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  • - Hey there, it's Sonequa Martin-Green.

  • Let's get ready to go to bed.

  • What'd you say?

  • (upbeat music)

  • So, here we are.

  • I have washed my hands, I have brushed my teeth.

  • It's time to get started.

  • And I'm gonna put these on because I cannot stand

  • when the water drips down your arms, I can't stand it.

  • It feels so gross to me, it always has.

  • And I got the wacky idea to use wristbands

  • and it keeps it from happening, it's amazing.

  • I used to approach skincare from

  • an obligatory kind of burdened place.

  • I would dread it even and because of that,

  • there would be many times where I would just skip it.

  • I would avoid it.

  • I recently in the last couple of years,

  • decided to change that.

  • And I realized that I really needed to engage

  • in my skincare and use this time to languish, you know.

  • It's also a nice moment that I have with my husband,

  • a lot of times it'll be the time where we really

  • get together at the end of the day, you know.

  • Let's get into the skincare, let's get into the regimen.

  • How about that?

  • Okay, so the first thing I'm gonna do is oil cleanse.

  • I firmly believe in the double cleanse.

  • And so I start with an oil cleanse

  • and I use Dermalogica Pre cleanse, that's it right there.

  • So I have super oily skin,

  • so oily y'all, so oily, and it was acne prone,

  • when I was younger,

  • I realized now that it was because I just, you know,

  • I wasn't taking care of it.

  • Moisturizer, like what was that?

  • I didn't use moisturizer and I was not eating well.

  • Most of the time, it was two kinds of food.

  • It was soul food and fast food, okay.

  • And so my already oily skin was going crazy.

  • And I'm gonna tell you something and don't judge me,

  • but this is gonna let you know what was really going on.

  • But when I was a kid,

  • there were times where I would look down

  • and see that my elbows and my knees were ashy.

  • I was straight up like shlouck off, shlouck,

  • okay, I just made the word up,

  • but we're gonna go with it.

  • I would shlouck off the oil from my forehead

  • and put it on my elbows and my knees.

  • That's crazy and that's gross.

  • I found Proactive when I was in college,

  • which was great for the time.

  • But then I stumbled across Dermalogica.

  • Once I got married and we actually went on

  • this skincare journey together, my husband and I,

  • and so Dermalogica completely changed

  • the identity of my skin.

  • But what it really was is that I was just finally taking

  • care of my skin and using quality products, right?

  • So I'm gonna go over my eyes

  • and I'm not gonna open my eyes again,

  • 'cause otherwise they might get a little irritated.

  • And the great thing is that I love this

  • because the way it emulsifies, it's just so lovely.

  • And I'm gonna keep my eyes closed.

  • (water running)

  • Usually it's quick.

  • And now I'm just gonna tap my eyes dry,

  • and not dry anything else

  • 'cause I'm going right into my next cleanser,

  • which is the Ultra calming Cleanser from Dermalogica.

  • I realized that I needed a really gentle cleanser

  • after the oil and just because my skin is sensitive.

  • So this is a nice gel and it's quite velvety.

  • So again, I'm gonna be very gentle

  • and not keep it on my skin for very long

  • Oh the brows, the brows are gone.

  • Too much plucking when I was a teenager

  • and I was a lot of folk story.

  • I like to be very slow because go, go, go, go,

  • go, go, go, go, go, go, I go all the time.

  • And I'm a quite high energy person.

  • I have to force myself to slow down, like slow down Sonequa.

  • Okay, and now I'm just gonna tap.

  • I love these cloths, I just found out about them,

  • they're from a company called Clear Skin Club.

  • I used to use a microfiber towel, right here actually.

  • But this company is really cool.

  • It's 100% organic, 100% biodegradable.

  • But what really got me was in their advertisements,

  • they were talking about the bacteria that sits

  • on your towels and just breeds.

  • And I was like (gags).

  • (chuckles)

  • And then they really got me because on the website,

  • it says that they, for every order they plant a tree.

  • So I said, okay, I'm using y'all.

  • So the next thing I'm gonna do

  • is I'm gonna go in with

  • the Biossance Squalane and Hyaluronic Mist

  • because what I want in my nighttime routine is hydration,

  • hydration, hydration, hydration, and moisture, of course.

  • And so anti-aging stuff too.

  • I'm gonna do a lot of spritzes, but I'm telling you,

  • I have to 'cause it's super, it's a super fine mist.

  • And I'm gonna go in and tell you my next step,

  • because since it does dissolve so quickly,

  • I like to go directly in with my next step,

  • which is the COSRX Snail Mucin Essence.

  • And we'll talk about it in a second,

  • 'cause it's quite a thing, this snail mucin.

  • All right, so here we go.

  • (sprays mist)

  • Two pumps, like that.

  • I didn't really learn a ton of skincare tricks

  • and stuff from my mom or my dad.

  • Although I did learn the necessity

  • of exfoliation from my mom.

  • She used to use these pads, these buffer pads.

  • And I used to love like sneaking in

  • and like using her buff pads.

  • This is gonna sound strange,

  • but I don't like to exfoliate at night,

  • I like to exfoliate in the day.

  • I can't do the physical exfoliants.

  • My skin is just, it just don't.

