One South African Woman Talks Korean Skincare, Rooibos Tea, and "Me" Time

It’s here—31 days, 31 cities, and 31 perspectives. Each day in the month of March, we’re profiling an inspiring woman and asking her to share her beauty routine, favorite products, and wellness secrets. Consider this your firsthand look into the beauty traditions and cultures of your beauty-obsessed counterparts from Thailand, Nigeria, and more (and don’t forget to check our Instagram for a beauty-themed global takeover each day). Today we have Cynthia Gwebu, a South Africa–based woman who talks contouring, hyperpigmentation, and rooibos tea.


Name: Cynthia Gwebu

Age: 26

City and country of residence: I’ve lived in South Africa for 21 years.

Your beauty icons: Grace Jones, Iman, and Audrey Hepburn

The skincare products you can’t live without: La Mer The Renewal Oil ($240); Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Serum ($136); Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant ($22); Eucerin Sun Gel-Crème Oil Control Dry Touch ($70); Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Day Cream ($50)

The hair products you can’t live without: Kérastase Serum Therapiste ($43); John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects Serum ($9); Design Essentials Edge Tamer ($12); Dr. Miracle's Temple and Nape Gro Balm ($8); Coconut Oil ($9)

The makeup products you can’t live without: Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation ($49); Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray ($32) and All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($32); L.A. Girl Pro Conceal High-Definition Concealer ($4); Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer ($18)

What countries and cultures do you find most inspirational when it comes to beauty? I envy the Koreans. They’re incredibly diligent when it comes to their skincare. I wish I had the time to have such an in-depth routine, bringing out the best in my skin.