August 2020 – Khaosongkum

Women in Male-Dominated Industries Share Their Experience






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Unfortunately, our reality as women is that we still face workplace challenges—from irritating man-splaining to overt sexual harassment—that men simply don’t need to think about or learn how to deal with. While nobody should ever have to deal with them, the issues are magnified for women working in male-dominated industries.

From “bro-culture” to assumptions that you don’t know how to do your job based on your gender, women working in these fields go to work every day already saddled with the task of proving their worth and abilities—a weight their male colleagues do not bear.

What can we do about this problem? Shine a light on it. Encourage women to speak out against these circumstances and to demand equal treatment (and pay). Here at The Everygirl, we want to be part of this movement. So we asked women working in male-dominated fields to reach out to us with their stories and their advice. We were blown away by their responses and hope our readers are similarly affected. Thank you to each and every woman who shared her story with us. We are honored to host your words.

 

Real women on their day-to-day experiences

 





Source: Social Squares

 

On dealing with the pay gap

I wonder if I get paid as much as my coworkers that are in similar positions as me, and I then wonder how I even broach the subject of pay inequality with my supervisor and manager.

— Jill, Environmental Engineering

 

On the added pressure of working under a microscope

It is very difficult to shake the feeling of always being under a microscope. In military aviation, pilots are constantly evaluated in all that we do—training flights, squadron presentations, you name it. Being one of just five female pilots in a squadron of 200+, my performance is highlighted since I stand out. I sometimes interact with men who have never worked or flown with a female pilot before, and that puts added pressure on me to make a good impression. I feel like if I do well, those men will have a positive impression of female pilots, but if I mess up, they will project my mistake onto female aviators as a whole.

— Caitlin, Pilot  

 





 

I want to preface this by saying that I love my male coworkers and most of the challenges I face come from dealing with those outside of the venue, but there are challenges I face that my colleagues don’t—simply because they are men.

I have to show up to work with a game face on every day and every night. When I’m inside the four walls of the venue, I have to prove that I am capable and deserve to be in my place of work to the men passing through—bands, managers, engineers, male customers—whereas that respect is inherently earned by my male colleagues. I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve been called “sweetie” and “honey” or been treated like I’m not in a leadership role (double whammy for being female and looking much younger than I actually am—not complaining about that one!). The look on men’s faces when I tell them I’m the manager is sometimes surprise, sometimes embarrassment. I’ve started to bite the bullet and introduce myself with my title as soon as the band loads in. The fact that I have to do that and my male coworkers don’t will never stop annoying me, but I would rather state my role and earn that respect right off the bat than have to fight an uphill battle all night.

— Kristen, Music Industry 

 

On the assumption that you “don’t understand” how to do your job

The biggest challenge by far is men doubting your knowledge of the games and athletes. Many assume you don’t understand the rules of specific sports or that you aren’t familiar with certain athletes. Trust me, I wouldn’t be working here if I didn’t have a solid understanding of the material because I wouldn’t be interested in it. 

— Olivia, Sports Advertising & Sales

 

I’ve faced challenges with men in this field externally and internally assuming that I (as a woman) do not know how to operate power tools properly, which, in fact, is part of my job. In reality, I know how to operate more tools than the average male and actually use power tools in my personal life for many DIY projects as well. So it can be frustrating to be automatically pegged as not being knowledgeable in this field due to my gender, especially when it directly relates to the success of my job. I feel that I have to fight twice as hard as my male counterparts to gain credibility in this field.

— Jenny, Power Tools Marketing

 

A lot of men in finance assume they know more about investing than women. It is blatantly obvious and always upsetting. At one point, a male coworker approached my desk red-faced and raising his voice because I corrected a particular statistic he was frequently using in his sales pitch, which caused an embarrassingly huge scene in the office where he attempted to belittle my intelligence in front of several coworkers. I can’t imagine the same reaction if it had been a male coworker.  

— Ella, Financial Services Industry

 

One thing I did notice is in the beginning, [my male coworkers] constantly asked if I needed help with jobs. It was frustrating at first, but it gave me all the more reason to show them that I was able to do the job just as well, if not better, than they could. In fact, because I had the smallest hands out of all of them, I was able to get into places under the hood that they couldn’t and change light bulbs that they couldn’t get to. After about a month, it was them asking me for help, which definitely felt like I’d earned their respect as a mechanic.

