went to the beach. I washed my face every day and night, but never really understood more than that.
A shift happened my senior year of college when I traveled to South Africa to live there for 6 months. I went “natural” and decided to not wear makeup only to realize that my skin needed a lot to look and feel healthy on its own. Luckily, while in South Africa I was surrounded by women who shared my complexion. It was through this experience that I learned the importance of sunblock, moisturizers,serums, night creams, etc. These products really changed the life of my skin.
- Tell us about your mom ... did she or other women around you influence you at all in your skincare journey?
I grew up watching my aunts put all kinds of homemade remedies on their faces. My mom, much like myself, kept her regimen small and simple. But she always told me that I was too young to worry. In contrast, my aunt Ana put everything and the kitchen sink on her face! I remember she would make facial masks using egg, avocado and mayonnaise! I never understood this, but the way her acne cleared and left her skin beautiful to this day speaks for itself.
- What is your skincare routine?
My routine consists of a very light exfoliating scrub, a daily moisturizer and sunblock by day and same by night (minus the sunscreen at night). I wash my face twice a day (morning and evening). I try to use a mask treatment at least twice a week. As of now I really like using a charcoal mask and following this with a vitamin C serum.
- What is top of mind for you these days when it comes to skincare?
I think a lot now about how to keep my skin looking young and healthy. I'm really into consistent sunscreen application, masks and drinking TONS OF WATER. I recently started looking into the myolift, which is a skincare tool I find fascinating.