Skincare secrets my mum (the skin expert) taught me

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Here I divulge my mother’s best kept secrets – if it’s one thing my mums well versed in, it’s beauty! From telling me I’m beautiful without make-up, to the gentle hint that it’s time to wax that unibrow – I know my mum will always be honest with me (sometimes painfully so). Here she shares 4 of her best beauty tips!


Tip 1: Early off the mark

To prevent ageing, you have to start your skincare regimen in your formative years. I was cleansing, toning and onto Vitamin A serums at the ripe age of 13, and delved into eye creams by 18. It’s all about preventative measures for young looking skin!

Our top-pick skincare products we couldn’t live without:

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Shop → SK11 Toner, $100
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Shop → Environ AVST 2, $60.99
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Shop → Ella Bache Spirulines Green Lift, $82



Tip 2: Sun protection is key

My mother taught me the importance of SPF in my formative years, in my younger years, she would would laboriously pull me out of the pool and dry me off every 2 hours to reapply.

Always take pride in your appearance; stay out of the sun and always wear sunscreen. My mum is in her 50’s and has not a mark on her face, gets regular mani, pedis and has always seen a nourishing night cream as an investment (don’t forget your neck and chest).

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We love → Ella Bache Great SPF 30+, $62



Tip 3: Simplicity is timeless

If you have a clear complexion (which you will, if you follow tip 1) you don’t have to do much, that’s something I learned from my mum, Sheree. My mum’s rule with make up: neutrals work best. My mum is all for classic beauty and loves the fresh no-make up but simply flawless look.

Our top-pick make-up items we couldn’t live without:

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For brows → By Terry, $46
skincare tips, skincare advice
For lips → Chanel Rouge Double Intensité, $52



Tip 4: Flawlessly professional

Always have your foundation matched by a professional- mineral is best. Quality over quantity: There is no match for top quality skincare and make up: after all, unlike those Manolos- it’s an item you wear everyday- worth the extra pennies.

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We love → Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals, $73


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Olivia Boyd-Smith
Olivia wholeheartedly embraces all things health, fitness and beauty-related in her everyday life. It is more than a passion to her, it is her lifestyle. Studying a combined degree of Communications and Business, Olivia hopes to branch into the Corporate Beauty world where her business mind and passion for nutrition and beauty from the inside out can combine. Exercise is an integral part of Olivia's lifestyle. With 16 years as a ballerina she strongly believes in moving her body every day. Her interests include running, Barre body and reformer Pilates. Olivia has worked with skin Doctors for the past few years while studying, which has allowed her to acquire a vast knowledge of all things skin and body health related. This compliments her interest in nutrition and wellness. She’s also always in the kitchen experimenting with new healthy recipes, allowing her love for beauty foods to flourish. Through her writing Olivia hopes to inform and inspire and readers to live a healthy and beautiful life.