Devon Windsor is a 27-year-old Victoria’s Secret model turned swimwear designer with 2.5 million Instagram followers. She is pregnant and expecting her first child, a daughter. She’s on TikTok. She recently did a babymoon. She thrives. And until recently, her skin looked great.
“Honestly, I had never battled acne in my entire life,” she says. “Over the past year or so, I have really, really struggled with acne and cystic acne. It’s cleared up, but I still have a lot of scars. She says. “If I had spoken to you a year ago, I would have said, ‘No wrestling at all!’ Now I’m like a new woman.
Anyone who has had an epidermal event causing an existential crisis knows this pain. But Windsor took it in stride. “Honestly, I’m obsessed with skin care,” she says. “I like to try new products. But she wasn’t going to just put anything in a pretty package and hope for the best. “I think it’s really important to establish a routine that works for you and your skin,” she says. “Sticking to a routine, at least for me, is where my skin is happiest. I don’t want to be everywhere, one day doing one thing, one day doing the next. A routine is how I managed to achieve any skin goals I could possibly have.
And the Windsor routine is a killer. She sees a dermatologist (Adriane Pompa, MD, at Mayoral Dermatology in Miami). “I saw her religiously before I got pregnant, trying everything and everything I could do for my acne,” Windsor says. “She put me on a super basic routine at the time, because I didn’t want to do Accutane or anything really intense.” It helped, but now dermatology is mostly on the back burner because of pregnancy. “After giving birth I plan to go there and maybe get laser treatments and all that good stuff,” Windsor said.
“I used to hang out with a bunch of different facialists in NYC, but since wrestling with my skin became a thing for me, I saw the importance of finding a great facialist and sticking with it. to that person who knows your skin and will do nothing to make it worse! She laughs. “The facialist I see is based in Miami; her living room is called Flawless by Melissa Fox. I like to see her from time to time, whenever I can get in. I think it’s important to stay on top of facials and get professionally cleaned. I always see a huge difference in my skin when I do this. Windsor opts for the Jet Peel facial. “It’s basically like a pressure washer for your face,” she says. “There’s no downtime, no bleeding – it’s not like micro-needling – it just gets really deep into your skin, and it’s supposed to help fade scars. have done a couple of times now, absolutely loved it.
Windsor found that getting pregnant, of all things, helped reduce her cystic acne, even though she still had breakouts. Suppose even the most uncompromising skincare enthusiasts among us will stop before making any major reproductive choices in exchange for better skin (although that is certainly tempting). Here is the breakdown of Devon Windsor’s skin care routine, give or take a real baby.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Foaming Cleanser
$ 70.00, Zipporah
Dr. Barbara Sturm Enzymatic Cleanser
$ 75.00, Dr. Barbara Sturm
I have a few cleansers that I love. I have a top two that I use all the time. One is Dr. Barbara Sturm’s basic cleanser. I’m good friends with her, and love how clean it is. It doesn’t dry you out, but it doesn’t make you burst. And then she also has an enzymatic cleanser which I have found very useful, just because sometimes a real exfoliant is a little too rough for your skin. An enzymatic cleanser is basically a powder that you wet out, and it uses enzymes to remove any dead skin on your face, so it’s not as rough as an actual exfoliant.
These are my favorite daily cleansers. I use the base cleanser every day and exfoliate twice a week.
My makeup remover
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Cleansing Water
$ 15.00, Amazon
I try to avoid makeup if I’m just going to the office or if I’m not doing anything that day. I try to let my skin breathe; I think it’s really important. If I put on makeup, the only product I will use to remove it is Bioderma. I have been using it for years. It’s just micellar water, and honestly every great makeup artist in the world uses it. It’s so gentle and easy: no harsh chemicals, no oil, no residue. It’s like my holy grail of makeup removers.
After cleaning, I usually tone up. I have two toners that I love. I am currently using Barbara Sturm toner. I’m going to sound like a broken record saying it, but I love Barbara Sturm’s products. I also have a Caudalie that I adore. It’s more of a beauty – it’s a spray, and I’ve been using it for years. I swap these two.
