Beauty: Secrets of supermodels

A supermodel figure may be out of reach for most of us, but a flawless, glowing complexion is possible by following their beauty tips:

Freshen up

American model Karlie Kloss has revealed she likes misting her face with rose water in the morning because of its refreshing and moisturising qualities. Rose water, which is created through the distillation of rose petals and water, is a natural product that is great for freshening up skin and can also be used as a toner for dry skin types. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, so is great for reducing redness and soothing irritated skin.

Those with oily skins can also benefit from a face mist. Lavender water is particularly good for those with oily or acne-prone complexions. Try making your own face mist using purified water and essential oils. This can be stored in the fridge and used when required.

Trust in Mother Nature

Natural skincare has become popular in recent years because of the potentially harmful nature of many chemical ingredients used in synthetic beauty products, and many supermodels have cottoned on to this trend.

Lindsey Wixson is a big fan of natural beauty brand RMS Beauty, and she and Lily Cole use tea tree oil to keep their complexions blemish-free. Miranda Kerr is also a big advocate of organic products and has even launched her own beauty line, KORA Organics.

Many kitchen staples can double up as beauty products, such as olive oil - which makes a great body moisturiser - and brown sugar, which can be mixed with olive oil to make an exfoliator. Oatmeal is also useful for those with dry or eczema-prone skin, used as an exfoliating cleanser or added to bathwater.

Use an SPF

One of the most important steps for maintaining a supermodel-like complexion is to make sure you always apply sunscreen. Supermodel Paulina Porizkova, 47, puts her youthful complexion down to using a daily SPF since when she was in her 20s. Heidi Klum also advocates wearing a daily SPF and avoiding spending too long in the sun.

When it comes to wrinkles prevention is better than cure, so make an effort now to ward them off. Although many of us wait until summer to put on sunscreen, the UV rays which cause premature ageing can penetrate clouds and cause irreversible damage. To help delay signs of ageing, wear an SPF of at least factor 15 every day.

Go makeup-free

Many supermodels, including Adriana Lima and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, are regularly seen out and about without makeup.

Many of them make a point of going makeup-free. Ranya Mordanova has revealed she will wear concealer only on her days off, and Bar Refaeli has said she likes to go makeup free while not working to allow her skin to breathe.

Going make-up free every now and then is good for your skin, and it can also be good for your confidence to know you don't need all the cosmetics. Try exfoliating your skin and applying a good moisturiser for a natural glow, grooming your eyebrows to help shape your face and wearing colours that complement your natural complexion.

Eat well

To get clear and flawless skin it is important to pay attention to your diet as well as your skincare. Karolina Kurkova is said to drink green smoothies made from green vegetables and fruit juice, while Mirte Maas has revealed she eats a diet rich in healthy foods such as wholegrains, fresh fruit and vege. Aminata Niaria puts her glowing skin down to her high consumption of fish, rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

To keep your skin in good condition, make sure you eat a well-balanced diet rich in face-friendly foods, including fruits, vegetables and oily fish. Deficiencies in nutrients such as iron and vitamin B12 can lead to pale, sallow skin, so make sure you are getting enough of these nutrients in your diet. Nuts are also a great source of vitamin E, which can help the skin to retain its natural moisture levels and stay soft and hydrated.

- Hamilton News

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