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How to Do Alexa Chung’s Skincare Routine

Her skin is dry yet acne-prone.
Alexa Chung skincare routine

“I don’t think it’s very sexy to have a routine. Like if you’re going home with a guy are you like, ‘Hang on a minute’? My nighttime skincare routine is walk in the front door, put my keys down, take my shoes off, get naked, clean my teeth, go for a wee, drink some water and go to bed in full makeup.”

That was how Alexa Chung felt about skincare in her twenties, when she boasted about not having a routine, never breaking out, and “smoking like a chimney.”

But now that she’s 37, things have changed. Okay, she still sometimes sleeps in her makeup. But not only has she quit cigarettes, she’s also taking skincare “a bit more seriously as I’m getting older.”[1]

“I have had quite good skin forever. Then suddenly, at 36, it all went a bit haywire. I had no spots whatsoever, then all of what I should have suffered in my teenage years goes into one boil on my skin. It’s like spot karma. So I’ve stepped back from too many heavy moisturizers.”[2]

While her skin still looks flawless, “it can get a bit dry and I do get these chronic spots, one on my chin and one between my brows, so heavier creams don’t work for me. I don’t have an eight-step skin regimen or generally mess with my skin too much.”[3]

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From The Skincare Edit Archives

Here’s what’s involved in Alexa’s routine, morning and night.

Alexa Chung’s Skincare Routine (At a Glance)

Cleansers

La Roche-Posay • Dr. Loretta • Glossier • Then I Met You • coconut oil • Cosmetics 27

Serums

Holidermie • Sulwhasoo • Ling • Dr Loretta • Recherche Beauté

Moisturizers

Weleda • CeraVe • Augustinus Bader • Kiehl’s • Sisley Paris

Face oil

Rodin

Sunscreen

Sisley Paris

Face mists

Clinique

Lip balms

Dr. PAWPAW • Lucas’ Papaw Remedies • Code8

Face mask

Tata Harper

Her Morning Skincare Routine

La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Ultra
Dr Loretta Gentle Hydrating Cleanser
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
Holidermie Desalteration Concentree Intense Moisturizing Serum
Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum
Ling Moisture Plenish
Dr Loretta Intense Replenishing Serum
Weleda Nourishing Face Cream
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
Augustinus Bader The Cream
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
Sisley Paris Ecological Compound
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil
Sisley Paris Tinted Sunscreen Cream SPF 30
Dr. PAWPAW Tinted Multipurpose Soothing Balm
Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray
Avene Thermal Spring Water

Her Nighttime Skincare Routine

Then I Met You Living Cleansing Balm
RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream
Cosmetics 27 Cleanser 27 Exfoliating Cleansing Balm
Recherche Beaute Aura Radiance Active Elixir Serum
Augustinus Bader The Cream
Sisley Paris Ecological Compound
Lucas' Papaw Ointment
Code8 AM PM Tinted Lip Balm

Her Skincare Treatments

Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Mask

Facials

Lanshin: “My go-to experts include Sandra at the Lanshin healing studio in Williamsburg, New York. Rather than booking in for a specific treatment, I just book in time with her, and then she decides what I need that day. Sometimes it can be cupping or Reiki—I love Reiki—or Gua Sha, and then another time it may just be a facial. I love that approach of reading what you need.”

Her Diet, Exercise and Lifestyle

Moon Juice Magnesi-Om
Slip Silk Pillowcase

Quitting Smoking

“So far it’s going great. I was smoking so much, then I suddenly didn’t like them. I’m trying to not get too wrinkly and I don’t want to get Botox. Not to brag, but my skin’s pretty good and I have given it a real kicking. I didn’t really have a routine up until recently. I’ve smoked. I’ve drunk a lot of whisky. I’m usually dehydrated. Maybe it’s something else.”

Attitude

“Obviously some days I’ll think, ‘Crap, I look really rough today,’ but no-one I know is devastated because they’re getting old. I do worry about my skin though. I look in the mirror and I’m like, ‘Oh hi wrinkles.’ But everyone I love—like Patti Smith or Charlotte Rampling—has wrinkles and they still look beautiful. Sometimes I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to get a facelift,’ but I don’t think I really will. I’ll just live in the present and enjoy my remaining youth.”

Sources: [1] • [2] • [3] • [4] • [5] • [6] • [7] • [8] • [9] • [10] • [11] • [12] • [13]


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