The Broke Girl's Guide to Taking Care of Your Skin Like a Model
We understand that models, as a group, have won the genetic lottery. But it still baffles us how they maintain beautiful glowing skin all. the. time. In theory, between the long flights, late nights, early call times, and the loads of makeup they wear on a regular basis, they should have breakouts, uneven skin tones, and rough texture up the wazoo. Alas (as we’ve witnessed firsthand), that is not the case. One answer is that they have all-star estheticians on call, ready and willing to zap a zit or clear a pore at a moment’s notice. Or perhaps their medicine cabinets are lined with the best luxe products money can buy. While both of these speculations may be true, most models actually have a wealth of mostly free—yes, free—beauty tips and tricks they rely on.
Scroll through to find out how to get model-status skin on a budget!
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Lindsay Ellingson says yoga is the secret to her glow. She calls inversions (where your legs are lifted above your head and weight rests in your arms) the “natural face-lift” because “they increase blood flow and oxygen to the face, which gives you a healthy glow.”
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Hilary Rhoda adopted a practice she learned backstage: facial massages. “Makeup artists at early-morning shows always give a good face massage to get the blood flowing,” she says. “Now I give them to myself! It’s a good little trick that wakes you up, and de-puffs your face.” And how exactly you do give yourself a facial massage? Check out our GIF tutorial!
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After a long day on the job, Lindsey Wixson revitalizes her skin with a (nearly free) soak in the bathtub. “It gets rid of all the toxins that build up after a long day of hair and makeup. I’ll fill the tub with warm water and Himalayan Sea Salt ($6), soak my body for 20 minutes, and splash my face a few times,” she told us.
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Petra Němcová trades fancy cleansers for $12 honey when her complexion needs a boost. “Practically speaking, I love using manuka honey,” Němcová says. “It’s an unusual trick. In the morning, make your face a little bit damp with honey, and sort of cleanse your skin with it. It is antibacterial and works like a cleanser, but at the same time, it plumps up your skin. Wash it off after about five minutes. It’s very natural and serves that dual purpose of cleansing while making your whole skin plump overall.”
Will you try any of these free or nearly free skin tips? Tell us below!
This post was originally published on October 5, 2014.
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