Zendaya’s Skincare Routine Review
If I could Freaky Friday with one celebrity, it would be Zendaya. She’s smart, empowering and has a killer fashion sense (See: any of her Met Gala looks ever). She also happens to have #flawless skin, because, of course she does. Every time I see her on Snapchat sans filter, all I can think about is how I would do literally anything to have her glow. And as it turns out? It doesn’t take much effort or money.
According to an interview, the actress swears by a three-step drugstore routine of Aveeno Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes, Clinque Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm. She lives according to a “less is more” approach to skincare, and looks for products that are light and easy on the skin. Considering my personal regiment requires seven steps total and my skin doesn’t look nearly as perfect as Zendaya’s does, I figured it was worth giving it a shot.
After only two days of Zendaya’s wipes/moisturizer/lip balm, my skin totally freaked out. The makeup wipes made my skin so dry that it slurped the moisturizer in almost immediately, so I needed to re-apply multiple times a day or else my whole face started to itch. Plus, I started to breakout all over my cheeks. “Makeup removers don’t necessarily clean your skin,” says Dr. Shereene Idris of Weller Dermatology.
“There are usually oils in them, which help removes what’s on the surface of your skin, but it’s not really cleaning it.” She suggests using makeup wipes as the first step in any routine (a step all the Kardashian’s swear by) but to then follow up with a gentle cleanser to ensure you’re getting down to the nitty gritty under your pores. The weirdest part of only using makeup wipes was not being able to wash my face in the shower, though I guess it did help preserve water!
As much as I’ve always disliked the taste of Carmex (I’m more of a Cherry LipSmackers kind of girl), the lip balm is crazy effective for moisturizing lips. Especially considering how drying the makeup wipes were for my skin, it helped to feel like at least my lips were getting the love they needed. According to Dermatologist Dr. Jessie Cheung, dry cracked lips are increasingly common in the winter and require proper care throughout the season. She suggests lip balms with organic occlusives like beeswax, almond oil, or coconut oil to help seal in moisture. Carmex’s products are full of these natural oils, as well as antioxidants and a medicated formula. Plus, it stays on for hours and hours so you don’t constantly have to reapply.
- Testing this routine taught me a powerful lesson. Just as Z herself is always trying to tell us, we are all different and should embrace those differences instead of trying to all be the same, and apparently the same sentiment applies to our skin type. The products that one person swears may be a total disaster for someone else, which is why it’s important to consult a dermatologist about your personal skin needs instead of listening to a celebrity. As much as I love all things Zendaya (“Something New” is my third top played song on Spotify and I’m not ashamed to admit it), her skincare routine simply wasn’t for me. From now on, I’ll stick with trying to get my hands on the entire line of Daya by Zendaya, instead.