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“Hello! My identify is Ana Paulina Santos (@anapaulinasantos). I stay in Monterrey, México, the place I’m a medical physician working in pediatrics. I like caring for youngsters’s well being from a world perspective: from visible and listening to screenings, to breastfeeding and improvement. Since there’s a scarcity of medical doctors right here on account of COVID, I additionally do night time shifts within the ER. The roles are extraordinarily totally different however each very rewarding.

As a health care provider, skincare is wholesome pores and skin above all else. I analysis each new ingredient and machine and skim each main dermatology journal. I solely use skincare that’s fully evidence-based, with confirmed elements from dependable pharmaceutical corporations. And on prime of that, my extraordinarily stunning dermatologist at all times approves new merchandise earlier than I begin utilizing them. Years of operating to totally different derms after destroying my pores and skin with costly, fashionable merchandise has taught me {that a} easy routine is one of the best—total, my favourite model is Avène. One other good piece of recommendation is that nobody ought to personal a magnifying glass. It’s only a path to scarred, picked-at pores and skin, too skinny eyebrows, and damaged nostril capillaries. He who avoids temptation avoids sin.

My routine begins with a bathe—I bathe twice a day with lukewarm water. For years I used freezing water, even within the winter, as a result of I assumed it was higher for my pores and skin, however I by no means ended up seeing a profit. So whereas I nonetheless abstain from scorching water, I ended my struggling. After I get house from an evening shift within the morning, I apply a biphasic oil or make-up remover balm to my face after which bounce within the bathe. I exploit a fabric to take off my make-up or sunscreen, and relying on how my pores and skin feels, I’ll wash my face with Cerave Hydrating Cleanser or Avène Cleanance Gel. I wash my hair as soon as a day—within the morning if I’m coming house from a COVID night time shift or at night time if I’m actually sweaty from the day. I exploit any drugstore shampoo and conditioner, but when my hair feels dry, L’Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Conditioner is my favourite. Whereas the conditioner units, I brush my enamel and wash my physique with glycerin cleaning soap. I’ve tried to transform to being a bathe gel gal with out success. If it’s winter, I’ll placed on some physique oil whereas nonetheless within the bathe, or I’ll get out, dry off, and apply cream. I’ve to do my complete routine top-to-bottom or I gained’t really feel clear.

On my pores and skin, I exploit a tranexamic acid 5-percent serum that I obtained from my dermatologist to reduce my solar spots. My mom used to fry us within the solar as a result of she thought we regarded higher darker, in order that they’re sadly a present from her. Now I’m so diligent with SPF—I alternate between Avène, Skinceuticals, Biore Aqua Wealthy Gel, and my favourite, Shiseido Senka. I’ve virgin hair that stays wholesome with out a lot frizz, although trimming it each two months helps loads. I’ve a terrific stylist, however I reduce it myself in quarantine and ended up chopping much more than deliberate.

I can by no means discover time to comb my hair, do a full face of make-up, or do my nails, so I are typically fairly pure each day. However, as a result of I’m simply as lazy as I’m useless, pure is absolutely achieved on a mid-term foundation. I depilate with a laser, get my lashes lifted and tinted at a salon, and tint my quick brows with Only for Males to make them look fuller. It’s straightforward and reasonably priced—simply make sure to purchase a shade lighter than what you suppose you want. I additionally get half a unit of Botox beneath my eyes each six months. I’m very self-conscious about my darkish undereye circles, and have tried each cream, laser, and filler with out success. I really discovered my present dermatologist as a result of I assumed perhaps a distinct physician would be capable to do the fillers extra efficiently. As a substitute, she makes use of Botox to make the little traces blur and the circles much less noticeable. She’s additionally finished two classes of fractionated frequency on me, which made such a distinction in lifting my lids and cheeks. It’s actually painful and leaves rectangular marks on my pores and skin for a pair days, however I nonetheless cannot wait till it’s protected sufficient for me to return and have a 3rd session.

