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Magdalena Frackowiak’s Skin Rules
  • Firstly, don’t touch your skin, because your hands have a lot of bacteria. I also believe in always using alcohol gel on your hands, because everywhere we’re touching things.
  • When I say goodbye to someone I don’t kiss, because this also has a lot of bacteria [laughs]. Don’t kiss just anyone, that’s my advice.
  • Never try to push a pimple. If you have one, the best thing you can do is to take a pure alcohol on a Q-tip, and delicately touch it.
  • I’ll often make myself a natural mask with honey and avocado, or I’ll make a mask with oats and milk - oats are very good as a scrub to cleanse the skin. I also like pure oils - like avocado oil. I’ll warm it in my hands and rub it in.
  • When I wake up, I wash my face only with water, and I take a small towel and dab it gently.
  • In terms of products, I use Doctor Alkaitis organic moisturiser - with no perfume, no chemicals; just natural products inside. I try wherever possible to keep my skin free from chemicals day-to-day. I have an amazing herbal toner from Dr Alkaitis, but very little else.
  • I also like to make a hot bath for my skin: combine some oils and herbs and let the pores open, and then use a towel afterwards to gently dab the skin.
  • Having said that, I see Dr Colbert in New York and he has an amazing three-part treatment: the first level is basically a machine that takes away all the dirt and cleans your skin; then there’s a delicate laser that closes your pores; then the third level is an acid used like a peel. And that’s the only treatment I will do.
  • When I travel, I make sure I have a good natural moisturiser to rehydrate my skin, and once I’m on the flight I’ll put on a mask and just sleep with it on.
  • Make-up is also very important because it can clog your skin, and you don’t want your skin to be clogged. There is an Armani foundation that I use, it’s already very thin, but I’ll mix it with a little moisturiser before I apply.
  • Then vitamins, because vitamins nourish your skin from the inside out. Vitamin E, A, all the omegas, and fish oil are all very important - and also I like to eat chicken soup because it contains collagen. I eat a lot of avocado, a lot of fish, beef - because your skin is built from these oils. You need to care for the skin from inside. I can have pasta, trust me - I live in Italy. I’m not torturing myself.
  • Another thing I do, and this comes from my mother, is I sleep like this [mimes totally still, on her back, corpse pose]. You don’t want to wrinkle.
  • The other things are quite obvious. I drink a lot of water, I like hot water and lemon to clear the skin. Don’t smoke, and I don’t drink alcohol at all. I’m 30 and I have not one wrinkle, so this is why. It’s all about being very delicate with your skin and treating your skin like it’s your best friend. I say to all the young models, who are there backstage with a cigarette: “Don’t smoke!” It kills, you know, it really kills. You see that girl in 10 years and she won’t still be working, you’re like: “Wow, she changed so much,” because she destroyed herself. Don’t party too much, don’t take drugs: you get the face you deserve.
  • I like to stretch, I think it’s very important for your body, so I do yoga and pilates, but I don’t like to go to the gym and work out. I don’t have that body type. Some girls, like Izabel Goulart, have that body and look great that way, but I treat it the same way as my skin; you have to be very delicate with your body. I don’t like to have muscles, but I also don’t like to be too skinny. Sometimes I notice I got too skinny, and even my skin will suffer - maybe if I’ve been working too much - but it’s about balance.
  • I’m really proud to say I turned 30, and I’m getting so many compliments now. I’m a woman and I took care of myself.

anonymous asked:

BICTH CONGRATS now leak your skincare routine for a fellow struggler

THANK and okay buckle up it’s pretty extensive

mainly it was the minocycline my dermatologist prescribed me as well as the benzoyl peroxide gel and clindamycin pledgets bc you’ve gotta treat it from the inside and out

MORNING:
-cleanse w belif’s tea tree cleanser
-clindamycin pledget
-belif’s witch hazel toner
-belif’s hungarian water essence serum
-belif’s aqua bomb moisturizer

cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer - this order is crucial for me

