A passion for beauty
Dundee’s Ingrid Holder believes that taking care of your skin holds many advantages for the future. “Growing old gracefully has partly got to do with good genes, but that is only a small part of it. If you have good genes, you have the potential of retaining your youth for longer. However you still need to take care of your skin and give it the nourishment it deserves if you want to benefit from good genes. At the same time, even though you might not have youthful genes, it doesn’t mean that you will look 10 years older than you actually are. It all depends on how you take care of yourself.”
One must remember that your skin is an organ; we neglect and abuse our skin without giving it a second thought. And actually it is easy to look after it once you know how
This 20-something-year-old studied Somatology in Sandton for three years before returning to her home-town to fill a void she always felt rested on Dundee’s shoulders. “I love my home-town and I came back after my studies because I really felt that something was missing here. People don’t have access to a high level of beauty. I studied Somatology because it’s not just a beauty course; it contains elements of physics, science, anatomy and dermatology, among other things. People might think of it as beauty, but it’s much more advanced.”
With winter upon us, Ingrid advises women as well as men to take extra care of their skin. “One must remember that your skin is an organ; we neglect and abuse our skin without giving it a second thought. And actually it is easy to look after it once you know how. Obviously moisturising your body and face twice a day with a good quality product is essential for healthy winter skin.
Soaking in the tub on a chilly evening is a treat. Why not add some essential oils to your bath water to feed your skin while you enjoy your ‘me time.’ Choosing an oil is up to the individual, as each essential oil has its own unique quality. Lavender is very relaxing for a soak just before bed time after a stressful day. But I find it beneficial to mix your essential oil with a carrier oil. This will act as a base, something like grape seed, avocado, olive or wheat germ at a ratio of three drops essential oil and 15 to 20ml carrier oil.”
Clearly the face is something people focus on more, because it’s the first thing people see when they meet you. Make sure to use a good quality face wash, and moistening creams
She adds that exfoliating your body is a fantastic way of deep moisturising throughout the colder months. “It’s really simple to do. You can obviously buy good quality products to do this with, but if your budged is tight, there are excellent homemade recipes. When bathing, you can make your own exfoliating product by using salt, which will work well on sensitive skin, or sugar, which is more coarse than salt. Then simply add some coconut oil depending on how rough you want the mixture to be. Exfoliate and then wash as normal.”
She warns against using regular soaps, as they dry skin out. “Only use a standard bath soap bar if you have no other choice. Invest in a good shower gel instead.”
When it comes to hands and feet, she feels they cannot be treated just the same as the rest of the body. “Your hands are constantly working; you wash them regularly and this causes them to dry and look old. Use a moisture-rich hand wash and use a hand and nail balm. It’s important to use hand cream for hands and foot cream for feet, as the skin in those areas are very different to that of the rest of your body. These creams are specially formulated to moisturise those specific areas.”
Enough about keeping your body looking great, what about your face. “Clearly the face is something people focus on more, because it’s the first thing people see when they meet you. Make sure to use a good quality face wash, and moistening creams. Try a range that offers a day and night cream. The day cream must have an SPF factor and is a lighter cream that nourishes without being too heavy on your face. While the night cream is richer and this is good because while you rest, your face benefits from this extra moisture. I think it is important to remember that although the sun doesn’t feel dangerous this time of year, you must always wear a good SPF factor sunblock every day. Even if you are not going to spend too much time in the sun. Altogether avoiding the sun is impossible unless you never leave the house. Regular exposure and over-exposure to the sun will make you age drastically. So always remember sunblock!”
Seeing people come in stressed and weary, having a massage and then leaving refreshed and rejuvenated is fantastic. Manicures and pedicures might seem like a waste of money, but it’s a confidence boost.
No matter how many moisturisers, oils and creams you apply, there is one thing that can make or break all your beauty efforts. “Beauty definitely comes from within. Eating clean and healthy is a must. I know you always hear that drinking plenty of water is important, but it’s true. Many people will say but they have six cups of coffee a day. Coffee and tea has dehydrating qualities, so you should add two cups of water for every cup of coffee or tea you have. Veggies is also a must, but if you cook it to death and drain all the water, your veggies are worthless. Opt rather for steaming, as this retains most of the nutritional value of your veggies. Supplements are also important, but invest in a high quality product.”
You know what they say: if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. “I really love what I do. Seeing people come in stressed and weary, having a massage and then leaving refreshed and rejuvenated is fantastic. Manicures and pedicures might seem like a waste of money, but it’s a confidence boost. Have you ever stood behind someone in a line at the supermarket and notice they are dressed to the nines only to look down at their feet to see dry, cracked heels? People notice your hands and feet, so make sure they look great. We do spray tanning, waxing, facials and massages.”
Throughout her journey, she has had some amazing support. “My father helped me a lot. He helped me on my feet, and I will always be grateful for that.
And in Dundee we have some amazing people who really want to see our town grow and flourish. I can’t see myself leaving Dundee; this is a beautiful town and we are so blessed to have a wonderful community.”
Northern KZN Get It September 2017