This is one of my favorite cleansers because it doesn’t have that tight feeling after you wash; it doesn’t strip the skin. It’s based off this Japanese concept called Kiyomi, which is basically like an active purification or cleansing. So, for generations now, Japanese women would do this thing called the first wash of rice, which is basically after you wash the rice, they use the milky water from the grains. This water has amazing things in there, like vitamin E, B2, B12. And it just creates this very luminous feeling from inside and out. So I just love that act behind it.
My mom would say this is the most important step. I started using toner as young as elementary school because of her. I really am loving the Indie Lee COQ-10 Toner. Anything that has hyaluronic acid in it, I’m just like, “Please just soak it all into my skin.” And the COQ-10 is just giving all those nutrients and antioxidants. Also, I have to say, I’m kind of lazy, but I like this toner because it has the spray bottle. I feel like as that first step, it gets me going, as opposed to finding a cotton round or whatever I’m getting. It just feels like, “All right, all you have to do, Ally, is just spray,” and then that gets me going into the next few steps.
I am obsessed with the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence; this stuff is insane. I actually never knew what an essence was, but then a couple of my girlfriends were like, “You have to try this product, it totally changed the game for me.” So I did, and I’m hooked. I started to learn about Pitera—the SK-II is basically 90% Pitera—and I guess the thing about it is that it resembles your skin. So instead of blocking it out, your skin really welcomes it. It’s like, “Hello, hi, please come in, please—give me that goodness.” So I love that stuff. It’s so good.
I have to go back to the Tatcha Water Cream. I have tried so many different moisturizers, but for some reason I always, always go back to this one. I think it’s perfect for summer because it’s oil-free. It feels so light, the texture feels so, so, so yummy. They really nailed the formulation on this one: It’s not too heavy, not too greasy, it’s such a knockout product. I use it day and night. Sometimes I’ll switch it up in wintertime, and go for something a bit heavier, but for right now it’s just so, so, so perfect.
My eye cream
I would say of all the categories, this is the one where I allow myself to splurge a little bit. I love the La Mer The Eye Concentrate; it’s so good. I just ran out, so I have to go get some more because I’m already missing it. It has that miracle broth in it, which I think really works wonders. And this is the one area where I splurge, because I do feel like it’s that most delicate part of the face, that really thin skin, right under your eye. It has this lime tea concentrate in it, which I feel really helps with the damage before it occurs. And I really like the little applicator it comes with. I’ll just apply it and just get lost in applying it on my eyes.
My eye masks
I love the Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches by Peter Thomas Roth. I first got introduced to these on set, and for some reason they’ve just always stuck with me. I bring them in my bag when I travel or to any set; it just become a sort of ritual for me. I like to pop them on in the morning, right before we start hair and makeup or even if I’m just at home before I start meetings. And it just feels like these cold little clouds that just bring me to life. And it does have caffeine in it, so I feel like with my coffee it just kicks my day off right.
I love carrying some of the Egg Cream Masks from Too Cool for School around. They just feel so creamy on your skin. They have egg yolk and egg white extracts in them that help to boost cell turnover.
Sunscreen is absolutely the most important step of the whole process. If I could just choose one step, it would be this. I love the Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen, I think it’s incredible because it’s completely invisible and scentless.
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