— Kate, Automotive Industry

 

On dealing with the outdated “boys’ club” mentality

There are hurdles for women when it comes to being promoted to leadership positions. Unfortunately, going for beers and golfing with the boss is still a way to promote oneself, and women often do not fit in with this “buddy, buddy” type method of promotion.

— Emma, Environmental Scientist

 

I think the biggest challenge is the “boys’ club” mentality. It’s one thing to say that there is a glass ceiling for women, but it’s an added challenge when you are also dealing with a boys’ club and not fitting in because you’re a woman. It creates a tough work dynamic in addition to contributing to your stalled career progression. 

— Kelly, Athletics Industry

 





 

On “man-terruptions”

One of the most prominent challenges that I face on the daily is what I refer to as “man-terruptions.” This normally occurs during meetings when a man and a woman start talking at the same time. I have noticed that almost always the woman will stop prior to the man and the man will continue on. I have also noticed that if a man says one thing and a woman says the same thing, it is the man who is remembered for stating whatever it was rather than a woman. It’s small challenges like this that aggravate me, and maybe because I work with an older, male-driven field, I notice these occurrences more and more.

— Alexis, IT

 

On the lack of respect from co-workers, clients, or customers

It has been challenging to earn respect as an expert from the customers and to relate to them. A lot of customers initially were willing to work with me for the “novelty” of working with a female. It took hustle to surmount the vertical learning curve and get the men around me to respect my position, my leadership, and my opinion.

— Christina, Commercial Plumbing

 

Especially in health care, there tends to be an omnipresent sentiment (from both other men in the field and from patients) that when you step into an operating room, you will be seen by a male. The most frequent comment I get is, “Well, I’ve never had a female dentist before.” Especially as a young, female practitioner, patients tend to think you’re the assistant or hygienist. Although by now, I take this with a grain of salt, there is the constant feeling that you need to prove yourself in this male-dominated field and earn the same respect as your male colleagues.

— Caris, Dentist

 

One of the most common challenges I’ve faced is being seen as an authority figure equal with my that of my male coworkers. It seems that men are seen as the “natural leaders.” This often causes people to look right past me, a female, as a capable leader in a position of authority.

— Emily, Youth Ministry

 

It’s extremely surprising how people look at you differently based on your appearance. Like, if I wear a dress to a video shoot people start actually acting as if I am less capable of working a camera.

— Kelsey, College Athletics

 

On derogatory language

I have been called a “bitch” more than once by men who (must) think the answers I give to their questions were inadequate. I’m sure that it will happen again. As a woman in a man’s industry, I have learned so much about myself over the past two years, and I have learned far more about men and the social constructs that older men grew up with and continue to blindly follow.

— Christina, Commercial Plumbing

 

There were multiple situations where drivers or even managers would make comments about things like me needing a boyfriend, how I needed to “get laid” or “be spanked,” male coworkers discussed going to strip clubs/breastaurants (Hooters, Twin Peaks—where they actually took me once), and even situations where our HR department told me I couldn’t file complaints about things like that because I had said the word f**k before.

— Allie, Logistics & Supply Train

 

On inappropriate and unwanted physical touch

I have had the unfortunate experience of being spoken down to, been called a “gal,” had my work not taken seriously, had my shoulders rubbed, and had my hair caressed. It’s tricky when you are only 24 years old and have just started at a firm that is male-dominated. What are you supposed to do in this situation?

— Ashwini, Accounting

 

Real women’s advice on how to deal with it

 





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Speak up, speak up, speak up

My advice is simple: If you are uncomfortable with something, voice your opinion. Do not be afraid that the office is male-dominated—you work hard and have every right to speak up. Stand up for yourself and demand respect (in a professional way, of course).

— Ashwini, Accounting

 

I have also learned throughout the years that speaking up is so important. I used to keep my mouth shut, even when I had an idea or I disagreed. Now, I will never let myself go unheard, and that confidence has been instrumental in building my credibility. Confidence is important when it comes to promotions as well. I know what I deserve, and I am not afraid to ask for it.

— Emma, Environmental Scientist

 

I’ve been very strategic in explaining these moments to my male colleagues. They have started noticing it and have been helpful in redirecting questions. My colleagues have also been intentional about giving me credit when credit is due. My strategy has also included being out in the tech community so people start recognizing who I am and that I’m an authority in the bootcamp field. I’ve started speaking at conferences and challenging myself to approach high-level executives during conferences and networking meetings. In essence, I’ve rallied people around me who can stand up for me, and I’ve also decided to approach my field with boldness.

