December 11, 2016

The first time I saw Zainab Balogun was on the Ebony life TV show "the Spot". I was immediately drawn to her signature hair cut and her beauty.  She struck me as someone who defined beauty on her own terms, and walked in her own truth, which is a hard to find. Zainab Balogun is beauty from within,  a hard working  and talented woman. Thank you Zainab for taking time out of your busy schedule to participate in the series.

How important is skin care to you?

Skincare is extremely important to me! Although I work in media where I have to have a "full face" at all times, I am a lot more comfortable and happier when I have nothing on. When I'm not in the studio, you'll find me running around Lagos with not an ounce of makeup. In order to do this, my foundation has to be healthy. 

 What is your Skin type?
I have oily skin. 

 Do you use SPF in your routine?

I used SPF based skincare products. 

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

I start my mornings with the Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash by Origins alongside the GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser. I use their GinZing energy boosting moisturizer to complete the process.  At night I repeat the  above without the moisturizer. 

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

Yes, my industry does have heavy beauty standards. Beauty is flashy and at times a little excessive however I try not to subscribe to the norm. 

 Is there a difference between your skincare routine as a model and your routine now as a TV personality/actor?

I don't think there is a difference however it is a lot harder to maintain a steady routine as my TV and acting schedule is pretty hectic. It can be difficult to find time to treat your skin well and give it a break while dashing between sets. 

Which spa treatment is your favorite and where do you get it?

I like a good massage from Clear Essence Spa & Wellness

What is the weirdest skincare treatment you have done ?

I don't think I've tried anything out of the norm. I'm not very adventurous with my skin because it's quite sensitive and I like to stick to what I know. 

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?
This will have to me my carmex! I get in my head and start biting my lips if there is nothing on them for 5 secs. It's a terrible habit but my carmex keeps me in check.

 Favorite skin care


What is beauty to you?

Beauty to me is comfort, freedom and effortless. 

Whose beauty inspires you? 

Tyra Banks. 

 One skincare tip for readers

Take your time! We're always in a rush to get somewhere and do something which means we don't spend enough time loving the skincare process. Rather than plastering on your moisturizer or scrub as fast and hard as you can, slow it down and make it a ritual. 



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