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Before we lay down this week’s discussion, it should be noted that I am a big believer in a little goes a long way however in the context of your skin, that statement can easily go f**k itself. That’s the simplest way to put it. Although being a self-titled shoe hoarder, it’s not the easiest case for someone balancing a work-travel-social life to stick to a skin care routine (and well-balanced diet… most of the time). There are the easiest and most obvious steps: cleanse, tone, moisturiser; yet, is that ever enough?

The method to a good skin ritual isn’t the easiest procedures to manage so let’s get down to the basics. To begin establish your skin type: Oily, dry or combination?

No two people will ever tell you they have the same skin ritual, some prefer creams over serums, soap over cleansers and foundation over tinted moisturiser. In hindsight, the appointment of an expert skin regime all forms within good time.

Mornings begin with a little heavy-duty help from Skinstitut’s Glycolic Cleanser 12%. After rinsing, gently squeeze a pea-size amount onto your fingers and massage the cleanser around your face and neck for a minute. When it comes to evenings and in-between my first choice is Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser, its creamy gel texture is made up of five blended skin conditioners so your skin is left feeling soft and healthy. For when I can’t get my hands on a bottle, my favoured alternative is La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane Dermo Cleanser. Its milky texture is enriched in glycerine that’s formulated to cleanse the face and eyes thoroughly while still keeping the skin hydrated. Developed to be used by washing off or leaving on. To complete, I pat dry rather than wiping or rubbing my skin to avoid redness and irritation.

Some major additions to my routine include the newly found cult-favourite brand The Ordinary; Three products in particular include the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution and go-to hydrator, Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5.

Bluntly enough Mariah Carey said it the best with her line “them chickens is ash and I’m lotion”. The cruel reality to this method is that nobody actually wants ashy skin and if there’s one tip to take from here it’s to never forget to moisturise your knees and elbows. There’s the alpha of all hydration, La Mer’s Crème de La Mer that despite its price tag is one of my personal favourite products available in the market. A small application daily before bed helps plump you skin and sooth targeted areas to leave your complexion dewy and fresh. For mornings and after showering I switch between Glossier’s Priming Moisturiser Rich in the summer to Aesop’s Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Creme in the winter.

THE EXTRAS

What happens if you are to tip my bag upside down? You’ll find Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Eye Cream which doubles as a primer, for when I’m on the run and feel like I need a quick refresh Glossier’s Priming Moisturiser does all the saving I need together with Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF20 in Nude when I need extra help. The unexplained fetish for an extreme highlight continues with assistance from Fenty Beauty’s Killawatt Highlighter Duo in Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby and Mecca Cosmetica’s Lit From Within Illuminating Drops. Then there’s the holy grail of lip balm Glossier’s Balm Dotcom. Lastly, the most important product of all La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Tinted SPF50+, because a key factor in not cracking is as easy as simply applying sunscreen.

WORK OUT

Whether it’s going to the gym, a bike ride or yoga on your veranda, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Exercising 4-6 days a week is the perfect way to unwind and sweat out your problems. The occasional visit to a steam room or sauna is another sizzling way to execute toxins in your body.

DIET

Although hailing from a Middle-Eastern background, as a personal preference of mine I no longer eat meat. Eliminating or limiting salt out of your diet works in favour to reduce puffiness as our bodies retain water. You also don’t need to feel bad for the “occasion” 8 macaroons from Ladurée.

A good serum and some creams do a great job but sometimes those just aren’t enough. Some other “hacks” in looking your best are simple. Sleep well, drink lots of water, be nice to others and keep a smile on your face. Carrying a healthy complexion is measured by the level of work you’re willing to invest into your own well-being.