— Julia, IT

 

My male co-workers are super receptive, and I communicate with them often about how it feels to be a female in this industry. Knowledge is power. No one is going to understand the female perspective if we don’t explain how specific situations in the workplace make us feel underscored, less than, or powerless. Some will say that “sharing our feelings” isn’t the right route to take, but I wholeheartedly disagree. If I feel like I didn’t get a word in edgewise during a meeting, I have no problem sharing that with my colleagues after said meeting. Yes, there’s a time and place for it, but we need to be a voice and an advocate for ourselves. If we don’t have those candid conversations about our positions in the workplace from time to time, no one will ever understand our point of view, and we won’t make progress.

Lastly, and maybe most importantly, be an advocate and a sounding board for other women in male-dominated industries. If we’re going to overcome these challenges, we need to build each other up, celebrate our wins, and share our stories to empower one another.

— Kristen, Music Industry

 

Cultivate (or create!) a support system

Here in Chicago, my female co-workers and I are also a part of a group called Women in Chicago Sports. This group is fairly new, but it is comprised of the women working in the various sports TV/advertising offices as well as all of the Chicago pro sports front offices. We are all in this together, and it is a great feeling to have such a large support system not only within my company but my city as well.

— Olivia, Sports Advertising & Sales

 

You can’t second-guess yourself. I try to make sure that I learn as much as I can and understand that having a female perspective is important. It’s been a lifesaver to meet up with other female music journalists and have that support and know that we’re all going through the same things.

— Emily, Music Journalism

 

To overcome challenges that might arise from working in a male-dominated field, I recommend women help out other women! And if you’re the only woman—a situation I’ve been in before—find some like-minded men and align yourself with them. 

— Hope, U.S. Army

 

Find a professional group that will support you and offers professional development support. For me, that has been Society of Women Engineers. In college, it was Engineers Without Borders. I have found that it is important to have a perspective of why you do what you do. When you have a tough day, having a purpose outside of work will get you through. 

— Jill, Environmental Engineering

 

Try not to view other women as competitors. In some industries, it’s easy to fall into this because there are so few of us, and we’re all trying to get to the top. Most of the time, this means that women see a finite number of spots at that level for us, so the automatic feeling when we meet a new female colleague (especially if she’s good) is that we are threatened. Harboring this antagonistic feeling toward a colleague will do you absolutely no good. Instead, focus on you. What you’ll learn is that some of these women may turn out to be your biggest advocates and supporters.

— Laura, Athletics Industry 

 





 

Work your a** off, take pride in what you do, and remember why you started.

The best advice I can give is to work your ass off every day, especially if you’re new to the job, and, eventually, no one will be questioning your ability to do the job in a male-dominated field. You will probably be working harder than the men around you for quite a while, which is an unfortunate reality, but women are continually making great strides in the workplace, and I have faith that one day it won’t even be a question that a woman can do any job just as well (or better) than a man.

— Ella, Financial Services Industry

 

You have to toot your own horn. I used to think that my work product would speak for itself; if I was smart and hard-working, I would be rewarded by the universe. This is not the case. If you do something great but don’t tell anyone that is responsible for your career development, you may as well have not done that amazing thing. Look for tactful ways to promote your work. I used Twitter as a way to talk to my association’s members about what I was doing on their behalf, I would send emails to my boss and the board of directors to convey big wins and highlight my work, and I asked for two minutes at important meetings to update other departments on successes.

— Amy, Lobbyist

 

Don’t lose your confidence!

My advice to others working in a similar field would be to never lose your confidence. The second you start second-guessing yourself is the second that you fail. If you don’t believe in yourself in a male-dominated field, then it’s going to be nearly impossible to make others believe in you too. Never stop fighting the good fight and learn as much as you can to prove them all wrong.

— Jenny, Marketing Power Tools

 

First and foremost, I work very hard to be good at my job. I am far from perfect, but when I do have slip-ups, I try to actively fight my first instinct to feel guilty for making all female pilots “look bad.” If I’m the one who made the mistake, that should reflect on me—no one else. If someone thinks otherwise, that’s on them.

— Caitlin, Pilot

 

I’ve surprised myself by watching my confidence grow. I used to work as an EA (also known as a secretary), and when I finally got promoted and promoted again after years of hard work, I would still have days where that stupid little voice inside says, “You should have just stayed where you belong.” But f**k that voice. That voice isn’t the real me, and instead of listening to her, I just look at the facts: Am I good at my job? Yes. Can I run circles around the men in my office? Yes. Did I kill that last creative review? Yes. Am I lesser-than in any way? No.

