At a very early age, I was diagnosed with trichotillomania. It evolved to picking my face and touching it all the time during my teenage years, which led to painful acne and scarring along my jawline. When I moved to New York for college and truly learned what skincare was, it became warp-speed trial and error about how to treat the issues that were making me self-conscious—hyperpigmentation, dryness, and dullness. I wanted to look healthier, dewier, and more hydrated. A few years ago, I had a turning point when I realized that you you have to embrace your natural beauty and the best you can do is find healthy ways to manage anxiety, drink a lot of water, get a lot of sleep, and use the right serums, eye creams, and moisturizers to preserve what you have and to improve the softness, sheen, and texture.
To me, true beauty means authenticity. I don't think it's that complicated, really. It's approaching yourself and others with a lens of love, acceptance, care, and tenderness. The most beautiful people are the people who love and accept themselves and treat others the same way.
These have become my core, daily routine items. Where I notice a real impact and a real "juicy" moment is with these three products.
I really love the way that this toner really does tighten everything up. When I let the toner sit in for a second, I notice you don't see as much texture and my skin looks smooth. It feels like a perfect primer.
It feels so luxe. When I have a night when I get little to no sleep, I'll put this on before I go on a video call to look really fresh. I've genuinely noticed a difference in the texture of my under eye skin—the fine lines and wrinkles due to dehydration just aren't there anymore. My under eyes just look super moisturized and there's no dryness all day. I also haven't developed any milia, as I have with other eye creams.
It's so glowy, it's kind of crazy. I don't know if I'll ever stop using this product, to be completely frank. I put it on and my skin is just bumpin'—with every picture, I'm glowing from a mile away. It really gives my cheekbones that "spotlight" feature.