Skincare Secrets I Learned From Mom (Misty'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 Misty’s story.  

Misty is 39 and boasts a beautiful light tan complexion stemming from her Hispanic, Native American and European roots.  Misty is a fellow skincare fanatic and soul-searcher and has been noticing that her acne-prone oily skin is struggling with dryness issues recently due to chemical skin treatments.  Misty loves to research ingredients and delve into skincare science - I can always count on Misty to go deep with me on all things skincare.  Below is a summary of what she shared with us.  

  1. Tell me about your skincare history. When did you become aware of the importance of skincare and what influenced you?

I became aware of skincare around the age of 11 from a 90’s teen fashion/beauty magazine. I would read skincare tips and tricks from the magazine and go back home and try them. I can remember vividly making my first DIY facial mask out of avocado, honey and oatmeal the night before my first day of sixth grade! 

I didn’t understand what skincare really meant at that time though. I couldn’t discern between skincare and beauty. I thought putting on moisturizer was the same as wearing makeup - just things you did to be “pretty”. This all changed when I began to get severe acne around 13. My skin went from poreless perfection, to something out of a horror movie and I slowly began to view skincare as a wellness necessity.  

Throughout the rest of my life I battled acne. Sometimes it would win and sometimes I would win, but it was always a battle. Everything in my skincare routine was extremely harsh, chemical based and geared towards eliminating acne. That’s mostly what skincare was for me, until I was introduced to the Korean skincare methods in my mid-30s. Understanding K-beauty rituals helped me to reclaim my love for skincare. It taught me the importance of respecting and nourishing your skin, no matter what condition it might be in. 

  1. Any secrets/tips that stem from your cultural background? 

Something unique to my Hispanic/Native American culture is the lack of sunscreen use and sun protection in general. No one in my family ever used or spoke about sunscreen, nor attempted to protect themselves from the sun. It was quite the opposite; the sun was worshiped. I assumed only porcelain skinned people used sunscreen. I viewed sunscreen as a weakness, and would slightly be offended if someone offered me some. Needless to say, I eventually found the error in my ways, and wear sunscreen religiously now.   

  1. What is your detailed skincare routine?   

In the mornings, I first start with putting a DIY castor oil blend on my face and letting that sit on my skin for 5-10 minutes before rising it off with warm water. I then use toner, serum, aloe vera gel, moisturizer and facial oil. I wait another 10-15 minutes to allow the products to soak in before I put an ice gel face mask on for 5-10 minutes. Lastly, I put on my sunscreen.  

In the evenings, I remove my makeup with micellar water. I use a cleansing oil after followed by a creamy moisturizing cleanser, and an exfoliating gel (2-3 times a week). I then use toner, serum, aloe vera gel, moisturizer, and facial oil. I wait at least 30 minutes before applying my secret weapon – prescription retinoid. 

In addition, at least once a week I apply a calcium bentonite clay mask, ubtan mask, and moisturizing facial sheet mask.  

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

Removing the link between skincare and consumerism. Understanding the science behind skin and skincare, and accessing skincare remedies based on your specific needs. I’m proud to say I know exactly what’s in my skincare products and why it’s important to the needs of my skin. As seasons and body chemistry change, so does my skin and skincare routine. I let my skin determine my needs and follow up with the appropriate regimen.