Skin Care. Secrets of Eternal Beauty. Part 5
How to keep a beautiful face? She knows all these secrets! Christie Brinkley looks gorgeous at every age, so she can tell you everything about beauty, skin care and health. She has her own recommendations and lifehacks, so all you need to do is read and remember.
“Curvy women are real women. Skinny women are real women. What makes us “real” people is not the shape of our flesh but our basic humanity” (c) My Sonshine, Jack
My skin care secret
I’ll always be an outdoors enthusiast, so I need the broadest sunscreen protection possible, and my sunscreen also needs to be the perfect base for the makeup that my modeling jobs require. It’s got to be effective, yet pure and gentle. Plus, I need it to be antiaging, tightening, repairing, moisturizing, and smoothing, and I wanted all that in ecofriendly packaging too. A tall order, I know! And when I couldn’t find it, I decided to create it—along with a complete collection of other products for cleansing, protecting, replenishing, and restoring skin. I pulled together top experts to help me produce the exceptional skin care products I wanted. I reached out to dermatologist Dr. Doris Day and cosmetic scientist Dr. Mindy Goldstein—both renowned leaders in their fields—and I asked them to come up with what I believe to be the ultimate product line, Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare. The day creams contain proprietary ingredients that provide the most comprehensive sun protection available—protecting skin not only from UVA and UVB rays, but also from infrared radiation, which represents 54 percent of the radiation reaching earth. And antiaging ingredients, such as a bio-copper complex, are truly effective for helping to fade sun spots, firm skin, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles—providing results on par with retinol, but without the irritation and sun sensitivity that retinol can sometimes cause. Skin care is impossible without high-quality cosmetic products.
I wanted every layer of my skin care to stay on message, and by that I mean that I wanted each product to fortify the next and work together. My skin care line is 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free, and all the products are formulated without parabens, formaldehyde donors, mineral oil, alcohol, propylene glycol, and nano-sized particles. Everything is as organic and natural as it can be without sacrificing elegance and efficacy. My day cream is like having an umbrella of protection from the number one cause of premature aging.
Don’t bake, fake
So now we all know that tanning is about the worst thing you can do for your skin. It will make you look older sooner and increase your risk of getting potentially deadly skin cancer. But luckily there are some great products out there that fake a tan quite naturally! I don’t like going to spray-tanning salons because I don’t like the idea of breathing those particles, so I self-tan at home. If I am going to the beach and I want to have a sunny, beachy look, I opt for tinted moisturizer and bronzer for my face, and I love some of the newer body moisturizers that produce a subtle “tan” with daily use. They are so gradual they never streak, making them as easy to use as moisturizer! I always buy both formulas—I’ll start with the “fair to medium,” then start mixing that with “medium to dark,” and finally progress to all “medium to dark.” Doing it this way is foolproof. I also always exfoliate prior to using any tanners so they don’t deposit too much color into dry skin spots. And for my back, I just use a spray tanner.
I always moisturize not just my face but also my neck, ears, décolletage, and the backs of my hands. (Wish I had started doing that part sooner!)
For my body, I alternate creams that subtly tan (see here for self-tanner brands I like) with ones that firm (like Clarins Extra-Firming Body Cream).
Apple cider vinegar can restore your skin’s pH after a sunburn. And aloe vera gel will help take away some of the heat and sting (so do cucumbers and cool tea bags). Use lavender essential oil as a hand sanitizer. It’s natural, gentle, and smells great too!
Soak black tea bags in hot water, remove excess water, and cool them in the fridge for about twenty minutes, and then place them over your eyes for five minutes or so to reduce puffiness. And yes, it’s true… hemorrhoid cream will help shrink up and tighten the skin under the eyes too.
Staying hydrated is so important for your skin, so not only do I drink lots of water, I also eat foods that pack a lot of moisture—like cucumbers, melons, and other fruits. Herbal or green tea is another great way to stay hydrated, plus get some extra antioxidants.
Speaking of water, did you know if you moisturize with Evian Mineral Water Spray or other spritzers (like I always do on an airplane), you need to blot the water after you spray it on your face? If you let it air-dry, it will actually dehydrate your skin because the evaporating water will pull additional moisture from your skin.
