Christmas is just around the corner so I’ve already started to compile a list of gift ideas for my friends and family. I’ve found the one kind of gift that is always a definite people pleaser are beauty gifts. I tend to buy my mum beauty products as presents and I have to admit I love receiving them too. Plus they’re the kind of present that is suitable for everyone from your closest girlfriend to your mother-in-law, so it solves the problem of having to wrack your brain trying to find the ideal gift.
I know it can be tricky sometimes trying to pinpoint the right beauty product to give to a particular person which is why I particularly love the special Christmas gift sets that are released at this time of year. I always tend to gravitate towards them as they’re always beautifully packaged, contain a perfectly curated edit of products and they last long after Christmas is over, so the person receiving it will be able to enjoy it for quite awhile. This year, I’ve got my eye on SK-II’s Festive Sets, especially the Ageless Beauty Set which includes their famed Facial Treatment Essence. I’ve used the products myself so I know that whoever finds the set under the tree on Christmas Day will be quite pleased! The set also comes with SK-II RNA Moisturiser, SK-II RNA Eye Cream and SK-II Skin Signature 3D Redefining Mask so it’s like an entire skincare regimen in one box.
If your Christmas shopping has already got underway I’d look to the beauty counter – you’re definitely guaranteed to find something that will impress!
SK-II Ageless Beauty Festive Set, $399, is available at Myer, David Jones, Adore Beauty and Sephora
Photography: Sophia Athas
I’m all about healthy, glowing skin. I think that your makeup simply looks and sits better when you have a great canvas to work with from the start. I have a skincare routine that incorporates a few different elements and I’ve found the below combination works in harmony to help keep my complexion looking healthy.
1. Take makeup off before going to bed
I’m religious about taking my makeup off. I always do a thorough cleanse at the end of each day before I go to bed mostly because I like the feeling of having clean skin when I sleep but also because sleeping with makeup on can clog pores which in turn can cause my skin to break out.
2. Try to have regular skin treaments
I sometimes just need a more thorough skin overhaul than my usual cleansing, toning and moisturising routine can offer which is when a facial comes in. I book myself in for regular facials because it’s great for sloughing off dead skin cells which in turn can help reveal the healthier skin underneath. Healthier skin = healthy glow. As I mentioned in this post, my favourite treatment before a big event is a blueberry facial which does wonders for my skin.
3. Hydrate your skin
I have really dry skin so I love using facial oils. My go-to is the above SK-II Facial Treatment Oil which is so hydrating it feels like a big gulp of water for my skin. I use oils at night as I like to have really hydrated skin when I go to bed as I find I wake up the next morning with a much better complexion. However it’s also great for wearing under makeup when I want my skin to have a dewy effect.
Facial oils are great for dry skin, however I recently learned that they’re also ideal for oily skin. It may sound counterintuitive to use an oil but when you strip your face of its natural oils by over cleansing your body will produce more oil to compensate. So the trick is to replenish your skin’s moisture with a facial oil as it locks it in much more effectively than a regular moisturiser. This will in turn help to balance your skin and avoid the over production of oil.
4. Drink plenty of water
It’s a given that drinking plenty of water is essential for healthy, glowing skin. It flushes out nasty toxins which in turn helps to improve your complexion.
5. Make sun protection a must
If there’s one thing that will stand in the way of you and a healthy glow it’s sun damaged skin. This is why it’s important to make sunscreen a part of your daily skincare routine. I make sure I always apply sunscreen before I leave the house everyday. I apply it under my makeup and ensure I stick to this routine religiously.