— Alice, 3D Production

 

I wish I could say that these challenges don’t bother me and that I bounce back and am unfazed, but that isn’t always the case. There are days where things can really affect me and my confidence takes a hit. Those are the days where I need my girlfriends and a little bit more of that bottle of wine in my kitchen. On the flip side of this, there are days where I take those discouragements and turn them into motivation. Those are the days where I impress myself. I think this happens for women in all types of fields.

— Taylor, Car Sales

 

I try to remember and understand that the most important reason I’m in my role is to provide a unique perspective. I must embrace my perspective, and, most importantly, I must unapologetically share my perspective. Your perspective is why you were selected for the role and why you are getting paid—share it!

— Kerhyl, Athletics Industry

 

 

Editors’ Note: If you have or currently are experiencing sexual harassment at work, read this guide on the next steps you can take in that situation. Not sure if it’s sexual harassment? See this list of common examples. 

 

A Lesson From the French on How to Rest Well During Summertime

A view of the Eiffel Tower from behind a tree

It’s difficult to put into words what summertime means in France. An analogy that seems fitting is to compare summer in France to a finely aged wine. The French work hard all year to harvest the fruit of their labor, but when it comes to summer vacation, they know that, like an aged bottle of red, the secret to excellence is allowing time, rest and stillness to do the work. So let’s learn the French way to do summer—by taking time to relish in the abundance and harvest of the year through true rest. 

As a lover of California sunshine, living abroad in France for four years gave me a new understanding of summer as I faced my first dark, cold and damp winter in Paris. The short days and crowded metros made me crave space and light. Springtime in Paris was an emotional rollercoaster as weather was unpredictable and thunderstorms would interrupt pique-niques and plans.

The French do not live to work. They work to live. Even embedded within the language, the verb “être” (to be) is often used more than “faire” (to do). Daily life in the summer is centered on being not merely doing. Summers are not just for kids on break from school, but the entire society celebrates and savors all that summer has to offer. 

The French do not live to work. They work to live.

Summer Solstice, June 21, is welcomed with a national music festival called La Fête de La Musique. The festival originated in the 1980’s when the Minister of Culture desired to bring people and music to the streets. 

By allowing amateurs and professionals to play without permits, cost or noise restrictions at the festival, all genres of music are made accessible to the public. On the longest day of the year, everyone celebrates life with a 24-hour nationwide party. In Paris, all you need to do is walk for a few blocks and you will stumble on elderly couples dancing in the streets, punk-rock youth blasting their protests, classical quartets lining cafés and children, always at the front line of any crowd, soaking in the sounds and experience of music. 

This annual festival is just a debut of all France has to offer for the summer months. All year long you hear the French dream and discuss plans for “les vacances.” Embedded in French culture is the value of time for rest more than the grind of work and capitalism. 

Embedded in French culture is the value of time for rest more than the grind of work and capitalism. 

The government by law requires full-time workers to take at least five weeks vacation, on top of public holidays throughout the year. By August, most shops are closed for the month with handwritten notes from owners explaining “on est en vacances.” We are on vacation and will reopen in September. 

The French summer is unlike any other. Located in the heart of Europe, the geography of France allows for easy access to travel and weekend trips to new cultures and countries. All you have to do is hop on a south-bound train and you will be at the seaside in a matter of hours. 

The longer days, full feasts of delicious seasonal food, time spent with family and a nation-wide pause on work allow for a restoration of the soul of humanity. This summer, may we also learn to pause and let time and rest do its work in usmaking us like a fine wine full of flavor and life.

How good are you about prioritizing rest? Why is this so important?

Image via Coco Tran, Darling Issue No. 19

The Correct Order to Apply Your Skincare Products

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Regardless of the number of products in your skincare routine, if you’re not a dermatologist or expert, figuring out how to actually make sure all of these products work involves a little bit of research. Daily skincare routines include several steps, and it can be a little confusing as to what goes on top of what and which ingredients shouldn’t be applied together.

We’re demystifying the proper steps and applications of various products and giving a few basic no-nos when it comes to combining certain ingredients, but we urge you to be mindful of the active ingredients in the products you already own. Should your hydrating serum and vitamin C serum be applied together? Well, that depends on their main ingredients. This article will help you know what to look out for.

 

Meet the expert
Dr. Cynthia Bailey M.D.
BOARD-CERTIFIED DERMATOLOGIST, FOUNDER OF DR. BAILEY SKIN CARE
Dr. Cynthia Bailey is a practicing board-certified dermatologist based in California and the founder of Dr. Bailey Skin Care. She focuses on skincare routines, skin issues, and more.

