Designer Ellen Van Dusen Shares Her Simple—and Super-Effective—Skin Care Routine

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Designer Ellen Van Dusen Shares Her Simple—and Super-Effective—Skin Care Routine
Photo: Ellen Van Dusen

Being at the helm of her own apparel and home textiles company keeps Brooklyn-based designer Ellen Van Dusen quite busy. As such, the 30-year-old founder of Dusen Dusen simplifies all the aspects of her life that she can, including her daily skin-care routine.

Rifle through Van Dusen’s bathroom cabinet and you’ll only find a few products (no hoarding on those shelves), but a few is all she needs. Here, Van Dusen shares her no-frills approach to maintaining great skin.

How would you describe your skin type?
I would say that I have combination skin. It can be dry, it can be oily, and on some days it’s totally normal.

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Describe your approach to skin care.
I’m of the mentality that your body can do most of the work for you itself, so skin care isn’t something that I devote a ton of energy to. I do use a couple of products every day, though.

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Photo: Erin Van Dusen

What’s your morning routine like?  
I use Cetafil in the shower every day, and in the winter I put on Korres moisturizer afterwards. I tend not to need a moisturizer in the summer. If I’m going to be outside all day, I’ll wear Neutrogena sunscreen.

And your nighttime routine? 
I tend not to do much at night. If I’m wearing makeup, I’ll take it off with Clinique makeup remover, but otherwise I just go to bed.

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Are there things that you do less frequently to care for your skin? 
This is a true throwback, but I still like to use Bioré pore strips. It’s a fun thing to do with friends while watching a movie.

What’s the best skin-care advice you’ve ever gotten?
Don’t overdo it.

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