  • I have to do the chemical exfoliants

  • and it has to be gentle at that.

  • But I like to do it in the day

  • because it makes my skin feel energized.

  • What I'm gonna do now, after that essence

  • is this NIOD Multilocular Hyaluronic Complex.

  • Because hydration is what I'm looking for,

  • I wanna get all of that in there and then lock it in.

  • Boop, boop, boop, boop.

  • So I just had a baby and so I had a very minimal routine

  • while I was pregnant, especially in the last trimester.

  • I would straight up just, you know,

  • a lot of times I would just use Bioderma Micellar Water

  • and then throwing oil on there,

  • or throw a quick like moisturizer.

  • My skin was quite glowy and whatnot from being pregnant.

  • And so now that I am coming back to

  • a more extensive routine, I am missing retinol

  • and retinoids, I was using that very, very amazing

  • ingredient earlier, before I got pregnant.

  • And then I had to stop.

  • 'cause of course it's not pregnancy safe

  • and it's not even nursing safe either.

  • A retinol is so important in an anti-aging routine.

  • And it's like the champions.

  • If I were to rate 'em, it would be like sunscreen,

  • hyaluronic acid, retinol.

  • And the snail mucin is really fascinating to me

  • 'cause that's also something that I just found.

  • I have a lot of respect for Korean skincare.

  • In general, I appreciate where nature meets science

  • with skincare, with the snail mucin, you know,

  • COSRX, they're very, of course it's cruelty free,

  • but they put the snails in such a comfortable environment

  • and it's this nice dark room and the snails

  • just walk across this mansion

  • and the mucin that they leave behind,

  • it's harvested, which I think it's dope.

  • So my last step with my dry face (chuckles)

  • is this Elemis Pro Collagen Oxygen Night Cream.

  • There it is.

  • Now, I love it, it's a lovely occlusive.

  • It's so thick and luxurious and velvety.

  • I really do feel, I feel like I can feel the oxygenation.

  • No one has a Mediterranean allergy.

  • And then when finally take something down to my chest.

  • I know it's all one thing, right?

  • Now, not quite done yet.

  • Done with like the products on the skin.

  • But now what I'm gonna do is exfoliate my lips.

  • So now my lips are so dry, all the time.

  • Like, no matter what I do, no matter how much water I drink,

  • I could drink a gallon a day and the lips are still dry.

  • So yeah, I use this scrub, it's from Handmade Heroes.

  • It's the Ultra Sexy Scrub.

  • So I take this lip exfoliating brush

  • and just get a little bit of the scrub

  • and take it across my lips.

  • And I gotta do it, I gotta do it neatly.

  • 'Cause I don't wanna get in the way of the yummy stuff

  • on the skin, around my lips, right?

  • So I just (mumbles) in circles.

  • You know, another thing that I don't do at night

  • that I do during the day,

  • which might seem backwards, is an eye cream.

  • I don't think an eye cream is just like necessary.

  • But I like to use the ones that have like

  • waking up properties.

  • You know, that energize and brighten

  • and de-puff and all that good stuff,

  • because that's always super helpful when you're getting up,

  • you know, before the sun to work.

  • Okay, so now that I've done that

  • and I take another one of those handy dandy

  • biodegradable cloths, and I'm gonna wipe it off.

  • That scrub taste good. (chuckles)

  • And now I'm gonna use this lip mask from Laneige.

  • Now I feel like I could do this all day,

  • rubbing it in.

  • I'm gonna sit here like, (sighs).

  • So now, last thing, I can take these off.

  • Okay, so now this last thing is,

  • I've got my Jade roller here.

  • It was soaking in ice water and I'm gonna get into

  • some facial massage, a little lymphatic drainage.

  • Yes I am.

  • And this is really the moment in the regimen

  • when I can relax and languish and pray, honestly.

  • It's good prayer time, for me.

  • Yeah, so I go to the temple drainage points first

  • and then I go down to the ones that are here.

  • Hmm, it feels so good.

  • And then, turn it over. (sighs)

  • And then I'm just gonna come and take this down.

  • That's it, 'cause I can keep going,

  • but we're gonna stop there.

  • Now the absolute last thing that I do is I just hit my hair.

  • I use this Carol's Daughter Almond Milk

  • Leave-In Conditioner, black owned company.

  • I have a lot of black owned hair products

  • and I'm always, always in the market

  • for more black owned products across the board.

  • And so I just spritz my hair with this.

  • (sprays mist)

  • Just give it a little moisture before bed.

  • Since it is so short, I don't wrap it anymore,

  • I just, you know, the silk pillowcase does the trick.

  • And just rub it in, rub it through, rub it through.

  • (sighs)

  • And that's it, that's it.

  • This was so much fun, it was so much fun hanging out,

  • going through my nighttime regimen.

  • This was a lovely moment, right?

  • Thank you for engaging with me.

  • And I hope you have a good night's sleep.

  • You're probably gonna get more sleep than I will.

  • That's okay, it's more than worth it,

  • it's more than worth it, one day I'll sleep again.

  • But I am gonna go get in bed at least,

  • 'cause it's late, so I hope you have a good night.

  • (blows kiss)

- Hey there, it's Sonequa Martin-Green.