KraveBeauty Blog

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Alice, Our Social Media Intern

Full Name: Alice Wu
Occupation: Social Media Intern at KraveBeauty, soon-to-be Analyst at SPMB
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Age: 21
Skin Type or Concerns: Combination-oily
Life Motto: You are exactly where you need to be. Everyone is on their own path.
Fun Fact: Boba is my weakness – sadly, I am not committed enough to my skin to give up sugar and dairy :(

My Skin Journey | Let’s start from the beginning

My skincare routine up until my sophomore year of college consisted of a single product: a 10% Benzoyl Peroxide cleanser. Yup. My skin was so dehydrated and dull, yet I had no idea because it was also overproducing oil to the point that I was blowing through packs of blotting paper.

Not to be dramatic, but the catalyst was actually a terrible breakup that forced me to reevaluate my entire life, skincare included. I realized that I had been neglecting myself mentally and physically, and I resolved to start taking care of myself. One of the ways I chose to better my self-care habits was skincare, and on Youtube I searched “control oily skin.” The first video I clicked on was from someone called Liah Yoo, and the rest is history.

I had been posting about skincare and makeup for a while on my personal Instagram when I noticed that no one in my life really cared about it as much as I did. I was following a few skincare Instagram accounts at the time, and I thought, “Why can’t I do that, too?” I started my beauty Instagram on January 1, 2018, and that’s when my skincare journey really took off. Once I gained more followers, I was flooded with skincare products from brands (that I am incredibly lucky to receive!) and felt very overwhelmed. My skin was also hating the constant testing of new products, and burnout was inevitable.

Since that period, I have taken a step back because that’s what my skin deserves. As much as I enjoy learning about and testing new products, I owe it to my skin to be kind to it. I’ve learned to maintain a balance to both fuel my interest in skincare and listen to what my skin needs.


Skincare Products I Can’t Live Without

KraveBeauty Great Barrier Relief: Your skin barrier’s health is essential to maintain, and Great Barrier Relief is such a versatile product to use. I can use it as a serum, a moisturizer, and even an eye cream if I need to! I use it every single day and after two weeks of initially using it, I noticed that my skin did not produce as much sebum as it used to. It was hydrated and plump, and even my boyfriend noticed that my skin was “bing bing”! I didn’t know I needed Great Barrier Relief until I had it, but now, it’s a long-term, committed relationship.

Laneige Cream Skin Refiner: This was a game-changer in my skincare routine. I’ve never experienced anything as hydrating as this refiner – I find myself literally skipping skincare steps because I don’t need them! It contains white leaf tea water, which has amino acids that help rebuild and strengthen the skin barrier (are you seeing a pattern here?).

KraveBeauty Kale-Lalu-yAHA: Kale-Lalu-yAHA took years off my skin, I swear. Every time I use it, I wake up the next morning with glowing, bright skin. Last year, I got severe food poisoning that was so bad that I was almost in the hospital. As you can imagine, I did zero skincare for two weeks and was looking rough in the aftermath. The first thing I did was exfoliate with Kale-Lalu-yAHA and saw an immediate improvement from the dull ashiness that had been my skin. It’s just…*chef’s kiss*

Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil: Indie Lee’s story is incredibly inspiring, and her commitment to her products is evident in how simple yet effective they are. Her Squalane Facial Oil is great for acne-prone and oily skin (meee!) and is intensely hydrating and nourishing. I pat 3-4 drops in at night and my skin just drinks it up.

My Current Skincare Routine

A.M. Routine

  • Cleanse with water
  • Primera Miracle Seed Essence
  • Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster OR Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster
  • Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb
  • KraveBeauty Great Barrier Relief (it makes a great moisturizer!)
  • The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil
  • KraveBeauty The Beet Shield

P.M. Routine

What #PressReset Means to Me

#PressReset means, to me, taking a step back to reevaluate your priorities, where you are, and where you want to be. It is all about self-reflection and refocusing on what really matters.

How I #PressReset Beyond Beauty

It is easy to feel lost in the shuffle of everyday life. I struggle a lot with my mental health, and when I’m not doing well my life tends to descend into a hazy spiral. It is difficult to function normally when I am not doing my best mentally, and that is okay. But after I have passed through the low point of such a spiral, I do certain things to clear my mind and #PressReset on my life.

The first step is to clean my room. I firmly believe that one’s living space is a reflection of one’s mental space, and for me, tidying my room is a physical reflection of decluttering my mind. I take time to write: what had happened, why I was feeling that way, what I can do next time to avoid a mental decline, etc.. It’s nice to read back on what I had written in the past to see how far I’ve come. I also jot down goals I want to accomplish in the following weeks. The goals can be as small as “take trash out” – any accomplishment is a good one. I go outside and I see my friends. I do a face mask and I make myself food. I listen to a podcast and I open the windows. Little steps go a long way.

Beyond beauty, I press reset to be kind to myself. I used to beat myself up after mental health regressions because I blamed myself for being too lazy, too irresponsible, too little. But I cannot be honest with myself if I believe that I can always be on 100% of the time, giving my 100%. Pressing reset means giving myself the time and the space to get myself back to where I want to be, in the direction I want to go. It means to be forgiving and understanding of my mind and body and accepting that life will go on no matter what. Most of all, it means showing myself love.

What I’ve Been Loving 

Makeup
I’ve been crushing hard on cream blushes all month long to get that perfect sunkissed look! Among my favorites are the Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Desired Glow and the Ilia Color Haze in Stutter. Desired is a warm nude and Stutter is a burnt orange, but both are incredible formulas that will give you that I’m-sunburnt-but-not-actually-because-I-use-sunscreen-like-a-responsible-person look.

