#MyCleanBeautyShelf: The Morning Routine of Rozy Kriston, Founder, AMPERSAND Skin
While growing up in South Africa, Rozy Kriston, founder of AMPERSAND Skin, experienced the stress and frustration of dealing with constant breakouts, inflammation and troubled skin—which made her feel extremely self-conscious. Most of the products she says she used merely masked the condition and did not treat the underlying cause. So, even though her confidence would be somewhat restored, it would only be temporary. This experience in her youth motivated her to later create and develop products that not only target specific skin concerns, but also encourage the skin to heal itself. Let’s take a peek into the #MyCleanBeautyShelf of someone who’s taking sensitive skin seriously.
My beauty philosophy is…
To me, beauty is about allowing your true self to shine outward. We are all naturally amazing women, and we shouldn’t have to hide behind unwanted skin conditions. Enhancing a beautiful complexion does amazing things for self-confidence and self- worth. Everyone should feel beautiful, confident and loved in their own skin.
First thing in the morning, I…
I like to start every day with positive thoughts and, of course, spending time with my two boys. Being a mom and business owner keeps me busy. So, I take advantage of all the quality family time I can get.
My morning skincare routine includes…
Each morning, I begin by applying on of my new favorites, Odacité Blue Aura Cleansing Water. I love the way it awakens my skin and helps my skin feel clean and refreshed. Before applying makeup, I have a 1-2-3 morning skincare routine. I start with our amazing cleansing balm—which is due to be released in the Fall—to wash away any excess oils that may have built up while sleeping. It is the perfect way to prep the skin for the active ingredients in our serums, while not disrupting the delicate skin microbiome.
Next, I’ll layer AMPERSAND serums based on my skin’s needs for that particular day. They absorb quickly and don’t leave behind any residue, which makes them easy to layer. I love combining serums to get maximum benefits and accelerated results.
My go-to combination on most days is: AMPERSAND’s Refresh. It locks in hydration all day and gives my skin a plump and full look. AMPERSAND’s Revive: It brings my skin to life and is great for protecting against environmental damage. AMPERSAND’s Refine: This is the perfect daily treatment for reducing the appearance of those pesky fine lines and wrinkles. Finally, I apply a light layer of our-soon-to-be-released moisture lotion, followed by an SPF. My current favorite is Elta MD Broad Spectrum 30+.
My morning haircare routine includes…
After washing and conditioning my hair, I’ll towel dry by scrunching to preserve the natural body in my hair. If I’m in a rush, I’ll quickly blow it out. However, I prefer allowing my hair to air dry then run a brush through before heading out the door.
My morning makeup routine includes…
For makeup, simple works best. I prefer a more natural look: foundation with SPF protection, concealer where I need it, a hint of blush and a volumizing mascara. Highlight my eyebrows and add a pop of color on my lips, then I’m good to go for the day. I love Lune + Aster Cover & Correct Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 50. It’s a great way to get coverage and protection in one step!
My favorite beauty tip
My favorite skincare tip is all about skin protection. Sun is the biggest enemy of your skin. So, I always use sunblock with an SPF of 30 or greater. Summer gear always includes a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to shade my face and shoulders from damaging rays. P.S. You still need sun protection in the winter. Don’t let the cold temps fool you!
What’s your desert island/can’t-live-without beauty product?
My #1 go-to beauty product is AMPERSAND’s Radiate serum. It gives my skin a hands- down, healthy glow while providing essential nourishment and protecting my skin’s natural barrier function. Every ingredient is of the highest quality, safe, natural and effective.
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