Here's how celebrities maximise their 'me time'
GIVE SKIN A BREAK
‘Hyper sensitivity has increased with the rise in high-pressured jobs,’ says A-list facialist Nichola Joss, who specialises in de-stressing celebrity faces like Adele and Elle McPherson. Lack of sleep, environmental pollution, hectic lifestyles, an overload of products and astringent removers all contribute to skin flare ups, red patches, burning and itching. ‘I tell my clients to stick to simple products like rose facial oils and cut out heavy foundations during their down time.’
‘We’re living in a “switched on” society,’ agrees Sarah Brown, founder of Pai Skincare. “When we’re anxious or stressed, the hormone cortisol is released. At high or prolonged levels, this hormone can impair our immune function and cause inflammation which can worsen acne, eczema and psoriasis. Dermalogica’s MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque, ￡35.70, is the most popular DIY face-saver among the Hollywood hard hitters with Victoria Beckham dubbing it as “a little ambulance in a tube”. Charlotte Tilbury’s The Goddess Skin Clay Mask, £45, is incredibly detoxing and Kiehls Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Face Masque, ￡28, gives the skin back moisture that has been sucked out during the week in an air-conned office.
‘Concentrating on non-work related activity like a manicure or pedicure calms the mind,’ says Jenny Longworth, Revlon’s nail artist who has worked with Jessie J and Rhianna. Brands such as Only Fingers + Toes and Revlon have one-coat formulas so make the process stress-free. Cuticle oils are popular with models running from job to job: ‘I always get my nails done for work, so I make time at the weekend to give them some love with Nails Inc Cuticle Pen, ￡14,’ says Poppy Delevigne. ‘The oil smells like lavender so I apply it before I go to bed on a Sunday night.’