Being a model means part of your job description is having beautiful skin, so if we’re taking notes from anyone’s beauty regime it’s going to be the supermodels we see every day on Instagram. Plus, they have access to some of the best dermatologists, facialists, and skincare products in the beauty biz. And while you may argue that they can photoshop and edit good skin – sure, you can get rid of a pimple – a truly radiant glow cannot be edited (we know because we’ve tried)! Here are some of the essential skincare rules the industry’s top supermodels couldn’t survive without:
1. Models always have this in their purse…
Rule 1: Use a facial mist to keep your skin hydrated on-the-go
When some of the most beautiful women in the world tell you they never leave their house without this skincare essential, you listen. Facial mists (yup, you read that correctly) are seriously under-appreciated: a lot of people regard them as a beauty luxury, rather than a necessity. But we’re here to set the record straight: facial mists are the easiest way to keep your skin hydrated on-the-go as they’re packed with moisturizing ingredients, essential oils, and vitamins to nourish your skin. We like to use them when whenever our skin is looking a little dull or dehydrated.
A lot of facial mists even contain soothing ingredients that prevent surface dehydration, like the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and green tea, $7, or the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $18 – both are the perfect size for carrying in your purse, btw. And like we said, if models like Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Miranda Kerr say facial mists are the reason behind their glowy AF skin, you know it’s time to make the commitment. Check out our fave facial mists here.
2. Models know when to go makeup free…
Rule 2: Remove your makeup properly
It’s common knowledge you should never fall asleep with your makeup on, but models take this to the next level: they ALWAYS double cleanse, and when they say they never fall asleep with makeup on, they mean it. Celebrity facialist Georgia Louise says she recommends double cleansing to all of her model clients including Karlie Kloss and Bella Hadid, while Kendall Jenner says she won’t even let her friends get into her bed unless they’re completely makeup-free!
Double cleansing is the K-Beauty cleansing ritual that begins with a cleansing oil to remove makeup, oil, and SPF, and is followed by a milk, foam or gel cleanser to remove lingering bacteria, dirt or debris in your pores. Supermodels Karlie Kloss and Adriana Lima also never workout with their makeup on, as they say whenever they do it triggers a breakout. Here’s our verdict on wearing makeup while you workout.
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3. Models never skip this skincare step…
Rule 3: Use a serum daily
Serums should be a part of everyone’s daily regime, but tbh most people don’t know the difference between an essence, serum or moisturizer. And although they have a higher price tag, serums deliver a higher concentration of active ingredients, which makes them more effective at targeting different skin concerns. Plus, as they’re so potent you only use a small amount each day so they last longer.
All the top models swear by serums, from Jourdan Dunn who uses the Ren Radiance Perfection Serum, $55, daily for a radiant glow to Rosie Huntington Whitely who prefers the iS Clinical Active Serum, $130. Find the best serum for your skin here.
4. Models always use this beauty tool…
Rule 4: Don’t underestimate the power of a jade roller
We know a jade roller may seem like a millennial tool that’s true power is its ability to rack up likes on Instagram, but we promise once you add it to your regime you’ll never look back. It saves us (and Hailey Baldwin swears by it too) from morning puffiness every day as it boosts circulation and lymphatic drainage, which helps remove toxins away from your face. Always apply a moisturizer or serum before rolling, as this helps the product penetrate. Our tip is to keep your roller in the fridge, as the cool jade helps reduce puffiness. It’s the best wake up call.
5. Models know that this is the secret weapon to youthful skin…
Rule 5: Always use SPF
Victoria’s Secret Angel Taylor Hill said in her latest Vogue tutorial that majorly resonated with us: “If 20 makeup artists tell you “you should wear sunscreen on your face every day” then you probably should.” Literally, every dermatologist, makeup artist, and beauty professional that we’ve ever spoken to tells us the same thing: wearing SPF every day is not optional.
The truth is, 90% of how your skin ages in within your control, which is why it’s essential to protect your skin from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Not only do both contribute to skin cancer but the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, uneven tone, and hyperpigmentation. Wearing SPF 30 with 5-star UVA rating during the summer months is essential, and either SPF containing products, or SPF 15 during the winter. Make sure you apply it twenty minutes before going into the sun as it takes this amount of time to activate. For more info on SPF check out our ultimate guide to sunscreen.
Let us know if you follow any of these supermodel skincare rules in the comments below.