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Kanya Iwana’s first introduction to a skin-care routine began at her local drugstore. “I’d just pick whatever had the cutest packaging at CVS,” says the L.A.-based photographer and creative director who has shot Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Noah Cyrus.
Iwana stills turns to some drugstore products, like her go-to Neutrogena wipes, but she now shops with a specific focus in mind: Hydration. “My skin has always been so dry, but I grew up in Indonesia, where it’s really humid. Now I live in L.A., and the air really doesn’t help with the dryness,” she explains. “I am so attracted to that ‘glow’ look, though, so I try to achieve that on a daily basis.” Oils and serums have been her go-tos. She uses “thick stuff” like castor oil for problem areas, like the tip of her forehead and under her nose. Below, a look at her four morning essentials for a fresh and moisturized complexion.
“Okay — this scrub is simply the best I’ve found, and I’ve dabbled with a lot. Several different people have recommended Noto Botanics to me, so I just dove into it. I’ve also worked with Gloria Noto, the creator of the brand, and she is one of the most amazing make-up artists. This wakes me up in the morning for sure. It has a hint of peppermint, which is so refreshing. It also has blood orange oil, which is a great anti-inflammatory. The texture is sandlike, but not as rough of course — it really just feels like you’re getting stuff worked on! I highly recommend it!”
“I’ve always been really curious about serums but never found one that was within my price range or that I was super interested in. This product is so rad. It smells fresh as hell, and it feels amazingly smooth. You feel instantly hydrated. The orange zest scent is just dope. I love walking around smelling it like it. I also like applying it on my neck and collar-bone area. Sometimes I like to mix it with calendula oil-based moisturizer too, but I’ve just been putting a nice thin wash of this serum equally all over my face.”
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