While celebrities – artistes and media personalities with a high public profile – have beauty professionals to ensure they always look stunning, many of them also have their own personal routine. From eating cooked tomatoes to drinking spearmint tea and snacking on starfruit, you’d be surprised at just how ordinary their daily vanity must-dos can be.
The Five Commandments Of Good Skin
First, get at least 7 hours of good quality sleep every night, says Ceramiracle founder Eugene He. This is because the lack of sleep increases cortisol, which in turn ups sebum production and leads to oily skin, enlarged pores and acne. Next is to properly hydrate the body; by drinking adequate clean filtered water, using a good moisturizer and keeping surroundings well-ventilated. In addition, maintain a nutritious diet high in electrolytes and minerals to promote homeostasis (balanced internal environment) and improve skin health. Fourth, avoid sugar as it forms a free radical called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) in the blood which degrades collagen structure in the skin, causing dullness and wrinkles. Finally, wash your face correctly by using a mild but effective cleanser that clears impurities without stripping excessive sebum.
Kitchen Beauty Gems
Beauty blogger Lindy Tsang regularly eats skin-loving foods such as cooked tomatoes to boost the skin's immune system, up its resistance to sun damage and help prevent sun spots. She also chomps on the zinc-rich starfruit to reduce breakouts and drinks spearmint tea to control the androgens in the body - the main culprit behind hormonal acne. When cleansing, Tsang suggests foaming up the cleanser before applying it to the face. The foam’s oxygen content helps to cleanse the skin better, especially if you have oily skin. She also recommends 30 seconds to 2 minutes of face cleansing versus the usual brief 10 seconds as lengthier time equals cleaner skin.
Makeup Maestro’s Mantras
Wetting your lips to keep them moisturized is wrong says celebrity makeup artist Clarence Lee, who has dolled up stars from local songstress Stefanie Sun to Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi. The digestive enzymes in the saliva irritate the skin of the lips, leaving them unprotected against the elements such as dry air. Prolonged licking will also remove the natural oils that are on your lips. Lee advocates using cleansing oils – before a regular cleanser – as they are more effective in removing pollution and sunscreen from your face. He also emphasizes the importance of moisturizing to keep your skin healthy, even if you have oily skin since the latter could be due to overproduction of oil to make up for the lack of moisture. The maestro has also tried First Light Skin Supplement that hydrates and rejuvenates the skin – watch him share his experience at www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6cNsV8NS_0.