This is what our grand­moth­ers got right about skin­care

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - BEAUTY, HARRIET PUDNEY -

With the amount of in­for­ma­tion and prod­ucts out there now, fig­ur­ing out ex­actly what you should be do­ing with your skin can seem like a part time job. Should you go for a 10-step Korean rou­tine? All nat­u­ral and DIY? High-price and high-in­ter­ven­tion cos­me­ceu­ti­cals?

The an­swer de­pends on your skin, your bud­get, and how much ef­fort you can be both­ered with, but I’m here to ad­vo­cate for an up­dated ver­sion of an ex­tremely old-school ap­proach.

Whether you last saw cold cream in a 1950s movie or in the bath­room at your grand­par­ents’ house, chances are the oil-in­wa­ter emul­sion doesn’t have a place in your cur­rent rou­tine. It should, though, es­pe­cially when you con­sider that mod­ern balm cleansers are ef­fec­tively the same thing. Both use oil to break down makeup and dirt, and both will leave your skin feel­ing mois­turised and looked af­ter.

They also share a method of use: smooth the cream or melted balm over a dry face, mas­sage into your skin, and then re­move with a warm flan­nel. Th­ese cleansers are so ef­fec­tive it feels like a magic trick. Even wa­ter­proof mas­cara and heavy eye­liner will melt, ready to be wiped away. If your skin breaks out at the slight­est sign of oil, th­ese prod­ucts might be too heavy but, if not, you have to give them a crack. You’ll never bother with makeup wipes again.

One sign that cold cream cleansers and their ilk are back? Hol­ly­wood fa­cial­ist Kate Somerville has one in her own high-price, high-qual­ity line. Her Cold Cream Mois­tur­is­ing Cleanser and Makeup Re­mover, $76, has a whipped tex­ture and is made with honey – it’s gor­geous.

So is peren­nial Vogue favourite Eve Lom Cleanser. I’m not go­ing to tell you to spend $121 on a cleanser, even if it is of­ten called the best in the world. It’s great, but that’s silly money. Just know it’s one of the clas­sics of the form.

Any­way, you can get sim­i­lar cleans­ing balms from New Zealand brands for less than half that. An­tipodes Grape­seed But­ter Cleanser, $47, is made with harekeke and hi­bis­cus, while Tril­ogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleans­ing Balm, $40, adds mango and co­conut to the com­pany’s sig­na­ture rose­hip oil. Both are a plea­sure to use. Even bet­ter priced again is Good­ness Break-Up Make-Up Balm, $20, made with av­o­cado, co­conut and chia oils.

Al­most ev­ery Sun­day my fi­ancee, Ruth Hollinsworth, and I head out for a mo­tor­bike ride. We jump on my bike with our cam­eras and go for a cruise. Last week­end it was a re­ally nice day so we went around the bays, grabbed some ice­creams, took some pho­tos and sat in the sun. I cur­rently have a lit­tle Suzuki trail bike, but I’m look­ing to get a new bike soon, prob­a­bly a Har­ley-David­son.

I just love a clas­sic Sun­day roast. Ruth and I will go down to Moore Wil­son’s on a Sun­day af­ter­noon to grab what we need for a roast chicken and then get into the kitchen to­gether and cook. As a child I’d help my par­ents cook the Sun­day roast, then a lit­tle later in life I wouldn’t go near roasts – I think

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