Skincare plays such a vital role in our lifestyles that it’s so important to find a good regimen for yourself and stay consistent to it, to achieve your best skin. I believe that taking care of oneself adds quality to life and that looking the best you can is a show of respect to those around you. In this article I will be sharing with you a few of my favourite skin treats that I simply cannot live without. I have chosen these skin treats because they are in line with my deep conviction that fine grooming doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective. It should be simple, straight forward and intuitive. I have chosen an array of products that I feel truly help in achieving a polished look. It’s quite simple, take care of your skin, look closely at your face, and use effective techniques and you will present your most impeccable self to the world. The Exfoliator
Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells, improves the texture of the skin and promotes cell regeneration. Not exfoliating enough can result in bad breakouts: itmakes the skin incredibly dry which in general makes one look dirty, tired and paunchy! PLEASE EXFOLIATE! This is my favourite step in my weekly regimen, I only exfoliate 3 times a week because over exfoliating irritates the skin a lot. My go to exfoliation product would have to be Dermalogica’s Daily Resurfacer: this is a leave-on exfoliating treatment that helps to brighten and tone the skin, it resurfaces and smooth’s the skin as well. You can find this product at any Dermalogica stockist, it retails for R1,020.00. The Face Mask
There are many different types of face masks, each used for a different purpose. Masks help to boost the skin’s appearance by increasing. the skin’s hydration, making the skin look firmer and lifted, also giving the skin a smoother and younger look, furthermore masks decrease the appearance of fine lines on the face caused by the sun’s harmful rays. My personal favouriteis the Pure Exfoliate and Refine Clay Mask from L’Oreal: this mask exfoliates and refines the skin in just 10 minutes, not to mention, this unique formula provides a multi-sensorial, fragrant experience while potent pure clays and volcanic rock exfoliate dead skin cells and smooth surface imperfections. My favourite thing about this mask is that it addresses rough and clogged skin to reveal a polished, pore minimized and smooth complexion. You can find this product at any stand-alone L’Oreal stockist, Red Square, Edgars and selected Clicks stores, it retails for R150.00. The Foundation
I am all about achieving a flawless finish, this is why I believe having a liquid foundation on my must have list of skin treats is so important. I use a liquid foundation as a corrective technique, to blur away any skin imperfections and to make sure that I present my best self to the world all the time. I love my skin to have an even finish, when I walk outside people always tell me “wow, you have beautiful skin”, this gives me life. The finish a liquid foundation gives to my skin adds love to the love I already have for my skin. The trick to making make-up look great on your skin, I have discovered, is having healthy skin underneath. Remember, a foundation isn’t to cover imperfections but rather to even out your skin tone. My favourite foundation is the Skin Foundation SPF 15 from Bobbi Brown: it’s a long-wearing liquid foundation that evens skin tone, minimizes the appearance of pores and conceals moderate imperfections. This liquid foundation also has great hydrating properties to it so much so that it leaves the skin feeling cushioned, comfortable and clean- it gives you minimum coverage making the skin feel like itself only perfected. You can find this product at any Bobbi Brown make-up store, it retails for R550.The Body Brush
When it comes to summer beauty I have a very straight forward and practical approach, which is prep now rather than panic later when there is that big reveal when you have to hit the beach with your friends. You don’t want to get caught out with dry and pasty skin. Body brushing, we’ve all heard of it, it is using a brush with quite stiff bristles to work over the skin. Body brushing has a brilliant polishing effect on the skin, my tip to making this work is body brushing every day for a few minutes. Always start from your feet up, with long strokes all over the body. As long as you do it for a couple of minutes each day, you will see a difference, probably within two weeks. My favourite thing about this brush is that it also minimizes the appearance of skin imperfections, the biggest one being cellulite. While we all know there is no cure for cellulite but some things can help, by scrubbing the skin every day it tones up the skin helping to minimize the appearance of cellulite. This product can be found at selected Clicks Stores or online at Anthropologie, it retails for R50/ R250, depending where you choose to buy it.
There’s no magic to a beautiful complexion. You have to take care of yourself. This will require your time, attention and dedication. Remember, Queen Esther had her skin massaged for a year with body oils before the king found her attractive. This isn’t achieved miraculously overnight but it takes practice, make a deliberate effort to make yourself beautiful every day. When you feel like you look your best, it just gives you so much more confidence, you walk into a room and you’re a light for people.
Article by: Lordian L Mthitshana
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