Nawel Aderghal, Head of Marketing at Food Fund International and Founder of The TRUENUDE, talks us through her daily beauty routine.

Talk us through your morning routine.

I’m normally awake before my alarm around 8-8.30 am and snuggle in bed for a few minutes. I jump into the shower and start my morning beauty routine. I try to stay away from the phone (texts, emails and social media) for one hour or so, as I think self-care and me-time are so important before kicking off a busy day. My next 45 minutes are all about preparing my skin. With no exception, I follow three steps.

Step 1: I cleanse and I mean deep cleanse: I wash my skin morning and night; that’s very important for me to remove all oils from my face. I exfoliate at least three times a week. I use Pacifica Glow Baby face wash – the first step towards getting my radiant glow. I follow with an acid toner; my favourite is COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner. I am a huge fan of Korean and Asian products which I have been using for a while, and I am totally in love.

Step 2: Masks. I use Shiseido Vital Perfection Uplifting and Firming Express Eye Mask. The masks themselves adhere per- fectly to the natural shape of the under-eye, striving to minimize sagging skin for revitalized, healthy-looking results.

Step 3: I make sure to moisturize and protect my skin. I start by applying Sheer Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 Skin- Ceuticals. Living in Dubai and being exposed to the sun, I realized that it was really necessary to invest in a good SPF. Some days I really don’t wear makeup. I don’t like to wear it every day. If anything, I’ll wear a tinted moisturiser such as Bali Body BB Cream, also with some SPF and some concealer.

And how does your evening routine differ?

My sleep schedule has varied constantly over the last five years, so I make sure to deep cleanse and hydrate as much as I can to keep healthy skin. The cleanser and toner are the same as during my morning routine. To help my retinoid work better, I apply it directly after cleansing before any other treatment serum or moisturiser. I use Kiehl’s Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum with Ceramides and Peptide. I will moisturize with SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight Cream to improve my skin’s overall appearance, from time to time.

What are your go-to beauty products?

My essential skincare products are: Sheer Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 SkinCeuticals, as I like to protect and hydrate my skin; Tarte Shape Tape concealer is very, very good. I have never found a concealer as good as this. I don’t even wear foundation anymore as the concealer is so full coverage. I use Laneige Radian-C Brightening Treatment Essence to keep up with the pollution and the warm weather. I like to keep my skin smooth and bright; Gisou honey oil for my hair.

Are you a fan of masks?

I am an addict to face masks and hair masks. I like to keep my skin tone and firm as well as healthy hair. I usually apply masks over the weekend. My favourite face mask is from Clarins – the SOS Comfort Mask.

How would you describe your approach to makeup?

I barely wear makeup and only for a few occasions. I like minimalist, light makeup. I would rather use soft, dewy make-up, like BB cream and some concealer that contains ingredients to help my skin look hydrated and glowing. I would say that my skincare is more important than my makeup. What can always be found in your makeup bag? My makeup bag is really small, most likely, we should be able to find Laneige lips balm, Laneige Radian-C Brightening Treatment Essence and Tarte concealer that I always apply after lunch to refresh my look.

Let’s talk fragrance. What are you loving at the moment?

I am in love with Les Sables Roses from Louis Vuitton. It feels effortless, elegant and stylish.

How do you choose your evening fragrance?

Depends on the company and the impression I would like to leave but I would easily opt for Good Girl Gone Bad by Kilian, a gorgeous floral peachy scent.

Talk us through your hair routine.

I have been using Gisou products for a while – from shampoo, conditioner, mask and oil serum. I like the hard work and dedication behind the brand. I visit my hairdresser once a month and get Hair Botox treatment to repair the sun damage. I get a haircut every three months. I make sure to have dry hair untied before sleep. I often do monthly biotin cure to help my hair grow.

What is the most unusual item in your makeup bag?

Since I moved to the region, I have been tinting my eyebrow with henna. But recently I have tried the Brown Sculpt from Refy to keep them in shape. I like to use it before a night out, I feel it gives a final touch to my look.

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