When it comes to keeping well groomed there are certain beauty products that are absolute essentials. Here is a list of 12 beauty basics no woman should ever be without.
Gentle cleanser: Cleansing your skin helps get rid of excess makeup, sunblock and dirt or oils. Find a good cleanser suited to your skin type and use it morning and night. Soap-free, cream cleansers are often better for dry or sensitive skin and gel cleansers tend to be better for oily skin.
Exfoliator: Using a facial exfoliator at least once a week will help remove dead skin cells and leave your skin smoother, softer and brighter.
Face mask: A weekly or twice monthly face mask is a healing, rejuvenating ritual for your skin. For oily skin, a mud-based mask can help soak up extra oils, and for dry skin, an intense hydrating mask can soothe and nourish.
Daily moisturizer with SPF: It is important that you apply moisturizer every day. This will not only help protect your skin from dryness, but it will also nourish and protect it from free radicals in the environment. To get the best results, make sure you use one made for your skin type. Preferably find a moisturiser with an SPF of at least 15, or use a sun block before applying your daytime moisturiser.
Gentle make-up remover: Since going to bed with makeup up on is a big beauty no-no, finding an effective makeup remover is a must for any woman. Coconut oil and plain aqueous creamboth work well for removing makeup and are gentle enough to use on eyes too. If you are too tired to properly remove makeup and clean your face after a big night, use makeup wipes as a quick solution.
Tea Tree oil: This natural oil has been proven to help heal skin blemishes, so it’s very handy for skin prone to breakouts. It can also be used as an antiseptic on cuts or bites. Also, adding a little tea tree oil to your shampoo makes an effective home remedy for dandruff or itchy scalp.
Broad spectrum sunscreen: Regardless of the season, the sun’s rays can be highly damaging and cause wrinkles, fine lines and increase the risk of skin cancer. Before spending time outdoors, it is vital to use sun screen to protect you against harmful UV and UVB rays.
Body scrub or brush: Using a body scrub or body brush will help remove dead skin cells, smooth rough skin and boost circulation. Use a body scrub at least once a week. If you have sensitive skin, go for a gentle one. (DIY note: You can make your own scrub by mixing sugar and coconut oil together)
Body moisturiser: After showering or bathing use an all overcream, lotion or oil to soothe dry skin, protect sensitive skin and help improve the overall appearance of your skin.
A signature scent: Whether a perfume or a body spritzer, finding a scent you love wearing will uplift your spirits and boost your confidence. Don’t over use but find a fragrance that lasts.
Shampoo & conditioner: No matter what type of hair you have, it’s a good idea to use both a shampoo and conditioner. While shampoo is mainly used to clean hair of oils and dirt, conditioner helps keep hair hydrated and silky. Be sure to choose a shampoo and conditioner that matches your hair type.
Hair treatment: A hair mask or treatment weekly or bi-monthly will help by deeply moisturizing your hair and will assist with recovery from environmental elements and constant heat styling.
MUST-HAVE GROOMING TOOLS:
Tweezers: Your eyebrows frame your face, so keeping them well groomed can make a big difference to your appearance. Even if you wax, tweezers are great for maintaining your brows between salon visits.
Earbuds:Besides being useful for cleaning out your ears, earbuds are also good for blending eye make-up, smoothing out eyeliner and applying tea tree oil to spots.
Cotton wool pads or balls: Use these for removing makeup, nail polish and face masks (always buy organic cotton when possible.)
Nail clippers and file:The easiest way to keep your nails trimmed, shaped and tidy.
A good toothbrush: Having sparkling clean teeth is essential to help you to look your best. You can also use an old or clean toothbrush as an eyebrow brush.
Razor or wax strips: Ensure your legs and underarms are smooth and fuzz-free by always having a hair removal tool at your disposal.
Choose the plain version or the bar fragranced with Neroli. Chardine soap is made from fresh goat's milk, luxury natural oils and coloured with natural clays. They are hand crafted in the shadow of the Tygerberg, 20minutes from Cape Town and have excellent moisturizing, cleansing and softening properties.
Keep a lighted candle in your burner with a measure of lavender oil. As it warms up fumes of lavender escape into the air and work on your olfactory sense. Lavender oil is an antidepressant, a calming and relaxing influence that will also help with insomnia.
Ever dreamt about experiencing the perfect shave, close yet smooth with no nicks or cuts ending in a well moisturised skin that is perfectly clean and nourished? Dermalogica is an investment that will add total enjoyment you can experience every day.
Use the men’s organic face wash, spritz with a face mist and top off with an aftershave balm. See how good that makes you feel. Just Pure is just that, it has no nasties, is organic and feels like it just belongs on your face.
ALL OVER BODY
Celebrate the launch of a fabulous range of body products with qualities that will make you want to spend more time in the bathroom. After much research and testing, Wellness Warehouse has perfected a natural range of comprehensive products in fragrances you will love.
Natural body care products that love the earth, contain organic ingredients and are locally designed and manufactured. These sophisticated products are a perfect treat for Father’s Day.
Combine this shaving soap enriched with Rooibos and lemongrass designed for people with sensitive skin with a quality shaving brush for an ideal grooming experience. The Antjies Men’s Gift Set includes a large cake of Rooibos soap, peppermint foot bath and a pocket knife.
Earth - Zen is a product range focused on treatments that reduce and remove contaminants from the body. Specific and targeted therapies alongside everyday personal care items promote deep cleansing as the foundation for good health. They also help the body respond to medication and other therapies and act as a regimen to counter environmental toxicants. Products like detoxifying bath soak to detox capsules, dental tooth powder, exfoliating scrubs and skin ointment all contain healing components assisting the body to do what it knows best.
CALM BY CANDLELIGHT
Make lighting candles a daily ritual to remind you that life has meaning, you are important and time is your resource. A lit candles contributes so much towards creating a sanctuary. The Wellness Warehouse range has a variety of sizes, colours and fragrances from sandalwood to wild fig and jasmine.
Smoother, softer skin is the secret to a natural looking tan. St. Tropez has it wrapped with tanning products that get it right. The body polisher, specially formulated for gentle action, helps to lightly remove tired skin cells, making the skin ready for perfect tanning. The spray creates an even look and the moisturizer helps keep your tan for longer.
Ingredients like Indonesian ginger, Italian mandarin and eucalyptus are used to balance the chakras through a Spa ritual. Products are made for exfoliating and refining, soaking and conditioning, and relaxing thoroughly enough to refresh the mind. The bath salt variation is blended with sea salt, mineral rich Dead Sea salt, Epsom Salt and Cydonia Clay to detoxify, soothe and purify the skin.
Keep your hands in gorgeous condition with Opi hand lotion, cuticle oil and strengthening component that will fortify, protect and harden thin and brittle nails.
by Janine Garner