One of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s—also referred to as AOC—many secrets to leading a powerful life? A simple, but powerful skin-care routine. Yes, it's true. Whether defending her position on tax reform, expressing her concerns over the presidency and formulating plans to launch green initiatives, we can't imagine the stress that comes with being a member of The House. But despite the taxing effects such a workload may have on the skin, hers miraculously, is great—so great, in fact, that masses of people begged her to share details of her skincare routine. The 29-year-old did not disappoint and shared her three-step systematic plan to maintaining flawless skin. Keeping in line with her democratic outlook, AOC wanted to remain neutral, not choosey, therefore chose not to list specific products. Not to fear, though, we here at L’Officiel USA, we have scoured the beauty sphere for products that best match her descriptions. Get to it!
STEP 1: CLEANSE IT UP
The most important rule in AOC’s skin-care bible is to double-cleanse. Leading beauty gurus state that double-cleansing ensures that pollutants are safely removed from your pores. AOC starts with a balm or oil. Luckily, we have already compiled a list of 14 cleansing balms that are the bomb. Next, she requires using a natural foamy cleanser. One cleanser we’re obsessed with is The Cleansing Foam from La Mer ($95) which is infused with sea algae fibers and white pearl powder ensuring a glowing and purified look. Sometimes, if she is feeling extra she’ll incorporate a face brush or makeup towel. And we agree, too much is never enough—so rock the Clarisonic Mia Prima Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush ($99).
AOC warns against skin-care products that contain alcohol.
STEP 2: TONE IT UP
AOC knows what works for her when it comes to toner. She states that she has tried several products even basic witch hazel and she stresses as long as there is no alcohol it should be fine. This Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Toner ($45) is alcohol-free and won is an Allure best of beauty winner. She also recommends using actives which are serums with vitamins. We love the Glossier Super Pure ($28) which is vegan and cruelty-free and reduces redness, soothes, purifies and balances.
STEP 3: MOISTURIZE AND PROTECT FROM THE SUN
To AOC, finding the right moisturizer is “like finding jeans that fit,” it’s personal and individual. For a smart start, we recommend scrolling through Sephora’s Bestseller Skin-care list to find a product that puts in the work. Protecting your skin against the sun’s harmful rays is super important - even if you’re not beaching. We recommend Drunk Elephant’s Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 ($36) because it protects your sun and has a tint that makes dull skin glow.
AOC’s skin regime spans far beyond just products. She emphasizes the importance of diet, for her, she experimented with a brief period without dairy to minimize breakouts but also discusses small actions such as not touching your face with your hands.
We hope these skin-care suggestions help all of our readers feel like glowing, powerful queens. Now, if only we could get ahold of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s skin-care regime.