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Feb 15th

The Skin We Live In: An Interview with our Aesthetician Julia and Model Rebecca Dunham

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In each casting or job we go to, models’ skin is scrutinized for acne, fine lines and under eye bags. Despite living a lifestyle that doesn’t always encourage healthy skin, knowing how to maintain healthy, fresh skin is crucial for a model. Long flights, hours of heavy makeup and lack of sleep would give anybody skin problems. Every model deals with these problems throughout a modeling career, which often causes panic and treatments that don’t treat the skin properly over the long term. I had the pleasure of interviewing Julia Michener, aesthetician at Qi Tranquility Spa and Laser in Oakville, Canada, about keeping skin beautiful. We spoke about products, the correlation between our skin health and the food we eat, and skincare routines that are best suited for a working model.

Rebecca-Dunham model
Model Rebecca Dunham

What do you recommend that everyone use to take care of his or her skin?

I recommend that individuals use a professional skin care line that is suited to their skin type. If your appearance is important to you, there is no better investment you can make than investing in high quality skin care. Using a daily moisturizer with an SPF is also important, as the sun contributes to 80% of the skin’s aging.

How important is moisturizing your face? And body?

Moisturizing the skin on your face and body is very important to your skin’s health and vitality. Skin that is well hydrated/moisturized is more resilient, looks younger, is less prone to fine lines and wrinkles and feels better!

When do we start to loose elasticity in our skin?

We start to lose elasticity in our skin from our mid to late twenties and on.

What is your personal favorite line of products?

My favorite line of skin care products is Eminence Organic Skin Care. Their products are so effective at combating a variety of skin concerns (with visible results) and they all smell and feel divine! It helps that they are certified organic, too, so there are zero harmful chemicals.

What do most people overlook in their skincare routine?

Most people overlook exfoliating as part of their regular skin care routine. Exfoliating 2-3 times per week helps keep your complexion fresh and bright looking. It also helps to build elasticity, resilience and prevent the formation of lines and wrinkles.

What is your favorite product?

My favourite product right now is Eminence Organic’s Key Lime Vanilla Age-Defying Masque. It smells so good, evens out skin tone, provides a visible lift to the skin and makes it feel hydrated and supple.

What would you recommend for a model prior to a job to have glowing skin?

Prior to a job, a model can do a chemical peel followed by a hydrating masque. This will help her skin to look luminous and fresh. A basic exfoliating treatment followed by any masque suited to her skin type is also good.

What should someone do with a breakout?

You should use a clarifying masque followed by a clarifying serum on breakouts. Regular cleansing of the skin morning and night, occasional gentle exfoliation, the right products and good lifestyle choices will prevent breakouts from occurring.

And what should never be done with a breakout?

Never pick at a breakout or do aggressive extractions. These things can scar the skin permanently and cause infection!

After hours of heavy makeup what do you think a model should do post job to help the skin stay clear and healthy?

After hours of heavy makeup at a photo shoot, wash your face with a gentle cleanser twice and then exfoliate. Tone the skin and apply a hydrating moisturizer.

What kind of makeup remover would you recommended for models?

Cleansing numerous times with a gentle cleanser is a good method of removing makeup. The Eminence Organics Herbal Eye Makeup remover is excellent for the eye area.

Is wearing sunscreen as important as we are told?

Yes, wearing sunscreen is very important. UV light contributes to 80% of the skin’s aging, which includes pigmentation changes, fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, etc. Even on a cloudy day, your skin gets a lot of UV exposure, so it’s important to wear an SPF. I’d recommend a moisturizer with SPF or a mineral powder foundation with SPF.

How young is too young to be using anti-wrinkle eye creams?

If you’re less than 25 years old, you probably don’t need to worry about using an anti-wrinkle eye cream.

What is the worst habit to have that negatively impacts your skin?

The worst habit – smoking and tanning.

Do you think there is a correlation between what we eat and drink and our skin?

There is a HUGE correlation between what we eat and drink and our skin (in my opinion). A beautiful skin diet contains lots of natural, minimally processed foods and leafy green vegetables. Gorge yourself on fruits and vegetables! Foods with healthy, natural fats are also good, such as avocados, almonds, raw coconut oil. Foods that are high in antioxidants such as berries and acai help you look and feel more radiant overall. Green tea is also beneficial and helps with dark circles under the eyes.

Do you think that beautiful skin and exercising influence each other?

Exercise is also important. It keeps the complexion fresh, youthful and radiant. Cardiovascular exercise oxygenates the skin, bringing blood to the surface and alleviating a gaunt, pallid complexion. Sweating also helps to detoxify and hydrate.

What vitamins do you recommend to help your skin look the most beautiful?

Vitamin A, when used in skin care products, is a potent anti-aging ingredient that helps prevent and treat fine lines when applied to the skin. Taken internally, fish oil capsules and vitamin C and evening primrose oil benefit the complexion. Vitamin K helps with dark circles. It is also found in green tea and dark, leafy green vegetables such as kale and spinach.

What is your stance on wearing makeup daily and how it affects your skin?

Wearing makeup daily is fine, especially if you’re using a product on your skin with a good SPF. I like mineral makeup the best, because the ingredients are usually less irritating to my skin and are usually more pure. The way that makeup is APPLIED is key. When applying concealer and foundation, try not to pull at the skin and use upward motions in your application of the product.

What makeup products are the easiest on your skin in your opinion?

In my opinion, mineral makeup products are easiest on the skin. A lot of the foundations contain zinc oxide, which is soothing to sensitive skins. Because many mineral makeups are just powders (not liquids, creams or balms,) they can be easily rinsed off with a cleanser, eliminating the need for “scrubbing” which can irritate the skin.

What products would you recommend splurging on- or saving on?

I would recommend splurging on face creams, masques, serums, exfoliants and eye creams. Cleansers and eye makeup remover and toners can be interchangeable. For a toner, use rosewater or another floral water. Spritz it lightly on the skin after cleansing and prior to moisturizing. Whatever you do, don’t use a toner with alcohol or lots of chemical ingredients – there’s no need.

What is the biggest beauty myth?

The biggest beauty myth – is that an old fashioned soap, water and moisturizing skin care regimen will keep your skin beautiful for the long term. The care you take matters!

What skincare routine would you recommend for a model?

– Monthly professional facials
– Cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream, face cream (with SPF) – DAY
– Cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream, night cream – NIGHT
– Exfoliate 2/3 times/week, masque 2 times/week
– Carry floral waters or a hydrating mist in your purse to keep your skin in good condition during flights and cold weather

What product do you think a model shouldn’t live without?

A model shouldn’t live without a really excellent moisturizer. Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized is so important to keeping the skin looking young.

Do you have any little beauty secrets to share?

Products stop working as well after prolonged use, as the skin becomes less responsive to the therapeutic benefits in the formulation. It’s best to switch up your skin care routine with different products every so often. Change to a different moisturizer, a different night cream or cleanser every few months.

Call us at (905) 847-5855 to make an appointment with Julia! We take bookings online too!

This article appears in morethanjustmodels.com

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