Beauty basics we can't live without

Beauty basics we can’t live without

A first-rate beauty routine leads to a youthful glow. Don’t miss out on the basics that can help you look and feel your best for years to come.


You’re never too old – or too young – to start using serum. With all the other ingredients in regular moisturiser, there’s not enough room for the more concentrated array of powerful ingredients found in serum. Concentrated with
antioxidants and antiageing nutrients that pack a punch, applying serum before you put on moisturiser will add real
muscle to your regime.

Use your serum at night after cleansing and before moisturising. In the morning, cleanse, apply serum, and then
apply sunscreen and moisturiser.

Night cream

Your skin and body repair, restore and regenerate at night. That’s why night creams have special properties that help recovery. Because they’re able to absorb over a course of a few hours without any interruption from sun exposure, rubbing or even SPF ingredients, they’re more effective in regenerating your skin. Those with anti-ageing properties can increase skin sensitivity, so they work better when they’re not aggravated by sunlight.

Apply after cleansing, and be sure to cleanse properly the next day.

Day cream

During the day, your skin is exposed to sunlight, make-up, pollution, and wind. When applied after cleansing, day creams help the skin retain moisture. Day creams, apart from hydrating your skin, contain extra protective ingredients
that help prevent drying, sun damage and the negative effects of environmental factors. They’re not as greasy as night cream, so work better under make-up. Day cream contains ingredients that regulate acidity, and antioxidants
to fight free radicals, while leaving skin firm and energised.

Make-up remover

Never ever go to sleep with your make-up on. Leaving make-up on your skin will clog up pores, resulting in blemishes and breakouts. Plus, free radicals cling to your make-up during the day, and if you don’t remove make-up, they’ll break down the collagen in your skin and increase signs of ageing. While make-up remover isn’t a cure-all for a clean face (it should be used with a cleanser), it takes away the tough-to-remove products that have managed to survive
throughout the day.

Make sure you remove any leftover mascara, eyeliner and lipstick so that it cannot clog up your skin. Apply to a
piece of cotton wool or cleansing pad and target each area closely.


For silky soft skin and even, perfectly applied foundation, prep your skin with primer. Primer can save your skincare routine and help your concealer work better. It smooths out pores and fine lines, allowing your make-up to be
beautifully applied, leaving you with a velvety soft finish. It will help your make-up to stay on for longer, while hydrating and nourishing your skin. Plus it reduces shine, redness and inflammation. Apply all over your face after moisturising, and then wait a few minutes before putting on make-up.


Cleanser/ face sponge

you’ve ever tried it, you’ll know that washing your face with regular soap just doesn’t cut it. Soap can drastically dry out the skin on your face, and may not remove all the impurities hidden in your pores. Facial cleansers have a
lower pH, which doesn’t irritate the sensitive skin on your face. A gentle cleanser won’t strip your skin. A proper cleanser removes pollutants and bacteria from your skin. It also prepares your skin for the absorption of serums and moisturisers.

Remove make-up before cleansing, and then rinse your face with warm water. Using a facial sponge, dab a
small blob of cleanser onto your skin. Lather and rinse off.


Your skin’s pH can be thrown off by cleansers and soaps, and toners help restore the balance. They also reduce the
size of pores, tightening them and preventing unwanted impurities from entering. This helps your other products penetrate your skin and work better. Toner also removes the dirt, impurities and cleanser residue, as well as chlorine
found in tap water.

Use before applying your serum and moisturiser.


Even if you work indoors, just a little exposure – whether through a window or on the way to work – can damage your skin. Sun damage is proven to cause ageing, fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and even skin cancer. The rays from the sun can cause long-lasting damage that ages and wrinkles your skin. Whether you tan easily or not at all, you need
to protect your skin from the sun at all costs.

Every day, apply sunscreen to all areas of your body exposed to the sun. Always wear sunscreen on your face
– the amount of SPF in your make-up and face cream may not be enough for your sun care needs. Use a tinted
option and you won’t get that washed-out look.

Eye cream

The skin around your eyes is delicate, thin and fragile, leaving it vulnerable to dryness and wrinkles. It’s the first place to show age and tiredness. Because this area is also sensitive, it’s prone to stinging or burning when using regular moisturisers. Eye creams are milder than moisturisers, and mostly free of fragrances.

Gently tap it into your skin and massage underneath and above the eye. Apply at night, and if it doesn’t interfere
with your eye makeup, during the day too. Either way, it will leave the skin around your eyes plump and firm.

Face exfoliators

As with exfoliating your body once a week, a weekly exfoliating treatment on your face will help you to achieve
softer, smoother, healthier skin. It’ll rejuvenate your skin, and improve your complexion. Removing the dead skin cells
on your face will transform your skin. Face masks with exfoliating properties help to clear acne and breakouts, reduce
the appearance of large pores, and help your skin with the absorption of serums and moisturisers.

Body exfoliators

Exfoliation rids your skin of dead skin cells, allowing moisturiser to be more effective. It also unclogs pores, preventing and removing blackheads. As we get older, our body takes longer to shed dead skin cells. In the process of scrubbing
your body with an exfoliator, you’ll also get your circulation flowing.

Use an exfoliating scrub once a week to keep your skin refreshed and firm. Just don’t overscrub or rub too
aggressively – you might irritate and damage your skin. Always keep rubbing and scrubbing motions gentle.

Lip balm

The skin on your lips is thinner than on the rest of your face, and can therefore feel dry and chapped. It can age, suffer from sunburn and get irritated too – just like other sensitive parts of your face. Lip balm speeds up the healing process and moisturises this sensitive area.

Hand cream

The skin on your hands is one of the first places you’ll show ageing. Exposure to dry air during the day can leave
your hands dehydrated and damaged. The skin on the outer side of your hands is fragile and prone to wrinkles.
It’s more exposed to the environment than the rest of your body, and is subject to the harsh effects of water and
cold temperatures. Hand cream is specifically designed to combat these harsh effects, and a good one will keep
your hands, cuticles and fingernails moisturised. Apply every morning and evening to keep your hands supple, soft
and protected.




Joni van der Merwe

About Joni van der Merwe

Your Family’s Digital editor. Avid retweeter. When I’m not scrolling Instagram you’ll find me in my garden. Keen on DIY and I don’t believe there’s anything that can’t be fixed with some chalk paint.


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