Skincare isn't just a part of my daily routine, issa sport. Last year, I got hit with some pretty severe cystic acne that dramatically altered my day-to-day life.
No matter what products I used and how much water I drank, my face was so scarred and blemished that I wouldn't leave the house without makeup. I didn't realize that I wasn't the only woman in the world going from one expensive skincare remedy to the next, hoping to discover a one-size-fits-all "miracle cure", but according to Jhene Aiko, the key to ageless skin lies in the power of the switch-up.
What I've grown to learn over the past year of dealing with relentless acne is that there is never just one trigger. You may have just switched to a new cult-favorite skincare product, but you're not seeing results because you haven't switched up your diet. Or maybe you're drinking all the water you can, but you're still having breakouts because you're stressed the f*ck out. When it comes to your skin, there are a number of variables to cracking the code and accessing the fountain of youth, and Jhene Aiko shared some of her tips in a recent interview.
The 31-year-old singer recently slid through ESSENCE and dropped some gems on how she keeps her skin ageless and blemish-free year-round. According to Jhene, there are a number of factors that go into choosing the perfect products for each season:
"My skin type is combination. Depending on my diet, the time of the month and if I'm stressed or not, my skin changes and I constantly have to tailor my skin routine."
Change is good, especially when it comes to your skincare routine, and Jhene revealed the details on how she keeps her glow on 10. While some of her methods may be unconventional, judging from her flawless, filterless selfies, they work damn good. Here are 6 tips from Jhene's current beauty routine that you try out ASAP:
Invest In A Fraxel Treatment
This tip, in particular, is for my sisters with a safely secured bag because Fraxel treatments can run up a whole check. These non-surgical laser treatments are painful yet effective and can redeem you of acne scars, improve your skin's texture, and give you smaller pores. Beauty hurts, but Jhene Aiko undergoes this process twice a year to keep her skin looking so fresh and so clean, clean. Last March in an Instagram comment, she wrote:
"I get Fraxel about twice a year. It's an intense laser treatment that improves texture, acne scars and enlarged pores. It's kinda expensive. And hurts like shit. Ur face micro scabs... the scabs fall off gradually... over a period of like 7 days. And then a new layer of skin is revealed... your face stays swollen for like another week. Its all so worth it tho lol."
Fill Up On Water & Veggies
When you put good in, you get good out, and the same is true as it relates to what you eat and how your skin reacts. Along with drinking tons of water, Jhene also minds her diet when it comes to getting and keeping her skin all the way together:
"I make sure I'm drinking plenty of water, all day… everyday!!! Eating lots of fruits and even more veggies is a must."
Try Birth Control
This tip right here y'all, this tip right here... Had me shook. Earlier this year, I felt a sharp pain in my pelvis that I thought had to be a bladder infection. After arriving at a local urgent care, I learned that I was suffering from an ovarian cyst that had ruptured after I started taking birth control.
When my skin started to clear up, I thought it was because of one of the many pricey skincare products that I had purchased, but after recently doing some research, I learned that the proof may have been in the pill. Along with Fraxel treatments, Jhene also takes a birth control pill to control both her cystic and hormonal acne. She said:
"I [used] to have cystic acne due to ovarian cyst.The b.c. helps w/ that."
Check The Ingredients
I'm the type of person who will read and assess all of the ingredients on the back of the package of any and every thing before I purchase. According to Jhene, this pesky habit can come in handy when buying new skincare products. Jhene shared that when she's looking to switch up her remedy and buy or DIY a new product she looks for these ingredients:
"I look for lavender, chamomile, CBD oil and neem oil. I make my own concoctions with a few of these ingredients and have found that they really calm and soothe my skin. I also love seaweed and sea kelp in my serums and toner."
Serums, Supplements & Scrubs
Fraxel treaments can be tough on the skin, and along with La Mer sheet masks, Jhene carries all of her favorite products in travel-sized containers because you never know when you'll have a sebum-related emergency that needs your attention ASAP. She said:
"I keep up the results w/ Alastin skin care, iS Clinical serums, [Cerave] wash, Lancer scrub and [Circcell Abo +|-] serum. Also I take collagen pills, drink kangen water, apple cider vinegar and take Super Food by Dr Shulze's daily!"
How you feel internally is directly reflected by your external being. So if you think you're doing everything right when it comes to your skincare routine but you're still not seeing results, it's probably because you're stressed, sis. You need to Woosah. Jhene says that meditation helps her keep both her stress and her sebum under control.
"Last, but not least… I practice living in a meditative state and breathing deeply throughout my day. I believe that inner peace shines from the inside out and shows up on your skin."
Check out Jhene's full skincare routine on ESSENCE.com!
Featured image by Instagram/Jhene Aiko.