Healthy Skincare is a Model Essential

As a model, skin care is very important. Your body is your asset and you need to take care of it. 

While I’m not an expert on skin, I can say that good exercise, healthy eating, and lots of water is an essential start to healthy looking skin. But lets go into more depth, I know you want to know more! So keep reading. I get my skincare advice from the pros, so why not give you the info straight from the source?

I work with a lot of skin/makeup professionals on a daily to weekly basis.

Ashli Danielle is a superb makeup artist and hair stylist in the Seattle area who does bridal, commercial fashion, and editorial styles. I highly recommend her for any of your hair/MU needs. Ashli was amazing enough to provide a ton of great information to share. 

Skincare. This is what Ashli has to say:

A great face calls for great makeup, and truly great makeup emphasizes the absolutes of great skin care. When we take care of our skin like we should, the need for gobs of makeup to cover up the sad spots becomes less and less, and the fresh dewy face can be achieved!

We could get into a ton of details and technicalities of why skin reacts the way to does after certain products, or weather or just downright genetics, but that would take all day! The basics are simple: your skin is a living, breathing vessel and what you put into your body filters out through your skin.

Picture a colander. You know, that thing we wash vegetables in. When the vegetables are being washed, they stay within the curved walls of this container, and all of the dirty, grimy, water frees itself through the holes on the sides. This is exactly how our bodies work. Everything we put into our body – from food, to drugs and alcohol, is sifted through a process of digestion and the rest is expelled.

Good skin care starts with your nutrient intake. Water, water, water!!!!!! Food is important as well, as our bodies benefit most from raw, natural fruits and vegetables. Super salty food: bad. Sugary drinks: bad. Greasy foods: are you really going to make me say it?! Make a point to really consider what you eat. You might need to tweak a thing or two and watch how your skin changes. And it will never hurt to increase your water intake.

Sunscreen: this will save your life.

Invest in an SPF 30 with Zinc.

This will protect you from the sun beating down on you through the windows. Don’t get me wrong, I love a golden glow! What I don’t love is a prematurely aged face with unnecessary fine lines and wrinkles caused by sun damage. Sunscreen should be applied generally across any exposed skin, especially chest, neck and hands, as this is where women age first. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen on cloudy days – some of the most damaging rays come through grey clouds. If you don’t have the budget for a high dollar sunscreen, don’t fret! You can still use your Coppertone in conjunction with a zinc supplement. It’s not quite as effective, but it does the trick.

Moisturizer. Day. Night. Day. Night. This is a non negotiable. If you wash your face, regardless of when you do it, follow it up with a good, water based moisturizer. Bonus if you have an eye serum, which reduces the early signs of aging. You can actually use this serum around the edge of your lips to fight mouth wrinkles….. Yeah, that’s a thing. That’s what makes lip color bleed.

Alcohol dehydrates your skin. If you’re going to indulge in booze: moderation, of course, but more importantly, choose wisely. Skip the foofy pink cocktail loaded with sugar and juice and go for something like a vodka and water with a lemon lime squeeze. You’ll soak up the hydration from the water and your waistline will thank you later.

Invest in good skin care that is mostly natural ingredients. Cera Ve is my absolute favorite for drug store brands. Their basic cleanser and hydrating moisturizer is incredible for all skin types and doesn’t leave an icky residue that clogs pores like the majority of cream cleansers out there. And! [You can find it for under $15.]

If you’ve got the budget, NARS makes a cleansing water that is an all in one makeup remover. Best makeup remover on the market! It even takes off waterproof makeup. Follow that up with their alcohol-free hydrating toner for a vacuum-like effect of dirt remnants in your pores, plus an oil-free moisturizer and you’re golden.

For those who prefer a lighter application, but like coverage, NARS also makes an incredible tinted moisturizer that conceals better than most foundations I’ve used. Be sure to use their SPF 30 Pro Prime first to get the best skin protection and extra insurance that your makeup stays all day.

And one more thing: never… ever go to bed with makeup on your face. It rubs off on your pillow and collects bacteria on the pillowcase that will clog pores and cause breakouts. No matter how tired you are, take the 2 minutes to cleanse your skin. You’ll be thankful you did.

I will be happy to share whatever extra information comes my way in a part two skincare post.

Now, doesn’t this make you want to go drink some water? It does for me!

Be Fierce!!

Briauna Mariah (:

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