As the sun sets on Love Island (and all its dramz) for another year, you're probably left wondering 'how does host Maya Jama get her skin so good?' Well, you've come to the right place.
While Maya is renowned for sporting a glow that can only be described as goddess level, I decided to see if swapping my routine for hers for two weeks would dial my up radiance, which if I'm being honest, has gone AWOL thanks to the wash out that's been summer.
For those of you that follow her, the products in her skincare line won't be a surprise. A champion of face masks, she'll often wax lyrical about how they keep her skin healthy and radiant while juggling a busy schedule.
Scroll down to see the products that she uses (and how my skin reacted) below…
So, what do we know about Maya Jama's skin type?
The presenter has previously revealed that the one thing she loves about her skin is how forgiving it is. 'I often fall asleep with my make-up on and it doesn’t instantly go into a spotty rash, which it used to when I was younger. So I like it for being patient with me throughout my partying days. But I also think that’s just an age thing – so I like that it lasts, for now!'
As for the one skin issue she wishes she could fix?' In the winter especially, I get the red crust around my nose – the side crust. I get it every year and I don’t know how you defeat it, but [I always apply] extra night cream and moisturiser in and around the nose. Vaseline, probably, would be a quick fix.'
Maya Jama's Skincare Routine: The Products She Really Rates
Maya has revealed that she is currently using Medik8 Clarifying Foaming Cleanser, which was music to my ears because it's one of my favourite cleansers, too. I'm a huge fan of this brand because each product is so well formulated. This cleanser does a stellar job at removing make-up yet is super gentle, so doesn't leave my skin tight or dry.
2. Eye Masks
Speaking of her recent foray into the beauty sphere with Mij Masks, Maya said: 'I created them after I became obsessed with skincare and under-eye masks, and I used to post pictures [of me wearing eye masks] all over my Instagram Stories, on planes and going to the shops and all that silly stuff. Then people started sending me pictures of themselves doing the same thing.'
'People would ask me what the best brand to use was, and I realised: why not do my own? I went on an undercover mission, got all the expensive masks and compared and remixed. Now, in my mind – and from my extensive market research – I feel [Mij] is the ultimate mask.'
She's not wrong. The eye area is perhaps the trickiest area of the face because the skin here is so much thinner. Most derms agree that eye creams aren't a miracle cure but that hydration is key and that's exactly what these masks do. They infuse the skin with moisture so that it looks plump and fresh and, after a couple of goes with these, I see the benefit.
3. Eye Cream
Maya is also a fan of Sunday Riley’s Autocorrect, because 'it’s brightening and de-puffing.'
While I'm blessed not to suffer from dark circles, I'm into the hydrating and brightening properties of this peeper protector and my under eye area does feel more nourished after a couple of weeks of usage.
4. Facial Oil
'Kiehl’s products are what I use most in terms of skincare. I use the Midnight Recovery Night Concentrate after I cleanse,' Maya reveals.
I don't know many people who aren't obsessed with this skincare saviour. Studies show that it visibly corrects the appearance of skin damage caused by 30 days of poor sleep. It's amazing at hydrating skin and also helps to really nourish it thanks to its blend of lavender and squalane oils, so I'm not surprised Maya swears by it or that 600 plus people have given it 5 stars on Space NK website. Formulated with 10 naturally-derived botanicals, the formula has just been certified vegan, too.
5. Exfoliating peel
Maya has said that she does exfoliate, but not very often. 'I don’t do many exfoliations. Sometimes I try to do peels, one every two to three months just to rejuvenate my face,' she continued in her Vogue interview.
I too also love a peel, but will do them every few weeks rather than months. My all-time favourite is Drunk Elephant Sakari Baby Facial. You can read why I'm utterly bewitched by it here.
My Verdict on Maya Jama's skin routine
If I've learnt one thing from giving this skincare routine a go, it's that I really don't pay enough attention to my eye area. I use to consider eye masks a bit of faff, but I'm genuinely a convert to these. Granted, eye creams can’t perform miracles, and I’ll be the first to tell you that before you part ways with your money, but that doesn’t mean they should be overlooked entirely.
If anything, eye creams and masks are worthy of a spot in your beauty arsenal purely for the skin damage that they can prevent. Alongside a good SPF, these products can protect skin, bolster its defence mechanisms and keep your dermis at optimum health – and when it’s healthy, it looks its best. I can’t ask for more.
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