Since my job is often times to make jet-lagged and over-worked models look perfect for the catwalk, I realized that some of my beauty secrets could be interesting for those of you trying to look a bit more refreshed, no matter where your lives have taken you.
Whether you’re working hard, playing hard, traveling a lot, and/or treating yourselves to glamorous parties, here are my tips for those of you who find yourselves burning the candle at both ends.
You, Super Men and Women, may need to look a little better than you feel when the fast pace of that life catches up with you.
Rehydrate Inside and Out
Your body and skin need a lot of water in order to function in good health. As soon as your body is dehydrated, not only will you feel more tired, but you will look it, too, with dry skin that makes you seem older.
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When I travel, I take special vitamins that help my body absorb water better like the Rehydration Drops by Energetix, which has helped with jet lag and recovering from a night of drinking. Also, a good rule of thumb is for every glass of alcohol, drink a full glass of water (not mixed with vodka, because that doesn’t count!)
If your skin is showing signs of dryness, help it along by giving it a moisture treatment. There are a variety of great moisturizing masks on the market, so you can start with one of those or simply move along to applying a moisturizer right for your skin type. If you already have oily skin, and are prone to breakouts, you’ll need something lightweight and oil-free. If you have super dry skin, you’ll need a rich, creamy moisturizer.
For some suggestions on moisturizers, check out the Best-Of Beauty Awards: Skin Care section~
These days I love to pack my May Lindstrom Youth Dew, as it’s small and travel-friendly, even in a carry-on. I love the added benefit of all the powerful antioxidants in the formula that protect my skin from environmental damage.
Gentlemen, don’t be afraid of women’s skin care, it can work for you, too. Just find something that doesn’t have a strong feminine scent. Or seek out one of the many skin care lines now available and tailored to suit your masculine needs. Stores like Whole Foods have wonderful unisex beauty products, so go take a peek, get some samples and see what you like.
Pay attention to the foods and drinks you are consuming because those could be having an unpleasant effect on how you look. Check out The Beauty Diet, written by Lisa Drayer. It’s filled with terrific information and recipes for eating your way to looking great. Some beauty-building foods are fresh salmon, tuna, plain yogurt, blueberries and almonds.
Don’t forget to load up on your potassium! As Green Beauty Team nutritional expert Dana writes, most Americans are deficient in nutrients and it leads to dry skin!
Find more recipes and excellent reasons to stop stuffing a slice of pizza down your mouth while running off to your next appointment, in one of Dr. Perricone’s books.
Just for the ladies … get rid of the evidence!
Make sure that you remove all of your makeup from the day or night before. All of it! Use makeup remover and a cotton swab to get in between eyelashes and lids so you can get rid of any residue from mascara, pencil or shadow that will otherwise sink around the lines of your eyes making them look dark.
Bags are for travel, not for under your eyes.
Get a good concealer that is not more than one shade lighter than your usual skin color, with a slightly pink undertone to help cancel out the blue in those dark circles.
Some of my favorites for that are the Circle Delete concealers from Jane Iredale. #2 for light skin and #3 for darker.
Now that you have your skin and eyes looking better, apply makeup as normal but stay away from colors with a lot of red in them, which accentuate tired eyes.
If you feel the need for some color to perk up your skin, then use a bronzer with a fluffy brush and glide it over your cheekbones and eyelids. Follow by curling your lashes and a swipe of mascara only on the top lashes. Adding mascara to the bottom lashes will only help draw attention to dark circles.
Now you Super Men and Women can keep your faces looking just as glamorous as your lifestyles!