Books/Music
Lizzo has been my big summer mood – so full of energy and life! I love nothing more than driving along the California highways and belting out Truth Hurts. As for books, I recently finished Becoming by Michelle Obama (lives up to the hype and more!) and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and loved both. 


Places
By the time you’re reading this, I’ll be in Europe, wining and dining my way across Dublin, Paris, Seville, and Barcelona! Taking one last big trip before I enter the workforce – traveling has been a big part of my life and I am incredibly lucky to have been able to see the world. 

Leave a comment

All comments are moderated before being published

KraveBeauty Blog

Skin Barrier 101

Skin Barrier 101

Our 2020 Year in Review

Our 2020 Year in Review

#SlowDownSkincare: An Update on Our Sustainability Journey

#SlowDownSkincare: An Update on Our Sustainability Journey

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Eni, Law Student and Beauty Blogger

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Eni, Law Student and Beauty Blogger

Your Uncomplicated Guide to Skincare

Your Uncomplicated Guide to Skincare

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Ava, Beauty Content Creator

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Ava, Beauty Content Creator

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Gabbii, Content Creator and Skincare Enthusiast

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Gabbii, Content Creator and Skincare Enthusiast

Let's Bust Some Myths: Sustainability Edition

Let's Bust Some Myths: Sustainability Edition

Here's How You Can Be Productive on Earth Day

Here's How You Can Be Productive on Earth Day

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Kallie, our Social Media Marketing Assistant

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Kallie, our Social Media Marketing Assistant

#SpreadGoodnessInstead: Your Guide to Staying Home

#SpreadGoodnessInstead: Your Guide to Staying Home

All About Antioxidants

All About Antioxidants

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Ciarra, Preschool Teacher & Content Creator

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Ciarra, Preschool Teacher & Content Creator

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Thomas, Performer & Yoga Enthusiast

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Thomas, Performer & Yoga Enthusiast

Intentional Practices You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Intentional Practices You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Help Australia Fight Against These Bushfires

Help Australia Fight Against These Bushfires

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Monica, Artist and Beauty Enthusiast

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Monica, Artist and Beauty Enthusiast

The #PressResetChallenge Guide: An Overview of Your Journey

The #PressResetChallenge Guide: An Overview of Your Journey

Supplementary Skincare for Your Skin Concern

Supplementary Skincare for Your Skin Concern

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Sean, Licensed Esthetician and Blogger

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Sean, Licensed Esthetician and Blogger

How to Be More Intentional This Holiday Season

How to Be More Intentional This Holiday Season

How to Use Oat So Simple Water Cream for Your Skin Concern

How to Use Oat So Simple Water Cream for Your Skin Concern

How to Choose a Cleanser

How to Choose a Cleanser

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Irena, Freelance Graphic Designer

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Irena, Freelance Graphic Designer

Are You Recycling Your Beauty Products Properly?

Are You Recycling Your Beauty Products Properly?

Oat So Simple Water Cream Packaging Choice

Oat So Simple Water Cream Packaging Choice

How It All Started: Oat So Simple Water Cream Origin Story

How It All Started: Oat So Simple Water Cream Origin Story

Ingredient Series: Oats

Ingredient Series: Oats

How to Choose a Moisturizer

How to Choose a Moisturizer

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Jesslyn, Student from Singapore

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Jesslyn, Student from Singapore

How to Be an Intentional Consumer

How to Be an Intentional Consumer

Is Sunscreen Damaging Our Oceans?

Is Sunscreen Damaging Our Oceans?

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Deb, Doctor and Content Creator

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Deb, Doctor and Content Creator

Kale-Lalu-yAHA: Everything You Need to Know

Kale-Lalu-yAHA: Everything You Need to Know

Core vs. Supplement: Why and What is the Difference?

Core vs. Supplement: Why and What is the Difference?

Great Barrier Relief: Everything You Need to Know

Great Barrier Relief: Everything You Need to Know

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Alice, Our Social Media Intern

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Alice, Our Social Media Intern

10 Skincare Myths Debunked

10 Skincare Myths Debunked

Five Rules to Control Your Oily Skin

Five Rules to Control Your Oily Skin

#PressReset Diaries: Michelle Cordeiro Grant, Founder and CEO of LIVELY

#PressReset Diaries: Michelle Cordeiro Grant, Founder and CEO of LIVELY

10 Skincare Mistakes That Make Your Acne Worse & Sensitize Your Skin

10 Skincare Mistakes That Make Your Acne Worse & Sensitize Your Skin

What's The Difference: Whiteheads, Milia, Fungal Acne?

What's The Difference: Whiteheads, Milia, Fungal Acne?

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Ellie, Student & Photographer

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Ellie, Student & Photographer

Acne Skincare Ingredients 101: All you need to know about best acne-fighting ingredients

Acne Skincare Ingredients 101: All you need to know about best acne-fighting ingredients

Does My Skin Get Used to Products?

Does My Skin Get Used to Products?

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Rachel, Our Marketing Manager

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Rachel, Our Marketing Manager

What Does Sustainability Mean To Us?

What Does Sustainability Mean To Us?

Should I Refrigerate My Skincare?

Should I Refrigerate My Skincare?

Ingredient Series: Rosehip Oil

Ingredient Series: Rosehip Oil

The REAL Talk On Silicones

The REAL Talk On Silicones