My 5 Skincare Tips for The Perfect Complexion

Maintaining a healthy complexion is so crucial for the modeling industry. I’ve definitely had my battles with agency and client rejection because I had cystic/hormonal acne when I first got into the industry. For some people, perfect skin seems to come naturally (good genes) while it can take a lot of work for others. I was definitely on the other side.

Whether you want to be a model or not, skincare is essential for several reasons. And it’s not all about the way you look. Our skin plays a major role in how our bodies function day to day. After all, skin is the largest organ of the body. On a scientific level, it prevents viruses and bacteria from entering your body and protects you from harmful solar radiation. It helps regulate your body’s temperature and reacts to critical changes in your environment through pain and pressure.

So how do we get our skin to live its best life and glow up? The basics are using the right moisturizer and exfoliating products depending on your skin type. You can amp it up with certain cosmetic treatments like chemical peels and microneedling, but the most important thing is to adopt good habits. Try incorporating these five practices into your daily life, and I promise your skin will improve dramatically.

1. Drink more water

Doctors, dermatologists, estheticians, and the like are always recommending people drink more water, and it’s not for nothing. Being adequately hydrated can help almost all aspects of the body, and the skin is no exception. Drinking eight glasses a water a day will help to rid your skin of toxins and give you a radiant glow. Add a little lemon and apple cider vinegar for a deeper clean.

2. Eat the right food

You are what you eat. Your diet has a massive influence on your skin’s health, so pay attention to what you put into it. Meals full of fried foods will only make your skin greasy and lead to acne breakouts and other imperfections. I’m not saying restrict yourself from fatty foods because fat is essential for our bodies. But instead, opt for healthy fats like omega-3. When deciding on your next meal, pick ingredients high in omega-3. Clean eating means clear skin. And having a balance will keep your hormones and body in check, limiting breakouts.

3. Exercise

Being physically active slows the aging process, and it also has a positive effect on your skin’s appearance. The general recommendation is 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each day. This could be anything from a power walk or bike ride to something more extreme, like kickboxing or reformer pilates. Just make sure to wash the sweat off your face afterward!

4. Get more sleep

We could all use more sleep in this busy world, and lack of sleep can definitely hurt your skin quality. Not getting enough rest at night can speed up the aging process and lead to wrinkles as well as worsening any existing skin problems. Be sure to get your eight hours each night. 

5. Reduce stress

Stress is one of the worst things for our body. It can worsen almost any health condition and has been linked to all kinds of skin issues, including rashes, acne, and sweating. If you are suffering from stress, take steps to relieve anxiety. There are so many ways to reduce stress including talking about your problems, meditating, or taking a break from stress-inducing technology.

I challenge you to do these 5 practices religiously for a month, take a before/after pictures, and let me know if you see a difference.

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Summer Makeup Trends 2020

Regardless of what our summer is going to look like this 2020, it’s always fun to check out what makeup trends are popping up for the new season. This year it’s all about working with what you’ve got (trust me), creating natural dewy skin, and a soft blush. Eyebrows are still in, and the bigger the better. Take a look at mega makeup artist Patrick Ta’s IG account and you’ll notice a lot of HD and feathered brows. Here are some of the hottest summer make up trends that you’ll want to give a try.

Neutral Basics for Zoom Chats

If you’ve been filling your virtual weekends with cocktail hours and Zoom hangouts, then a neutral makeup combo is hands down your look of choice. You can recreate this look in minutes with a lightweight brow gel and soft natural blush. Check out this list of best brow gels. I currently use #4, the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel. Create that fresh dewy looking skin using a light skin tint or tinted moisturizer. Apply a little mascara and you’ll be refreshed and ready to go.

