Ever wish you could peek into the beauty cabinets of other women? Ask them about each and every product before you gather your notes and make a beeline for the nearest Mecca? We did too, hence our Real Women, Real Routines series that will be running for the next month. We’re shining a spotlight on actual women, and detailing the ins and outs of their personal skincare routines.
We asked all the questions, from their approach to skincare, to issues they’re dealing with, morning and evening beauty rituals, and the products they’ll keep buying forever. In this week’s column, Ex-Beauty Editor, Author and businesswoman Zoë Foster Blake kindly walked us through every single step in her expertly curated skincare routine. Having tried hundreds (if not thousands) of products in her lifetime, you know that all those which made the cut are seriously good.
Keep reading for all the skincare products a beauty editor-turned-skincare-entrepreneur swears by.
What’s your approach to skincare?
It has to be simple, and effective, and, well, enjoyable, to be honest. Why use stuff you don’t like, or which you regret buying, because it gives no results? Silly. I went from a beauty editor doing a fancy 12-step routine, to a constantly travelling mum, and shit needed to get real. Fast. This is why I created Go-To. Skincare can be very simple and work very well, if the ingredients actually do something. And if you lose all the synthetics and irritants, and actively calm inflammation, you’re even further ahead.
(Fun fact: At the core of all disease and ageing is inflammation. Cute!)
How do you go about choosing products?
Apologies for the infomercial, but you walked right into this one… I use my entire Go-To range, cos I made stuff I want to use. And I had tried it all! I really had. Outside of my products, I use serums/toners targeting hyperpigmentation, deep-cleansing masks, and nourishing plant-based masks.
Do you have any skincare issues you’re currently treating?
I’m breastfeeding, so my skin has been leeched of all the good stuff. It’s very thirsty and more lined than usual, which seems unfair since I am sustaining someone's life, goddammit. To that end, I’m using a lot of Face Hero ($45) and our new sheet mask, Transformazing ($9), and also Biologique P50 ($91) to treat pigmentation.
What do you buy over and over again?
Walk us through your current morning routine.
I cleanse with Go-To Properly Clean ($31) first thing. Next up, I use Go-To Face Hero ($45) all over. Right now, I'm road-testing a lab sample of my physical sunscreen we’re working on that’s completely killing me. The final step is my Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser ($66), and I'm good to go.
Walk us through your current evening routine.
Again, I'll use Go-To Properly Clean ($31) to take the day off. ($45) Go-To Exfoliating Swipeys ($46) come next (three times a week), followed by Go-To Face Hero ($45) three times a week. I finish with Go-To Very Useful Face Cream ($72).
Which experts do you look to for your personal skin upkeep?
I see Melanie Grant in Armadale, and Brooke Holmes at Me Skin and Body in South Yarra. Both women are very knowledgeable, and up to date in the industry. I don’t relax in facials; I talk non-stop about products, treatments, and routines. After all, Mel and Brooke see all skin types, all day, every day, and they really know their shit. I probably annoy the hell out of them, but that’s their fault for being so good at what they do. Suck it, ladies.