We understand that models, as a group, have won the genetic lottery. But it still baffles us how they maintain their 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 be having constant breakouts, uneven skin tone, and rough texture on-the-regular. Alas (as we’ve witnessed firsthand), that is not the case. One answer is that they have all-star aestheticians 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.
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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.”
After a late night out, Kate Moss starts her morning by submerging her face in ice water. “If I wake up in the morning and look tired and puffy, I fill a sink with ice and cucumber and submerge my face,” Moss says. “It instantly tightens everything, making you feel and look instantly awake. I saw Joan Crawford do it in Mommy Dearest.” Not into ice baths? Try Hansderma’s Cold Therapy Ice Roller Face Body Massager (£10).
Molly Sims knows good skin starts from the inside out. “I eat all the antioxidants, like goji berries, and I love flaxseed,” Sims says. “The best thing I do is adding a big spoonful of Dr. Schulze’s Super Food (£43) to my smoothies. It’s great for your skin.”
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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!
After a long day on the job, Lindsey Wixson revitalises 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 (£5), soak my body for 20 minutes, and splash my face a few times.”
When your skin needs more than a salt soak, do as the Victoria’s Secrets models do and scrub with the contents of your kitchen. “Coconut oil and sugar make a great at-home body scrub,” Lily Aldridge says. “Plus, it smells amazing.” Try Nature’s Way Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (£17).
Petra Nemcova trades fancy cleansers for £10 honey when her complexion needs a boost. “Practically speaking, I love using manuka honey,” Nemcova 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.”