Chatting with the multi-talented
Janette Manrara Škorjanec,
a singer, dancer, choreographer.
Janette is best known for her appearances on the US series So You Think You Can Dance and the British dance competition Strictly Come Dancing, where she met and fell in love with her now-husband, fellow dancer Aljaž Škorjanec. They recently announced that they’re expecting their first child in late summer 2023.
Janette is also a fan of the DALU cosmetics line, and she shared some insights with us about her beauty routine and her life beyond the spotlight.
Key takeaways from Janette
- Drink plenty of water
- Wear SPF
- Maintain balance in your everyday life
- Your skin is yours
What inspired you to become interested in skincare?
I grew up in Miami, Florida in the USA and the weather is always warm and sunny so your skin was always on display. I rarely wore make-up and just enjoyed the sun rays. But then I started doing shows on television wearing heavy make-up for hours, and I wanted to maintain my skin as healthy as I could in the midst of it all. Hence, I began using make-up remover, washing daily, using moisturiser, sunblock, all of it to protect it. From then on, I’ve always loved looking after my skin.
Soon, Janette went from a 2-step routine to a 7-step routine, and she’s never looked back. Taking care of her skin has become an essential part of her daily routine, and she loves both her morning and evening skincare rituals. Janette finds that her skincare routine helps her maintain balance in her day-to-day life.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned about skincare, and how has it impacted your life?
“Prevention is key when it comes to skin care. It’s better to be proactive than reactive.”
To be proactive rather than reactive. If you look after your skin, there will be less invasive procedures or products that you will have to put your body and skin through in order to achieve that healthy, glowing skin that we all want.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced when it comes to your skin, and how did you overcome it?
Finding out what worked best for me. Everybody’s skin is completely different. There is no one stop solution for all. It took me trying out different products, different routines, and eventually, with patience and time, I was able to get a very clear picture of what it is my skin specifically required.
How has your relationship with your skin changed over time?
I loved my skin when I was younger, but I made a lot of mistakes. I rarely wore any SPF, I did not drink enough water, and now I have so much more appreciation for my skin so I make sure I do all that I can to always look after it.
How do you balance taking care of your skin with other aspects of your life?
I have a busy work life, as well as a busy social life, so I try to keep my routines short and realistic. Thinking about carving out just 5 minutes of my time in the morning and in the evening has allowed me to stick to it and always make sure I can look after it.
Have you ever struggled with feeling confident in your own skin? What has helped you overcome those feelings?
“My skin is mine. It is a part of who I am.”
I have struggled and I just remind myself that my skin is mine. It is a part of who I am. SO I remind myself to go easy on myself and just go back to basics and look after it slowly. I remind myself that my skin is alive and ever evolving so when I do suffer with any skin confidence, I remember that it is simply temporary.
If you could give advice to your younger self about skincare, what would you say?
How do you stay positive and motivated during difficult times, and how does that impact your skincare routine?
Routine is the key to staying motivated and positive. I created a routine to always allow myself to feel good in my skin, and put myself first. A bit of “me time” is crucial for all of us to stay positive and motivated.
How has your perspective on beauty and self-care evolved over time?
I realised I don’t take care of my skin for anyone else, other than myself. Beauty to me comes from how happy you are with yourself. We are all completely different, and we are all completely beautiful, and that beauty always comes from within.
How do you prioritise self-care in your life, and what are some of your favourite self-care practices?
My morning and night routines are always crucial for me.
How do you define success, and how does that impact the way you approach skincare and other aspects of your life?
Success to me does not mean being happy 24 hours a day 7 days a week. This is impossible. Success to me is feeling good inside, and being able to cope with your emotions when the good and the bad things happen in life.
It takes two for dancing, but is it a solo act when it comes to skincare?
No, it’s still 2 for a skincare. Your skin, and then your routines and products. They come together. And when they dance to the same tune, a beautiful performance is created.
With all the intense rehearsals and performances, how do you maintain healthy, glowing skin?
I try to use products that are good for when I’m sweating and also good for when I am resting at night. My pores open a lot when I dance, so knowing that whatever I use on my skin when my pores open up is as natural as possible so that my skin can breathe and glow properly is key.
Do you have any personal rituals or favorite skincare products that keep you looking your best?
100% Dalú Their creams really work and feel amazing on my skin. I cannot recommend it enough to.
If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring one skincare product with you, what would it be and why?
Any great moisturiser with lots of SPF!