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Our very own Go Vita Ballarat Makeup Artist Katie, shares her top 5 tips for healthy, glowing skin.

1. Consistency

For a healthy complexion, consistency is key! When you find a routine that works, stick with it. Sometimes it can take weeks or even months to see genuine results, so be sure to give something time to work effectively before moving on to something else.

2. Have a morning routine

Cleaning your face in the morning helps to get rid of oils and impurities that may have built up overnight. Gentle products also help to restore moisture that may have been lost overnight. Serums and creams prepare and protect the skin for the day ahead.

My recommended morning routine includes:

  • Washing your face in cool to luke-warm water. You can use a cleansing cream too if you wish.

  • Follow that up with an alcohol-free toner.

  • Apply eye cream.

  • Give your skin some love with a serum or vitamin C oil.

  • Finish with a day cream/moisturiser.

If you’re heading outside, apply a good natural sunscreen.

And if you will be wearing makeup, I’d also suggest adding a primer that is suited to your skin type.

3. Have a night-time routine

A night-time routine is an absolute must. Our skin repairs and regenerates at night, so it is important to make sure it is clean, equipped and supercharged to do its thing!

The ideal night-time routine includes:

  • A cream cleanser to remove make up, dirt and impurities from the skin.

  • A second cleanse with micellar water to help lift any leftover impurities or makeup.

  • Remove dead skin cells with a gentle exfoliating lotion (some are gentle enough to use every day, otherwise use on alternate days).

  • Apply a serum or face oil to hydrate the deep layers of the skin (I love Inika’s Bakuchiol serum).

  • Add an eye cream; the skin around the eye is thinner and more delicate than the rest of the face, so requires some extra care.

  • Finish with a rich night cream that will deliver a good dose of hydration and help the skin to regenerate, especially in these colder months when our skin is more prone to drying out.

lady testing skincare serum on her hand with a dropper

4. You do you

Skin types vary from person to person, and thus a routine that works for one, may not work for another. Always choose products that target your own personal skin type, be it dry, normal to combination, or oily. Make sure you check the labels, and to be safe, always patch test on a small area of skin before trying new products.

When it comes to creams and moisturisers, someone with oily skin should always opt for a lightweight option, and someone with particularly dry skin (including mature age skin) should go for a more hydrating option such as a "rich" day/night cream

5. Read labels

Be very mindful about what you're putting on your skin. After all, the skin is the largest organ of the body so everything that you put on it is making its way into your system. Read labels carefully and make sure there are no nasties in your products. If it's not good enough to eat, you shouldn't be putting it on your skin!


Ballarat Makeup Artist Katie Hawkes inside Go Vita Ballarat

Katie Hawkes has a Cert II in Retail Makeup and Skincare and a Diploma in Specialist Makeup.

She loves doing special occasion makeup, (especially mother-of-the-bride or groom). Katie particularly loves working with organic, natural and cruelty-free products.

Katie is available in-store on Fridays and Saturdays (at Go Vita, 23 Sturt St) for free skincare and makeup advice, including colour matching. She is also available by appointment for special occasion makeup.

When Katie is not working at Go Vita, she is looking after her two young sons and her 4 cats, or whipping up something clever and creative on her sewing machine.

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