NIGHT:
-cleanse w lush’s herbalism
-belif’s tea tree toner (i prefer it to lush’s)
-benzoyl peroxide gel
-lush’s imperialis moisturizer
-OR if my skin is super dry from the topical acne tx/cold weather ill use belif’s true cream moisturizing bomb (it’s typically too heavy for my oily skin)

MASKS:
-i’m obsessed w dr jart’s charcoal sheet masks, i use them once or twice a week
-i like origin out of trouble skin rescue for a wash off mask

IN THE SHOWER:
-alternate between lush’s ocean salt and dark angels charcoal cleanser just depending on how my skin feels at the time

SUPPLEMENTS:
all from the brand Hum (use my referral code 10EF21 for $10 off ur first purchase 🙃)

-omega 3 fish oil (supports even skin tone/heart health)
-daily cleanse (green algae and detox herbs)
-red carpet ready (black currant seed oil, gamma linolenic acid, vitamin e for healthy skin and hair)
-here comes the sun (vit D3 supports healthy skin, mood, immune system and calcium absorption)
-uber energy (adaptogens, L-tyrosine, B5, B6, balancing herbs)

ALSO
not to be corny but i drink A LOT of water and green tea and not much dairy or caffeine or soda and that makes all the difference so sip up babes

good luck honey bee, message me if u have any questions 💗

anonymous asked:

Iv notice you've answered a few questions about body care n stuff before do you recommend anything for greasy skin? Iv tried using so much, and using nothing at all, and I still can't get rid of it! I shower every day but apparently it's not necessarily a cleanliness thing but it's getting so bad! Thanks for any help :)

Look on the bright side: Oily skin tends to age better and develop fewer wrinkles than dry or normal skin. But it does require more attention, since you need to keep cleansing those overproductive pores. The key is a firm but gentle hand. You want to wash away dead skin cells, dirt, and excess oil without scrubbing so hard that you cause irritation. (Ironically, if you overdo the scrubbing, your skin produces even more oil.)

Washing Well

• Wash your face with hot water. It dissolves oil more effectively than cool or lukewarm water. 

• Choose the right cleanser. Whether you prefer bar soap or liquid cleansers, avoid products, like Dove, that have added moisturizers. Bar soaps like Ivory, Dial, or Lever 2000 are perfectly effective, though you can also use cleansers formulated specifically for oily skin (they’re likely to be more expensive). 

• If you’re having acne outbreaks, choose an antibacterial soap formulated with benzoyl peroxide or triclosan. These discourage growth of acne-causing bacteria. 

• Use a liquid face wash that contains alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), such as citric acid, lactic acid, or glycolic acid. The AHAs work in several ways, helping to slough off dead skin cells, reduce the oil in your pores, and combat infection.

Make Your Own Toner

• After you’ve washed your face, soak a cotton pad in distilled witch hazel and dab it all around. Use it twice a day for two to three weeks. After the third week, apply it once a day. Witch hazel contains tannins, which have an astringent effect, making the pores tighten up as they dry. 

• The herbs yarrow, sage, and peppermint also have astringent properties. To make a homemade skin toner that will improve the look and feel of oily skin, put a tablespoon of one of these herbs in a cup, then fill to the top with boiling water. Let steep for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid and let it cool before you dab it on your face. Whatever’s left over can be stored in a squeeze bottle. It will stay fresh for three days at room temperature, or five days if you keep it in the refrigerator. 

• Hyssop, a member of the mint family, also makes an excellent herbal toner. In folk medicine it’s considered good for the complexion. Add 1 tablespoon hyssop to 1 cup water. Boil for ten minutes, then strain. Let the mixture cool. After cleansing your skin, apply the toner with a cotton ball. 

• A combination of lavender and neroli essential oil (derived from orange blossoms) acts as a skin cleanser and toner. Pour some lavender floral water in a hand sprayer, and add a drop of neroli oil. Spray the mixture on your skin several times a day.

Give Your Face a Massage

• A fine-grain powder can help absorb oil and get rid of dead skin cells that clog pores. Grind and sift 2 teaspoons of dry oats, then moisten with some witch hazel to form a paste. Using your fingertips, massage this paste gently into your skin, then rinse it away with warm water. 