Balancing tonic Dr. Barbara Sturm
$ 75.00, Amazon
Caudalie Hydrating Tonic Milk
$ 28.00, Dermstore
After the toner I usually go into my serums. For face serums, I honestly love a hyaluronic acid and love a vitamin C serum. There are so many brands that make hyaluronic acid now. I happen to use Barbara Sturm’s, but I know her items can be expensive and I’ve seen alternatives online and at Sephora. For the vitamin C serum, I use Drunk Elephant. I love all Drunk Elephant products, honestly; They are awesome.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum
$ 300.00, Dr. Barbara Sturm
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum
$ 80.00, drunk elephant
My placental serum
It sounds so weird, but… I did a quiz on my Instagram asking people what their favorite pregnancy serums are for fighting dark spots and scars, and found this out. It sounds so weird! It is a placental serum from Biologique Recherche; I’m sure people will have a cow when they hear this, but I swear it really works for me, so I use it for my scars. I put this right where the scars are. This one has been recommended as ten times over everything else over and over again. I use the serum and pair it with the moisturizer.
My tummy care
Body treatments in particular are a very big concern for pregnant women – stretch marks and the use of things that only use clean ingredients because they are absorbed directly into your skin. I use the Evereden Golden Belly serum. Evereden also has a nourishing stretch mark cream. I usually use the serum in the morning or evening and then the stretch mark cream as a topper throughout the day or whenever I feel a little itchy in certain areas.
Evereden Golden Belly Serum
$ 32.00, Amazon
Evereden Nourishing Stretch Mark Cream
$ 45.00, Amazon
Evereden Soothing Belly Mask
$ 39.00, Amazon
Everden also has a belly mask which is so much fun it’s like a sheet mask for your stomach. I try to do one every few weeks, to get deep into my stomach skin, and it instantly hydrates or relieves any dry or itchy skin. I am sure as I grow older I will be using them daily. These are my three body products that I use religiously.
My spot treatment
I occasionally use a spot treatment on my acne. I have one from Murad, and I’ll do a tiny bit on any acne I encounter; it is my favorite.
Murad Quick Relief Acne Spot Treatment
$ 23.00, Sephora
My face oil
I haven’t used a lot of oils since it’s summer and my skin is very sensitive and weird right now. But during the winter months, if my skin is really dry, I have an oil from Drunk Elephant called Marula Luxury Facial Oil. This one’s really awesome, especially if I’m doing something like gua sha.
Virgin Elephant Marula Luxury Face Oil
$ 40.00, drunk elephant
My tools at home
I have a little microneedling thing at home, and it’s a lot smoother than if you go to the salon or to the facial. I don’t bleed when I do. Before pregnancy I had a high frequency wand, which you can just buy on Amazon. I used to do this all the time; it’s great for skin tightening, wrinkles, and spot treatment for pimples so it’s really fun. But it’s not safe for pregnancy, so I haven’t used it for a while. Mine is called NuDerma Clinical. I’ve heard tons of models and makeup artists talking about these wands, and I got into them a few years ago. They are really easy to use; they are not painful at all. It’s just something you can do whenever you can remember it.
NuDerma Portable High Frequency Skin Therapy Wand
$ 49.95, Amazon
Celluma Pro light therapy device
$ 1,795.00, Amazon
I also bought a home UV lamp; there is a red light and a blue light which my facialist recommended. Obviously, the top rated are the ones you can only get when you see your dermatologist and facialist, but they sell smaller ones. I bought one through my facialist; the brand is Celluma Pro.
My eye cream
My eye cream is also from Drunk Elephant; it is the multivitamin eye cream. I love their products; they are also cleaner which is definitely something you are looking for when you are pregnant.
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
$ 64.00, Sephora
In the morning I use Barbara Sturm face cream, the lightest, not the heaviest. And then in the evening I use the Organic Wanted placenta cream.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Light Face Cream
$ 205.00, Sephora
My lip balm
I love lip balms, I have so many! My favorite that I use the most is probably Lanolips. It’s just super thick, super hydrating. And you can’t really go wrong with Aquaphor, which is what I have next to my nightstand, and I just apply it whenever I need it.
Lanolips 101 Multi-Purpose Superbaume Ointment
$ 17.00, Lanolips The Original 101 Ointment Versatile Superbalm
Aquaphor Lip Repair Stick
$ 9.00, target
Originally appeared on Glamor