How This E! Host Gets Her Skin so Good
â€œI mean, itâ€™s so clichÃ©, but Iâ€™m glowing now,â€ says Erin Lim Rhodes, the host of E! Newsâ€™ Snapchat show The Rundown. She credits her pregnancy. Not that her skin was â€œbadâ€ before, but when she realized she was expecting her first baby, she counted on her skin to change â€” possibly for the worse. â€œI had heard horror stories, and it could have gone either way.â€
Lim Rhodes didnâ€™t need to change her skin care when she got pregnant. She learned to keep her routine relatively simple as a teenager, when she was trying treatment after treatment and dropping money on anything that promised to clear her acne. â€œIn the end, my dad was like, â€˜Erin, just get a Dove soap bar and wash your face, and I promise you, itâ€™ll work,â€™â€ she remembers. â€œAnd it did.â€
She still swears by bar soap for her cleanser, but sheâ€™s graduated from Dove to one made by her acupuncturist, Dr. Jeong G. Oh of Balboa Acupuncture Clinic, with oatmeal and distilled herbs. Her toning mist, which she sprays directly on her face after cleansing, comes from the same clinic.
The E! host began seeing Dr. Oh after she developed Bellâ€™s palsy, which paralyzed half of her face, several years ago. â€œI was doing intense acupuncture treatments a couple of days a week with him, and even as I was going through my Bellâ€™s palsy journey, my skin was glowing, and Dr. Oh said to me, â€˜Yeah, acupuncture on the face is like getting a facial.â€™â€
These days, she alternates her acupuncture appointments with occasional visits to FaceGym, which specializes in â€œworkoutsâ€ for the face using tools like gua sha, radiofrequency, and cryotherapy. â€œTheyâ€™ve helped so much with lymphatic drainage and releasing the tension in my jaw,â€ she says. â€œAnd not only does it feel good, but my skin is glowing after a session.â€
Below, more of Lim Rhodesâ€™s skin-care favorites, including the tinted sunscreen she prefers over foundation, the eye patches she wears on her way to work, and the spot treatment she makes herself.
â€œAfter an award show, my makeup has been through 15 hours of sunshine, camera, lights, sweat, and lots of touch-ups, and itâ€™s so hard to get the makeup off, so I use this. Itâ€™s a light exfoliant, and itâ€™s not too abrasive on the skin. You have to activate it by rubbing it in your palms, and it really takes everything off.â€
The Spot Treatment
â€œMy sisterâ€™s always trying â€˜naturalâ€™ ways to heal a blemish, and she found a recipe that uses apple-cider vinegar. I was like, â€˜Oh, this sounds dubious. I donâ€™t trust you,â€™ because she had done a recipe that said to put eggs on your face before and had a very bad reaction. But no, this one really worked. Itâ€™s literally just one part apple-cider vinegar, a pinch of Himalayan sea salt, and two parts water. Iâ€™ll mix it up, put a little Q-tip in the tincture, put it on my face, and let it dry. Then Iâ€™ll go on with the rest of my routine, and it doesnâ€™t burn. Itâ€™s got a little bit of the funky ACV smell, but because itâ€™s diluted with the water, itâ€™s not extreme. After applying it, a pimple will disappear sometimes by the next day. Itâ€™s amazing.â€
â€œI started using Summer Fridaysâ€™ Babymoon Belly Balm on my stomach to prevent stretch marks, and then I saw this CC serum and wanted to try it. I donâ€™t usually put serums on between toner and my moisturizer, but this one feels great.â€
The Eye Cream
â€œThis eye cream smells like celery to me, but I like that for some reason. Itâ€™s like, Oh, Iâ€™m putting on vegetables. The eye area is so delicate, so you want to use an eye cream to keep it intact. My makeup artist, Maria Vargas, actually introduced me to it. Itâ€™s got a great texture, and itâ€™s so moisturizing â€” I hate feeling dry. If any part of my body feels dry, I canâ€™t go on with my day.â€
â€œThis face cream leaves you so dewy, and I love that feeling. This was another introduction from my makeup artist. Weleda has two versions of it, so I use the light one for my face and the original, ultra-rich one for my hands. It smells like either lemons or celery â€” I canâ€™t decide.â€
â€œThis feels kind of like a tinted moisturizer. I donâ€™t want to put foundation over it ever because itâ€™s got that light tint but it also gives you a glow. On the weekends, itâ€™s all I put on, no makeup or anything.
I was just in Mexico for my babymoon, and I was definitely reapplying my sunscreen every couple hours throughout the day. But when I just go to work, I put it on before my makeup so Iâ€™m not reapplying it.â€
The Lip Balm
â€œIâ€™ve got dry lips all the time because I always have lipstick on for however many hours a day. So before my makeup artist starts my routine, sheâ€™ll put this on. Itâ€™s really great under everything â€” lipstick, gloss, you name it.â€
The Eye Patches
â€œI love these eye patches because theyâ€™re in a container, not individually wrapped. When I have really early mornings, Iâ€™ll drive to work with them on. They really bring me back to life.â€
The Gua Sha
â€œMy sister uses a gua sha, and when I went to massage places, they always used one on me, too. So I got one that looked like a little butterfly, and it was so cute. I like pressure on my face â€” I love acupuncture and face massages â€” and it helps with lymphatic drainage. My face holds a lot of fluid. Like, if I had alcohol the night before or I ate a lot of salty food, you immediately see it on my face. Also, itâ€™s been years since Iâ€™ve had Bellâ€™s palsy, but if Iâ€™m working and smiling and using my face a lot, I feel tightness, and the gua helps loosen up those nerves.â€