Continuing on with our “Skincare secrets I learned from mom” series where the purpose is to discuss skincare habits and tips with real women from diverse backgrounds, today we’re excited to bring you Lisa’s story.
Lisa is 41 with very fair Irish skin. She’s originally from Ireland but fundamentally a free spirit who’s lived and traveled everywhere. From Europe, to the U.S., then Hong Kong…. most recently she’s been calling Brazil home. Lisa is strong, capable, genuine, adventurous and one of the rare people I immediately knew would be a friend for life the first day we met.
I’ve been nagging her to share the skincare secrets she’s accumulated through her various experiences and she finally gave me answers – below is a summary of what she shared.
- Tell me about your skincare history. When did you become aware of the importance of skincare?
I was a tomboy growing up spending most of my time outdoors mucking around with horses and rambling the countryside so I came pretty late to the importance of skincare. I started thinking about skincare for the first time in my early teenage years after being teased about my freckles! That prompted me to start avoiding the sun on my face. I also gave up smoking because of the damage it causes and the fast track habit it is to lines and wrinkles.
- Any secrets/tips that stem from your cultural background?
I’m Irish and don’t think Irish skin generally ages well. It’s also not a culture that’s really focused on skincare so I don’t have any secrets or tips from Ireland.
I feel that living in Brazil, I’ve absorbed the focus on beauty of this culture and take care of my skin (and body) better now than ever. I regularly see my dermatologist, not for treatment of any problems but purely for caring for my skin as part of my regular skincare routine.
It’s fairly common to see a dermatologist regularly who will prescribe you individually catered face creams (you can even choose the scent!) and supplements based on your skin type and needs. I take a daily supplement, generally anti-aging and/or collagen and my doctor changes the main ingredients every 90 days.
- How has traveling the world changed your views and approach to skincare?
It was during my time living in Hong Kong that I first experienced skin problems and this is where my approach to skin care really changed. My biggest issue up to this point was my inherited large pores and the occasional teenage pimple. I believe a combination of factors contributed to the raging acne I developed whilst living there, but pollution and humidity were the biggest evils.
Traveling and various life experiences have also made me believe in “as within so without.” I know the importance of happiness (and hydration) for your physical well-being. My health, happiness and general well-being are very much reflected in my skin. Drinking Water (3 liters a day) and sleeping 8-9 hours a night are skincare musts for me.
I also have essential travel buddies, a hydrating face sheet mask and a hydrating face mist. I am the crazy lady that terrifies the passenger sitting beside me when I turn my head towards them in the dark. It always makes me laugh out loud. I swear by it though as I land with a well hydrated, glowing complexion and fresh face.
- What is your detailed skincare routine?
My skincare routine is (flights aside) fairly straightforward, In the morning I use a pre-cleanse oil, special cleansing gel and a Brazilian micellar water. Then I use an eye cream prescribed by my dermatologist and apply sunscreen with SPF70 which has a purifying action which is great for my combination skin. Once a week as part of my morning routine I also use an at-home peel.
At night I pre-cleanse again, and wash my face with an anti-pollution face wash. I use micellar water and then alternate between a night cream or rose hip oil. On the nights I use rose hip oil, I massage my face with a jade roller. Then eye cream again. Usually on a Monday night I will use a vitamin mask and closer to the weekend I will use a collagen sheet mask too.
- What is top of mind for you these days when it comes to skincare?
Top of mind for me these days is a holistic approach to skincare, not only treating it lovely from the outside but nurturing from the inside as well. I know that my environment, lifestyle, physical, emotional and mental well-being all play a role in my skincare. I like to eat well, a balanced and healthy diet (I never ever actually diet) I exercise every day, stress less, sleep well and surround myself with good people. I stay connected with my distant friends and family, I enjoy my life and experience love and laughter on a daily basis - I’ve never looked better!