 

The Basics

Why is how you layer your skincare even important? It all comes down to absorption. “Layering your skin products in the right order helps you get the most out of your routine; you want maximal percutaneous absorption of important active ingredients,” said Cynthia Bailey, M.D., board certified dermatologist and founder of Dr. Bailey Skin Care. “Applying a product that blocks others from getting through your skin will be a frustrating waste of time and money.”

When it comes to the proper order of application of products, you typically want to go from thin to thick. “Always apply water-based products before oil-based products and try to layer thinner texture water-based products before thicker/creamier/oily containing products,” Dr. Bailey said. The viscosity of your products determines how they’re absorbed into your skin. If you apply a watery serum after you’ve already layered on a cream or lotion, you are not receiving the full benefits of the thinner product because it’s not able to penetrate the skin with something else so thick underneath. This foundational principle has some exceptions that we’ll cover, namely when it comes to eye creams, eye serums, and retinol.

The proper application of products also differs between night and day applications, as you won’t be using the same products each time. “Ideally you want a twice-a-day AM/PM skincare routine separated by about 12 hours or so,” Dr. Bailey added. While some products are best applied at night (like retinol) or in the morning (antioxidants like vitamin C), your routine will generally look similar, always starting with cleanser. 

According to Dr. Bailey, the proper skincare routine involves: 

  1. Cleanser
  2. Correcting products (like retinol, AHA/BHA, and other products meant to improve current skin issues)
  3. Hydrating products (serums and moisturizer)
  4. Protecting products (sunscreen)

Here, we’re breaking down just how to organize your routine. 

 





Source: Danielle Moss

 

What Order to Apply Your Skincare Products in the Morning

 

Step 1: Oil Cleanser

Note that if you aren’t using a facial oil in your nighttime routine, then oil cleansing in the morning isn’t always necessary. However, if you have dry skin, using an oil cleanser instead of a gel or milky cleanser in the morning might be a better alternative. It will hydrate your skin while getting rid of any products or sweat from the night before.

 

DHC

Deep Cleansing Oil

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Neutrogena

Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover

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Step 2: Micellar Water

Cleanse with either a water-based cleanser or do a micellar water rinse by saturating a cotton pad with pure micellar water and sweeping it all over your face and neck.

 

Garnier

Micellar Cleansing Water

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Bioderma

Makeup Remover

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Step 3: Hydrating Toner and Essences

To keep your skin supple and hydrated, use a hydrating toner or essence while your skin is still damp from the micellar water. The key to a hydrated, plump complexion is layers of moisture, so we’ll start with this step: Apply your toner or essence with your hands and pat it into the skin. 

Pacifica

Hydrating Milk Tonic

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Sunday Riley

Firming Resurfacing Essence

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Step 4: Treatment Serums and Ampoules

The typical treatment serum used in daytime skincare is a vitamin C serum, but no matter what types of serums you use, just make sure that the most potent active ingredient goes on first. To save time, I’d recommend a Vitamin C serum combined with hyaluronic acid so you don’t have to spend time layering in the early morning. But if you do choose to layer serums, always apply the hydrating serum after the treatment serum.

 

Hyper Skin

Brightening Vitamin C Serum

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Glow Recipe

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

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Step 5: Eye Cream or Eye Serums

The skin under your eyes is the thinnest on your face, so your eye-specific products need to go on before any heavier moisturizers.

Biossance

Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream

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OLEHENRIKSEN

Banana Bright Eye Crème

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Step 6: Moisturizer

There’s no such thing as skin that’s too moisturized, but if you struggle with heavy moisturizer under makeup, consider a gel consistency or a light lotion.

Neutrogena

Hydro Boost Gel-Cream

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Tatcha

The Dewy Skin Cream

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Step 7: SPF

“Sunscreen typically sits on top of your skin or penetrates just into the superficial layers of dead cells,” Dr. Bailey said. This is why you always finish your routine with sunscreen between 30 and 50 SPF. Look for a milky essence consistency or a serum style sunscreen to avoid white cast or caking makeup.

Black Girl Sunscreen

Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

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SuperGoop!

Sunscreen SPF 40

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What Order to Apply Your Skincare Products at Night

For nighttime skincare, you need to consider whether or not you want to incorporate a retinol in your routine. Retinol can be a little daunting, so read our full rundown on it here. Nighttime skincare is the time for more serious treatments like retinol and other photosensitizing AHAs like glycolic and lactic acids because a lot of these active ingredients break down in sunlight.