In the course of the week I at all times do my make-up in my automobile. First I exploit a concealer that units properly with out powder, like Nars Radiant Creamy in Fiji, Armani Energy Cloth in 4, or this Saem concealer which I discovered by way of Into The Gloss. Then I apply Stila Convertible Colour in Peony (one of the best to throw in a handbag), a hydrating satin-y lipstick, Anastasia Dipbrow Gel, and any pattern of mascara I’ve mendacity round. I by no means purchase mascara anymore.

Simply because I don’t put on a lot make-up each day doesn’t imply I don’t like it. Once I was 12 my mother obtained me an entire set of make-up and a make-up class from Yves Rocher, and I finally started promoting their cosmetics. I don’t assist most MLM corporations, however Yves Rocher gave me a wonderful make-up schooling and I made good gross sales commissions. I not use the merchandise, however they nonetheless maintain a spot in my coronary heart. Now I search for luxurious and fairly packaging, and if I’m going out, I can step up my sport. I like Nars Luminous or the Bobbi Brown basis stick, perhaps diluted with a drop of argan oil. I right with Nars Mushy Matte in Honey, use the Radiant Creamy or YSL Touche Éclat to brighten, after which go in with tons of bronzer and blush. For bronzer, my favorites are Nars Laguna liquid and, for a extra dramatic look, Bobbi Brown bronzer in Stonestreet. My blush is normally Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam, Nars’ G-Spot a number of, or a powder from MAC—Pinch Me or Melba, particularly. I end my face with a layer of Guerlain Météorites. I’m nonetheless searching for a great pressed powder that mattifies and offers a pleasant, pure layer of protection with out wanting chalky. I desperately hope the glowing, greasy look will exit of favor, as a result of I a lot choose a satin end.

A few years in the past, I learn an interview with make-up artist Paul Starr the place he stated that make-up, just like the body of an artwork piece, doesn’t make the face higher however enhances it. I need make-up merchandise that work, not merchandise I’ve to work with to make them work. I’ve small, deep-set eyes, and I do know eyeshadow by no means appears to be like nice on me. I’ll put on a really gentle shade, like Nars Copacabana or a tiny little bit of MAC Nylon, in my internal corners with MAC Haux to subtly contour. Then I do a skinny liner. I exploit a Bobbi Brown extremely tremendous brush and add a drop of Inglot Duraline to show my eyeshadows into liners—my favorites to make use of are a inexperienced with gold shimmer, darkish navy, espresso and carbon black. Then I exploit a pencil on the decrease lash line to make my eyes look greater, smudge it just a little, and apply numerous mascara. I’m nonetheless searching for a great nude eyeliner for my decrease waterline. MAC Viva Glam V is the proper nighttime nude, and I couldn’t get sufficient earlier than they discontinued it—I’m nonetheless grieving and searching for a dupe. City Decay in Zealot [Ed note: discontinued] is a really pure, flattering purple, Bobbi Brown in Brownie (which is definitely extra of a mauve) is my favourite for a sultry look, and Charlotte Tilbury’s Carina Star is a chic, on a regular basis winner. However what I like essentially the most is my brushes. I needed to promote my kidneys for my Hakuhodo and Tom Ford brushes. I’d like to attempt the Rephr and Wayne Goss ones, however sadly they’ve been inconceivable to get my palms on.

After my bathe at night time, I at all times double cleanse. Then I apply Avène Tolerance Excessive Cream and a retinoid. I’ve used adapalene for a number of years, however I just lately began breaking out from having to put on PPE for 36-plus hours. Now I exploit a clindamycin and adapalene serum, additionally by my derm. I don’t use AHAs or BHAs, which might be too harsh together with retinoids—I discover that an abuse of merchandise simply results in irritation and even greater issues. The Bizarre’s caffeine serum works nice for puffy eyes and I generally add the Estée Lauder Superior Evening Restore Eye, which is a cosmetically elegant product that does nothing however moisturize. I’ll do my night time shift with simply these two on my eyes, no make-up or the rest. I do know I have to not look too dangerous, as a result of three years in the past I met my boyfriend throughout an evening shift.”

—as instructed to ITG

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