Here with a very special post from Jaquelyn Nguyen, an ER Nurse working in NYC! First off, I want to thank Jaquelyn for all of the work she is doing on the front lines of COVID-19. I am so grateful to all of the healthcare workers who are tirelessly working every day.
Jaquelyn works 12+ hours in the ER and has to consistently wear a mask that ENTIRE time. She is here to share her new skincare routine that is helping her combat the changes happening to her skin underneath that mask. Below you will find the details or her routine PLUS links to all of the products she is using. If you have any questions for her, you can find her at @jaquienguyen.
THANK YOU, JAQUELYN!!
My Post Shift Skincare Routine by Jaquelyn Nguyen
In the ER, we are wearing a mask for 12+ hours during a shift. In the last few months, my skin has changed so drastically and now I feel like I have to reverse all the damage that’s been done to my skin. I have relatively normal skin, maybe more on the drier side. I would have the occasional break out, usually on my forehead or cheek, but otherwise I am pretty lucky to have great skin. I have always been pretty meticulous about my skincare, but in the last couple months I have had to add a lot more products to my routine to help with moisturizing, spot treating and exfoliating.
In the beginning, I found that with the added stress of our “new normal”, in addition to always wearing a mask, I was breaking out consistently on my chin and my cheeks. Some of the breakouts were cystic, very painful and deep, others were more superficial which were easier to treat. This left me with a lot of dark spots/scarring, so you’ll see I have a lot of Vitamin C and acids in my skincare routine.
The addition I made to my skincare routine was adding a morning cleanser (I used to just wash my face with warm water). I added a toner and eye oil for added moisture. I started using hydrating sheet masks and sleeping masks almost every day (especially on the days I exfoliate or use a clay mask). But my favorite addition to my routine was the Herbivore Prism exfoliating mask. I usually use this at the end of my work week (usually three 12-hour shifts a week) for a deep exfoliation from the grime accumulating under the mask the last 3 days. It has helped so much with lightening my scars around my chin and my skin texture has improved a ton! I would recommend this for anyone that needs help with lightening scars and is looking for a chemical exfoliator.
Now, I feel like my skin is starting to return to normal. I wear less makeup, but have invested a lot more in skincare products. Which honestly, I don’t mind. I love doing my skincare routine, especially at the end of a long shift. It’s usually when I reflect on my day and clear my mind so I can sleep and get ready for my next shift at the hospital (or ease into the weekend!).
- Cleansing oil: Innisfree Hydrating Cleansing Oil
- I massage a pump of this cleansing oil at night to help breakdown makeup and any debris picked up from the day.
- Morning cleanser: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser
- This a super gentle cleanser I use only in the morning. I had to add this to my routine since I was experiencing a lot more breakouts.
- Night cleanser: Innisfree Tangerine Brightening & Pore-Refining Cleanser
- This is a thicker, foaming cleanser that I use at night because it really cleans my pores. And it smells amazing!
- Morning toner: Innisfree Dewy Glow Toner with Jeju Cherry Blossom
- This is a light, water-based toner, that I use during the day to help plump up my skin.
- Night toner: Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner
- I use this toner at night since it contains acids, and I don’t mix that with Vitamin C. It is super light and smells amazing. It also has hyaluronic acid which keeps my skin hydrated throughout the night.
- Serum: Ole Henriksen Vitamin C Serum
- I use the Vitamin C serum during the daytime to combat any free radicals picked up during the day.
- Serum: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid
- I use the hyaluronic acid twice a day, to help keep my skin hydrated since it gets really dry from using a mask for 12+ hours a day.
- Eye care: The Ordinary Caffeine Solution
- I use this first before the eye cream since it is really light and the caffeine helps de-puff my eyes and reduce the appearance of my dark circles.
- Morning eye cream: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream
- This eye cream contains Vitamin C to help brighten my dark under eye circles that is partly genetic, partly because I work nightshift.
- Night eye cream: Fresh Hydrating Eye Gel Cream
- I like to use hydrating creams/eye creams at night to help replenish the moisture in my skin.
- Eye care: Kora Organics Eye Oil
- I use the eye oil after the serum and cream to lock in the moisture. The eye oil comes in a rollerball packaging and has the cooling/de-puffing effect when you put it on your eye area.
- Face oil: Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil
- I use this on nights my skin is particularly dry or if I have freshly exfoliated. If I am having a lot of active breakouts, I try not to use it as much because the oil can be a bit heavy on my skin.
- Morning moisturizer: Ole Henriksen C-Rush Brightening Gel Cream
- LOVE this gel cream. It’s super light but also hydrating.
- Night time moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre
- I love use this as my night cream because it is really thick and locks in all the toner/serums I use.
- SPF: Innisfree Daily UV Defense Sunscreen SPF
- SPF is a must every day!
- Spot treatment: Peace Out Acne Stickers
- I recently discovered the Peace Out Acne Stickers during this time when I was breaking out a lot. I would put a sticker on an active break out (usually on my chin) and under the mask. I felt like it was really minimizing the acne, instead of the mask making it worse! This product is a must have!
- Spot treatment: Clean & Clear Salicylic Acid 2%
- Exfoliator: Herbivore Prism 20% AHA + 5% BHA
- I usually use this at the end of my work week (usually three 12-hour shifts a week) for a deep exfoliation from the grime accumulating under the mask the last 3 days. It has helped so much with lightening my scars around my chin and my skin texture has improved a ton! I would recommend this for anyone that needs help with lightening scars and is looking for a chemical exfoliator.
I use various masks depending on what my skin needs. Clay masks when I feel a break-out coming, hydrating sheet masks when it feels dry, or vitamin C masks when my skin feels really dull.
- Mask: Innisfree Sheet Masks
- Mask: Dr. Jart Sheet Mask