Don’t smoke! Skin care and smoking are incompatible. Not only is it bad for your health, it’s horrible for your skin. You’ll get smoker’s lines around your mouth that will make you look old before your time.
I keep arnica gel in the fridge to soothe bumps and bruises. It stops the pain and helps bruises heal faster. And the sublingual arnica tablets really help speed recovery!
If you have a cut and you’re worried about scarring, try the new silicone gel bandages. The way the technology helps heal without leaving a mark is amazing!
She found the secret of eternal youth and skin care
It’s an exciting time in dermatology and in skin care. It seems that nearly every day there’s another innovative cosmetic treatment promising to erase years off the skin. Some procedures may even help stave off skin cancer in the future while beautifying you today. And a study published in November 2014 by the American Medical Association found noninvasive and minimally invasive procedures like fillers, neurotoxins, lasers, and other energy devices to be generally safe. The researchers concluded that these procedures are “safe when performed by experienced board-certified dermatologists,” and that “adverse events occur in less than one percent of patients and most of these are minor and transient.” Well, that’s great news! But I couldn’t agree more that the safety and efficacy of these treatments depend entirely on the doctor you choose. So regardless of how upbeat that study’s conclusions may sound, this is still an area of beauty that should be approached with caution and thoroughly researched.
I remember that when I was a kid there was a stigma attached to women who dyed their hair. Today, thankfully, we have so many more beauty choices—and much less judgment attached to them! So I say, if something bothers you, it’s okay to tweak it. Don’t like your gray hair? Cover it up (or even make it pink or purple if you choose). And the same goes for skin wrinkles, sagging, and discoloration. With today’s menu of cosmetic treatment options, you can pretty much pick and choose which things bother you and do something about them.
Skin care with Christie Brinkley
We could have a whole discussion here about the external pressure we all face to look a certain way. But nobody can tell you what’s right or wrong for you, and hopefully you are not looking at cosmetic treatments as a way to become something or someone you are not. The best results aren’t a total transformation, but nearly imperceptible tweaks that make you look like you—just perhaps a slightly younger version of you! This is an area where less really is more.
Being in the beauty industry, I hear about everything that’s available and I see lots of great results. I am always interested in what might benefit my skin. And now, at sixty, I’ve dabbled in several different treatments—with varying degrees of success.
My one brush with having Botox injected into my forehead was a disaster. Looking back, I don’t even know why I bothered. My forehead looked fine—until I got the Botox! Instead of making me look serene and relaxed, it took the arch out of my eyebrows and made me look sad. I actually started to feel depressed too! My face lacked expression, and I couldn’t wait for the Botox to wear off. I never tried it again, at least not in my forehead. But more recently I noticed vertical bands in my neck that were particularly obvious with side lighting. I didn’t like them, so I inquired about what could be done, and apparently, the easiest way to address this issue was to inject a small amount of Botox into the “strings” in my neck. It worked wonders to relax those muscles, and it also tightened my double chin area and jawline. The good thing about using Botox in this area is that you don’t have to worry about any expression being lost or changed—you just get the improvement.
Our thoughts are reflected on our health
I’ve also tried a laser treatment that was nothing short of miraculous. Last summer I got poison ivy and was left with noticeable discoloration on my face. After just a few treatments with a Clear + Brilliant laser (which wasn’t painful and didn’t make my skin more red or flaky), the discoloration was mostly gone and my skin tone was back to normal. The process also stimulates your body to produce collagen, so I got the added bonus over time of my face looking fuller and more youthful.
Skin-tightening devices, like the TriPollar Apollo, which uses radio frequency waves, can do amazing things without any surgical lifting. It sounded too good to be true, and when I had it done, it felt like a hot stone massage. I was interested in the toning effect, which was imperceptible to the point of wondering if what I did notice was a placebo effect. But the faint horizontal lines above my knees were indeed gone after the treatment. This is something I would try again!
I have used fillers in super-tiny doses—and just like makeup, the best ones are imperceptible. I’ve used them on an indentation on my forehead from a playground accident, and on marionette lines around my mouth. But you must use a very small amount because overfilling removes your contours and gives you a flat face! If you have a pockmark, a wrinkle that you feel distracts, or a scowl that does not reflect your attitude, filler can be a good solution.
Continuation of the article you can read here.