One of the toughest parts of being a teen girl has got to be dealing with breakouts. I vividly remember having a pimple sprout up overnight and deciding right there, as I looked into the mirror the next morning, that I was going to fake sick and skip school that day. There was no way that I could face my friends or Dylan, the boy I was crushing on, with a pimple on my face. That would be the end of my social career as I knew it, I was sure.
That’s why, when I first got a glimpse of Lauren Orlando’s nearly flawless “I woke up like this” complexion, I had to know her secret. How is it that, at 13 years old, her skin is clearer than the Quartz on my bedside table, and milkier than my Matcha latte this morning? I decided to get the scoop from Lauren herself. Is this magic, or just the use of a great facial cleanser?
Turns out, like I have repeatedly learned in my life, less is more. Lauren likes to keep her skin care routine fairly simple—washing and moisturizing her face twice a day (once in the morning and once at night), and exfoliating once a week to get rid of dead skin and help clear out pores.
When asked about her favorite “secret tip” to clear skin, she responded “I have two!” Hydration and clean brushes. “The first is hardly a secret, but make sure you drink lots of water! Hydration has a huge influence on your skin and it’s an easy way to make sure that it stays clear.” Lauren was preaching to the choir on this one—here at Zenzy, we’re huge advocates of drinking water. Skin acting up? Drink water. Stomach acting up? Drink water. Bae acting up? Water.
Lauren’s second tip is equally as important, but often overlooked. “Wash your makeup brushes! Brushes gather bacteria that can then transfer onto your face, so make sure you keep them clean and don’t share with friends”. Washing your brushes can easily be done by soaking them in a cup of soapy hot water overnight, and then rinsing them thoroughly in the morning. Let them air dry on a towel, and they’ll quickly be ready to create your next makeup lewk.
Pimples happen to the best of us, however, and they happen to Lauren as well. When a blemish pops up, Lauren hits it with a spot-treatment, and confidence. “When I do get blemishes, I try to remember that it happens to everyone, especially teenagers. No one is looking at your skin, or is judging you because you have a pimple, even if you think they are!”. It’s this confidence that allows Lauren to leave the pimple untouched, rather than rushing to cover it up with makeup. “I try to resist the urge to cover it up, and instead don’t wear makeup on my face. I think this helps it heal faster.” Lauren definitely has the right idea, and here we’ve outlined ten quick ways to get rid of blemishes.
We already know that celebs like Kendall Jenner and Lili Reinhart are owning acne-confidence, and it seems that Lauren is right on board with this movement. When asked what it meant to have “good skin”, Lauren defined it as “having confidence in the skin you’re in” – no matter what. “To me, having good skin isn’t necessarily related to the number of pimples that you have, or how fancy or expensive your skincare products are.” In reality, “everyone is most beautiful when they are confident in who they are”… Acne and all.
COVER IMAGE: @laurenorlando88