Skin-Care Tips Black Women Should Know

From starring in South Africa’s first dance film, Hear Me Move, to choreographing MTV’s Lip Sync Battle Africa, Bontle Modiselle is a bona fide all-round entertainer whose beauty regimen is just as slick.

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Known for her infectious smile, beautiful skin, fantastic body and healthy lifestyle, Bontle Modiselle embodies an Erykah Badu quote she loves: ‘Beauty is your smile and your smell, but in order to be smiling, you have to be smiling on the inside.’ I’ve really grown to like the gym experience, but I’m not a fan of cardio workouts, particularly the treadmill. Leg day is a favourite. I start my day by drinking a cup of hot water and lemon. Next, I apply my signature face mask, which I make by mixing egg white, lemon and honey together.

I keep it on for 15 minutes, wash it off, and apply coconut oil. I generally avoid using too many different products, but if I need that extra TLC, Bio Nike Triderm Alfa, R195, is my go-to. It moisturises and protects very sensitive skin. Getting my hair ready includes applying (1) Black Chic Hair Food Treatment, R22, on my dreadlocks, followed by added moisture with (2) Jabu Stone’s Braiding Spray, R33, and Jabu Stone’s Multi Purpose Spray, R33, to help minimise breakage. My day-to-day make-up look is minimal; the more natural the look, the better.

My make-up essentials include (3) Rimmel Colour Precise Eyeliner, R100, Rimmel 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Contouring Pencil in Cappuccino, R105, and Revlon Powder Blush in Bronzilla, R239. That’s my fail-proof trio. My daily scent is (4) Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, R1 245 for 90ml. You’ll always find Carmex Cherry Lip Moisturising Balm, R25, in my bag because I can’t function with dry lips, plus it smells and tastes pretty good. After a long day, I unwind by taking a shower (I’m shower-obsessed!). The beauty secrets I have learnt are that body oil is a life-saver. You can use (5) Johnson’s Tissue Oil Vita-Rich Firming Body Oil, R110, to remove make-up easily, and it works especially well for products that are matte and hard to remove with a wet wipe. My absolute beauty obsession is taking long baths. I love using my other best friend, (6) Oh So Heavenly Classic Care Bye Bye Stress Calming Foam Bath, R50 – it’s truly relaxing.

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