Beauty Buzz: How To Layer Your Skincare!

I came across a super-helpful article today on Teen Vogue highlighting the best way to get the most out of your skincare by layering the products in the best way possible! I have an array of products ranging from anti-aging (it’s never too early to start!), to exfoliating and scar lightening.However, sometimes I do find myself skipping on applying one of them so I can wear the other. Teen Vogue consulted Dr. Ariel Ostad, a board certified dermatologist based in New York City to lay down the skin care layering laws! I will be giving you all my product recommendations for each step based on my tried and true routines! Check it out.


Credit: Teen Vogue

STEP 1: Cleanser Like a painting, she says it’s best to start out any skincare routine with a clean surface. My favorite is the The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash! This is the only cleanser I have tried that is effective in clearing any blemishes without over-drying my skin. Best of all, I love and believe in the stance The Body Shop takes in where it obtains its ingredients from. Their “Community Fair Trade organic tea tree oil comes from The Kenya Organic Oil Farmers’ Association (KOOFA), a co-operative of over 550 small-scale organic farmers around Mount Kenya National Park. Our products contain only pure leaf essential oil, made with hand-harvested leaves and gently steam-distilled for an exceptional-quality purifying essential oil.”

STEP 2: Toner> After the cleanser, it is important to apply a skin-clearing toner, if you have one. I love to use this one by The Body Shop because it minimizes my pores and leave my skin looking matte with no oil in sight! This “refreshing toner freshens and removes the last traces of make-up, dirt and oil, leaving skin feeling soft, fresh and ready for moisturising. The shake to activate formula allows skin to benefit from mattifying powders, while ingredients including Community Trade organic tea tree oil, tamanu oil and white willow bark extracts ensure skin looks matte, without drying.” I usually use mine after using my make-up removing wipes before bed :)

STEP 3: Topical Treatments> According to Dr. Ostad, the first cream-based skincare product you apply should be anything you use for medicinal purposes. I tend to break out when I get stress, so this one by Clean & Clear is affordable and amazing! It’s a spot treatment, but it literally works overnight-the next morning the redness is gone and any acne starts to fade!

STEP 4: Moisturizer> Even if your skin is a bit on the oily side, you should never skip quenching your skin’s thirst. I love this one by Boots that I snagged at Target. It also contains a skin-calming SPF formulation, so you know, two birds with one product kinda thing.

STEP 5: SPF> This is a product that not even in the wintertime should be forgotten!


A few other tips: 

  • Formulations that are thinner to the touch should be applied first, in order to achieve utmost absorption.
  • Topical treatments—like those for acne, dark spots, or scarring—are the exception. “If it’s a product that treats and repairs existing damage, always use after cleanser and toner so it is directly applied to the clean skin,” says Dr. Ostad

Hope you all find this helpful!



Sunday Serenity: The Holstee Manifesto

So the weekend is at its end, and once again we are standing on the starting point of another week. Another week filled of late nights, work to be done, bedtime stories to tell, bills that need to be paid, tests to be studied for, and a million other possibilities because we handle so much. I was walking past a store window today at University Village and something made me stop. Coffee in hand, I almost did not. I almost just kept hurriedly walking because I had somewhere else to be, like most of us always do. But today I stopped because I saw a poster in black and white that absolutely spoke to me. I stood there, time ticking, and read the whole thing-not aware of anything else.

I have since learned that this is referred to as The Holstee Manifesto. The founders of this company all gathered in New York to sit down and try to define what success mean to each of them. Their goal was to create something they could reflect back on if they ever felt stuck or found themselves living according to someone else’s definition of happiness. Check out the company, their positive-affirmations and products here.

I am forever changed by this. I read it not once, but three times. And in that small amount of time, I already felt much more relaxed and stress was nowhere to be found. I wanted to share it with you all in hopes that it will provide a bit of perspective for you. Because it is YOUR life, and it deserves to be lived to the very fullest.


I encourage you all to reflect upon your life and your passions. Then, pursue them with all of your might.