Christine Lakin first found her way into your living room on the series “Step by Step” in 1991 in the role of Alicia Lambert. She stayed on “Step by Step” for seven years and has been busy ever since. Last year Christine starred on the CW series “Valentine” as Kate Providence. And, next up, you can see Christine in the romantic comedy “You Again” starring Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver and Jamie Lee Curtis this September. I met Christine while we were both working on a play at The Falcon Theater in Los Angeles with director Garry Marshall. Christine has now performed in twelve different productions at The Falcon Theater. If there’s one thing I’m sure of, Christine likes to stay busy. She just finished shooting her own web series called “Lovin’ Lakin”. In “Lovin’ Lakin” Christine plays a version of herself in a mocumentary format. The show focuses on how to “break in” to the acting business and how to “come back”. From what she’s told me about the show, it sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun. Look for “Lovin’ Lakin” this summer! Before Christine and I got to chatting about skin care, we discussed our mutual love for “Dancing With the Stars”. Turns out, Christine would love to be on “Dancing With the Stars “ and she’s definitely got my vote. There’s actually a page on Facebook called “We Want Christine Lakin on Dancing with the Stars”. I love that idea! Christine would be perfect. Okay, down to business! Once Christine and I got caught up, we dove into our chat about skin care.
Tell me about your skin care favorites.
I’ve been using Dermalogica since I was sixteen. I love the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel. My new favorite thing they make is called Power Rich. Love those little tubes. Little tubes of joy! And I love Barrier Repair. I’ve used their sunscreen. I’ve used almost every product in the whole Dermalogica line. They have this great scrub that I love. It’s the Daily Microfoliant. That stuff is awesome. The Dermal Clay Cleanser is really nice. My other favorite line is Ole Henriksen. It’s great stuff. The African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser is fantastic. They make an herbal day cream with an SPF that’s great. And I just got their Pick Me Up Tonic face mist which is nice. You can put it on during the day and it’s great to use as a toner at night. I use Kiehl’s Cryste Marine Firming Eye Treatment and Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion. Its awesome! And I’m a fan of good old fashioned Vaseline and Baby Oil. You can’t go wrong. In a pinch, I always have a less expensive version.
Very smart. I’m a big fan of having a less expensive version of a product that you love. What about makeup?
For the most part I use Laura Mercier. Forever! I use their foundations. I just discovered their Mineral Powder and it’s fantastic for every day. It’s really fresh and light. I cannot live without my Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner’s. They never smudge. I have it in brown, black and violet. They’re fantastic. My new favorite thing is by Jemma Kidd. You can find it at Target. She’s got this thing called Show Stopper. It’s a year round body glow that is so gorgeous. It’s great to use as a highlighter on your cheeks, your chest, or on your shoulders. It’s not glittery or too bronzy. It’s a perfect glow. It’s an awesome product and it’s not that expensive. My favorite mascara is Clinique High Lengths. And my other favorite mascara is Loreal Voluminous. If you’re looking for good brushes and don’t want to break your bank there’s this line, also at Target, called Sonya Kashuk. She makes awesome brushes.
What’s your “must have” product?
Auric Blend perfume oil. The scent I like is Egyptian Goddess. I get it at Whole Foods. I swear to god, this is like a beacon for men. I keep it in my purse. Every time I put it on men are like…“What are you wearing?” It’s fantastic. It’s so delicious. Whole Foods, baby!
Sounds fantastic. I’ll have to check it out. So tell me…what’s in your purse?
I have a retractable brush from Sephora. Great little tool! MAC Studio Fix and Smashbox Doubletake Lip Color in Cranberry. It’s fantastic. I have Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. It looks good on everyone. I love Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lip Butter. That stuff is great. I always keep nail clippers in my purse. MAC Tinted Lipglass in Pink Poodle. I love that color. So bright! I keep a lot of things in my car, too.
We went on to discuss the importance of having a pair of tweezers in your car because there is no better light to pluck in.
Let’s talk about spas. Do you have any favorites?
I get facials at Ole Henriksen. Their facials are great. I love Burke Williams for all around body treatments or a good day at the spa. I go to this place down the street from me called Massage Envy for a deep tissue, no frills sports massage. It’s inexpensive and there’s a woman there that will beat you up. It’s great. When I go to Vegas, I stay at the Venetian and the Canyon Ranch Spa there is great.
Do you have any good skin care tips or advice that you can share?
You have to be diligent about skin care. I’ve washed me face religiously every single night since I was fifteen. It doesn’t matter if I fall asleep on the couch and wake up at four in the morning. I will go wash my face before I drag myself to bed. My mom gave me a Clarisonic, which is awesome. It’s such a great tool. It kind of does the work for you. My other big tip is, don’t pick your face. Even if you want to!