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 Andrea Parra, a prop stylist and set designer.
How would you describe your skin?
Growing up, my mother always told me that good skin comes from the gut, so every morning she would squeeze me juice from a fresh orange mixed with garlic and a teaspoon of honey. I credit her concoction with giving me skin that is relatively balanced and trouble-free to this day. I do get a pimple on the left side of my chin every now and then, though, which drives me crazy. When that happens I dab tea tree oil around the area and try to leave it alone.
How would you describe your skincare approach in general?
In general, I would say my skincare approach is pretty low-maintenance, but it does change a bit based on what season it is. My freckles are really sensitive to the sun, so I apply a heavy amount of sunscreen and wear hats all summer long. In the winter, I avoid products that contain alcohol because they always dry me out. I mostly use products that are all-natural with some good oils.
Which skincare products are integral to your routine for achieving your ideal, glowing, well-moisturized complexion?
The brand F. MILLER has done something magical to my skin! I’m obsessed with everything they make–their facial oils, toning mist, eye roller, and lip balm are all amazing, especially the lip balm in the winter (my lips usually get really chapped because of my radiator). I also religiously use this Jo Malone moisturizer and Fur Oil for body care.
What about makeup products?
Maybelline Mascara and a Bobbi Brown “Rose” lipstick are the only things that have a permanent spot in my handbag. I used to spend so much money on high-end mascaras and they never did my eyelashes justice. Then, one day, a friend of mine left her Maybelline mascara in my car, and I swiped some on my lashes when I was rushing to a meeting and wanted to look awake. The thin brush felt like it was combing every single lash, to the point where it seemed like they reached all the way up to my eyebrows! The Bobbi Brown lipstick also doubles as my blush–I tap my lips lightly with my fingertips to collect excess product and smudge it on my cheekbones.
What’s the cheapest product you use regularly and love?
Vitamin E oil and NOW Solutions Jojoba oil.
Is there anything you try to avoid, skincare- or makeup-wise?
Anything with alcohol.
Any next-level tips, tricks, or services that you swear by to help you look “lit from within”?
Orange juice with garlic and honey every morning–and if that’s too time-consuming, just hot water and lime before starting my day! Oh, and a homemade facial mask once a week using whatever’s in my fridge and cabinets. If the weather is dry and cold, I’ll make an oat, rose water, and honey mask at night and leave it on for 30 mins. If my skin seems like it might breakout, I’ll mash some strawberries (the riper the better) with a teaspoon of turmeric powder and leave it on for 15 mins. It really helps with inflammation.
What’s your go-to product or trick for fixing a skin disaster?
Do you do anything differently skincare-wise when you travel?
I carry wipes to clean things before I touch them! Other than that I layer an extra amount of whatever creams I’m into at the moment. I never really understood face mask on the planes. I’m easily irritated and it seems messy.
What’s something you wish your teenage self knew about taking care of your skin?
Nothing I didn’t know already, thanks to my mom. She always made sure my skin was glowing.