Words: Red Mosiane | Images: Tinuke Eboka for BAAB Media

Misa Makwakwa Masokameng was born in America to South African parents and currently lives in Cape Town. She is a creative artist, with a background in performance art forms such as spoken word, theater, and dance. She also runs her own blog spotlighting artists from various disciplines.

We asked her how she manages two of the most problematic features for a lot of woman today, her skin and her hair. Here’s how she keeps a healthy glow.

What are three skin care products you can’t live without?

Misa: My first must have would be toner. Specifically formulated for makeup removal, the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water saves me when I’m too lazy to go through my full skincare routine after a night out. A few swipes of the liquid and my skin is clear of all makeup and other undesirables.

The next item would have to be my charcoal mask. Since seeing everyone on my Snapchat and timelines using the stuff, I found a recipe on a friend’s blog. It now has a prized place in my fridge for whenever I need to zap the extra oil from my face.

Last but not least would have to be my face cream. I recently switched to the African Extracts Vanishing Cream. I have finally managed to minimize my breakouts, but the scaring is still there. I’m hoping to see an improvement soon.

What is your daily/weekly skin care routine?

Misa: I use the Sunlight green bar soap to wash my face daily. I follow up with the Gentle Magic toner. However, on the days where I’ve been wearing makeup, I add the Garnier toner to the routine. Every three days I use my charcoal mask. My last step is the African Extracts vanishing cream.

How do you take care of your hair?

Misa: I recently started braiding my hair again, so I’m enjoying protective styles this winter. My mother travels to West Africa often, so I am constantly receiving goodies in the form of raw shea butter. I use the entire range of the Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils brand. It is magical for my hair. I wash it once a week, if not twice depending on build-up, and I deep condition once a week. Otherwise, I keep my hair well moisturized and detangled.

Which skin or hair care product/trick has helped you the most and who put you on to it?

Misa: I have been saying this since my high school days, Lush got me through puberty. Try the Cupcake mask and the Mask of Magnamity! I can’t remember who put my mother and I on to the brand, but if they’re reading this, thank you!

I also recommend the charcoal mask recipe I use. I got it from Thato Malelu’s blog, Charmless Chronicles.

Since putting more effort into taking care of your skin & hair, what’s a lesson you’ve learned that you believe other people should know?

Misa: It’s a clichéd saying, but beauty starts from within. I’m a makeup enthusiast. I love getting dolled up, but I also needed to learn to love being bare. Sloughing off my excess and being able to stand the sight of myself in the mirror has been a hard fought battle. Since I started taking better care of my body, my skin, my hair, my health overall…I look in the mirror and smile.