By Lisa Williams
If you are a Gen X, then you would remember a time where true supermodels dominated the fashion scene. The original supermodels favored by Gianni Versace before his demise in the 90s – Naomi (Campbell), Cindy (Crawford), Claudia (Schiffer), Carla (Bruni) and Helena (Christensen) were the original IT-girl. Famed for their fabulous skin and alluring looks, these 5 statuesque ladies with an average age of 50 certainly know a thing or two about everlasting beauty, holding their own against the new girls led by Kendall and the Hadid sisters. While we might not be genetically blessed with mile long legs of Amazonian proportions, looking good is very much an equal opportunity. Here’s a rundown of the skincare secret each of them swear by to maintain her youthful appearance, proving that age is but a number if you approach it right.
Sugar free for better skin
When you are known by your first name in the industry, you can be sure that you’re right up there amongst the elite, and Naomi is one of such in the disposable world of fashion. Although she infamously told Playboy in 1999, “I never diet. I smoke. I drink now and then, I never work out. I work very hard and I am worth every cent”, Naomi pointed out that she steer clear of sugar as best as she could.
Refined sugar and other simple carbohydrates with high glycemic index such as white bread and soda leads to a spike in insulin levels and set forth a burst of inflammation throughout the body. “Sugar in the bloodstream attaches to protein in a process known as glycation,” explains Dr. Kenneth Lee, medical director of SW1 Clinic “When this happen to the protein fibers collagen and elastin which help to keep our skin firm and elastic, they become dry and brittle, leading to signs of premature aging such as wrinkles and sagging. Simple carbs also messes up the immune system and exacerbates skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.” To help retain a youthful complexion for as long as possible, aim to keep your blood sugar levels consistent with low-glycemic, high protein food consumed in small divided portions to avoid insulin spikes and the nasty dermal destruction that comes with it.
Big hair must care
While the most frequently quoted supermodel one-liner got to be— “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day” infamously declared by Linda Evangelista way back in 1990, Cindy Crawford’s “Even I don’t wake up looking like Cindy Crawford”is perhaps the most useful piece of advice dished out by the glamazons. Speaking to InStyle magazine in 2016, Cindy remarked, “I think people always want that quick fix, but to me it’s about consistency. I didn’t just start working out; I began when I was 20. Working out, getting enough sleep, not smoking—all of these things are cumulative. You may not see those results in a week or even a month, but in a year, and with consistency, you will. It’s about maintenance. That’s my approach on how to handle aging.” As a mother and mentor to up and coming model of the moment, Kaia Gerber, Cindy advocates sunscreen use, proper removal of makeup before bedtime, and not taking your hair for granted.
In recent years, laser light therapy has gained momentum as an effective treatment of hair loss. The FDA approved Revage 670 Laser is widely recognized as the gold standard to treat your follicular woes, maintaining existing hair volume and rejuvenating thinning hair to nothing short of resplendent. With a total of 30 laser diodes, Revage provides critical coherent beams as a direct source of low level laser energy in a hood that goes over the scalp to ensure maximum contact with the areas to be treated. Scientific studies done reported an 85% success rate in halting hair loss, with an almost 40% of increased fullness reported. Therefore, this is not just a treatment that targets current hair thinning but is also useful to help prevent further hair loss, providing the perfect solution to keep your tresses as healthy and glorious looking as they can be.
Exfoliating for glow
With more than one thousand magazine covers throughout her illustrious modeling career, German bombshell Claudia Schiffer lays claim as the living mannequin with the most magazine covers in the Guinness Book of World Records. Looking closer to 27 than her actual age of 47, the eponymous Guess and one time muse to Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel has a surprisingly simple skincare regime. “It’s all about exfogirl liation,” Claudia revealed to Glamour magazine earlier in March this year. “My favorite is Clinique for Men Face Scrub, because it has enough grittiness to actually make a difference and gives skin a refreshing tingle. I use it at least two to three times a week.”
If you aren’t already a devotee to this beauty mantra, it’s about time to make it so! Exfoliating your skin regularly helps remove dry skin cells that may be clogging up your pores. It will also help to make the openings of those pesky pores appear a little more shallow compared to those coated with a layer of grit. Incorporate intelligent fruit acids into your daily regime such as SW1’s Sleep Mode, that intermittently releases skin renewal glycolic acid into the skin to keep complexions clog-free and clear. Unlike your traditional face scrub which require manual rubbing for exfoliation, this overnight treatment works like a ‘leave-on’ peel, tackling clogged complexions by ‘melting down’ the dead skin cells without the need to lift a single manicured finger of yours. It helps to minimize pore size,reduce the appearance of fine lines, improve texture and oil control all at the same time, helping to keep your complexion positively radiant with a supermodel’s glow.
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Lasers for the First Lady
Turning 50 this year, former first lady Carla Bruni- Sarkozy shares her fear for wrinkles but do not want to have a strange face. Sharing her quintessential French wisdom on how to preserve one’s beauty, the supermodel turned singer-songwriter had “several times” laser, “does not the sun” and exchanged fine cigarette to an electronic version. A bit of gym, bit of alcohol and lots of sleep.
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Supplement from within
Although she had switched places and is more likely to found behind and not in front of the lens these days, Danish supermodel Helena Christensen is nevertheless as camera ready as her Victoria’s Secret days. Besides being a firm believer of a good skincare regime to keep the signs of aging at bay, Helena champions supplementing from within. ‘I’m taking care of my insides and my outsides, and that’s the best I can do.”Says Helena in an interview with Allure.
Amongst the many new health supplements flooding consumer’s market, a standout product with exceptional dermal benefits is FDA approve Crystal Tomato, a once-a-day oral skin supplement that contains ‘colourless carotenoids’ extracted from a unique breed of non-genetically modified white tomatoes. These colourless carotenoids will not result in skin discoloration and is a potent, naturally occurring ingredient for skin brightening. L-cysteine, another active ingredient, is an amino acid which activates the natural production of glutathione to further boost the lightening of dark pigmentation and patchy skin discoloration for a desirable all-over alabaster skin tone from head to toe.