Ever since I started modeling I got more and more aware of my appearance. Let me clarify that I was concerned with my skin condition. I often, even on set, find other models ‘struggling’ with red spots on their face (sun burns), big open pores, or a lot of breakouts. I certainly hope that sharing my story and progress will encourage those of you, struggling with that same issue.
The most important thing I’ve learned is to take care of my body as much as I can! Using supplements, the right nutrition and exercise. As a kid I often found myself having breakouts, bad breakouts. But let me also add this: My meals were very uncreative and without color (no veggies, etc.).
Here’s how I got rid of my breakouts and was able to maintain it:
– Cutting sugar out of my lifestyle (no candy, chocolate, soda, etc.) Trying to stay under 10grams of sugar with every intake of food. I personally have a very sensitive skin and consuming too much sugar will show in less then 3 days on my face.
– Enough water (+2 liters of water – 1/2 or 1 gallon of water/day)
Water always reaches all the other organs before reaching the skin. When you lack water in you’re skin it will show, so keep hydrated.
– Exercise (jogging, sauna, yoga, etc.)
– It comes down to sweating! When you sweat you’re skin releases all the dirt from your pores onto the surface of your skin. Your body rids itself from toxins and you lower the risk of having kidney stones (fun fact right?).
and most importantly:
– Skin care: cleaning, toning, moisturizing (with SPF/sunblock).
I’ll share with you my daily 3-step routine to get and maintain a healthy skin.
1) Clean your face well: I use warm water to rinse my face (or take a shower) to open up the pores. Once your pores have opened up, it’s easier to get the dirt out. Wash your face with a cleanser (preferably not foaming… those tend to dry you’re skin). Damp your face dry.
Guys, when shaving make sure to use a warm towel. Put this on the area you want to shave. Once the hairs are soft and the pores are open, you’ll experience a more comfortable and closer shave.
Make sure to use a gentle scrub once or twice a week to get rid of dead skin cells. Guys, I recommend you doing this after the shaving to prevent yourself from having ingrown hairs.
2) Tone your face: You can use a toner or cold water. It closes your pores and reduces the amount of dirt that comes in during the day. Also keeps your pores small throughout the day.
3) Apply your moisturizer: Use SPF/sunblock in or on top of you’re moisturizer during the day (not needed when you go sleep) preferably ZINC SPF/sunblock. Zinc stays on top of your skin and won’t be absorbed. SPF prevents you from having burns. Using SPF 15 will do the work, but SPF 30 keeps out 97 percent of UVB rays.
Here’s some info on that: Why use SPF/sunblock? Even in winter the sun can be damaging to you’re skin. The sun radiates three UV lights: UV-A (Aging and skin cancer), UV-B (burns you’re skin) and UV-C (causes skin redness and eye irritation). When doing a UV skin scanner you can find yourself having sun burns underneath your skin. At a later stage in life this will show. But that’s not the worst. This damage can lead to skin cancer. Click here for an article with more info about it. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2275071/The-shocking-damage-womans-face-14-years-using-sunbeds.html)
At nighttime I add a soft layer of jojoba oil on top of the moisturizer to relax my face and give it the nutrition and rest it deserves.
I personally use organic skin care products. They don’t contain all the chemical stuff that one can be allergic to. But YES… they can be expensive, but they can also be affordable such as SUKIN with a moisturizer of only $20- and trust me, you can go forever with it. Another one of my favorite products, recommended by my best friend and nutritionist/health consultant in training is Jojoba oil: it contains powerful antioxidants, Omega 6 & 9 fatty acids, and Vitamins A, D and E (read more here). One of my favorite brands being The Jojoba company. One of my friends tips was: “Keep in mind that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on skin care products. Look at the essentials within a product and use that… for instance the Jojoba oil.”
I can only testify that these products, mentioned above, have worked in my advantage! So why not give it a go? Let me know how you go with it!