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October 18, 2019

Agree or Disagree: My YMMV Beauty Techniques

Beauty can often be as individual as, well, our skin. What may be a godsend for you may be the devil for another, Here, editor Sheryll shares her particular YMMV beauty techniques — where do you stand on them?


Beauty is like clothing — there’s really no such thing as one size fits all. What serum works for me might not work for you, what steps you use might not work for me. There’s a skincare term for this, of course … it’s “Your Mileage May Vary” or YMMV for short.


I’ve been in this skincare game for a long time, and there are a bunch of tips, tricks, and products I use for myself that may not be the best choice for you and your skin. Or maybe it is?! While I don’t commit skincare sins like using toothpaste on my pimples or scrubbing my face with walnut shells, there are still some things I do that work for me — but YMMV if you try it for yourself.


Using a washcloth to wash my face


I grew up using a washcloth to wash my face. This is something that is now literally ingrained in my spirit. There are people who say that using a washcloth is bad for your skin — and they CAN be if you aren’t careful. I have specific washcloths I only use for my face (I bought a 30 pack of towels from Costco). I use a new washcloth each time I wash my face and also wash them separately in hot water and bleach. No bacteria formed against me shall prosper!


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Oil before my moisturizer (and sheet masks)


I know that the most popular way to use an oil is to apply it after your moisturizer to kinda “seal” everything in, but I actually like to use my oils either a) before my sheet mask or b) before my moisturizer. Why? I’ve found that when I use an oil before a sheet mask, my skin is MUCH softer, more supple and plump. When I use it before my moisturizer, it feels like my skin is actually more moisturized, and that slick feeling you get from applying an oil last is not really noticeable.


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Misting in between each makeup step


Yes, I am obsessed with misting. I will mist any and everywhere, including in between each makeup step. If you’re really after the whole skin-like foundation finish, you gotta keep that skin hydrated. So I’ll mist my face, apply a thin layer of foundation, mist again, apply my concealer under my eyes and dark spots, mist again, then continue with the rest of my makeup. It keeps my makeup looking fresh and dewy and natural and every thing I could ever want. Is it extra? Yes, but YMMV!




Avoiding dairy like a plague 


Not everyone has a dairy sensitivity as insane as mine, so this is definitely a YMMV situation. I know people who can eat pizza, ice cream, and a bowl of mac and cheese in a day and have zero skin reaction, but ME?! HA. I will eat ice cream, and (besides the stomach issues) I will literally wake up with a smattering of whiteheads along my jawline the next day. Dairy and I are NOT friends. I eliminated it about 98% from my diet — I even order pizza without cheese and just do toppings like spinach, chicken, roasted garlic, and tomatoes so it’s like a flatbread kind of situation. I don’t play!


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Getting enough sleep 


The older I get, the more getting enough sleep takes over my life. When I was in college, I could get three hours of sleep and look well-rested and vibrant and bright, and now if I get anything less than seven I look like a troll that lives under a bridge. Sleep times vary from people to people, but for me, eight to nine hours is my sweet spot to looking and feeling my best. This might be an insane amount for you, and you need only five to six hours a night. Or maybe you need like 10 hours. It’s definitely a YMMV thing.


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What are your unique YMMV beauty techniques? Do you have any similar to mine? Let’s talk about it in the comments!




Sheryll Donerson got her start as a beauty writer by writing K-beauty reviews for her blog, The Wanderlust Project. These days, she's lifting heavy weights, eating tacos, drinking (too much) coffee and is 1/4 of the beauty podcast, Beauty Beyond Basics (or Triple Bees for short). You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @sheryllrenata.