I Took a Skin Quiz, This is What Happened

My skin and I have been in the throes of a 20-year war, that’s almost as long as I can remember. I know this for a fact because when I was 10 years old I slept over at my best friend’s house and her mom made me use a different pillow from my friend – she didn’t want her daughter to catch my acne. We don’t need to unpack the many absurdities of that right now, only to say I’ve been struggling with my skin for most of my life now.
After several rounds of Accutane, bouts with every prescription drug on the market, and visits to enough dermatologists to fill a football stadium, I had given up. In fact I’ve given up a few times over the years. I’d tried everything, right? Wrong.
There is one thing I realized recently that I hadn’t yet tried, and that’s non-toxic beauty. I’ve been dutifully applying prescription medications onto my skin each night, and then slathering on who-knows-what to cover up my skin each day. If it was relatively cheap, came recommended by a YouTuber, or the packaging caught my eye in the beauty aisle, I’ve tried it. With my recent bathroom spring clean I threw out a shocking amount of makeup and skincare that had long expired (I had some makeup from college!) and with a blank slate and a bit of cautious optimism, I’m ready to start anew.
So I took Follain’s new skin quiz to see what I should use on skin that’s dry and flaking in the morning and oily by noon. The quiz is part of their recent rebranding which has the site looking extra sexy and also makes this whole “start anew” thing a lot easier to navigate. They even have free skin consultations. This is what my results said.
We know – it doesn’t feel that way when you’re all shiny by noon and your makeup is drifting off your face. But dry skin is what leads to wrinkles; your natural oil production will help stave them off. Those natural oils deliver essential nutrients, help fight environmental pollutants, and even offer sun protection.
Always seeking super-squeaky clean? Resist overdrying and stripping away natural oils with harsh ingredients (like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, which the FDA recently found can cause potentially life-threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation.) Your skin will just feel unbalanced and overproduce to compensate. Look for a routine that achieves balance and keeps oils in check naturally.
Keep oil at bay with products that prep skin properly and absorb excess production through the day. Ingredients like clays and certain seaweeds can help manage oil effectively.

Osmia Black Clay Facial Soap

Black Australian clay and Dead Sea mud meet coconut milk to nourish, condition and soften skin as it cleans.

Toner is your oily-skin workhorse—soothing blemishes, fighting bacteria and free radicals and helping close pores. The most effective work without stripping (read: no rebound production).

Hannes Dottir Mineral Mist

Amp up skin’s luminescence with this mineral-rich mist, fortified with collagen-boosting silica and regenerating iodine.

Don’t be fooled into skipping the moisture component in your routine – all skins need it. And don’t be afraid of face oils! They can be some of the most effective ways to achieve balance.

Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

With 22 active botanicals, this powerhouse serum soothes inflammation with turmeric and hazelnut as it repairs aging with sea buckthorn.

This all sounds amazing and I’ve already started incorporating mud and toners into my routine. Both give my skin that slightly tight feeling I always look for (it’s the opposite of oil slick) and I’m really liking the results so far. Serums are the next frontier for me! Even if this doesn’t magically clear up my skin (like I said, cautious optimism) I do feel good about being a little kinder to this body I call home.

Pink bathroom by Historias De Casa 

Cristina V. Cleveland

Cristina V. Cleveland is a senior beauty editor based in Austin, TX. She has been exploring personal style and decor on Fuji Files since 2009. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, To&From Magazine, Coco+Kelley, CamilleStyles and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.

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  1. Having seen a lot of friends go through what you have, I have to say, I’ve always been pretty damn lucky with my skin (and, trust me, don’t mean that as a brag, just to share my story!). However, my skin is nowhere near from perfect or even ‘normal,’ although its generally my prone-to-red-and-swelling eyes that is my downfall.

    That being said, I genuinely think part of my skin’s good fortune has been the fact that I’ve pretty much only used natural beauty products since college. It’s great how many inexpensive, natural beauty brands are on the market now. I think it’s about finding a balance between science and simplicity (aka non toxic ingredients). So glad to hear this regimen may be working on you!

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Fuji Files was started by Cristina Cleveland, the Managing Editor of NaturallyCurly, the largest hair and beauty content platform. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Teen Vogue, CamilleStyles, Blavity, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, Coco+Kelley, and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.