• Several times a week, massage your face with buttermilk after washing it. The active cultures in buttermilk contain acids that help to clean away dirt and tighten pores. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse.

Use a Grease-Cutting Facial Mask

• Clay masks or mud masks reduce greasiness and help tone your skin and draw out impurities. The masks are available at most drugstores. Or you can make your own using facial clay (like bentonite, available at natural foods stores and on the Internet) and witch hazel. Don’t use pottery clay; it won’t have the same effect. Add 1 tablespoon witch hazel to 1 teaspoon facial clay, and stir until they’re blended. If you like, add 2 drops cypress oil and 2 drops lemon oil for fragrance and to help control overactive oil glands. Sit back, relax, leave the mask on for 10 minutes or until the clay is dry, then rinse it off. 

• Egg-white masks are said to firm the skin and soak up oil. Mix one teaspoon of honey with an egg white and stir well. Then add just enough flour to make a paste. Apply the mask to your face, avoiding the eye area. (Be careful not to ingest any of the egg mixture.) Let it dry for about ten minutes, then wash it off with warm water.

• Some Indonesian women use mango to make a face mask to dry and tone the skin. To make the mask, mash a mango until it turns into soft pulp, massage it into your skin, leave it on to dry for a few minutes, then rinse off. It is said to help unclog the pores. 

• Lemon juice is used in another grease-cutting mask, along with astringent herbs and a chopped apple as the base. Place the apple in a pot, add water to cover, then simmer until it’s soft. Mash the apple, add 1 teaspoon lemon juice, then 1 teaspoon of either dried sage, lavender, or peppermint. Apply this mixture to your face, leave it on for 5 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Take the Shine Off

• Throughout the day, powder your face with loose face powder, which will blot up excess oil. Don’t use pressed powder—it contains oil and it may foster blemishes or make existing acne worse. 

• Clinac OC is a cream that can be used several times a day to absorb oil. You can buy it as an over-the-counter medicine at the pharmacy, as well as on the Internet.

• Look for foil-wrapped packets of alcohol-saturated wipes for oily skin. You’ll find them in the skin-care section of the drugstore. Keep some in your handbag or briefcase, so they’re handy when you need them. The alcohol cuts through the oil to temporarily de-shine your face.

The Power of Prevention

• Take 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil a day. While it may sound kooky to add oil to your diet, there’s good rationale. Flaxseed is high in essential fatty acids, which have been shown to help improve many skin conditions, including oily skin. You’ll find flaxseed oil in health-food stores. To protect it from light and heat, buy the cold-pressed oil in an opaque container and store it in your refrigerator. 

anonymous asked:

hello! sorry if this has been asked before but, what's your skincare routine? your skin is amazing!!!

i have unproblematic skin meaning i don’t struggle with breakouts often, dark spots, dark circles, hyperpigmentation, redness, etc, i’m not saying i ~have the best skin in the world~ but so far in my life i’ve only had to worry about dry and oily areas, the products i use for my skin are NOT boycott friendly since i use mostly kiehl’s products which are owned by l'oreal, i got most of the products i use as gratis from my job and i haven’t found alternatives that work as well for me just yet

makeup remover/cleansing oil

laura mercier cleansing oil (or olive oil)

cleanser 

kiehl’s ultra facial cleanser 

murad aha/bha exfoliating cleanser (if i need to exfoliate and i feel like my skin doesn’t need lush ocean salt) 

toner 

kiehl’s cucumber herbal alcohol free toner

(((if i feel like my skin is really dry and isn’t really taking in moisture which happens a lot in the winter i use kiehl’s iris extract activating treatment essence or laura mercier’s skin perfecting water moisture mist before i use moisturizer or eye cream, it really helps the moisturizers seep into the skin and do its job)))

moisturizer(s) 

mac strobe cream 

100% pure argan oil

philosophy hope in a jar

eye cream

kiehl’s creamy eye treatment with avocado 

masks

kiehl’s rare earth pore cleansing masque

glamglow thirstymud hydrating treatment

body

soap lmao 

lush ocean salt (can be used for skin, too harsh for me)

lush dream cream