If you want to use both an AHA and retinol, it’s best to alternate their application. Use retinol one night and your AHA the next, and so on, but be careful and go slow because these ingredients are known to cause irritation when you first start them. A typical nighttime skincare routine will look relatively similar to a daytime routine with a few minor tweaks.

 

Step 1: Oil Cleanser

An oil cleanser is always necessary at night, as you will be removing makeup, SPF, environmental pollutants, and the sebum your skin produced during the day. You can use an oil cleanser or a cleansing balm depending on your preferences. 

Good Molecules

Cleansing Balm

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Biossance

Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil

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Step 2: Gel or Milky Cleanser

To make sure all of the oily residue from your cleansing oil/balm is removed and that your skin is totally clear of makeup, dirt, and oil, opt for a gel or milky cleanser. Gel is great for combination/oily skin or acne-prone skin, while a milky cleanser will clean skin without stripping away all of the moisture on dry skin types. 

The Ordinary

Squalane Cleanser

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Avène

Cleanance Cleansing Gel

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Step 3: Hydrating Toner or Liquid Exfoliator

You can use the same toner or essence you used in the morning to hydrate your skin and prepare it for any of the harsh acid ingredients or retinoids you might use next. You can also use a liquid exfoliant with AHA or BHA during this step. Make sure to not use any other acids in your evening routine and follow this step with a hydrating moisturizer.

The Ordinary

Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

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Paula’s Choice

2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

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Step 4: AHA/BHA or Retinol

If you used an exfoliator in the last step, skip this one. This is where retinol and AHAs start to come into play. Using AHAs and BHAs at the same time as retinol can be irritating depending on your skin type, so we recommend alternating nights or using AHA/BHA products in the morning and retinol at night to limit irritation. If you aren’t using retinol, this is where you might opt for a glycolic or lactic acid serum or mask that will exfoliate your skin overnight. If retinol is a little too strong for your skin, try a bakuchiol product instead. Always wait until skin is completely dry before applying retinol—usually wait about 20 minutes and then allow your retinol product to fully absorb before moving on.

Versed

Gentle Retinol Serum

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PCA Skin

Retinol Renewal

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If you’re worried about mixing acids yourself, opt for a product that’s already done the ratio for you. 

Allies of Skin

Retinoid Brightening Sleeping Facial

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Shani Darden Skincare

Retinol Reform

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Step 5: Eye Cream

Opt for a heavier formula for nighttime use that focuses on moisturizing and treating the undereye.

RoC

Retinol Correxion Eye Cream

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Shiseido

Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream

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Step 6: Moisturizer

“Look for moisturizing creams with ingredients that support your skin barrier such as squalane, ceramides, lipids (oils), glycerin in a cream base matched to your skin type,” Dr. Bailey explained. “This helps to ‘seal the deal’ over your correcting products and helps protect skin from barrier breakdown (irritant dermatitis) and prevent trans-epidermal water loss.” If you have oily skin, you can opt for an oil-free moisturizer (similar to what you used in the daytime), whereas those with dry skin might need a thicker product before bed.

Farmacy

Ceramide Moisturizer

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CeraVe

Skin Renewing Night Cream

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Step 7: Sleeping Mask

Sleeping masks help create a barrier to seal in all of your products and keep your skin optimally hydrated throughout the night. If you like to use a facial oil at night, this would be the step to add it in as well. 

Summer Fridays

Jet Lag Mask

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Origins

Overnight Hydrating Mask

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Step 8: Spot Treatment

If you have any active breakouts, this is when you would apply a spot treatment or a pimple patch (our editors’ favorite way to get rid of a pesky zit). Do not apply any other skincare over a spot treatment, especially retinol.

Hero Cosmetics

Mighty Patch Original Acne Patches

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Alleyoop

All-In-One Blemish Treatment

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What Skincare Ingredients to Use Together and Which to Avoid

When you begin to combine the skincare you already own with new things you want to purchase, you need to be careful about which active ingredients you are layering together. Always check to see what the main ingredients in your products are to avoid irritation.

 

The Don’ts

 

Retinol + Glycolic Acid = No… or maybe!

If you have sensitive or reactive skin, these two can be problematic when layered together. If you’re going to use any AHA alongside retinol, be sure to start slow to avoid redness and peeling. Opt for a product that combines small percentages of AHA/BHA with retinol already in the formula.

