"The day I turned 21, my skin just went nuts," says Lucy Hale.
The Pretty Little Liars star, now 29, was suddenly hit with cystic adult acne, hormonal issues AND sensitivity, as she recently explained to Byrdie.
Not that you'd ever be able to tell, though—because she is now "totally obsessive" about her skincare regimen.
"I have really sensitive skin; I'm acne-prone," she told StyleCaster. "I've struggled with my skin, so I have to keep it really basic."
Well, I'm not sure I'd describe Lucy's routine as "basic" (ha!), but judging by her glowing skin, it's working very well!
She's also the first to admit that she gets a lot of help. "It's important for young girls to realize things like we have fake eyelashes on, some of us have extensions, we have good lighting," she told Into The Gloss. "It's the same thing as Photoshop! We are normal girls, we have zits, and it's important that girls know that. I work with very beautiful people, don't get me wrong, but there are a lot of tricks of the trade."
Here's the lowdown on what she uses.
Lucy’s Morning Skincare Routine
Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser: "Obagi is the skincare that I use the most. It's great; it's really gentle."
Lancer The Method: Cleanse: "I'm a big believer in Dr. Lancer's products."
Biologique Recherche Lotion P50: "I’m obsessed with the Biologique Recherche Lotion P50—I know a lot of people know about it and like it, but I just recently started using it, and I love it."
Obagi Nu-Derm Toner: "I use Obagi toner twice a day."
iS Clinical Active Serum: "I have this iS Clinical serum that's called Active Serum which, I don't know what it does, but it just sort of protects you when you're travelling and just from life in general."
SkinCeuticals C + AHA: "I recently learned that you have to put your serums and toners in order from thinnest to thickest. That actually comes from Korean skincare—they teach you how to do it that way."
SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF: "[I use] a ton of serums."
Chanel Hydra Beauty Crème Riche: "Chanel makes this really good face cream."
Lancer The Method: Nourish: "I like Dr. Lancer's products a lot."
5. Eye Creams:
SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50: "I always wear a sunscreen every day, that's really so important! I don't really find a huge difference between SPF products, but I've been using this lightweight SkinCeuticals SPF 50. I mix it in with my moisturizer."
7. Face Oils:
Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil: "I never leave the house without Sisley face oil mixed with Laura Mercier foundation."
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector SPF 30: "I love a good tinted moisturizer, because foundation can be too much, but sometimes you need a little help. Laura Mercier makes really great ones."
Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer: "For concealer I love Clé de Peau. It's an investment, obviously, but it covers better than anything I've found."
9. Lip Balm:
Lucas' Papaw Ointment: "I had a friend from Australia get me some, but now I can just order it on Amazon, and it's pretty legit."
Lucy’s Nighttime Skincare Routine
1. Makeup Removers:
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes: "[They] can take anything off without irritating me. At the end of a long day, wiping my makeup off and feeling so clean, it's the best feeling in the world."
Bioderma Sensibio H2O: "Bioderma micellar water [is one of my top three must-have skincare items]."
2. Oil Cleanser:
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil: "Double-cleansing is what it's really about for me."
3. Foaming Cleanser:
Restorsea Reviving Cleanser: "Always, always, always go to bed with clean skin."
4. Cleansing Brush:
Clarisonic: "Good skin starts with a Clarisonic brush."
Biologique Recherche Lotion P50: "It smells awful—like really, really intense—but it's worth it; my pores are smaller, there's more clarity, and my skin looks better overall."
Obagi Nu-Derm Toner: "First, I double cleanse, then tone."
6. Acne Treatment:
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: "Go to bed in clean sheets with a clean face, your Mario Badescu Drying Lotion on, and you're good to go."
7. Prescription Retinoid:
"I use a prescription retinol cream. I feel like it just works a bit faster. Retinol has been the biggest game-changing product for me, but you've got to be consistent with it, even when your skin flakes at first. I'm really breakout-prone, and retinol keeps my skin really clear, because it helps speed up cell turnover to prevent build-up in your pores. I mix my retinol with my moisturizer and use it only three nights a week. [But] it does take months to work."
CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion: "The most underrated product."
SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture: "I'm a huge fan of SkinCeuticals. I want everything. It's so expensive, but it's worth it."
9. Eye Cream:
SkinCeuticals Eye Cream: "SkinCeuticals moisturizer and eye cream are great."
Lucy’s Skin Treatments
Fresh Sugar Face Polish: "I make sure to exfoliate three times a week using Fresh Sugar Face Polish."
Lancer The Method: Polish: "I exfoliate a couple of times a week."
Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask: "I actually just bought this new one by Tatcha that's lavender; it's so pretty. I hope it's doing something good, but if it's not, it just looks really pretty."
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels: "[I picked them up] from my makeup artist and friend Kelsey Deenihan."
Molly M. Lucio: "She's the shit. I've been seeing her for over five years. I'm really diligent about facials. If I can go once a week, I'll do it. I've tried all different kinds of facial products... but the one thing I have to be consistent about is a facial every two weeks."
Rescue Spa: "You have to go there... because it's amazing. One hundred percent. There's this girl, Diana; I've only been twice but usually what I do is I walk in and tell them my needs and concerns and just let them do whatever."
"Even when I get facials, it has to be all about hydration and light peels. There's an oxygen facial I love. I want to be able to do all the fun, crazy stuff but my skin doesn’t react as well."
Dr. Zein Obagi: "[My biggest splurge is] skincare, definitely—I spend a lot of money on good skincare and a good dermatologist."
Lucy’s Diet, Exercise and Lifestyle
"I definitely feel my best when I'm eating whole and raw foods and good protein. But I also believe that life is short and you should eat what you want (in moderation)."
"I try to keep it healthy during the day, but I don't really follow a particular diet, per se. I'm lucky because I like healthier foods…though I definitely have a sweet tooth. I could never cut out sweets. I do try to avoid dairy because it makes me congested. But I love my sugar and I love my coffee. Coffee is a must."
SoulCycle: "I've joined the cult! I used to be so against spinning, but I feel really strong while I'm doing it. Mentally it helps me, too. Even though you're in a class with people—it's still like you're in your own little zone. There's something about it that just works for me, mentally and physically, I just love it."
CorePower Yoga: "I'm really into CorePower's hot yoga—not Bikram, but the step below that—and originally I just wanted a good workout, but it's actually been really good for me. It helps me slow down and it forces me to relax. It was miserable and hard at first, but now I'm addicted to it."
Jana Finkbiner: When I'm in LA, I also see a trainer two or three times a week."
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What do you think of Lucy's skincare routine?
Have you tried any of the products she uses?