Cellphone? Check. Wallet? Check. Keys? Check. Facemask? Oh shoot!

Life By Asha Singh wearing a sequins COVID-19 fabric mask



Who would have thought facemarks would become as important as your housekeys in 2020. In many countries, including South Africa, mask wearing is now a part of everyday life and something completely normal. But while they're an awesome barrier to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, they also have other unfortunate consequences. One such consequence being that the friction of the mask against our skin as well as the bacteria that can collect on the inside of the mask, can lead to our skin getting irritated and breakouts occurring more frequently.

"Maskne" is the term for acne that results from wearing a mask, dermatologically known as mask mechanica. This type of acne is commonly triggered by sweat, friction, and pressure on the skin and causes inflammation, unpleasant red rashes and tiny clusters of pimples around the nose and mouth specifically.

This post is a compilation of tips from gentle skincare brand Cetaphil as well as my own tips from what I've experienced personally during this mask-wearing age.

Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion and Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser


How to care for your skin while wearing a mask 


  • Firstly, choose your mask carefully. Your mask should be made of a soft and breathable material. Opt for a 3 layer fabric mask (As N19 masks should be reserved for health workers due to them being in low supply, high demand). Make sure the mask fits snugly but is still comfortable enough that it doesn't bruise your skin

  • Wash your mask properly. You can find guidelines for washing your fabric mask here. Remember to wash both sides of your mask properly

  • Don't touch your face after touching the outside of your mask. Make sure you don't mistakenly touch your face after taking out your mask. The outside of your mask has been exposed to bacteria and touching your face could spread that bacteria (Or worse). Wash your hands with soap after taking out your mask or touching the outside of your mask.

  • Wash your face with a gentle cleanser. It's also a good idea to wash your face after taking out your mask for the day so that any bacteria that collected during the day can be washed away as soon as possible. The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is a great cleanser for even the most sensitive skin.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser to help prevent maskne
  • Wearing foundation under your mask can cause your pores to get clogged. Also, half your face is covered anyway so why waste your Fenty foundation!

  • Apply a light moisturiser that's not too greasy. Applying a moisturiser that's too heavy or greasy can also clog your pores. The Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Location is a lightweight, oil-free moisturiser with Hyaluronic Acid that provides instant hydration, maintaining the skins protective barrier, and helps to protect skin from dryness.
Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion with Hyaluronic Acid on Life By Asha Singh

  • Don't forget SPF! I think by now we should know how important incorporating sunscreen into our skin care routine is, but somethings even I can be a bit lazy. Even though half our face is covered, SPF is still crucial. Ideally, choose a sunscreen that's mineral based and lightweight so as to not clog your pores.

Why does it somehow feel like we skipped straight from summer to the middle of winter? I went from barely remembering to put on lotion to having to put on 101 products on my skin to keep it hydrated and feeling moisturised

Luckily right before lockdown, Nimue sent me their new Smart Rehydration range, which admittedly at the time I didn't really think I needed because my skin felt pretty hydrated. Fast forward 3 months, it's become such a staple. Even more so now that I know how absolutely essential hyaluronic acid is - think of it as collagen's first cousin (And with the attention collagen has been getting lately, it's crazy that hyaluronic acid hasn't been getting much attention at all)


Nimue online Hyaluronic acid serum for skin best hyaluronic acid serum

What makes you feel the most wanted? What does it mean to feel the most wanted? It means feeling flamboyant, passionate and authentic, feeling free, adventurous, untimeable and playful. In other words feeling the most wanted is about feeling like the most empowered version of yourself.




Nimue’s challenge and promise is simple. Take up the 12 Week Challenge and if you can’t ditch your foundation in week 13, we will give you your money back.


With summer around the corner, it's no surprise if you're looking at hair removal options that are the most effective and efficient. 

Shaving? Only last like 2 days and leaves you with the worse stubble.
Waxing? Lasts a week which is great but then you have to wait another 2 or 3 weeks for the hair to be long enough to wax again - which means 2 or 3 weeks of hairy legs. So not cool for summer beach days.

There are other options like tweezing, threading and sugaring but these are more for specific areas like brows. 

As you can tell from the title of this post, we're going to look specifically at laser hair removal.

I gave laser hair removal a try 2 years ago but I messed up one fundamental thing - you need to be consistent with it. I started it again a few months ago and this time I'm hoping to go all in.

I asked Mariam Joosab from Simply Laser for her expert opinion on all your most commonly asked questions and some specific questions I got on my instagram stories. 





Cetaphil is well known in the skincare space for affordable products that hydrate, replenish and protect. They have a few new products on the market, which I’ll give you a review of after having trialed them for about a month.
Cetaphil Daily Scrub Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion Cetaphil Rich Night Cream



Now let's not get ahead of ourselves, my "everyday makeup look" is no makeup. I don't wear makeup everyday especially not to work or when I'm just going to be home. But some days if I'm going shopping or feel like looking pretty or being creative I'll do my makeup. These are some of the products I'll use as well as some suggestions. 





Since 2016 I've had almost every hair color under the sun - black (natural), brown, blonde, ginger, red and even purple. I've been fully embracing the different hair dying trends of our time (Platinum blonde, I've got my eyes on you). I won't even deny that this has led to my hair getting very damaged. Luckily for me, my hair is very thick and hasn't thinned due to it but it's definitely gotten more dry and doesn't look as healthy as before.

