I’ve always been shameless about asking people where they got their clothes or what beauty products they use. Especially if they have great skin.
Having been a beauty editor in a past life, I have an insatiable curiosity about what people do each day with their face. I want to steal their secrets and copy what they do. (Much easier than stealing their actual skin, which I’m told is not cool.)
That’s why I decided to ask a handful of women with great skin what they do to their faces each day and how it works in with their lifestyle.
Shelly Horton is the host and producer of Mamamia TV. She’s 41 and up for trying all sorts of things on her face. Including vampire facials and botox. But two years ago she underwent a health change – and lost quite a bit of weight. Her lifestyle changed but her beauty regime stayed the same. Which is what I find interesting…..
Q: Shelly, you have immaculate pale skin. Tell me about your daily beauty routine. Go.
A: In the morning I normally cleanse my face in the shower. I tend to feel like the skin on my forehead gets a little “rough” so I also exfoliate a couple of times a week.
I sometimes spray on a toner (depends if I’m running late for work or not – normally I am running late and skip this step) then I apply a natural sunscreen without chemical UV filters. I also moisturise my whole body.
Then I put on makeup or – on the days I’m on TV – I go to Channel Seven and allow a crack team of professionals do their best.
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Honestly, they are so good I sometimes feel like they have Steven Spielberg-like special effects skills. I kind of look Photoshopped.
But with that amount of makeup, NOTHING feels better than wiping it off at the end of the day. Now I probably should take more care here but I’m addicted to face wipes. Before face wipes, I would sometimes sleep in my makeup and deal with the mess in the morning. Face wipes have changed my life.
Then I sometimes put a serum on and I always moisturise with a heavier night cream. My skin drinks it up.
I don’t use eye cream. It stings my eyes and I think the wrinkles under my eyes are beyond help anyway.
Q: What’s the single best thing you do for your health in terms of eating?
A: I try to eat well. I start the day with porridge and banana because it fills me up until lunchtime. Lunch is normally light but pretty substantial. Salad and protein or some rice paper rolls.
I constantly fight with myself about my 3pm chocolate craving. Sometimes I win, sometimes I cave — depends on how stressed I am.
Dinner is pretty much always meat and veggies. I’m a creature of habit and nothing makes me happier than a good steak with horseradish and grilled asparagus. It would be my Death Row last meal.
I always want something sweet after dinner so most nights I have frozen yoghurt. It feels like ice-cream but without the massive calorie hit.
Q: In the past two years you’ve had a major health change – tell me a bit about that and what it has taught you about your body?
A: Over the past two years I’ve lost some weight. It’s been a slow process. Frustratingly slow! I joined a gym for the first time in my life. I was nervous at first but I soon found I really loved the group classes. You bond with other regulars. I get a lot of pride in seeing my strength and fitness improve.