The £30 Facial Models Are Getting Ahead Of London Fashion Week

Model skin isn't all genetics, you know.

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We all want glowing skin for big events, but while you might think those with model genes don't need extra help in the perfect skin department, think again. During busy schedules, top models can get their make-up removed and reapplied multiple times a day, which – of course – can perplex the complexion. To soothe overstimulated skin, while clear congestion and bring about brightness, it's no surprise that models rely on professional facials.


With London Fashion Week looming, right now is prime pamper time and at the agency Models 1 this week we discovered a Decléor pop-up spa, where the girls are lining up for facials pre-catwalks (and post, in the case of those returning from New York Fashion Week).

The treatment – courtesy of the mobile beauty pros Secret Spa, but also available at Decléor's Westbourne Grove Boutique and in department stores – is the brand's £30 'Recharge & Glow' facial.

As well as working on hydration, smoothing fine lines, lifting and firming the skin's texture, it centres on creating a sense of wellbeing for that relaxed, inside-out glow.

Decléor's brand ambassador Nichola Joss (skin specialist and facialist to the likes of Meghan Markle, no less) told us how we can revive tired and over-stimulated skin ourselves, should we too suffer from fashion week fatigue this season.

'I have spent many years talking about the benefits of facial massage,' she says. 'When you massage the skin on the face using a facial oil you will immediately bring blood to the surface, feeding the skin cells with oxygen while distressing the muscle tissue which releases tension and lifts and tones the muscles giving better facial contours.' True – it acts as a natural facelift.

Joss adds that 'Massage also helps to eliminate puffiness.' Explaining that, 'toxins, which when stored in the muscle and skin tissue, can cause congestion, breakouts and more importantly will escalate the ageing process of the skin.' This is why Decléor treatments (and of course, many brands of facials) see massage as vital for anti-ageing.

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While it can help cut some cheekbones, it's also a tool for tired eyes. 'Massaging around the eye area will help to not only keep the eyes bright and sparkly, but it will improve the muscle tone, moisture content of the skin and surface texture and tone,' Joss says.

The expert recommends spending time doing self-massage daily, especially at night after thorough cleansing. Do this, and 'you will massively improve the overall appearance of your skin, as well as making you look less stressed and tired,' she promises. Ready to face another catwalk…

From: Harpers Bazaar UK
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