Julia Lee Dewy Skin

Ethical Choices and Sustainability

One of the biggest trends this year is sustainability. As we become more aware of where our beauty products are coming from, it affects our purchasing decisions. There has been a wave of new eco-friendly makeup brands that market their products as ethically sourced and not tested on animals. Vegan and cruelly free products are two things to look for when it comes to eco-friendly. Check out this cruelty free lipstick for instance. You can look great every day while being sustainable.

Pastel Palettes 

Pastel lavender, pink and yellow are trending for eyeshadow right now, so keep a palette of these handy. Don’t know where to start? Here is a list of pastel palettes reviewed by beauty bloggers, including both matte and shimmering shades.

Julia Lee Ellements Magazine Floral Fantasy
Beauty Editorial for Elléments Magazine

Pucker up With Pink

For lips, it’s all about hot pink and bright watermelon colors. And if you’re not feeling the gloss, go for a smudge-free pout using setting powder or spray. These are also must-have essentials in hot weather to touch up mid-day. Pink is definitely a mood this summer, so enhance your look with a complimenting blush and pastel eye shadow. Check out Harper’s Bazaar new pink lip products for 2020

Feathered Eyebrows

Feathered eyebrows are a perfect low maintenance look for the summer. Instead of pencils or powders, opt for a light brow gel to boost your natural brow hairs. And while the salons are still closed, you could try and create HD brows at home. There are SO many tutorials online if you want to know more. 

Stick to Soft Blush 

Ok this is the part about working with what your Mama gave you. Your skin and the natural flush that comes with it is going to be your best friend this summer. Dewy skin and a light warm pink blush are what it’s all about. Apply a light couple of swipes of blush only, and create a simple natural look that’s easy to build on. Glamour magazine just reviewed the best blush powders, creams, and wands for the summer. 

Remember to make the right choice for your skin tone. Here is a list of tips on tricks on how to know which blush to go for. Work with your natural features this summer for a flawless look. You got this! ✨🔥✨

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10 Min Everyday Makeup, Using Only 5 Products

If you could only pick 5 makeup products to live with for the rest of your life what would they be? This is all you need! Watch how I do a 10 min makeup look using only 5 products. Skin prep is key. Here is the list of products I used in this video.

  1. Givenchy Teint Couture Everwear Concealer
  2. Armani Beauty Maestro Fusion Makeup SPF 15 Foundation
  3. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Highlighter in Bronze
  4. Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara in Brown Black
  5. Dior Lip Glow Sheer Berry

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My Favorite Hair Volume Product

Virtue Labs Lifting Powder

The bigger the better, especially when it comes to your hair right? I can’t name one person who has said they wish their hair was flat. But what’s your method for getting your volume fix on? You could backcomb, use volume shampoo, or change your part.

Personally, when it comes to putting my hair up or getting a textured look, I think backcombing is counterproductive and the worst thing you could do. Regularly teasing with a brush can be really damaging to your hair and cause breakage. I recently started using this cool new Lifting Powder from Virtue Labs and wanted to share my styling experience with you.

virtue labs lifting powder
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What is Lifting Powder?

This powder is a combination of Virtue’s Alpha Keratin 60ku™ and activating texture enhancers. Virtue is known for their patented keratin protein that is a hair lifeline. Really, it helps fix damage, frizz, and split ends. The powder lifts hair without leaving your hair looking white and has a subtle scent. It’s not a dry shampoo or hairspray.

 

How to Use

I’ve tried using the powder a few ways, and I like it best for half ponytails or a textured, messy look. For this half pony look, I started by creating loose waves with a 1 1/2 in. curling iron. Then I applied the lifting powder in two sections, the top crown of my head and a lower halo.

Virtue Labs Lifting Powder Volume 

The best way to do this is lift each section and spray from underneath one pump per side (a little goes a long way) and one for the back. Then I used my fingers to spread the product through the roots and create that lift. You’ll feel a little moisture as the powder starts to activate.

 

I also did the lower halo and shook my hair out at the end. After I used an elastic to secure the half pony. It was pretty easy and my hair kept its volume all day at the wedding I was at.

