kristen-Mcmenamy by Peter Lindberg via Harpers Bazaar
Ahhh models! Aren’t they annoying? With their never-ending legs, glossy hair and Photoshop complexion… Try standing next to one without wearing any make up and ya’ll know what I mean.
Well, by the looks of it, their looks are not all down to Photoshop and make up, but to skin and body care routines. Because their image is such an important part of their job, models pay special attention not only to their diet, but also to the care and maintenance of their hair, body and skin.
Here are some of my favourite supermodels and their secrets to having a glowing complexion and
a trimmed body, with or without (digital) make-up.
Beauty philosophy: “I believe in aging gracefully” she says.
Anti-aging tip: “Micro current devices are actually really good because they stimulate the muscles, but I’m not a big fan of injectables. You don’t know what they’ll do to your face in the long run.”
Skincare: “I’m like a grease ball all the time. The second my skin starts to feel dried out, I panic. I have really sensitive skin but need something rich that won’t make me break out.” Her moisturizer of choice: Nuxe Paris.
Exercise routine: Hot Yoga. “It’s amazing for your complexion. You sweat for an hour and a half. Afterward, I shower and put on jojoba and sesame oils while my skin is damp.”
Skincare: “Women forget to take care of their décolletage, and it shows their age”. She protects hers, as well as her complexion, with Meaningful Beauty, the skin-care line she created with Jean-Louis Sebagh, a Paris-based cosmetic doctor.
Hair: “Your hair texture changes as you age; mine used to be a lot more smooth. I use Moroccan oil Treatment to keep it hydrated.”
Beauty: “I think women look best when they’re natural. With makeup, I always find it’s better to concentrate on one part, like your eyes or lips.”
Hair: “I tried four or five colourists before I found Mandy at Vidal Sassoon in Berlin. Without her, my life would be difficult.”
Skincare: “My skin has become much more sensitive to products, I now have to be more diligent about what I use. SPF is a must. I live in California, so I wear sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy.”
Beauty products: “I love products.” Facial treatments from Epicuren, Dermalogica, and LancerRX, a line by her Beverly Hills dermatologist, Harold Lancer.
At-home secret: “I love putting yogurt and egg whites on my face. It’s so moisturizing and soothing.”
Skin expert: “After working under hot lights with layers of makeup on all day,
I turn to facialist Elena Schell, owner of the Elena Schell Skin Care Clinic in New York City. When she performs extractions, she doesn’t leave a single mark.”
Diet: “What I eat affects my skin. Anything that’s heavy, like dairy or sweets, breaks out my complexion, and it doesn’t look as fresh. When I stopped eating dairy, my skin looked nicer.”
Skincare: “Fresh carrot or apple juice and water with lemon and ginger help give my skin a healthy look.”
So, it looks like facials and healthy foods are the key. But don’t worry, if you don’t live in NY or can’t afford a facialist, there are plenty of home made skin care treatments on Youtube that you can turn to and do yourself in the comfort of your home.
One of my fave beauty gurus online is the lovely Michelle Phan. I have tried on a few of her beauty tips and they work wonders! From using hot chocolate as a bronzer – I know! – to rice water for healthy & glowing skin, to the famous egg mask and even using champagne as a toner! (trouble is, I end up drinking it all…) :S
Also, did you know that Green Tea is packed with anti-oxidants and healthy benefits for your skin? and that apparently is a drink which is even healthier than water?! – I am sooo off to make one now.
Do you have any home made (granny) beauty recipes for a fabulous skin that you want to share with us too?