Secrets of women with beautiful skin
Name: Dr Barbara Kubicka
Job: Aesthetic Doctor, Racing Driver
Describe your diet and what you eat in a typical day. At least 2 litres of alkalized water. First thing in the morning 0.5l then between meal. Breakfast most important in terms of quality – vitamins , micro elements, supplements, best absorption. Home-made smoothie or fresh juice with supplements and Whey protein. Lunch is the most important from an energy point of view – the biggest meal should be when sun is the highest – salad with fish, egg or once a week meat with lots of olive oil. Dinner something light but comforting like soup but less important, I try not to eat after 8pm. Snacks, nuts, dark chocolate, fruit
What foods /drinks do you avoid and why? Fizzy drinks – very acidic. Coffee, dehydrating. Alcohol, acidic. Sweet juices, sugar. Fried, process, salty food. No gluten and lactose as I don’t tolerate it very well.
Do you exercise? Yes, 4/5 times a week
Tell us what a typical workout week looks like. 2x a week personal trainer, 1x week intermittent cardio workout, 2x week Pilates, swimming.
What do you use on your skin? A combination of products and aesthetic procedures. For cleaning, Kangen beauty water and Neostrata Exfoliating Wash (£27.99 from Amazon), a foaming glycolic wash which is great for congestion and dullness, it keeps my skin bright, clear and plumped up.
Moisturiser? Neostrata Bionic Face Cream (£23.99 from Amazon) or day it’s intensely moisturising without being greasy, it is gentle (and is often prescribed after treatments like chemical peels and microdermabrasion to soothe the skin) and keeps the skin VERY radiant and supple - is also like a magic eraser for fine lines and wrinkles.
Treatment products Obagi Professional C serum (£34 from faceandbody.co.uk) - This provides maximum daily anti oxidant protection against free radicals, which are skin’s worst enemies. It is a potent tool to use for treating and preventing fine lines and wrinkles, addressing pigmentation, and making your skin glow like never before thanks to the high levels of Vitamin C. Obagi Tretinoin 0.1% – used once weekly is the gold standard. Tretinoin is a derivative of Vitamin A which helps speed up the turnover of cells and evens out skin tone and texture.
Facial sunscreen for under make-up? Yes, always, Heliocare SPF 50 Gel (£16.45 from Amazon), it sinks into the skin and leaves no greasy residue, yet is not at all drying, and you can apply make up almost immediately afterwards without having to wait. The high levels of UVA and UVB protection blocks out 97 per cent of harmful UVA/UVB damage. The product contains Fernblock which is a clinically and scientifically proven anti-oxidant and powerful skin protector.
Facial sunscreen for outdoor exercise? as above
Body moisturiser? Coconut oil.
Summer foundation? No foundation, but if so mineral powder – Glo Minerals (£29 from effortless skin)
Any other magical skin product/technique/treatment you can’t live without in the summer? Mesotheraphy with hyaluronic acid to hydrate my skin, Ilipo to trim my body, very gentle peel to exfoliate and clean my skin, strong alkalising Kangan water for dehydrated skin and puffy eyes.
Name: Liz McCarthy
Job: CEO, abeautifulworld.co.uk
Describe your diet and what you eat in a typical day. Start with porridge and blueberries, with fresh grapefruit juice. A salad for lunch. Just started having a green juice mid afternoon to keep up energy levels. Fish or chicken with brown rice in the evening.
What foods /drinks do you avoid and why? Anything carbonated, or high in sugar. In my job it’s important that my skin looks fantastic and sugar breaks down the cells that support skin elasticity.
Do you exercise? Yes, Hot Yoga at Yoga Haven in Clapham
Tell us what a typical workout week looks like. Mon, Weds and Fri one hour hot yoga session. Sunday body attack aerobics
What do you use on your skin? A combination of products from abeautifulworld.co.uk. My job also involves a lot of product testing as everything that goes on the website is tested by the full team. However, I have my favourites.
Cleanser, toner, moisturiser? MuLondon Rose Cleanser (effective at removing make-up but without stripping skin), S.W Basics Toner (has less then three ingredients, and works wonders on large pores), Dahliana Seabucktorn berry moisturiser (at the cutting edge of organic skincare this day cream is natural but highly effective)
Facial sunscreen for under make-up? Soleil Organique facial moisturiser with SPF20 (light enough to not feel like you’re wearing sunscreen)
Facial sunscreen for outdoor exercise? Soleil Organique mist SPF15 (doesn’t feel heavy and smells lovely and fresh)
Body sunscreen on holiday? Soleil Organique SPF45 (high protection, in a light spray. High SPF protection without the nasties)
Body moisturiser? Know-it-oil – 100% natural coconut oil from the Philippines - i apply to slightly damp skin to lock in the moisture.
Summer foundation? None – i don’t wear foundation
Summer serum? Marble&Milkweed Spring Tonic Serum (handmade from NYC, this contains the finest organic oils and keeps skin supple during the summer)
Fake tan? Chocolate Sun Lite (Hot new product from a salon in Santa Monica – gives a lovely hint of colour which you can build up over a few days into a tan)
Any other magical skin product/technique/treatment you can’t live without in the summer? Lumiere d’Opale shimmering body oil – make legs look endless.