Virtue Labs Lifting Powder Volume

I love this lifting powder because you get volume in your casual or fancy updos without having to use one of those silly and obvious Bump It’s. You can also use it for your hair down and a textured, messy look.

 

Virtue Labs Lifting Powder Volume

 

Want to try a textured crown braid? Check out this How-To Tutorial with professional hair stylist Adir Abergel.

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Laser Microneedling : Is It Worth It?

Laser Microneedling Treatment Julia Lee

Have you heard of laser microneedling? With so many facials and skin treatments available, it can be a lot to know what’s what and what’s best for your skin needs. I tried the mircro needling laser treatment because I heard it improved skin quality. And by improving skin quality I mean minimizing pores, redness, uneven skin tone, acne scars, and reducing wrinkles.

I’ve had cystic acne and there were scars on my cheek that I was mostly concerned about fixing. So I did the treatment in LA at Restoring Health Medical Institute. Watch what happened at Dr. Moossazadeh’s office as he explains the process in this video. He’s the best, really! Totally cleared up my acne completely by prescribing spironolactone. But that is for another blog post. A rundown on what laser microneedling is and what you should do for after care below.

What is Laser Microneedling?

Two treatments, laser genesis and microneedling. You can do them separate, but it’s best to combine for maximum results.

 

  • Laser Genesis – a non-invasive laser that heats your skin. It builds collagen, kills bacteria that causes acne, treats scars and rosacea, and makes your face look fuller. It literally feels like polka dots are being put on your face by a heated light and doesn’t hurt at all. The laser may burn off your peach fuzz during the process, causing a slight burning smell. But don’t worry, your skin is not being damaged. This part is super quick and takes 20 minutes, which is why it’s known as the lunchtime facial.

 

  • Microneedling – a pen with small needles that poke the barrier of your skin. Builds collagen, treats acne scars and hyper pigmentation. Yes, this process does break your skin, but forces a fresh layer of skin to grow. There is numbing cream applied beforehand so you don’t feel the needle penetrating your skin. If you’ve heard of a derma roller or at home microneedling pen, those needles aren’t as long. So they don’t fully penetrate the skin. I would recommend going to a professional for this and stick to doing facials and masks at home.

Aftercare Tips & What to Expect

You should treat your skin like a baby the three days following. Breaking the skin opens mirco-channels, so it’s super sensitive and quickly absorbs what you put on it. You’ll see some redness and your skin will feel dry and tight. Although you can wear makeup after, I personally wouldn’t to let your skin breath and recover. If you absolutely must, I would do light coverage.

  • Apply a serum to feed your new skin. The first 24 hours is most important since micro-channels are open. There are different types: mineral, peeling, growth factor serum. I used the Biopelle Growth Factor Serum and applied a capsule 4 times for day 1 & 2, and 2 times for day 3.
  • Don’t use any skin products with active ingredients or chemicals like silicone, dimethicone, artificial color, artificial fragrance, sodium lauryl sulphate, propylene glycol
  • Avoid direct sun exposure for 1 week. Use sunscreen with no chemicals if needed. Avoid sweating during exercise and sauna and no swimming for 4 days after.
  • Wash face with hands and water. No brushes or exfoliating soaps.
  • Redness will disappear after 3-4 days and skin will peel

 

Is It Worth It?

I say yes! It’s totally worth it and a lot more effective long term compared to other resurfacing treatments like Microderm or peels. I definitely saw improvements in my skin within 4 days. I wouldn’t say it’s a quick fix facial for deep acne scars and wrinkles because you need a few treatments every 2-4 weeks. The number of treatments needed depends on where you skin is at currently. I suggest consulting with a skin care specialist for that answer.

Check out the before/after picture at the end of the video to see the difference after 3 days. My skin felt rejuvenated, smoother, and my minor breakouts were cleared up!

 

Post your questions/comments about laser microneedling below.

 

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