Photography by Brent Goldsmith With Styling by Eliza Grossman

Models Share Their Skincare Secrets for All Skin Types

“Finding the right skincare product for your skin type is essential for better-looking skin, and it will make everything else you use look better, too,” says beauty expert Kirk Brierley.

Nobody’s perfect, but models come pretty close to physical perfection. Hoping to learn just how they get that way, we asked three models for their skincare secrets. Like everyone else, each of them had a range of differing concerns when it came to their skin. Fortunately, they also had a range of solutions.  Here are their top tips as well as an arsenal of skincare and beauty products for acne prone, combination and aging skin.

Skincare for Aging Skin

When Toronto-based Andy La Magna isn’t modelling, she’s teaching yoga and Pilates. She says she approaches her skincare routine with the same discipline she does her classes. “I first noticed fine lines on my forehead and around my eyes in selfies,” she says. “I thought, ‘Whoa, what’s that?’” La Magna says she moisturizes religiously using products that contain active ingredients, like retinol, as well as products that contain hyaluronic acid. She’s also never without sunscreen, as she leads an active lifestyle outdoors—one that often involves wearing the perfect jeans. “Jeans make me feel relaxed and comfortable in my own skin,” she says.


Skincare for Transitioning Skin

Theresa Cann knows all too well how seasonal transitions affect her skin. In 2011, she moved from Jamaica to Toronto, and the first cold blast of winter left her skin feeling dry and super-sensitive. “I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the weather,” she laughs. “But I’ve learned how to take care of my skin. At first I used astringents, but that only made things worse and I started to have breakouts until I realized that, for me, it’s all about using super-hydrating gel creams.” Ironically, she had the same struggle with jeans. “I gave up on jeans because I couldn’t find the right fit,” she says. “Then I tried on a pair of high-waisted bell bottoms. I love anything from the ’70s.” Now she’s dancin’ all night to “Blame It on the Boogie” by The Jacksons.


Skincare for Acne Prone Skin

Claudia Ricard was 12 years old when she first started having issues with acne. Six years later, her skin is much better. “I use gentle cleansers and moisturize in the morning and at night,” she explains. “I also try to drink two litres of water a day and try not to eat too much chocolate!” The Trois-Rivières-based model has only been working for five months, but she’s determined to walk the Victoria’s Secret runway and live in New York City one day. She enjoys wearing high fashions for shoots, but “off duty” it’s all about her denim jacket and overalls. “When I was scouted, I was actually watching a runway show and the agent saw me in the crowd. I’d always wanted to be a model, but I never thought it was possible. This is a dream.”

Have concerns we didn’t cover? We spoke with skincare expert Kirk Brierley for a deeper look.

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