Ready Regimen: Marissa C.

Marissa is a math enthusiast / theatre artist / environmental NGO employee living in New York City. Google "Marissa Figure Lone Rogue Cinema" to find out more, or follow her on Instagram for all things artistry, geekery, and NYC.

I used to use so many expensive products on my skin. Having gone through terrible breakouts in college, I became very particular about what went on my face. I spent so much money on cleansers, exfoliants, serums, masks, night moisturizers, day moisturizers, sunscreens... and my skin was fine for a few years, but when I hit 30, my face developed the most horrible oozing rashes. Being an actor, I obviously wanted my face to heal and look its best, so I went to a dermatologist for anything that would make the rashes go away as quickly as possible.

So, I keep my daily skincare routine simple, day in and day out. I use the following products:

  1. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
  2. Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub
  3. Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15

I will say that I recently got a sample of Amorepacific's Moisture Bound Refreshing Hydra-Gel and it's amazing. Sadly, I'll never be able to justify buying a $100 moisturizer with my current salary - ever. Maybe I'll use a mask here and there (like Boscia's Luminizing Black Mask, which I tend to steal from my sister), but not consistently.

He told me Cetaphil is really one of the best, and spending money on expensive skincare items is basically useless - if anything, the extra fragrances/chemicals/botanicals/etc would do more to irritate my skin than to heal it. He also advised me to eat well and keep the stress levels down (the cause of which, after much digging and self-reflecting, was a relationship I was in at the time, so I ended that but not without drama and that's an entirely different story). I changed my diet to incorporate more vegetables via smoothies, cut down on meat and gluten, and my skin not only now looks great, but I feel great as well. An extra plus is that I'm saving so much more money by not buying expensive products. I've found other useless things to spend that money on now.  Everyone wins :)