NZ Woman's Weekly

My beauty secrets: Helana Keenan

Helena Keenan (51) manages the Lake Spa retreat at the Polynesian Spa in Rotorua.

My beauty philosophy is… I believe in using natural extracts of plants, herbs and fruits, and keeping your chemical load as low as possible.

The skincare products I can’t live without are… Skin Deep is a New Zealand range based on Manuka honey, and the Soft Lips conditioner is really beautiful and wonderfully healing. I take it everywhere with me – it even goes on under my lipstick.
My best beauty secret is… A monthly massage is essential. I’m also never without my Priori Coffeeberry Day Complex moisturiser. I don’t skimp on good skincare – it’s worth every cent.

My haircare secret is… Argania Hair OiL.  I use this once a week as a treatment for my coloured hair. It leaves it silky, smooth and shining.

The must-have products in my make-up bag are…Priori Perfecting
Minerals Foundation SPF15 provides a glowing natural cover and protects my skin. I also use True Solutions Total Age Protector sunblock, which goes on over my moisturiser and under my foundation. Paying attention to my face, neck and décolletage is a must with my outdoor Kiwi lifestyle.

My favourite beauty treat is… A Priori Coffeeberry Yoga FaciaL, using the fruit found on coffee bushes. They noticed the pickers’ hands were beautifully smooth and discovered this fruit was wonderfully anti-ageing and good for pigmentation.

My biggest beauty sin is… I need to create more time for indulging in regular soaks in Rotorua’s therapeutic waters and a monthly mud wrap.

The best thing my mother taught me about beauty was… She introduced me to her beauty therapist, where I discovered important services such as waxing, lash and brow tinting. My mother’s favourite was a manicure/pedicure. Regular maintenance makes you feel good about yourself.

About Nicky Pellegrino

Nicky Pellegrino has been a journalist for over 20 years, both here and in the UK, and is a former editor of New Zealand Woman's Weekly. These days, as well as working on the magazine's beauty pages, she writes popular novels like Recipe For LIfe, The Italian Wedding and The Villa Girls. For more about Nicky check out her website

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