Hello everyone, I hope you all are enjoying the summer. Today’s topic is a distinct one; it’s the first post about beauty since I started my MMS series, and perhaps the last one, ha.
Yes, I’m a businesswoman but I also have beauty concerns, especially since I travel a lot. The face does take a hit from constantly being on the move. It’s also an opportunity for me to find out if you guys want to hear more about the topic from me. After all, if the beauty industry makes so much money – worth $445 billion (sales) in 2017, according to Forbes – I don’t believe I’m far off in thinking that my new article might be of interest to at least a few of you.
Now, I am far from being a beauty guru. My facial make up routine is pretty much: mascara + eyeliner + lip stick and I’m ready to go out. But yeah, I realized I have way too many wrinkles for someone in their twenties, so I thought it would be worth tackling this topic. If you’re like me, I know many of you are wondering where Kim Kardashian-West and Bella Hadid go to remove their wrinkles and make their face look flawless in general. If so, keep reading.
This research definitely helped me to weigh my options. I picked Kim K and Bella because I personally think they have the smoothest looking faces, and it’s interesting to see what their secrets are, taking into account their difference in age (Kim is 37 and Bella is 21).
I have noticed that they both place an emphasis on keeping the skin hydrated. In an interview with Glamour Magazine, Bella talks about how her face tends to feel dried out if she goes to sleep at nights without moisturizing. In addition to beauty serums and oils, she also mentions using masks – black peel-offs and sheet masks for early mornings – in order to revive her face. Kim K, whose list of go-to skincare products reportedly cost a whopping $4,500, also mentions the benefits of moisturizing. “I’m really big on moisturizer. I’m really big on the scent rose. I have rose mist by my bed. I’m a moisturizing freak. I’m a hydrated mom on the way to school,” she said in an interview during the launch of Madonna’s MDNA skincare line of products recently.
Daily facial cleansing
Actually, this should probably be first on the list since you want to remove excess oil and dirt from pores before applying anything else. In a Cosmopolitan article about 10 products Kim K uses for perfect skin, a daily facial cleanser tops the list. Bella also mentions using a cleanser in many of her interviews where she is asked about her beauty secrets.
Keeping it simple
Maybe it’s because of her youth (or maybe it’s just her genes – her mother was also a model) but Bella Hadid doesn’t seem to indulge in a lot of beauty products to achieve flawless skin. In this article about Bella’s beauty secrets, she confesses to keeping it pretty simple – washing her face, applying a mask, and topping it off with an oily serum. She also touts the benefits of drinking water, something that many beauty and skin care articles seem to agree on.
Anti-wrinkling procedures and products
As pointed in this Mayo Clinic piece, wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process. However, in addition to preventative measures (protecting skin from the sun, not smoking, and eating healthily), there are a number of products and procedures that can be used to reduce or keep away wrinkles. These include
- Sunscreen: For people like me who spend a lot of time outdoors, this is a must-have. It’s one of the basics in wrinkle prevention, according to Bella Hadid, who said applying sunscreen, facial cleansing, and moisturizing were among the secrets she learned from her mother. But you need the right type of sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends broad-spectrum types that have an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Retinoids: These are vitamin A derivatives that are recommended by dermatologists due to their many skin benefits. They help prevent wrinkles by boosting collagen production in the skin. Combined with a suitable moisturizing cream, they can help with the areas around the eyes, which are often starting points for wrinkles. There are many facial creams on the market that contain retinoids, including the RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream used by Kim K.
- Exfoliating: Exfoliation allows for the removal of old, dead cells and allowing the skin underneath to shine through for a fresh look. And it’s one of the things at the foundation of Kim K’s flawless looks. According to one article about Kim Kardashian’s late night facials by People’s Magazine, her facial expert says that the star’s face is cleaned, exfoliated, and steamed before doing anything else.
- Microdermabrasion: Posting on her KKW app, Kim K notes that microdermabrasion is a good skin treatment option “for anyone with sun damage, discoloration, acne scars and other blemishes.” Just in case you don’t know, it’s another form of exfoliation. It involves using a tool to deeply exfoliate the skin’s top layer.
There are many other products and procedures on the market, including Botox injections and dermal fillers but I think my list is just about manageable for someone like me who’s just learning about skincare. Most of us can’t afford to spend as much on beauty products as Kim K or Bella but there are plenty of low-cost options out there that provide similar results. What are some of your anti-wrinkle secrets?
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