by Alexandra Nicole Nuralam

Cheryl Ann Theseira on Rock Climbing and Keeping Her Skin Happy

After moving her passions from cupcake-making indoors to rock-climbing outdoors, Cheryl Ann Theseira’s skincare regime transitioned with the environment.

Cheryl Ann Theseira is a bonafide Jack of All Trades. The 29-year-old Singaporean’s history spans from running her own cupcake shop to crafting a career in Digital Marketing, to picking up rock climbing in Melbourne, where she’s now based.

“I have been keen on baking and making cakes since I was a kid. I recall assisting my mother in the kitchen baking—and eating—cookies during Christmas prep,” Cheryl muses when recalling her entrepreneurial experience 8 years ago. 

The outdoorsy Eurasian battled with sensitive skin from an early age, and between being a top runner in school and delving into Rugby in college, she’s always had to find ways to combat skincare problems

What skin issues did you have growing up, and what measures and products helped you?

During my teenage years, I battled with hormonal acne, which disrupted my confidence and self-esteem at large. I recall trying all sorts of treatments, like ProActiv and SKII and even consulting a dermatologist which led to consuming oral medications. 

I realised that these treatments were a temporary fix, and the key to good skin, regardless of skin type, is internal and leading a healthy lifestyle. 

What’s the biggest beauty disaster you’ve encountered?

It would have to be the time I used an over-drying cleanser which vacuumed out all the moisture on my face. I don’t recall the specific product as this was several years ago but I do remember my face being extremely dry and itchy and I resembled a shedding reptile. Not a great look. 

I was never one to consistently wear heavy eyeshadow. Makeup is an art!

As a rock-climbing enthusiast, you’re regularly exposed to UV rays. What measures do you take to protect your skin?

My go-to is Laneige’s Watery Sun Cream SPF50+ PA++++. I fancy the lightness and moisturizing texture of this product and have been using it for 3 years. Everyone should slap on sunscreen daily. 

How has your skincare routine changed since moving from Singapore and living in Melbourne?

In comparison with Singapore’s humidity, Melbourne is somewhat drier, hence the need for a quality moisturiser. As my sensitive skin reacts oddly to cream-based moisturisers, I use Clinique’s Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly. It creates a thin film over my face and does not leave a sticky or thick residue. I use this twice a day, morning (before applying my sunblock) and at night, after cleansing my face. 

How has your relationship with skincare and makeup changed with your habits?

I consider myself a Plain Jane when it comes to makeup. I was never one to consistently wear heavy eyeshadow— makeup is an art!

My basic makeup staples are Bareminerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer, NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, Tarte Blush Bazaar Palette, Sephora Collection Brow Pencil in Midnight Brown and Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Mascara.

Ultimately, you are what you eat. Taking care of your body and skin by nourishing it with healthy habits is a priority!

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