May 07, 2017

Krème Chats with Lamide Akintobi; Media Personality, Journalist and Documentary maker. The first time I saw Lamide Akintobi was on the popular Ebonylife TV show, the Spot. She came across as a girl's girl, and someone who is down to earth and fun.
When I got the opportunity to chat with her, she exceeded all my expectations. Chatting with Lamide Akintobi was in one word, refreshing. She is also a girl after my own heart because of her interest in skincare. Thank you so much Lamide Akintobi for being just as beautiful inside and out.

How important is skincare to you?

it is extremely important. As I have gotten older I have become more conscientious and intentional about the things I put on my skin, what I eat and drink, to make sure that the whole package is popping.  

What is your skin type?

My skin has changed quite a few times. I used to have dry skin, but now I have combination skin; so, it is oily in the t-zone and the rest of my face is normal.  

Do you use SPF in your routine?

Yes. The past 3-4 years I have been better about using sunscreen. In the past, I would use it only when I was going to the beach. Now I use it pretty much every day.  

Take me through your day; your skincare routine in the morning and routine at night

CLEANSE – I alternate between a glycolic cleanser called NIP+FAB, or regular black soap. For instance, when I use my black soap at night, I would use NIP+ FAB in the morning. I never use the same cleanser I use in the PM for my AM cleanse. I follow that step with Micellar water

TONE –  Pixi BY Petra Glow tonic

MOISTURIZE AND PROTECT-  I use hyaluronic tonic by a brand called the Ordinary, and then I apply SPF. For my SPF, I use ROC retinol SPF 30 daily. But on days where I may spend a lot of time in the sun, I use my benefits dream cream SPF 45. They both make my skin feel a little greasy, but I’ll take it (laughs)


My PM routine is a little different, and I am bit more involved.

CLEANSE – With either one of the cleansers mentioned above, followed by Micellar water.

TONE – I use the same cleanser as mentioned above

Depending on my mood, I treat my skin to products by The Ordinary.

TREAT –  Some nights I alternate between Buffet by The Ordinary, which is an anti-aging serum, or The Ordinary Vitamin C suspension. Once in a while, I will use The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%, which offers mild exfoliation.

A couple times a week, I use a sheet mask or mud mask for hydration and clearer skin.

 In your industry, is there pressure for your skin to look a particular way?

My desire to have healthy skin is more personal, but the pressure that exist in my industry is an overall expectation to look good. Whether you are piling on the make up to look good, or you look good naturally, I think the expectation is when you put everything together, it looks great.


So, I thought it would be a good idea to ask you a couple questions that would cover your interests in your Instagram bio...


What is the first thing you thought of when you woke up this morning?

I need more sleep (laughs). I had three hours of sleep, and I when I got up I thought I need about 8 more hours (laughs)

What was the last book you read?

I re-read “The thing around your neck” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It’s really good.

What song would you probably be caught dancing alone to?

Hmmmm, it would probably be Mr Eazi Skin tight.

What is your guilty pleasure in terms of food?

Oh, I don’t feel guilty about food. I love what I love (laughs) and I am happy to love what I love. I always say you can’t go wrong with rice. You can eat rice in the morning, for brunch, for dinner and even as a late-night snack. I could always eat rice.

So is it jollof rice, fried rice or white rice?

Anything but fried rice. I don’t really like fried rice that much.
Favorite destination

It’s a tie between Tanzania and the Seychelles. They are both breathtaking, and mind blowing.

If you could make a documentary what would it be about?

Well I am making one now about music. It’s my passion project, so I am taking my time with it. But it is about classic Nigerian music, so the music from 70s and the 80s.  If I could make another documentary, I would like to make one about love in the Nigerian/African context.  I think we love differently, and I might be proven wrong, but it is an interesting topic I would love to explore. I don’t know if I will do it one day because it is a huge topic (laughs)

What advice do you have for a young girl who wants to become a journalist/media-personality?

It’s not all glitter and glam, make up, shows and fun, so be realistic and positive. You have to work hard, and be extremely meticulous. When I say be meticulous, I mean be meticulous about yourself. Be attentive to detail with your research and work you put out, because that is what will make you stand out; especially in entertainment media where a lot of people are going into it. Figure out what you are good at, and work at being great at it.

 What is your "can't live without product"? If you where in a burning building and you had to reach for one what would that be?

I am definitely grabbing my SPF (laughs). I don’t have to look glam, as long as my skin is protected. Especially in this climate; it’s hot all the time.

Beauty is.....

Beauty is when how I feel on the inside, is how I look like on the outside.

Whose beauty inspires you?

I have quite a long list, but the first name that come to mind is my sorority sister/friend, Eunice Omole. She is one person who is beautiful on the outside and the inside.  She has this spirit that is very encouraging, she is always smiling, and has kind words to say when you are in a funk. Her beauty definitely inspires me, because anytime I see her I always think I need to be more like Eunice.

One skincare tip for readers

A good one is, start a routine and start it early.

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