My pathological curiosity about what other women do to their face, skin and hair knows few bounds – and whatever bounds it does know, it ignores.
Paula Joye is not just one of my closest friends of 25 years but she’s also someone who always knows the hottest, latest and best of everything.
Products, clothes, trends….Paula is always ahead of the pack. Paula is journalist, website editor, fashion and style commentator and former magazine editor, and as part of this series with Natural Instinct, I spent some time picking her brain about all things beauty….
Q: Paula, you have radiant skin. How did it get that way? Be honest.
A: Much of good skin health boils down to genetics and prevention. My mother was ahead of her time when it came to sun protection. She covered herself and my brother and sisters in thick bronze zinc – from the top of our foreheads to base of our necks. My 16-year-old-self hated her for it but my 43-year-old-self is eternally grateful.
I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to my daily beauty routine. It needs to be simple or I just won’t stick with it. I’m usually doing a bunch of things and all at the same time in the morning – lunches, finding missing school shoes, making breakfast – so I need fast. I use a serum and then a sunscreen which doubles as my moisturiser.
I add an illuminator to the sunscreen to give my skin a little extra glow – which it needs.
At night, I always, always, always take my makeup off and clean my skin with a gentle cleanser, then it’s a serum (every second night) followed by a hydration cream.
Three nights a week, I use nothing at all because I think it’s important to keep the skin regulated with natural oils.
Did I mention I always take my make-up off? You must, people – clean is the building block to good skin.