Healthy Holiday Skin with Latasha from Alluminus Beauty

We chat to Latasha from Alluminus Beauty in Greytown, Wairarapa, about her top picks for skin and beauty Christmas gifting, as well as her ultimate skin tips and products for a clear, radiant complexion for the summer holidays.

What do you love most about working in the skin and beauty industry, and how long have you been a skin and beauty professional?

I fell in love with the beauty industry at a very young age when my stepmother took me for my first ever brow shape! The change it made to my appearance and in my self-confidence was infectious and I wanted to be able to create that for others. So many people have low self-esteem, as well as being super stressed these days, so to have the ability to really help rebalance someone’s energy levels and boost their confidence is so precious and such a honour. I’ve been in the industry for 17 years now, and have no intention of ever changing!

Which skin or beauty treatments will you be getting just in time for the summer holidays?

Summer always calls for spray tanning, manicure and pedicure treatments, but I like to make sure I’m looking after my skin at the same time. I do this with the incredible active skin treatment products I have on offer, such as peeIs, LED therapy and facials. Adding an O Cosmedics Enzyme Peel as a leave on mask to wear home and or sleep in is a great add on for glowing skin! My absolute favourite is the Bio White peptide peel – game changer.

I also make it my mission for anyone (including myself) with cracked heels to treat those! With pedicures, or even without, I offer a callus peel heel treatment, which gives amazing results for soft, smooth feet. This can really boost someone’s confidence (especially for sandal season!) as they may have been shy to say otherwise.

Christmas is almost here! Which treatment would you recommend as a gift for your mum, daughter or BFF?

Facials, facials, facials all the way! There is an endless choice when it comes to facial treatments, with different enzymes and modalities which you can tailor an incredible fit for anyone of any age, with any variety of skin concerns.

What’s your must-have sun protection product for the summer holidays?

Suntegrity hands down this is my new favourite! I absolutely love the 5-in-1 Natural Tinted Moisturiser Sunscreen. It moisturises my skin gives me a subtle glow and tint, along with UVA and UVB protection from mineral (zinc oxide) SPF30. I wear it every day without fail, and great for weekends when you don’t want to wear too much makeup. Plus it is reef friendly which is amazing! I love using this on my daughter too.

Which professional treatment are your clients loving the most right now?

I have to say my clients always love the O Cosmedics enzyme facials with the added LED light therapy. Dermapen microneedling has also become very popular in the past year! The results from all of these treatments (especially when combined) are incredible for targeting all types of skin concerns such as signs of ageing (wrinkles and fine lines), pigmentation, acne and more. It’s great to have clear, radiant skin for summer party season!

What’s your morning skin routine for a gorgeous, clear complexion?

I start with the O Cosmedics Gentle Antioxidant Cleanser, followed by the B3 Plus Serum. Once that has absorbed, I mix the BHA powder with my O Cosmedics Rebalancing Cream (which is amazing for hydration without extra oil), as well as the Eye Correct. I follow this with Suntegrity 5-in-1 Tinted Sunscreen Moisturiser in Medium, and some Quoi BB Cream if I want a little extra coverage.

My favourite makeup products from natural makeup brand Quoi to add finishing touches are the Deep Sand Pressed Powder, the Adobe Blush, the Liquid Concealer and the mascara.

Which at-home skincare product has improved your skin the most for 2020?

This would come down to my two absolute favourites which are the O Cosmedics B3 Plus Serum and the Pure C + BHA (Vitamin C powder). Neglecting my skin after having my first baby, my skin was dry and needed some TLC, and these two have made all the difference for reducing pigmentation and improving my skin.

Which skincare products are you going to be purchasing this year as gifts for your friends and family members?

I’ll be getting the Ginger&ME bath salts and candle for myself because I just love a relaxing bath and pampering at home, and I’ll probably be gifting some of these too!