 

Retinol + Vitamin C = NO! 

It’s often debated as to whether or not the pH of L-ascorbic acid destabilizes retinol and therefore renders it ineffective—so far the jury is still out. However, since retinol makes you more sensitive to sunlight and vitamin C is best worn during the day, it’s best to keep these two separate by applying vitamin C in the morning and retinol at night.

 

Retinol + Benzoyl Peroxide = NO!

This is a combination Dr. Bailey warned against because it can cause dryness and irritation, and the two products can deactivate each other if used together, making them less effective. Retinol is used as an acne treatment (particularly in prescription formulas like tretinoin), but it doesn’t play well with the actives in spot treatments, so be careful if you need to use both. Remember, putting retinol on an active breakout will do nothing to cure it, as retinol works on the deeper layers of skin. Retinol is never to be used as a spot treatment! 

 

Benzoyl Peroxide + AHAs = NO!

These are two exfoliators from different ends of the spectrum, so be careful when combining them, as it’s very easy to stress out your skin by over-exfoliating.

 





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The Dos

 

Benzoyl Peroxide + Salicylic Acid = Yes, sometimes. 

For acne-prone skin, using these two together once a week can work wonders on active breakouts or congested pores. If you’re not experiencing either, it’s best to leave these two alone.

 

Vitamin C + Peptides = Yes!

These two go together like champagne and OJ. Peptides are kind of like the hype man of skincare: They’re not that special on their own, but they really rev up the effectiveness of other active ingredients. These short-chain amino acids are the building blocks of the protein that creates collagen and elastin, and they really love antioxidants like vitamin C.

 

Vitamin C + SPF = Yes!

You have to have sun protection during the day—that’s a given—but your SPF does nothing to protect you from environmental pollution and heat-activated free radicals. For this, you need an effective antioxidant like vitamin C.

 

Retinol + Hyaluronic Acid = Yes!

You should always replenish moisture after applying retinol, hence why retinol and hyaluronic acid are a dynamic duo in your skincare routine.

 

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As someone who chronicles the entirety of middle school being obsessed with beauty YouTubers, I didn’t get into the celeb beauty video world until quite late. From Vogue’s Beauty Secrets to “Waking Up With Elle,” there are dozens of ways to watch our favorite celebrities do their skincare routines and apply their favorite beauty products. I love watching real, seemingly normal people put on makeup, share their favorite products, and give me tips based on their own trial-and-error. For a long time, I figured celebrities could only give me as much as their makeup artists told them, and they definitely weren’t using beauty products I could actually afford. 

But I finally gave in, and next thing I knew, I. was. Obsessed. I probably spent the entirety of a Sunday watching beauty videos (which isn’t all that different from any other normal Sunday except this time it was filled with movie stars!). I also have quite the hobby of finding dupes for every expensive beauty product, so I’ve done my research big-time to find alternatives to celeb-worthy beauty at a normie-worthy price.

 

































































NuFace

Mini Facial Toning Device

This facial toning device uses microcurrents to massage the face. I watched three beauty videos with this in it and thought about going into debt for it immediately (don’t go into debt, please). You can see it add contours to the face that weren’t there, just by using it for 5-10 minutes. It’s also used to help prevent and treat fine lines and wrinkles. The reviews for this product are very inspiring, making this a good beauty gadget to add to your wishlist.

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Skin Gym

Rose Quartz Gua Sha Tool

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Amazon

Facial Roller

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Tom Ford

Shade and Illuminate

You can’t watch a celebrity do their makeup without a little Tom Ford. This cult-classic cream contour and highlighter is buttery smooth and blends into basically nothing on the cheeks. The highlighter is also genius for adding a glow without adding any glitters or shimmers.

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Milk Makeup

Matte Bronzer

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Fenty Beauty

Match Stix Matte Contour Skinstick

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BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE

Lotion P50

This French pharmacy favorite is a must-have in the beauty routines of French models (including, ahem, Harry Styles ex-girlfriend Camille Rowe … who wouldn’t want to emulate everything someone who once kissed the lips of HS does?!). It’s a little hard to track down (it’s only sold in a few places online and in Biologique Recherche spas), but those who use it swear by it. It’s a toner that lightly exfoliates, hydrates, and balances the pH of your skin. Many say the smell is a little foul, but it’s all worth it for beautiful skin.

