Adopting an all-natural skincare routine is easy when your skin is well-behaved.
But if it's flaring up with breakouts? Maybe not so much.
That's what happened to Laura Harrier, the 29-year-old star of Spider-Man: Homecoming and BlacKkKlansman.
"I've recently been struggling with acne, which is new for me," she told Into The Gloss. "Maybe it's happening because of all of the travelling, or maybe it's hormones or whatever."
While she used to be devoted to "only clean, chemical-free products," her new skin condition (and rising fame!) required more drastic measures. In 2018, she ditched her natural favourites and switched to an acne-clearing routine devised by celebrity facialist Shani Darden.
Now, "I use a lot of chemicals on my face," says Laura, "and that kind of freaks me out because I wasn't doing any of that stuff for a long time. But when my skin went crazy, I had to do more."
It's definitely paying off....
Here's what Laura uses to keep her skin radiant and blemish-free.
Laura’s Morning Skincare Routine
iS Clinical Cleansing Complex: "In the shower, I use a face wash from my aesthetician, Shani Darden."
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel: "And [Shani] has this lactic peel that I do when I get out of the shower."
Biologique Recherche Lotion P50: "I was using P50 for a while.... [It] smells like garbage. It's amazing, and I know people love it, but it's too intense! I don't know how you get in bed with somebody afterwards—it's not cute! P50 must kill relationships. I would have kept doing the P50, though, if I didn't find the [iS Clinical] Active Serum. I feel like the Active Serum, for me, is a little better and it doesn't smell bad. It's a good replacement."
iS Clinical Active Serum: "If I'm breaking out, I'll go for the Active Serum."
iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance+: "If my skin is dry, I do the Pro-Heal."
Control Corrective Oil Free Sunscreen SPF 30: "Before I head out, I do an SPF 30—the one by Control Corrective. It's really lightweight and just feels like a moisturizer. I use sunscreen every day."
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Caramel: "I love to watch the makeup artists at work. Now I can do my makeup for an event if I have to. Day to day, though, I keep it minimal. I do the NARS concealer—my colour is Caramel."
RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-Up: "I like [my look] to be messy and natural."
Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate: "I have the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate palette that comes with the two colours. I throw on the highlighter for everyday and do the contour colour if I'm going out."
Glossier Haloscope: "Just like myself but better is the goal."
7. Lip Colour:
RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek: "I really like the RMS Lip2Cheek colours. You can layer them so you can choose if you want to go lighter or darker."
Laura’s Nighttime Skincare Routine
1. Makeup Remover:
Bioderma Sensibio H2O: "At night I use the Bioderma micellar water to remove makeup."
iS Clinical Cleansing Complex: "I wash again with Shani's cleanser."
iS Clinical Active Serum: "At night... I alternate between the Active Serum and retinol every other day."
Resurface by Shani Darden Retinol Reform: "And then I use her retinol. I'm not using the retinol for wrinkles, but it helps a lot with my acne scarring. And my skin feels smoother."
Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer: "Then I'll either use a Tata Harper moisturizer...."
Epicuren Brazilian Propolis Lotion: "Or this new one I just got by Epicuren, which is... something made out of bees."
iS Clinical Reparative Moisture Emulsion: "I was doing the iS Clinical moisturizer, but since I was breaking out so much, [Shani] said the moisturizer was a bit too heavy for me."
Laura’s Skincare Treatments
Shani Darden: "I see Shani Darden in LA for my skin. When I moved to LA from New York... I didn't know anyone. The girl who does my eyebrows, Kim Nguyen, told me about Shani, and she kind of saved my face. I like that she's straight up and tells you exactly what you need to do. For me, it's dealing with breakouts. I didn't struggle with it until late in my 20s. That has been really annoying. It's all the travel, stress and whatever else. For a long time, I was very into super clean, natural skin care... but with all the breakout issues, I've had to amp it up. When my skin was perfect, the natural stuff was cool. But if I'm having issues, they don't do enough. I text Shani pictures of my zits all the time, like 'Help meee!'"
Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque: "I always have my Aesop blemish mask."
Manuka honey: "I'll still do a manuka honey mask in the bath."
Laura’s Diet, Exercise and Lifestyle
"For me, diet is about moderation. I work out, but I love cheese, pasta and wine."
Dogpound and SoulCycle: "In New York, I would go to the Dogpound. In LA, I go to SoulCycle and barre class and hot yoga, but I bounce around. Also, I've been travelling so much that it's hard to keep anything together. I downloaded the Nike app to work out while I travel, and I think I did it once."
"I do the infrared sauna. I feel it helps."
"I get massages, but I don't have one particular person I go to."
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