January 22, 2011

Tips For Great Skin + My Skin Care Regimen

As an actor/model, it's really important to have nice clear skin. You will look younger and healthier, you'll probably book a lot more work, and makeup artists will love you. I have really great skin and get tons of compliments on it. I'm not going to lie and say that I don't work to keep it that way, or that my skin is always perfect. I had acne for a couple of years when I was a teenager and those were some hard times. *cries*

In order to clear my skin, my doctor at the time prescribed me some face cream that contained large amounts of benzoyl peroxide, a chemical that is common in many face washes today. I no longer use such harsh products on my skin, but I have perfected a regimen that keeps my skin clear most of the time. People ask me all the time what I use on my skin so here is my regimen:

As far as my skin goes, my regimen is pretty simple. I thoroughly cleanse my skin using cleaning cloths that come in packs of 30. These cloths remove makeup/dirt/oil really well. Olay Daily Facials Deep Cleansing Cloths are the brand, but I actually use the generic version from CVS. The CVS brand has a better texture (and they're cheaper) than the Olay, and gives me better results. The link that I gave you actually shows both brands side by side.
After cleansing with the cloths, I wash with Ambi Even and Clear Exfoliating Face Wash. Then I use Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner. I just take a cotton pad, pour a bit on and swipe all over my face. After it dries, my final step is to moisturize with Ambi Even and Clear Moisturizer with SPF 30. Ambi products are marketed to "women of color" but women of all ethnicities can use it. I've known whites and Asians that use the products.

This has been my regimen for the last 3 or 4 years and it sounds more complicated than it really is. The entire process takes 3 minutes unless I'm wearing heavy makeup from a shoot. I do this in the morning and at night.

*Key Tips*

NEVER SLEEP IN MAKEUP. I don't care how tired/drunk/sick/lazy you are. Break the habit now. Drink lots of water (I mean TONS of water), exercise regularly, and eat lots of fruits and veggies. Nine times out of ten, if my skin is acting up it's because I'm dehydrated or I'm not putting enough nutrients into my body.

Always wash your face immediately after exercising or sweating, even if you don't shower right away. Always moisturize your skin, even if it's oily. Use an oil free moisturizer if you have oily or acne prone skin. The Ambi moisturizer that I use is oil-free. And unless makeup is being applied, don't touch your face or let other people touch your face. Our fingers carry a ton of dirt and bacteria and it can cause breakouts. I broke myself of this habit when I was a teen. It can be hard because, most of the time, you don't realize that you're doing it. But trust me, you will notice a difference once you break the habit.

And finally, don't pop pimples. I know it's REALLY hard, but your best bet is to get a really good concealer and just let the pimple run it's course. Popping pimples irritates the skin and leaves behind dark marks on your skin. I recently popped a pimple on my cheek and that dark mark that it left has been plaguing me for the past month. Don't do it!!

Now of course, it's important that you tailor your regimen for yourself. Perhaps a different moisturizer may yield better results, or the toner leaves your skin too dry. Find what works best for you, this post is just for all of the people who are interested in trying what I do. Finding the right regimen can be trial and error. Hopefully it helps someone out!


  1. Thanks for the post Andrea. I'm trying to break some of those bad habits as we speak (Washing face at night and popping pimple)! It's not easy but well worth it for a clear face.

  2. I looked for the Ambi fash wash and have only found the complexion bar. Where do you buy the exfoliating wash?

  3. You can order the face wash online on the Ambi website. I'm not sure where you live, but every single beauty supply store that I've been to carries it. I admit, it's difficult to find in drugstores like CVS/Walgreens.

  4. @ journeyoferica, there are many products out there that claim to fade dark spots, but I've never tried any. If I get a dark spot, I just let it fade naturally, using concealer in the meantime.

    I've heard that getting a light chemical peel is a surefire way of getting rid of them, and it will clear your skin in the process.

  5. I just saw you in the CBSsports "The Stare Master" on youtube and your are gorgeous and your skin is amazing.