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Glossier

Solution

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Pixi

Glow Tonic

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Physician’s Formula

Butter Bronzer

When I saw this drugstore bronzer used by Sofia Richie, I gasped. If you watch any beauty YouTube videos or have read a few beauty articles here on The Everygirl, you’ll recognize this bronzer; however, it’s also a favorite amongst celebrities too! It’s ultra-blendable and makes you look like you actually have a tan.

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Fenty Beauty

Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer

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Mented Cosmetics

Sunkissed Bronzer

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Laura Mercier

Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Considered probably the most iconic setting powder on the market, this is the exact powder used by most celebrities.

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Charlotte Tilbury

Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder

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Hourglass

Veil Translucent Setting Powder

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Augustinus Bader

The Cream

Celebrities travel a ton, and even us Z-listers know how much flying in an airplane can dry out the skin. This pricey-but-gorgeous moisturizer lives in the bathroom cabinets of celebs such as Alexa Chung and Ashley Graham because it’s lightweight while also plumping the skin with rich hydration.

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Tatcha

The Water Cream

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Weleda

Skin Food

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NARS

Radiant Creamy Concealer

A good concealer is a must for celebs who want to look put-together without a face full of foundation. The cult-favorite Radiant Creamy from NARS adds the right amount of coverage without looking cakey or dry.

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Maybelline

Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Concealer

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Tarte

Shape Tape Contour Concealer

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Dr. Barbara Sturm

Hyaluronic Serum

Dr. Barbara Sturm’s products are definitely on the higher-end, but celebrities (such as Hailey Bieber, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Bella Hadid, Kourtney Kardashian—the list goes on!) rave about the German beauty brand. Her hyaluronic acid serum is one of her best-sellers because it contains multiple different sizes of hyaluronic molecules to penetrate the skin as deeply as possible. Its lovers say it’s lightweight, ultra-hydrating, and plumping.

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The Ordinary

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

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Paula’s Choice

Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster Concentrated Serum

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Glossier

Boy Brow

You might be living under a rock if you don’t know about the magic that is Boy Brow. Women who previously never touched their brows are amazed by what a little bit of this brow gel can do, and makeup enthusiasts who have tried it all still swear by this product. Opt for a shade slightly darker than your eyebrows for lots of definition, or go with the clear shade just to add hold.

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Elf Cosmetics

Wow Brow Gel

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Benefit Cosmetics

Gimme Brow Gel

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Dior

Backstage Glow Face Palette

If you want to glow big time, this highlighter palette is exactly what you should add to your cart. All four shades serve a purpose—highlighter, blush, bronzer—and they add a serious glow everywhere. Use the top two shades right at the very top of your cheekbones with a finger to look like you were touched by the Gods.

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Charlotte Tilbury

Hollywood Flawless Filter

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Wet N Wild

MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

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Skinceuticals

C E Ferulic

Celebrities, dermatologists, and pretty much anyone with an affinity for skincare loves this vitamin C serum. In a Vogue Beauty Secrets video with Ashley Graham, she said you can even use this before a day at the pool or beach under sunscreen to increase the effectiveness of your SPF and keep your skin glowy.

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Maelove

Glow Maker Serum

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Summer Fridays

CC Me Vitamin C Serum

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Caudalie

Beauty Elixir

This chic facial mist is more than just a facial mist—it primes your skin, adds hydration, and sets your makeup. It’s part-skincare/part-makeup. It’s another one of those products you’ll find in pretty much every model’s handbag.

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Mario Badescu

Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

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Glow Recipe

Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Facial Mist

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Shiseido

Eyelash Curler

An eyelash curler is a staple in the makeup bag of pretty much anyone who does their makeup in my opinion—and celebrities agree! I have yet to watch a celebrity not curl their lashes before mascara, and this classic one (that is supposedly the best for not pulling out your lashes) is used quite a lot.

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Tweezerman

ProCurl Eyelash Curler

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ELF

Eyelash Curler

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Dior

Diorshow On Stage Liquid Liner

A good liquid liner is key for those model-off duty looks as well as cat eyes for nighttime. This Dior eyeliner is easy to apply and stays forever.

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Urban Decay

Perversion Waterproof Liquid Liner

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KVD Vegan Beauty

Tattoo Eyeliner

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Biossance

Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream

I saw this eye cream used by models and JVN (our queen). Made for all skin types, this eye cream basically does it all. Reducing puffiness, hydrating the undereyes, and smoothing wrinkles are just some of its claims. You’ll see every celebrity apply their eye cream with their ring fingers (it’s the most gentle), so I mean, we probably should too.

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OleHenriksen

Banana Bright Eye Cream

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Kiehl’s

Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado

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