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Beauty For Real: Lisa Haydon Lalvani’s very real, very honest skin and haircare routine

This week, we’re taking a look at Lisa Haydon Lalvani’s beauty routine to decode her minimalist, fuss-free lifestyle, and beauty regime.

Last month, a friend DM’d me a picture of Lisa Haydon Lalvani, marvelling at how the supermodel and actress was back in shape after delivering a baby just four months ago. Said friend was further frazzled as she had been trying to shed her pregnancy weight for a year. Whether it’s genetics, discipline or a regular skincare and wellness regime, my girlfriends agree on the fact that Lalvani, is indeed, all kinds of goals.

With two amazing kids, a roaring career and busy life, the actress and model keep her life and style fuss-free, thanks to a good skincare routine alongside a healthy choice of hair products. She’s the kind of bonafide beauty that women love to love, and she’s not one to go overboard with every new product in the market. ‘How does she do it?’ I wondered as I stalked her on Instagram. Little did I know, a few days later, the mother-of-two would open her beauty black book for LSA India. Ladies, it’s time to take some notes on her minimalist, yet smart skincare and haircare regime.

What’s your idea of beauty? Is there a definition you live by? 

Beauty is inclusive. It does not discriminate, differentiate or tear anyone down. I love women with vivacious, cool personalities that light up a room when they walk in.

What is your daily skincare regime in the AM?

I keep it simple — my face wash is by EviDenS de Beauté, and I follow it up with Supergoop!’s  Zincscreen SPF 40. 

Supplements you are taking for good skin and hair?

You’ll find Udos Choice Udo’s Oil, Udo’s Choice Advanced Adult Probiotic, Centrum Advance Multivitamin, Vitamin C by Ester-C, and DLux 1000 on my shelf. 

What is your makeup box filled with – take us through some of the stars? 

I love French makeup and skincare brand By Terry. Charlotte Tilbury is another favourite, and I use their Eye Blender Brush and Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder in 2 Medium. My go-to concealer is from Chanel and black mascara from Clinique. 

What kind of skin do you have and what extra care does it need?

Who isn’t fighting environmental damage past the age of 30, right? So to combat early signs of ageing, I use Sunday Riley’s Good Genes as a moisturiser. I used a retinol-based cream, but only twice a week. Loads of sunscreen is non-negotiable.

What about your wellness routine – is there a process you follow?

I love to exercise outdoors in nature. In Hong Kong, where I live at the moment, there are so many mountains. I hike twice a week and surf once a week. If I can’t get out of the house on a given day, then I’ll do an online workout from Ballet Beautiful — her workouts are amazing, short and powerful, and I have a monthly subscription. Wellness, for me, is taking care of my skin and hair. For my hair, I make sure I use a good hydrating hair masque — Discipline Oleo Relax Mask by Kérastase works wonders for my hair, keeping it moisturised and smooth. 

What are the pampering sheet masks / facial masks you use? 

I’ll say just one thing about SK-II’s face masks: Wow!

The hair care routine you follow? 

I have been a Kérastase user for 12 years now, and no other brand does hair care better. I follow up my shampoo with a deeply nourishing masque. Post that, I apply Kérastase’s 8H Magic Night Serum mixed with the Elixir Ultime serum, and keep it overnight. I know it may sound like a lot. But more is better when it comes to my hair, as it’s naturally dry. Come morning, my hair is soft, tangle-free and smells amazing. 

Who is your facialist – any regular facials you get done?

Dr Farida Modi does a great Q-Switched facial for pigmentation and cell renewal. Her vitamin drips are great too.

A very ‘extra’ product you have in your kitty that everyone must try?

There are two: Kérastase Elixir Ultime Hair Serum for my hair and Sunday Riley’s Good Genes as a night-time moisturiser.

Pictures via Kerastase / Lisa Haydon Instagram 

Praachi Raniwala

Raniwala is a freelance fashion, luxury and travel journalist, and a brand consultant. She has a degree in fashion and lifestyle journalism from London College of Fashion, and previously worked as a features writer at L’Officiel India. You can now find her words in Vogue and Condé Nast Traveller among other publications. The writer is based in Mumbai, but her heart belongs to London.