This is what our grandmothers got right about skincare
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
Max blazer, $140, in store November 19
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