Hydration nation

by Mariasha Altynbaeva

Originally from Kazakhstan, Mariasha currently resides in New York and studies acting and directing at The New School. You can spot her from a mile away in her gold leather jacket or her wild mane of hair. You can follow her shenanigans on Instagram

I used to play professional tennis so my skin wasn't that great because I was always in the sun and I never really bothered to take care of it. I moved to New York recently and my skin feels so much better these days because I think I finally got a good regimen going for myself. A lot of it involves hydrating my skin with products that have moisturizing, and if possible, natural, ingredients. I'm gonna share some of my tips and secrets with you guys!

Every day when I wake up and when I go to sleep I have to wash my face. I have been using the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser since June now and it's amazing. I love it! It smells great, it takes off your makeup, and my current tube has lasted me for 6 months now. I also recently tried out the Kate Somerville Detox Daily Cleanser and it is pretty great as well if you have really dry skin---which mine is during the winter! After I wash my face I use the Bioderma Sensibio H2O Makeup Removing Micelle Solution, I just put a couple drops onto a cotton ball and dab it all over my face and neck. It does wonders. It takes off all of your makeup, especially if you still have some of that mascara leftover from the night before ;)

In the morning, I love having a light cream on my face throughout the day but still have it feeling moisturized. I use the Biotherm Aquasource Deep Hydration Replenishing Gel and I dab a lot of that onto my face and legitimately see a difference within seconds. I also use the Biotherm Total Eye Revitalizer for my eyes. Both of the creams remind me of the ocean because I first started using them when I went on a super fun vacation with my family; so now whenever I put it on, it takes me back to the that summer ocean smell. Biotherm is a great, I highly recommend it. 

At night I need heavy moisturizing. Now, I do have a secret ingredient that I don't share with anyone, but for the regimen, I'll share it. I use the Bee Yummy Live Live Skin Food Cream. I know, the name is so long but its so good for your skin. It's got wildflower honey, honey cappings, bee pollen, and propolis, among other natural ingredients. Propolis is something bees produce to seal up spaces in their beehive. It's got another use for your skin: it's an antioxidant and works to balance and heal acneic skin. I actually get the cream at a little raw boutique in the East Village (can never remember the name or the address because I stumbled upon it very randomly and can only seem to wander back by muscle memory). But google it, get it, it's amazing and will transform your skin, especially if it's very dry.

I also alternate Live Live with the Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Cream, when I can get my hands on it. It smells amazing and is a little less heavy but replenishes the skin beautifully overnight. From time to time I also love to just put on a Dr. Jart sheet mask (any hydrating one, like the Dr. Jart Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask) and then after taking it off, just dab the leftover cream into my skin with my hands and leave it while I sleep; the next morning my skin is usually always glowing. Dr Jart masks are life.

PORES. Let's talk about pores. They suck. I hate them. I have visible pores and my go-to is the Sephora Charcoal Nose Strip. It's effective and lifts off all the dirt clogging my pores. It's one step towards making them a little more invisible. However, what I have to do when I go back home (to Kazakhstan) is pay a visit to my amazing facialist lady who is magical. She covers me up with that scary plastic shower cap thing (see photo) and then she pokes my face out, pimple by pimple, pore by pore. She even uses needles sometimes, which is so painful, but I guess, worth it? So I do love the charcoal strip, but if you can go get a facial with extractions, then by all means go get a facial. Your skin will thank you later.

Pimples, in y opinion, are easier to deal with than pores (knock on wood). When zits appear, I love the Kate Somerville Eradikate Acne Treatment. I put it on the spot overnight and the next morning it is close to gone. The redness and inflammation will have both subsided.

This is not technically, facial skin care, but it is skin nonetheless. My hands are super dry, so what I use every single night (and every day when I remember to) is the Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream. It smells like Spring, and has a ton of antioxidant and moisturizing botanical ingredients for your hands and nails, how cool is that? Yes, so that's defo on the top 3 list :)

And now ends my rant about these amazing products. I drink a lot of water and I try to exercise every day: both do wonders for your skin, especially living in the city.