Welcome to You Look Moist, a regular column wherein Man Repeller asks cool people with glowing visages how they achieved their supreme hydration (amongst other things). Today’s installment features Yin Fung, an editorial assistant at Elle in the Netherlands.
How would you describe your skin?
I am fortunate to have skin that isn’t too temperamental, and I don’t break out often. I also don’t have any wrinkles yet, even though I am in my 30s now (my friends often say that’s because I am Asian, but trust me, I know that’s not a guarantee).
How would you describe your skincare approach in general?
I would say my skincare approach is somewhere between high-maintenance and low-maintenance. So medium-maintenance! I have NEVER gone to bed without cleaning my face, even at festivals or times when I got home at 9:00 a.m. after crazy parties. It’s my number one rule, no matter how tired I am.
My typical routine involves a cleanser (Nuxe Melting Cleansing Gel), a serum or moisturizer (right now I’m loving Dr. Organic Black Pearl Moisturizer), day/night cream (both from Cien), eye cream (Dr. Organic), face oil (Gadija Organics Argan Oil) and sunscreen (Glossier Invisible Shield). Once a week, I use a sheet mask (I have a bunch from different Korean brands) together with my boyfriend, haha.
I try to go to the beautician for a 30-euro facial every three months–nothing fancy, just a deep cleanse treatment. I started getting facials when I was 21, and I truly believe that my consistent visits are the reason my skin is so healthy now. I highly recommend this to everyone.
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What skincare products are integral to your routine for achieving your ideal, glowing, well-moisturized complexion, and how/when do you use each of them?
Every morning and evening, I do a facial massage after applying all my creams. I am quite strict about it, because I read that it increases circulation to the facial tissue, and I’ve definitely noticed a difference. If you’re trying it for the first time, I would suggest checking out some of the tutorials on YouTube.
I am obsessed with facial oils. A lot of people are scared to use them because they think it will make them greasy, but oftentimes your face only gets greasy in the first place because it’s dehydrated and overcompensating. I use an oil day and night, even during the summer. This Argan oil is the best, I swear!
Sunscreen is my other best friend. I use the one from Glossier because I’ve found that it doesn’t cause pimples. Growing up, I was self-conscious about my skin tone since it’s on the darker side for a Chinese person. My twin sister Summie has porcelain white skin, just the way most Asians like it, so growing up my family would always call me “haak moei” (“dark girl,” a.k.a. not that beautiful) and my sister “paak moei” (“white girl,” a.k.a. perfect). Now I totally embrace how I look! But I still use sunscreen for overall skin health.
Foreo Luna is also a favorite product. It vibrates all the dirt out of your skin and it massages at the same time. I use it after applying the cleansing gel. I also use a jade roller to massage my face while I watch TV. (I just realized I keep repeating the word “massage,” so it must be a big part of my routine.)
What about makeup products?
When it comes to makeup, I’m quite low-maintenance, but I love red lips. They’re my signature! When I feel a bit moody or my face looks wan, lipstick is a lifesaver–I wear it so much that when I am not wearing lipstick, people ask me if I’m sick. My current favorite is from Chanel–Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme / 114 epitome. Other than that, I also occasionally use Dior Nude Tan highlighter, Chanel blush, and Aqua Brow by Makeup Forever.
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What’s the cheapest product you use regularly and love?
Cien Cellular Beauty Cream, from the Dutch/German supermarket Lidl. It cost only 4 euros! I read some articles that it has the same ingredients as La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream, so I was very curious to try it. I’ve never used La Prairie, so I can’t fully compare, but I really love it and use it day and night. The consistency is pretty rich, so I would only recommend it if you have dry skin.
Is there anything you try to avoid, skin-care or makeup-wise?
Black eye makeup. I just don’t look good with smokey eyes.
Any next-level tips, tricks, or services that you swear by to help you look “lit from within”
I try to sleep 8-9 hours a night and go to yoga twice a week. I also don’t drink alcohol and try to avoid stress…when possible.
What’s your go-to product or trick for fixing a skin disaster?
Just leave it alone, otherwise it will get worse.
Do you do anything differently skincare-wise when you travel?
During flights, I always reapply facial oil, and when I’m traveling I use Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. It helps my skin to rebalance after changes in environment.
What’s something you wish your teenage self knew about taking care of your skin?
As a teenager, I already knew how important it was to wash my face before bed and keep it hydrated. I guess I was a wise teenager, haha!
Photos provided by Yin Fung.