Lessons Learned from Susan Yara’s Skincare Reaction Videos


For the last few months, I have binged nearly every Mixed Makeup video of Susan Yara reacting to Harper’s Bazaar celebrity skincare videos. Not only does Yara’s skin and makeup look flawless, but her videos are also super educational. She breaks down all that goes into a good routine while maintaining that each person’s skin is unique and requires a different regimen. What works for a 20-something-year-old supermodel won’t always work the same for someone with combination, acne-prone skin.

Yara’s expertise in beauty comes from years of experience in the industry. Some of her former roles include New Beauty Magazine’s Editorial Video and Interactive Director, Beauty Reporter and Producer for Popsugar TV, and Editor for TotalBeauty.com. These are some of the key lessons I have learned from my recent skincare obsession, courtesy of Yara and Mixed Makeup.

Stop using makeup wipes

On one hand, I am glad that I am not alone in my obsession with Neutrogena makeup wipes. I started using them when I started wearing makeup for competitive cheerleading — they worked to remove my heavy liner, ten pounds of glitter, and bright red lips. And that was it. That’s how I started cleaning my face up until now.

Apparently makeup wipes are super abrasive, especially as a first step to removing your makeup. Instead, start with an oil or balm cleanser that will break down the product more gently and eliminate the harsh rubbing.

Double Cleanse. Double Cleanse. Double Cleanse.

I was afraid of oil and balm cleansers because I have oily combination skin, getting oily in my T-Zone throughout the day and a little dry around my nose and chin. Yara’s convinced me to try the balm and I can already tell the difference in the cleanliness and moisture of my skin. I knew that my makeup wipes weren’t getting rid of everything but I was being lazy. When I learned that the makeup wipes are also damaging, I figured it was worth the extra time when I get home after work.

I started off with the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, it starts off thick but once you start massaging it onto dry skin it turns to oil and the makeup starts to slip away.

Toner will not fix all your problems

I was always under the impression that if my skin was acting up, using a good toner with some acid in it would clear it in a couple of days but that isn’t always the case. This is a good to use but not a need to use type of product. A toner can help restore the balance in your but can also strip your skin if you use one with strong chemical agents and scents.

I don’t like doing a full cleanse of my skin in the morning if I did a good job the night before. Instead, I like to use my Simple Soothing Facial Toner. It’s super gentle and made for sensitive skin meaning 0% alcohol. It’s a good start to remove excess oil but doesn’t reverse all the work from the creams and moisturizer I put on the night before.

Thinnest to Thickest

How to layer products always confused me and I never stuck to a single process. I keep my skincare to a minimum: mostly eye cream, moisturizer, and an SPF. Sometimes I will throw in an oil if I need extra TLC. Going from thinnest to thickest in product consistency will ensure that your skin is penetrated with all the nutrients from the light creams and serums, and then locked in by your thickest moisturizer, and topped off with an SPF.

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