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Musician Jhené Aiko Says Skincare Is the Greatest Form of Self-Love

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Singer-songwriter Jhené Aiko says taking care of her skin has been a transformative process, and has helped her love herself and (literally) feel more confident in her skin.

What is your nighttime skin routine?

I wash my face with Alastin gentle cleanser, then exfoliate with Lancer polish. I use a special blend seaweed toner before applying my serums and moisturizers. After my toner, I use IS Clinical Pro Heal. If I have a breakout, I also use IS Clinical Active serum as a spot treatment. 

I top that off with Circcell ABO serum face rejuvenation serum and Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil. I also take collagen and chlorophyll.  

How important is a good night’s sleep?

A good night’s sleep makes all the difference for me. I think getting enough sleep is just as important as having a good diet and exercise plan. When you are well rested, you benefit both mentally and physically.

With a busy schedule, how do you ensure you’re getting enough sleep?

I make sure to always get in a nap whenever I can. Even if I can’t drift off to sleep, I at least close my eyes and meditate to give my mind a rest, and my body a chance to relax.

What helps you fall asleep and stay asleep?

Chamomile and lavender tea, and melatonin help me fall asleep when I can’t. Reading a book in a warm bath with epsom salt and lavender oil helps also. I love to light Nag Champa incense or a candle. 

I turn on my cool mist humidifier and sometimes add lavender oil. I have a very comfy bed with silk sheets, silk pillowcases, and special pillows from my chiropractor. Once I fall asleep, it’s pretty easy for me to stay asleep because my bed is my favorite place in the world!

How important is it to prioritize high quality skin care products?

Quality skin care is very important to me. Quality means it is made from quality ingredients. It doesn’t always have to be expensive. There are lots of natural products that I use that you can find at any grocery store. Lavender oil, calendula oil, neem oil, and oatmeal are some of my favorites to use and mix in to different products, or to use when I have a specific skin concern. 

What tips and tricks do you have to maintain a youthful appearance?

A few years ago, I purchased a Kangen water machine that alkalizes your water. I use that water on my face as a toner throughout the day, and I drink the 9.5pH water. Staying hydrated keeps you looking young and fresh. 

Make sure to get lots of rest and eat as healthy as possible, not just for a youthful appearance, but for your overall mood and energy level. Blueberries are my favorite snack and they have lots of antioxidants. 

Never forget to wear sunscreen and reapply throughout the day. Limit sun exposure to about 20 minutes per day. Last but not least, meditation and breathing exercises really help reduce the stress that eventually starts to show up on our skin. 

You’re so outspoken about the importance of quality skincare. What advice do you have for someone struggling to find the right routine?

My advice would be to not give up! I tried so many things before I found my perfect routine. What works for one person may not work for the next, so it’s truly trial and error. Your best bet is to start off with products that are mild and natural. Do your research first and see a dermatologist.  

Obviously higher end treatments and products can come at a high cost, can you speak to why it’s worth the investment?

When you invest in skincare and skin treatments, you are essentially investing in yourself. There is nothing and no one more deserving of your investments than you! Some treatments and products may seem too expensive, but if they work for you, they are worth saving up to get. 

Skin is the human body’s largest organ, so it’s definitely worth taking care of it. In my opinion, taking care of your skin is essential in practicing self-love and self-care. 

You have such a busy schedule, do you have any tips for keeping up with a skin care on the go, especially while you’re traveling?

I have small, travel size containers that I fill up with my favorite products. That way when I’m traveling and on the go, I make sure I have all my products with me. 

How has prioritizing your skin care helped your self-image?

I used to have horrible breakouts. I would pick on my face and sleep in makeup. My skin routine was trash. I used to be so insecure about my face that I wouldn’t leave the house. I was afraid that everyone who was looking at me was staring at my bumps and scars. 

It took me years to realize that my skin was a direct reflection of how I was caring for myself. My diet sucked, I wasn’t exercising, and I had a very negative outlook on life and myself. Once I realized this, I started to really practice self care and everything changed, including my skin. 

Taking the time to find the right skincare routine was just a small part of the transformation that really had to start from within. I had to realize that I was worthy and capable of taking better care of myself first. 

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