My Teen Skincare Life by Andrea Butler

Andrea ButlerAndrea Butler is the Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of Sesi magazine which is a publication at teenager Black girls. She decided to set up the magazine because she felt that there was not a publication on the market that catered young Black girls. Essence was too old and the mainstream publications such as Seventeen and Teen Vogue were lacking in their representation of Black girls. Sesi magazine was launched in 2008 and since then they have built up a loyal readership. Andrea took time out of her busy schedule to tell us about her skincare. As a teen my influences in regards to my skincare were TV commercials, friends, and magazines. The first time I actually started paying attention to skincare products was probably when I was in 8th grade. I was 13 at the time and that's when I started getting the occasional breakout. At that point, though, I just did what all my friends did: Buy the cleanser and zit cream that I heard about most on TV or saw most in magazines. For me, that was Clearasil. I used to rub the white zit cream all over my face and would walk around looking ashy. LOL. Then, I realised I probably only needed it for a spot treatment. After trying Clearasil at around 16, I changed to Clean & Clear. In college, I started using Proactive and now, in my 30s I'm using Clean & Clear Advantage because I like that it's inexpensive and it works.

Over the years I've learned that I have combination skin and that when I get stressed out, a breakout can be triggered. My skin gets really oily in my T-zone during the summer, but can actually get a bit dry during the winter. I never wear heavy makeup and use a mineral powder foundation, so that helps a bit with the shininess. I've also learned what products I really like for my skin. As I said earlier, I like Clean & Clear Advantage for cleansing. But, my favourite daily moisturiser is NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Martinique with SPF. That stuff is amazing. When I put it on, I don't even have to wear any other makeup. It looks so fresh and natural and helps even out my skin tone.

My skincare regimen has gone from purposely over drying my skin thinking that that would keep zits at bay to actually learning how to balance my skin. I cleanse my skin, tone it, and moisturise it twice a day. I've learned that your skin needs can change over the years, so reevaluating your skincare regimen periodically is important.

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