Have you seen Tracey Lange on our February cover yet? While Tracey is a phenomenal radio DJ, producer, entrepreneur and television host, it’s her approach to beauty and self-care that made her the ultimate choice for our Natural Issue. With a commitment to embracing her natural beauty – and doing so with the best attitude too! – we asked our cover star all about what keeps her, and her skin, glowing.
The skincare routine
‘Initially I was not a big skincare person,’ Tracey admits, ‘I did the bare minimum. I kind of did a face wash and then moisturising.’ It wasn’t until she went on a trip with her stylist, hair and makeup artist Kyra Loubser that Tracey’s skincare routine really developed. ‘She introduced me to toner, and she was like “Tracey, this is the best thing that could ever happen to you in your life!” That was now nine years ago, since then it has become the norm in my life.’
Another staple is sunscreen, Tracey reminds us how important it is to keep our skin protected from the strong South African sun – even in winter! We love how lowkey her skincare routine is, because although we love trying out all the products what Tracey says is true: ‘It doesn’t take that much to actually make sure your skin is well taken care of.’
Tracey laughs when we ask her if she has any beauty secrets. There is one thing she wishes so badly it could be: Kyra Loubser‘s magic in a bottle! Through giggles Tracey says she wishes she could just be #kyrafied every morning, ‘Spray her on, and bam! There I am, beauty secret done!’
While she waits for science to catch up with her brilliant ideas, Tracey Lange focuses on beauty from within. This includes drinking lots of water and getting her dose of fresh fruit and veg each day. ‘I don’t necessarily like eating them,’ Tracey confesses, ‘so I turn it into juice!’ Not only does a juice of blended fruits and veggies keep Tracey’s skin looking great, it’s a natural energy booster that keeps her body and mind moving through her busy days.
‘As much as I take care of my face, I often forget about the rest of my body when it comes to sunscreen,’ Tracey says a little bashfully. ‘And I find myself walking in the sun, then getting home and then I have a tan, randomly!’ Eek, we have all been there, right? Just another reason why sunscreen is super important!
Everyone loves a skincare spoil, and for Tracey that is a pHFormula facial she commits to at least once a month. While Tracey loves being bare faced and natural, her work roles often require her to wear quite a bit of makeup. That’s why she chooses this facial, to deeply clean and professionally rejuvenate her skin on a regular basis.
Her other favourite skin spoil is surprisingly simple and very affordable. ‘Once a week I do a Vaseline mask, Tracey shares. ‘In the evening, I’ll wash my face and then I’ll pop on Vaseline as I would my normal moisturiser.’ After about half an hour she gently removes the Vaseline mask with a cotton pad, then finishes off with her usual night cream.
Tracey snagged this tip from her mom, but it was reading an article that mentioned how Lucy Liu does the same weekly Vaseline mask that really got her to include it in her own weekly routine. As Tracey says, ‘Look at Lucy Liu, come on!’
The February cover shoot
On being the face of our Natural Issue, Tracey Lange smiles wide and shares her passion for wearing little to no makeup: ‘I am over the moon! I was super excited the moment I got the mail asking me if I’d be willing to do the shoot. Many people see me daily walking around without makeup, because that’s who I am!’
Tracey loves her job, plus the glitz and the glam that comes with it all, but she says, ‘I always appreciate the fact that when my makeup is done, I look great and I look fantastic, but it doesn’t become normal for me. My normal is me without makeup.’
And it’s not just about beauty for Tracey either. She acknowledges that makeup is one of the ways we have been wearing masks, long before the COVID-19 pandemic made them a regulation. ‘By default we are actually putting up walls,’ says Tracey, ‘I think this issue is not just about going fully natural, it’s about breaking down the walls we have put up going, “These are the things that have been holding me back”, let me start going, “This is who I am, this is all of me, I want to be absolutely amazing, and take me as I am.” I think the world needs that right now.’
What does Tracey Lange wish she saw more of in the media?
With so many years working on radio, behind the scenes of productions and in front of the camera, Tracey has had a front row seat to the world of South African media for the past 15 years. While the naturally-inspired cover shoot is about seeing less makeup and retouching, we were interested in what Tracey thought we should have more of.
‘I’ve seen so many things change…people embracing their curves, people embracing their actual hair! So many things have changed over the years, but what I’ve always found interesting is that that has been a focus more often than not. That it is about how you look.’
But there is more to observe, and to Tracey this is where she hopes to see the spotlight shift in years to come. She grew up in a household that didn’t place an emphasis on physical beauty, and so Tracey naturally followed suit. ‘I’ve attached great value to kindness,’ Tracey says, ‘I’ve attached great value to fairness. I’ve attached great value to people who can treat anyone as if they are important.’
Watch the full BTS video with Tracey below, and make sure to pick up the February issue of Woman&Home to read more about what Tracey Lange has to share.
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