At night, I go back and forth between using a retinol and The Ordinary Lactic Acid and HA serum. I’m not going to lie, I don’t entirely know what it does—I think it exfoliates?—but I feel like it’s doing something positive to my skin. [Editor’s note: Lactic acid is an AHA and does, indeed, exfoliate.] Once again, it was a Hyram recommendation, so I just went with it. Whatever it does, it does it gently and leaves my dry skin softer and smoother.
Emily VanCamp doesn’t mess around, both when playing badass agent Sharon Carter in Marvel’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and when it comes to her skin-care routine. When I signed on for our Zoom, the 34-year old actor came prepared with a written list of her favorite products in order to keep organized.
But that doesn’t mean it’s all business. VanCamp considers her skin-care routine a self-care ritual. “I wasn’t always like that, but I think when I entered into my 30s, I realized I needed to make skin care a little bit more of a priority,” she says.
What once felt like an impossible-to-achieve ambition in the quest for more sustainable beauty-product packaging has, as of late, become a rapidly increasingly reality: More and more brands are launching products with options to refill the original container. As we predicted, companies at every level — little-known indie lines, designer skin-care creators, drugstore staples, and more — have heard the call to reduce waste, and they’re not ignoring it.
“The benefits of refillable packaging are a net decrease to the amount of plastic that is produced,” Sonya Lunder, senior toxics advisor for Sierra Club‘s Gender, Equity & Environment program,
I developed an interest in skin care at an early age. From the first bottle of Oil Of Olay face moisturizer that I bought at the age of eight to my obsession with Korean skin care products in my pre-teens, I was on a good track when it came to taking care of my dermis. Yet, somewhere along the way, right before college, I became enamored with looking bronze, all the time. Winter or summer, it didn’t matter — I made sure that I maintained the shade with my biweekly visits to the tanning salon. Sunscreens and sunblocks were not
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It all started with a Google Doc. Back in 2017, Rio Viera-Newton outlined the products she uses to keep her eczema- and acne-prone skin looking clear and feeling healthy for her friends — and then we published it on the Strategist. Four years later, Rio writes about beauty products for us full-time, and now, she wrote a book: Let’s Face It: Secrets
Mickey Sumner describes her approach to skin care as “simple.” But don’t confuse that to mean the 37-year-old actor doesn’t put much thought into her routine—quite the opposite, in fact. In doing “as little as possible” for her skin, she’s also putting conscious effort and care into the impact her routine has on the environment. That means using less, but also shopping from mission-oriented brands that are vegan, cruelty-free, and sustainably minded.
“I’m really trying to find more products with glass packaging, so I’m not using as much plastic,” she says. “I love that there are more