There’s no doubt about it, Laura Dundovic is absolutely stunning.
And aside from winning Miss Universe Australia in 2008, the 34-year-old is also a psych grad, personal trainer and nutrition coach – so we couldn’t think of anyone better to share some wellness and skin care wisdom.
As the new ambassador for Beautifully Healthy, here Laura chats to beautyheaven about her beauty must-haves and the self-care tips she’s relied on over the last year.
What does your current night time skin care routine look like?
“I never sleep in makeup so I always give my skin a good cleanse. For a gentle but effective cleanser you can’t go past BIODERMA Sensibio H2O ($18.99 at beautifullyhealthy.com.au). Next, I love to apply a serum and massage it in using my Beautifully Healthy Rose Quartz Massage Set ($35.95 at beautifullyhealthy.com.au). I’m loving the Boost Lab Retinol Night Renewal Serum ($29.95 at beautifullyhealthy.com.au). Retinol is great for everything! Acne, fine lines and pigmentation.”
“Next, is my moisturiser, the Neostrata Resurface Glycolic Renewal Smoothing Cream ($49.99 at beautifullyhealthy.com.au) and then the Lamav Intense Repair Eye Balm ($45 at beautifullyhealthy.com.au). You are never too young to start using an eye cream! Also, if you’ve never tried a lip mask you are missing out! I’m currently sleeping in the Laneige Berry Sleeping Mask ($19.99 at beautifullyhealthy.com.au) and waking up with the softest lips.”
Favourite luxury and favourite budget beauty buy?
“I love a good serum! I’ve only really started using them this year and wish I had started earlier. If it’s in your budget the Obagi Elastiderm Facial Serum ($320 at beautifullyhealthy.com.au) is insane. My budget beauty buy is the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Aquatic Mint ($15.99 at beautifullyhealthy.com.au). It’s a lifesaver.”
What’s the best skin care discovery you’ve made in the last year?
“LED face masks! I never believed that they worked until I had a massive pimple that went down after using it. I love the Beautifully Healthy one ($149.99 at beautifullyhealthy.com.au). It’s a great little wind down activity. I pop it on and put on some meditation music.”
Any lifestyle practices that you also find contribute to the health of your skin?
“The four big ones that stand out for me are wearing an SPF (every day and reapplying), getting enough sleep (eight hours is magic if you can), drinking plenty of water (I drink a minimum of 2L a day) and wearing sunglasses. I wear them all the time when I’m outside and it helps slow down those squinting lines.”
If you could go back and teach your younger self one thing about skin care – what would it be?
“I’d probably go back to baby Laura and ask her to lie on her back. I was a tummy sleeper as a baby and I still love sleeping on my tummy and my side, but I am trying to get myself to sleep on my back because it’s so much better for ageing. I’m pretty good now!”
What are your top tips for maintaining long, healthy hair?
“Don’t wash it too often – I wash it every three days usually; so I’ll do one day out, one day loosely tied back and one day slicked back. As I said before, dry shampoo is a lifesaver! I try not to use heat to style my hair if I’m not going anywhere. As hard as it is, resist the temptation to blow-dry your hair if you are only going to the gym. I like to let mine dry naturally and if I’m going somewhere style it after. The Hot muk Thermal Protector ($25.95 at beautifullyhealthy.com.au) is also great.
What self-care tips have gotten you through the rollercoaster of 2020/21?
“There have been three self-care tips that have really helped me through lockdown. The biggest is staying active; not only is it a great excuse to have some human interaction with a training buddy or trainer, [but it boosts] endorphins [and] gives you a vitamin D hit, which is so important for your mental state.”
“The second thing that has helped me has been staying connected. Walks with friends have been my saviour, as have my weekly Zoom trivia nights with the girls. A FaceTime call doesn’t beat real-life interactions but it’s better than nothing.”
“And the last thing that has helped when I have gotten overwhelmed is practicing mindfulness. Taking 10 minutes to be present. A lot of the anxiety [I’ve] felt [has] been about the future. ‘When will this all end?’, ‘Will the world ever be the same?’ I took time to remind myself that in my current spot I was safe, and having a nice day and tried to bring myself back to that whenever I worried.”
What do you like to do at the end of a stressful day to relax?
“I love a nap! I had a lot of fatigue issues growing up and nothing makes me happier than an afternoon nap when I’ve had a long day, [followed by] a face mask and a nice big home-cooked meal.”
How do you maintain confidence as you get older?
“Surround yourself with positive people, stop comparing yourself to others and cultivate a culture of gratitude.”
Have you tried any of the products Laura loves? Or learned anything from her other tips?