Photograph by Sheena She
Do I cleanse or exfoliate first?
There have been many different opinions on this topic and you can really choose what’s best for you by trying different methods.
The general rule in regards to the order of your skincare regime is exfoliate first, cleanse second, and then moisturise. I (Freya) don’t actually exfoliate or cleanse. My skin seems to take care of itself without any products, and I don’t get pimples or blemishes. If you have pretty clear skin, I would recommend going for a minimalist skin care program. Oftentimes, skin product companies market their products in a way that makes us feel like we all should be using all these products, but in reality, our skin sometimes works fine without anything at all!
If you do suffer from pimples, acne, or any other type of skin problems that you want to improve, my first suggestion is to use products with all natural ingredients instead of products with alcohol or abrasive chemicals. And with exfoliants, make sure to use natural ones, as the ones you find with microbeads are actually made of plastic which is bad for your skin and bad for the environment. The best are ones that use apricot kernels or gentle salt grains. In general, less is more–a common mistake is to use lots of products at once, which irritates the skin and tends to backfire, making your skin worse. It’s usually a good idea to try one new product at a time, because that you way you know which product is making the difference (if it does at all). And remember, it sometimes takes a week or more to see any effects of the products.
Hope this helps!!
Freya and Sophie
Sheena She resides in Newark, NJ with her cat, Ash. At a young age, she started taking photos during family functions. Photography definitely runs in the family and Sheena is thankful to have grown up in the era of film–all of her work is shot on 35mm without post processing. Fun fact about Shenna: her middle name is de la Camara which translates “of the camera.” How ironic!!! She tries to carry her camera everywhere and anywhere. She likes to keep her photographs simple; while Sheena believes filters are beautiful and Photoshop is definitely a great tool, she wants her work to speak for itself. Her photos come as is.As of late, Sheena retired as a make-up artist to fully focus on analog photography. Her inspirations come from the great outdoors to urban decay. She loves being with nature to refresh her mind and try to get away from the city she lives in. She is a very spiritual person, an animal lover, and just pretty much low key. She loves all things creepy, odd, and weird. Find her on Queen of Anti-social, Chainsaws & Jelly, and Flickr.
Sophie Pellegrini is the Co-Founder and Artistic & Creative Director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is a 24-year-old outdoor-enthusiast, photographer, and explorer. She recently completed her Master’s of Communication Design in Photography at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, after receiving her BA in Psychology and Studio Art from Bates College in Maine, USA. She loves crafting, playing acoustic guitar, 90s music, sleeping without a tent after a long day of backpacking, the smell of summer, making lists, a good nap, cuddly animals, and the cold side of the pillow. Follow Sophie on her website and on Instagram.
Freya Bennett is the co-founder and director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. Freya is a musician and artist from Melbourne. Peek into this green, caffeinated city and you will find her writing and playing music, making colourful art, discussing the virtues of feminism and chasing her cat Phoenix around the house. Freya loves tea, hugs and the ocean as well as wandering around her neighbourhood at that magical time when all the street lights flicker on. To combat her anxiety and hypochondria, you can find Freya boxing, practicing yoga, staring at nature and playing with crystals. She believes in opening up about mental health struggles and shining a light on what is not spoken about. With a passion for grassroots activism and creative community, Freya began Ramona Magazine as an alternative to boring, image-obsessed teen media. The magazine is founded upon Freya’s core values of creative expression, equality and kindness. Visit Freya’s Soundcloud and follow her on Instagram @freyalion