Let’s face it, ladies, there’s nothing more frustrating than trying to lock down the perfect skincare routine. Just when you think you’ve nailed it, your skin starts to dry up… or break out, or get oily, or just completely fall off. OK, we don’t know about that last one, but still, it’s a pain.

With that, Life & Style reached out to model Ashley Alexiss to get all of her secrets to beautiful, glowing skin! Boasting 1.4 million followers on Instagram alone, the 28-year-old understands how important skincare is for bettering the overall quality of your life. First and foremost, Ashley broke down exactly what her daily routine looks like. *Pauses to grab notebook.*

Model Ashley Alexiss posing for a selfie

“I wash my face EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I never understood just how important it was until my skin started getting flakey and caused my makeup to get patchy because of it,” the Boston native began. “I start with a tea tree oil exfoliant or a glycolic acid exfoliant depending on how my skin feels that day. I follow it up with a deep moisturizer and hyaluronic acid serum. Then, I use an under eye cream followed up by a deep lip moisturizer.”

Perhaps the only thing more difficult than mastering your skincare routine is figuring out what products to use! No tea, no shade, but these companies need to slow their roll. How’s a girl supposed to keep up with it all? We’re particularly wary of moisturizers, so Ashley told us her go-to.

Model Ashley Alexiss posing for a selfie

“I have 2 go-tos. It really depends on the time of year, where I am in the world, and the condition my skin is in,” she explained. “First is called ‘Day Dream’ by Beauty by Dr Kay. It is filled with collagen, green tea, and hyaluronic acid. Next is called ‘ultra repair cream’ by First Aid Beauty. It’s a thick moisturizer that cures dry skin.”

Of course, because life is unfair, skincare is rarely cheap. Even so, every gal has that one item they’re willing to splurge on, right? Ashley’s guilty pleasure item is Tinted SPF and CC cream from It Cosmetics

Unfortunately, we do have to address everyone’s least favorite topic on the planet: breakouts. As it turns out, you don’t have to be a hormonal teenager to experience them. In fact, getting them in your 20s is even more frustrating, if you ask us.

Model Ashley Alexiss posing for selfie

Since I entered my 20’s, my face tends to break out more than it ever has,” Ashley admitted. “I help combat them by getting a microneedling treatment once every one-to-two months and also using an acne spot patch. They’re awesome! Perfect to put on right before bed.”

Ashley also dished on her favorite face masks to use, because let’s face it, they’re all the rage these days. “I use the Indian Healing Clay! It’s refreshing and you can actually feel it working. I mix it with apple cider vinegar for a super strong mask that minimizes and clears out my pores.” 

Last but certainly not least, Ashley revealed the No. 1 product she couldn’t travel without. “I could never travel without my tinted SPF. It works as a moisturizer, aging cream, skin protectant, and foundation all in one. It’s my everyday go-to!”

Well, we don’t know about y’all, but we have lots of shopping to do! We’re so ready to get our glow on all year long.