Chances are, if you haven’t yet modified your beauty routine to adapt to colder weather, you probably will. The beauty industry is hoping so, anyway, rolling out new products every nanosecond, specifically designed for the colder climate.
These new formulas will be perfect for some of you, if not all of you. And for every beauty product addict, a euphoric set of nights will mean slathering, dabbing and smoothing on new products with the anticipation of life changing results in the morning.
So, why not ask a bonafide supermodel what really works? Much like asking a sommelier which wine to pair with dinner, we turned to veteran supermodel, Karolina Kurkova, to share with us which products and treatments will be your best bets this season.
Blessed genetics asides, it’s important to remember that a model’s vocation not only requires them to look their best, but to maintain their appearance long term. This means finding the most effective beauty products.
Wearing many hats (mother, wife, philanthropist, business entrepreneur) the veteran model, who has graced the most celebrated covers, runways and ad campaigns, has held a steady career for over two decades. Here below, she gives us insight on the products, techniques and beauty routines that prove most effective for her.
I’ve spoken about it briefly over the years, but I’ve never gotten into real detail about this.
During that time off, I also went to see a nutritionist who ran some tests on me. Once the results came in, she told me more or less that I was a mess.
I had a crazy high antibody count, and she said that not only was I pre-diabetic, but my thyroid was not functioning properly. I didn’t even think about it before, but I was 30 pounds heavier and I was really not feeling well.
I might add that during that time people were not nice—the press said very unkind things about me. So aside from the physical unpleasantness, it was not a fun time for me emotionally.
In addressing my health issues, I changed the way I take care of my body forever. It was also a blessing in disguise because it was somewhat frightening, but it became an important lesson for me to plow through things, get things taken care of and take care of my health and my body.
I learned how to slow down and focus.
You know, winter is tougher because you need to protect your skin from all of the competing elements indoors and out. So routine-wise, first I like to cleanse in the morning with something light like Cosmedix Purity Cleanser.
Another thing that really saves my skin during colder weather is Seal the Deal Healing Balm. It’s from Gryph and Ivy Rose, the preventative wellness line for adults and kids that I developed with my partners.
About once or twice a week at night, I cleanse my skin and then I apply the balm with a bit of the Knight in Armor oil from our line too. Then I take a skin device I use religiously called My Skin Buddy to go over it.
I do it for about 20 minutes. It doesn’t seem long, it’s kind of a relaxing treat for myself and then I wipe off the excess balm when finished with a warm wet towel.
Who are your go-to facialists?
Are there any treatments you do regularly?
I’m a big proponent of facial acupuncture.
Even from a workout, your alignment can be off. For me, if my neck and alignment are even, my complexion is far better.
Do you take any supplements?
I take Host Defense Mushrooms Lion’s Mane for Memory and Nerve Support and every day.
I also take the Gryph and Ivy Rose Adult Chocolate Probiotics for my immune system. I think probiotics are essential.
Are you a mask person?
Better to spend more and get better quality vs. quantity.
I regularly use Dr. Colbert’s Illumino sheet mask when on the go and traveling.
Do you still harbor insecurities even though you’ve had a successful career where your looks still tilt to your advantage? Do you ever get insecure?
Well, growing up I was made fun of because I was very tall and long. It may seem like a great attribute now, but as a teenager, at a time when you’re already going through so many changes emotionally and physically, all you want to do is fit in, and I didn’t.
I learned how to work hard and make a career out of what I had. There will always be a part of me that at certain moments that has those insecurities, but my career helped me feel good about what was different and how to grow from that.
It made me more resilient.
You have a reputation for being very disciplined.
You’ve spanned two decades in an industry where it’s easy to get led astray with the celebratory aspects of your profession. You weren’t a partier.
Without a doubt, being an athlete and having the discipline to perform kept me focused. From the age of six to about 13, I was a competitive gymnast.
I was very focused and very disciplined. I pushed through.
If you’re getting off a 13-hour plane ride from China and you then (more or less) head straight into a photo shoot, you have to be ready. You have to be on.
You need sleep and rest to look good, feel good and be “on” for your job.
How do you stay centered in a career that is based on looks and appearances? How do you keep your core always normal and grateful?
They just want you. Last night, I flew in at 3 a.
m. from work and had to be up at 6 a.