Beauty: what works for me.

Now this may surprise some and astound others, but the last time I had a lactic acid peel was five years ago. May 2007 to be exact. Other than that, I’ve had no “work” done. I’ve been meaning to go again but haven’t quiet found the time to with all the juggling I’ve been doing; taking care of the home, my daughter, that third book I’m writing…

Anyhow, I believe in the maxim that less is more. That what you do to maintain your skin over a lifetime, counts more than the temporary results that can be achieved by a single visit to the doctor’s office. I’m not saying that being seen to by a professional has no merit. Just that ultimately it’s you who decides how good you look and how long you’ll stay looking the way you do.

My normal skincare regime involves cleansing once upon rising and cleansing twice, before bedtime. Before embracing Moogoo, which I am a huge fan of, I used Cethaphil. I’ve tried other “natural” brands but the essential oils in their products always sting my eyes. After cleansing, I apply hyaluronic acid to moisturise my under-eye area, followed by a brand of Australian-made el-cheapo eye-cream I get from Sunnybank, which for me works better than Clinique, Lancome, Chanel or Dior. Then if it is day, I apply Loreal’s SPF50, brought from Malaysia by my mother when she comes to visit, followed by eye-makeup. If it is night, I slather on a blob of Moogoo’s anti-aging cream with resveratrol, a potent antioxidant. Some nights I use Moogoo’s Vitamin C eye serum all over instead.

When it comes to make-up, I also have a very pared back approach. I use no foundation because I’ve never been able to find one that matches my skin tone. People rave about mineral make up and BB creams but I find both too heavy for my liking. The most I can tolerate is loose powder and the most I apply is a dab under my eyes and on my birthmark to set concealer. My current concealer of choice is Bobbi Brown’s Corrector in Light Peach. When my skin tone is lighter, I use Lancome’s Effacernes Concealer. Me sans special-lighting or photoshop.

I was fortunate enough to be born with visible eye-folds or what Asians refer to as double-eyelids so I’ve never encountered things like glue or eyelid tape. I’ve also only worn fake lashes twice in my life – once on my wedding day and another time for a friend’s promotional photo shoot –because I’ve never gotten the hang of putting them on. Perhaps, on the two occasions I’ve worn them, my eyelids have felt uncomfortably heavy.

Usually I just put on concealer, a dab of loose powder, followed by a smear of shadow and liner. To top it all off I apply mascara to my uncurled lashes. I’ve tried curling them and own no less than three of those scary-looking metal contraptions meant to give users wide-opened eyes, but have found scant success in the curling department. Heated eyelash curlers work, but I don’t like using the equivalent of a curling tong on my lashes everyday as all that abuse makes them fall out.