Name: Nataliya Robinson
Job: Leading London facialist
Describe your diet and what you eat in a typical day. I start each morning with a mug of warm water with a squeeze of lemon in it. Breakfast is usually scrambled eggs with some salmon. Lunch and dinner consists of a big bowl of green leafy-salad, dressed with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, topped with either some grilled chicken or fish and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.
What foods / drinks do you avoid and why? I never touch fizzy drinks – they wash the calcium from the bones and are not only full of sugar and stimulants that are bad for adrenal glands, but they also produce acid that is damaging for our cells. I used to eat bread but realized that the wheat in it made my skin itchy and I started developing dry patches on my forearms, so now I avoid it.
Do you exercise? I do cross-training (as it’s gentler on the lower back and for the joints). I do 15 mins cardio health and weight training, as this helps with the bone density which we lose with age.
What do you use on your skin? I use only high-quality products. At the moment I use two creams that are based on human growth factors, derived from stem cells.
What cleanser, toner, moisturiser do you use? My cleanser is from the Circadia range that gently exfoliate the skin. I use my own toner made from a green tea infusion soaked over night.
Facial sunscreen for under make-up? I use Blemish Balm by Dr. Schrammek as a SPF protecter, along with mineral powder.
Facial sunscreen for outdoor exercise? The same as above, plus I always wear a hat for extra protection.
Body moisturiser? I do not use a body moisturiser. Instead I make my own scrub made from jojoba oil mixed with green tea and raw brown sugar. I apply this every morning when taking a shower.
Summer foundation? I use Bare Minerals powder.
Summer serum? At the moment I use only human growth stem cells serum.
Any other magical skin product/technique/treatment you can’t live without in the summer? Yes, my very own seasonal DIY face mask made from summer apricots. In the summer the skin is constantly being damaged by UV radiation. What we need is to restore this damage by applying bio-viable products. My mask is very easy to make. Simply squash some fresh ripe apricots, add some matcha tea (1/4 teaspoon), then add some raw honey. Apply this to the face for 15 mins, then wash off. This super antioxidant mask strengthens the skin’s immunity and is packed full of enzymes and vitamins to give the skin a great boost.
Nataliya Robinson practices at her clinic Skin Therapy in Knightsbridge
Name: Su-Man Hsu
Job: facialist and skincare expert
Describe your diet and what you eat in a typical day. What foods / drinks do you avoid and why? I mainly eat an Asian diet. I eat lots of vegetables, (fresh, stir fried or steamed), rice, noodles, fruit, chicken, pork and fish. Not too many red meats. I don’t eat cheese or other dairy products. It’s soya milk in my coffee and its one or two glasses of alcohol a week. I love champagne but it’s so expensive for one glass. This all sounds very virtuous but the truth is my body reacts badly to dairy and alcohol. Less to champagne! I prefer cake to chocolate but I do occasionally indulge myself in balsamic kettle chips. They are addictive. I start each day with a warm glass of honey and lemon to flush out my system. I’m a big fan of porridge for breakfast, which I drizzle with Udo’s Choice blended oil. I avoid all the usual baddies that can kill the summer glow - salt, sugar, fried foods, white breads and processed foods.
Do you exercise? I was a professional dancer for many years so there is only one exercise routine in my life and that’s dancing. I take a ballet class almost every day at Pineapple Dance studios. There is nothing better for good posture, strong core, balance, flexibility, coordination, and long lean supple muscles. On top of all these amazing physical benefits dancing makes you feel free and happy and lifts your spirit. A good class can put you in a good mood all day long, de stress you and relax your mind.
What do you use on your skin? As a facialist I take my skincare routine very seriously. We Asian women think of anti-ageing from 18 and not 35. It’s in our culture to prevent things happening rather than sort our neglect and mistakes out later in life. I tend to use a layering system for my skincare (very popular in East Asia). So this means deep cleansing, exfoliating (twice a week only), toning, serum, facial oil, eye cream and moisturizer.
Facial sunscreen for under make-up? I don’t wear make-up apart from mascara but I do apply La Roche-Posay SPF 30 melt in cream (£10.87 from Boots) before I go out in the morning.
Facial sunscreen for outdoor exercise? I don’t exercise outdoors.
Body sunscreen on holiday? I use Soltan moisturising Suncare spray SPF 50 (£5.49 from Boots). I only sunbathe in the morning and late afternoon as the afternoon sun is too intense and harmful.
Body moisturiser? Neutrogena deep moisture comfort balm (£6.15 from Boots).
Summer foundation? Don’t wear it.
Summer serum? I use the same serum throughout the year which is my own velvet skin brightening serum. Will be launched in October this year.
Fake tan? Never. My skin tone is already quite brown and I could never imagine making it look artificial and fake.
Any other magical skin product/technique/treatment you can’t live without in the summer? Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend (from udoschoice.co.uk) either as capsules when I’m travelling or in liquid form when I’m applying it to rye bread as part of my breakfast diet. It’s the perfect internal moisturiser.