When you’re on tour or hitting the red carpet in a dress that leaves little to the imagination, you’ve got to level up your skincare strategy. And Ciara’s learned a thing or two about that over the last few years: The singer, actor, and entrepreneur launched her own skincare line, OAM (it’s an acronym for On A Mission), last year, and admits there was a bit of a learning curve involved. “It’s so funny, I didn’t really get what a serum was for before I created my line,” she tells Women’s Health. “Now, I use one every day.”
It’s helped give the multihyphenate superstar the confidence to navigate her hectic life (she’s also the mom of three kids, a role that she says she’s most proud of)—and Ciara is all about confidence these days. It’s what inspired her to partner with antiperspirant brand Degree, which recently released the results of the What Makes America Sweat study and a brand new product called Unlimited by Degree (Ciara uses it). “It was an education for me, learning about anxious sweat and how that’s a real thing,” she says. “It can really stand in the way of a lot of opportunity for people because they don’t feel confident enough to get out there and deliver.”
Yet somehow, Ciara makes it all seem so easy. But to stand up to her busy life, she also needs skincare that delivers. These are the, well, goodies that keep her looking fabulous from head to toe.
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Eye cream is essential—this is the one Ciara uses
“What’s really important to me is using an eye cream daily,” says the 37-year-old. “This is a must-do.” It’s a sound strategy—the delicate eye area is one of the first to show signs of aging (think crow’s feet, undereye circles, the works), and finding a cream that can address these issues can be a tall order.
So, which does Ciara use? It should come as no surprise that the OAM Vitamin C Eye Revitalizer is her go-to. Like all OAM products, Eye Revitalizer is powered by a special complex that combines skin-firming peptides with a combo of three different types of vitamin C, a potent anti-ager that stimulates the production of skin-plumping collagen and helps to brighten skin. “We’re calling it the Tri-C Pro-Peptide complex, and it allows the vitamin C to be released throughout the day in micro doses so it’s completely non-irritating.” The product works to battle both puffiness and dark circles, and it’s a steal at only $35!
This serum is Ciara’s shortcut to glowing skin
In addition to cleansing daily, an AM dose of serum has become a big part of the star’s skincare routine—and vitamin C also factors in a big way here too. “Your skin really needs vitamin C to stay healthy, but your body can’t produce it,” she explains. To the rescue: The OAM 20% Vitamin C Brightening Serum.
In addition to OAM’s Tri-C Pro-Peptide Complex, this lightweight, fast-absorbing product features vitamins A and E to help boost the effects of the vitamin C in the formula and repair skin’s protective barrier to further reduce irritation as well as moisturizing CoQ10 and brightening Bearberry Leaf extract.
The product that keeps her body glowing on the red carpet is…
Ciara’s completely sheer netted halter gown by Dundas made a splash at the Vanity Fair Oscars party, and when you’re showing that much skin, you need a product that will keep your limbs looking flawless and glowing. For that, the star turns to the Sally Hanson Airbrush Legs Illuminator, a cult-favorite that’s been used by makeup artists and red carpet pros for years—and that you can snag on Amazon for less than $10. “It’s amazing, it gives you that shine and glow,” Ciara says.
Available in two shades—a warm “golden glow” and a cooler “nude glow”—the product contains reflective pigments that catch the light and create a soft blurring effect on tiny imperfections like dark spots or visible veins. Plus, it’s long-lasting and transfer-resistant so you don’t have to worry about it staining your clothes. The unique rollerball applicator makes it a cinch to put on and imparts buildable shimmer.
Ciara’s all about this in-office procedure
When it comes to procedures, Ciara’s not shy about admitting that microdermabrasion, a technique dermatologists and trained aestheticians have relied upon for years to smooth skin and treat uneven skin tone, melasma, and even acne scars, is her choice. “I’ve loved microdermabrasion over the years for getting rid of all those dead skin cells removed,” she says. “You can feel the transformation of your skin immediately happening. The results are amazing.”
So how does microdermabrasion work, you may be wondering. During a treatment, tiny crystals are propelled against the skin using a small handheld vacuum system. As a result, the uppermost layer of skin, called the stratum corneum, is removed (don’t worry, it’s made up of mostly skin cells that are already dead) and as skin heals, a new layer is formed with a brighter, firmer look. And while microdermabrasion is generally considered safe on all skin tones and types, it’s always best to check with a dermatologist before beginning any new treatment regimen.
But Ciara’s best beauty tip is confidence, confidence, confidence
And she’s trying to instill that in her fans. The star’s work with Degree has inspired her to use her platform to talk about confidence-killers like sweat so that everyone can get out there and live without worry or fear. “I was excited about this campaign and being able to share the information that I learned with my fans,” she says. “I want people to go and live life without limits and be their best selves.”
Brian Underwood is the beauty director at Women’s Health. He is an award-winning journalist with more than 15 years of experience covering beauty and lifestyle for several national media outlets and previously served as beauty and wellness director at Oprah Daily. His work has appeared in Woman’s Day, Life & Style Weekly, Good Housekeeping, and many more. He also serves as a member of the Skin Cancer Foundation’s gala committee and lives in New York City with his daughter.