After a whirlwind tour of London, Milan, New York and Paris fashion month leave the model and the entire style set in the need of some skin-care. And after all, how they manage and how they rescue their skin?
Actually, models are smart and after being in the fashion industry for years they learn some techniques and some they have invented on their own. During the fashion weeks on the runways, we notice models’ gradient skin and their stylish outfit, but we should also check out for their post-fashion week skin-care routine.
Below, I have listed hacks shared by 5 top models of the season:
1. Lucan Gillespie, 20, London
Skincare hacks: “Do you know Sudocrem, that nappy rash ointment? I use it on any red area of my skin. It works so well. My mum told me about it, and it’s so good. It relieves any kind of irritation. It’s my secret weapon—although going to buy it in the pharmacy is kind of odd. I mean, I obviously don’t have a baby!”
Keep friends close: “I’m staying in an Airbnb with a few other models, which is actually really nice. Everyone understands what the other person is going through as all of our schedules are crazy. It’s really relaxing to just hang out and not have to explain anything.”
2. Varsha Thapa, 27, Nepal
Find comfort in clothes: “Every time someone from Nepal comes to the States, they bring me a pashmina or sweater from my mum. It sounds a little dramatic, but wearing them makes me feel like I’m wearing the soil of my country. And that’s so comforting. Even though it’s just a pashmina, it’s warm and it makes me feel safe.”
Meditation and mantras: I’ve lived in both the East and the West. Even when I was young, my mum would take me to temples to see the beauty and tradition of our culture. My grandmother was this typical Hindu grandma—super religious! She used to read to me from The Bhagavad Gita. Now, every morning, I meditate for 10 minutes, just to center myself. I chant a Ganesh mantra 13 times—13 is my lucky number. It means a lot to me and empowers me because it’s been passed down to me from my mother and grandmother.”
3. Binx Walton, 22, Tennessee
Believe the La Mer hype: “I was never really that into skincare, even though I’m a model—but this year, I don’t know, it’s started feeling amazing. It has become a way to relax. So, now I’m getting kind of obsessed with it. I like Biologique [Recherche], and my friend Lexi [Boling] got me some La Mer water spray from the airport. Now, it comes with me everywhere. If you’re flying a lot, you need to stay hydrated. Even if you’re drinking a lot of water, you still need to moisturize.”
Make time to eat: “If I don’t eat, I get really cranky. Even if I’m a little late because I’m getting some food, it’s best for everyone! When we go to another city for a shoot, or before fashion weeks, we actually allow an extra day in our schedule so that we can go to the grocery store when we arrive.”
4. Fran Summers, 19, Yorkshire
Zone out to YouTube: “When I need to zone out and rest, I will watch YouTube videos until I fall asleep. I really like the videos where people just sit down and talk about something. I think hearing people’s voices sends me to sleep—that’s my ASMR [Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response]! My favorite person to watch on YouTube is [online comedian] Jenna Marbles. She is insane. Her little dog Kermit is everything. Sometimes I’ll just scroll through memes of Jenna Marbles and her dogs for, like, an hour. It’s the best way to chill out, even though it sometimes makes me miss my dogs at home.”
Just say no: “I wish this were just ‘common sense’ rather than ‘self-care’, but I’ve learned that at the end of a really long fashion season, it’s OK to take a break. You don’t have to pose for every photographer backstage. You can even put headphones on and take a few minutes to yourself. Sometimes you just have to put yourself first.”
5. Adut Akech, 19, South Sudan and Australia
Put your trainers on: “We wear heels for four weeks straight, so whenever I can, I put on a pair of sneakers. I don’t care if I’m supposed to look chic, because being comfortable and being able to move around in your own body is chic! My favorite sneakers are by Nike—I buy a lot of Air Force Ones. My other go-tos are Vans. I like to rotate, I buy Converse, too. You want a big selection, depending on your mood.”
Take a long soak: “I like to take really long showers. Often that’s where all your problems melt away—sometimes you just have to cry it all out in the shower. The best is when I have time for a bath, though. I find bath bombs so relaxing and also kind of fascinating because you get to watch them dissolve and fizz in the water. My favorites are the fruity ones that smell like grapefruit or citrus. They give you amazing energy.”
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