Dove Cameron describes her approach to skin care as “selective maximalism.” Which, if you’re one of the 46 million people who tracks her every move on Instagram, you’ll know describes her overall vibe to a T. The 25-year-old singer and actor has perfected the art of going all out without going over the top: a whimsical, body-engulfing ruffled dress paired with no-makeup makeup, a fabulous Ralph and Russo slip with a simple, sleek bun. In her skin-care routine, this translates to using a wide range of products, but also tailoring what she reaches for based on how her skin is feeling on any given day.
“Skin is a sort of language that I’ve always spoken,” Cameron says. “If you’re in touch with your skin, you can listen to what it does and doesn’t like.” For her, that means doing the “absolute most” to take care of her complexion—exfoliating and getting facials often (particularly before big events) but also sticking to a constant rotation of basics and pulling out the heavy hitters when she needs them.
“I feel like I’m lucky because my skin is very combination, but in the way that I would want it to be,” she says. “It’s oily to the point where I’ll have a nice glow throughout the day. But it can get dry as well, so I’m always slathering on, like, nine different kinds of oils and moisturizers.”
Ahead of the launch of her new song “LazyBaby” (a fun anthem about bouncing back after heartbreak that’s coming soon), we asked Cameron to drop her routine. Here’s what she can’t live without.
First thing in the morning, I’m using my Shu Uemura oil-based cleanser, which has powerful antipollutant antioxidants. It’s so oily it’s literally like putting olive oil on your face, which I love. And it makes my skin really glowy and happy. I’m the biggest fan. I’ve been using it for years. They don’t pay me, but they absolutely should for how much I talk about it.
After cleansing I immediately go for my Thayer’s Witch Hazel Rose Petal Toner. It’s my favorite. It’s so cheap. You can get it everywhere, at basically any drugstore. It’s been a nice, basic staple for me for a long time. The witch hazel in the formula keeps my skin clear, and it’s not heavy on alcohol or drying like so many other toners. I love the scent of the rose petals; there’s something about it that’s so nice in the morning. It feels cleansing and like a different energy. But also I feel like anything with rose in it, or rosehip oil, is good for your skin. I don’t know if it’s psychosomatic—like something I’ve filed away—or if it’s really true, but it works for me.
Next up, I use my Clarins Double Serum. I got it in a gift bag at some event in L.A. It was a little sample, and the second I ran out I was like, Oh my God, I need more. It’s one of my absolute staples because it’s so moisturizing and thick, but it doesn’t feel sticky. I honestly don’t even know what ingredients are in it beyond that it helps boost radiance. I could just tell my skin loved it and kept getting more.
My Face-Massage Tool
After I put on my serum, when my face is still dewy, I like to do a rose quartz gua sha. I’ll use that to de-puff under my eyes, wake up my face, bring some blood flow to my cheeks, and get rid of some tension around my forehead, things like that. It’s my favorite part of my skin-care routine. I picked it up a few years ago from my best friend Veronica, who’s a big gua sha person. She’s always teaching me new things. We went on a road trip not that long ago, and she was doing gua sha on the back of my neck, being like, “You never drain your lymphatic system in your neck and you’re going to regret it.”
My Microcurrent Device
I love my Foreo Bear. I use it every morning as a quick three-minute system, and it’s absolutely amazing. The device uses micro currents to bring out your cheekbones and bring up your jaw. It keeps me from looking puffy, and it wakes my face up. I’m not usually the type of person to rave about a device, but it really, really, really works.
My Face Oils
Right now my favorite oil is this weird oil that I found in a café in Vancouver called Loa Skin Botanical Beauty Elixir. I got it because it has 15 botanicals rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and plant nutrients. It’s got a thin consistency, is a deep green, almost yellow color, and is very botanical-smelling. I put it on directly after both of my face massage things and give it a second to sink in.