Using the hashtag #FitnessFriday, Halle Berry and her personal trainer Peter Lee Thomas typically share new fitness inspiration with her Instagram followers every week. However, the need for social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic have recently kept her away from the gym. So, on March 20, she decided to share her four-step skincare routine instead.
“Welcome back to another #FitnessFriday Quarantine Edition. To all those practicing #SocialDistancing, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the duty you are serving to your community. Things have been especially crazy, and self-care is an absolute essential right now,” she captioned an Instagram TV video. “Hope that y’all can participate and really enjoy that extra time to comfort and pamper yourself. You absolutely deserve it.”
She filmed the routine from her bathroom, fresh out of the shower. “You know that I love a good facial, and that skincare has been a big part of my regime since I was 16 years old,” she says in the video. “I do it twice a day religiously. I never miss a day.” The clip in its entirety is just under six minutes and Berry did the whole thing one-handed while filming it with her cellphone, so it’s totally achievable for you.
Step 1: Start with a gentle cleanser.
The actress opens the video with Olga Lorencin’s Rehydrating Cleanser already evenly distributed over her face. But the technique she uses is the real gold here. “Cleansing is really important. You can’t miss it. You gotta do it morning, and you have to do it at night,” she says, rubbing her skin vigorously for at least 30 seconds. She also notes that it’s crucial to massage in upward motions. “This is gonna serve you well as the years go by,” she adds.
After thoroughly rubbing the cleanser in with her hands, she moves on to a Philips electric facial cleansing brush to really penetrate the pores. “This is a really soft-bristled brush,” she says. She moves it all over her face, and of course, is adamant about paying special attention to her neck. “Don’t forget to get down here and get your neck,” she says. “Oftentimes we do our face and we forget that the face is attached to our neck.”
Step 2: Exfoliate using a scrub.
After rinsing off the cleanser and patting her skin dry, Berry moves on to an exfoliating scrub—Ole Henrickson’s Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub, to be exact. “It’s very eucalyptus-y,” she says, rubbing it into her skin. “You do it until you feel like all that dead skin has gone bye-bye.”
The $28 product contains lactic acid, glycolic acid, and volcanic sand, and is one of Berry’s long-time skincare staples. “I’ve tried lots of [scrubs] over the years,” she says. “And it constantly stays my favorite.”
Step 3: Slap on a hydrating mask.
Like, literally slap it on. Berry likes stimulating her skin in this way while applying a hydrating mask like Skinceuticals’ Hydrating B5 Masque.“I feel like it wakes up my skin cells. It just feels better. It feels refreshing,” she says while bouncing her face with her fingers. “Today I’m using a super hydration mask,” she adds. “In the winter months I like to use hydration much more than clay [because] clay can be kind of drying for my skin.” She leaves the mask on for 15 minutes, then rinses.
Step 4: Give your skin a nice drink with moisturizer.
Or as Berry likes to call it, that “good good.” Moisturizing is her favorite part of the routine. “I love for my skin to drink a good dose of lactic acid,” she says while applying Olga Lorencin Skin Care’s Lactic Acid Hydrating Serum. “It continues to slough off the dry and dead skin, always leaving your most fresh skin on the surface so you can apply cosmetics better … If your skin looks good, everything else looks good. So I’ve always believed you got to start with the skin.”
She closes the video with a positive tip to hopefully uplift her followers in self-isolation. “Enjoy this quarantine time to the best of your ability,” she says. “Use it to do things that you don’t usually get to do because we’re so busy in our everyday lives.”
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