Every girl deserves to treat herself every now and then and what better way then some gorgeous jewellery. I'm not one for a whole cupboard of jewelley and I definitely prefer to have one or 2 amazing pieces that I can mix and match and play around with.

Of course, Local is Lekker and I'm all about supporting local South African brands, but I know it's not always easy to find local businesses especially online - sometimes I'm tempted to just buy something off Wish (Which isn't ideal - I'd prefer a local small business getting my support). So just in time for mothers Day, here are some local small businesses you can buy a gift from (Or just treat yourself girl!).

High-end Jewellery


These aren't even just for more of a splurge - every girl deserves some high-end quality pieces. Especially now that I'm growing up, I find that I'd rather spend a bit more money and get something timeless that I can wear often and feel proud of.


Legacy Collection by Charmaine Taylor



I was introduced to Charmaine Taylor's Legacy Collection last month (with their collaboration with Pongrácz) and the story behind it absolutely captivated me, especially with it being Freedom Day on the 27th of April - each Legacy Collection piece is named in honour of South Africa’s struggle to democracy.  Also, you can make your purchase knowing that 10% of profits are donated to sustainable employment projects in South Africa. My favorite is the Africa Rising pendant - it has the outline of Africa with a unique, raw piece of fence running through the Africa shape.

In recognition for statement pieces, Pongrácz has collaborated with Charmaine Taylor. Her jewellery pieces are designed to be worn with intent, to raise awareness of the environment and human rights and have been celebrated for their striking designs. Best known for her jewellery formed from the repurposed historical prison fence from Robben Island, this latest collection custom-made for Pongrácz tells the story of being bold, fearless and individual. Each set of earrings is hand weaved and no two will be exactly alike, making them truly individual.

You can purchase Legacy Collection pieces on the Legacy Collection website.







Mid-range Jewellery

Because we're not balling just yet.

Della Online

Designed locally is Della Jewellery. Brainchild of by Pippa de Charmoy, classic lines, quality semi-precious stones and fine craftsmanship ensure that all Della creations are distinctive and utterly unique.

Della makes the perfect mid-range gift that won't break the bank but is still amazing quality. The packaging is beautiful and makes it feel like you're getting something totally exclusive. It comes in an elegant black box packaging in a little bag with the Della logo. I still kept the packaging because I love it as much as the actual jewellery! The earring collection is the most extensive with unique, colorful pieces that have stunning precious stones. You can purchase pieces on the Della website.


Affordable Jewellery


There's no kinda broke like college student broke. But we still deserve nice things. Here's a option for when you gotta make the most of those randelas.

My Image Exclusive

South African farm girl at heart, Annamie created My Image Exclusive at just 15 years old! She has beautiful handmade pieces at prices that don't break the bank and yet still feel so one of a kind and precious. Annamie goes all out with the beautiful presentation and there's just something about that personal touch that makes it feel even more special! You can purchase her pieces online on the My Image Exclusivewebsite.











A skincare range that is tailored to your age instead of skin type? This really intrigued me! A new skincare range in South Africa by professional skincare brand Nimue, AgeWell is their retail arm which can be found in Foschini stores and purchased online on their website.


Agewell, best affordable skin care products south africa
Our childhood favourite is back with a bang (Not that it ever left!). Vaseline has stepped up their game with the new Vaseline Lip Therapy Products.




High quality skin care products are something we shouldn't have to compromise on. While I'm all about that saving money life, I'm also someone that believes in investments and investing in good skincare products is super beneficial in the long run. 

While I personally use just a few essential skincare products, I like to incorporate one or two other more intensive products into my routine from time to time depending on my skin's needs. For 3 weeks I incorporated the Environ Focus Care Hydrating Oil Capsules and Environ Focus Care Youth+ Revival Masque into my routine.

environ focus care hydrating oil capsules and revival masque




With Halloween coming up I figured it's the perfect time to do something scary - LIKE GETTING BLOOD INJECTED IN YOUR FACE, ALL IN THE NAME OF BEAUTY. Well, kind of.

I decided to try out the Vampire Facial. The vampire facial is a PRP (Platelet-rich plasma) treatment that uses your own blood to promote the healthy activity and regeneration of your skin cells. I first heard of it a couple years ago when Kim Kardashian posted a bloody selfie in IG (Eeeep!)
In actually fact, as you will see in the video, it isn't bloody at all. The red blood cells aren't used. 


PROCESS (VIDEO)


STEP 1: YOUR BLOOD IS DRAWN AND YOUR FACE IS NUMBED USING NUMBING CREAM.

STEP 2: THE BLOOD IS RUN THROUGH A CENTRIFUGE TO ISOLATE THE PLATELETS.

STEP 3: MICRONEEDING OR MICROABRASION WITH THE PRPs (i.e blood) TAKES PLACE ON YOUR SKIN

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW!


AFTERCARE

Right after the treatment your skin might be a bit red with a sunburn texture (i.e cancel any plans you have for the rest of the day!). You have to apply sunblock and should not wear makeup directly after. Make sure to continue applying sunblock even after, although you should be wearing sunblock anyway. After a day or 2 your skin may be very dry and start to peel off (which is what I experienced). Then, after around 3 days you should see results - beautiful, glowy skin!

Disclaimer: My treatment was complimentary but all opinions expressed are my own.

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