You may recognize Olivia Culpo from her pageant days as reigning Miss Rhode Island, Miss USA, and eventually Miss Universe in 2012. Now, at 28, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model has become a force in fashion and recently launched a new clothing line at Macy’s with her sisters Aurora and Sophia.
“I’ve always wanted to work with my sisters. We’ve always planted the seeds, but we never had something that felt perfect for us, and this was the perfect fit for all of our styles,” she tells Prevention. “I really wanted this collection to be accessible to everyone and feel comfortable because it’s at an amazing price point.”
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the model has tried to stay busy with her new line—but she never let her self-care slip in the process. In fact, her skincare routine in particular has received a major upgrade in recent months.
“My perception of beauty has definitely changed over the years. I realized the importance of what you put into your body in terms of overall skin health,” she says.
In addition to maintaining her healthy lifestyle, Culpo has nailed down the products that keep her complexion calm, even with her hectic schedule. “I could talk about skincare forever,” she jokes, clearly passionate about her no-fuss routine.
Ahead, Culpo’s exact routine for clear, glowing skin.
1. OTC face peels give her skin a glow.
First, Culpo ensures her skin is totally clean morning and night. After using one of her go-to cleansers, either from Dr. Barbara Sturm or Shani Darden Skincare, she’ll reach for a face peel.
“I always use the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peels,” Culpo says, which are infused with glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids to smooth texture, reduce hyperpigmentation, and give the skin an overall glow.
She’s also recently discovered the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial. “That’s my new absolute favorite. I love it,” Culpo says. “It’s so good, everyone needs to try it!” The cult-favorite facial contains potent acids to exfoliate, unclog pores, minimize dark spots, and leave the skin softer and brighter.
2. Hydrating serums and creams are a staple.
Culpo is a huge fan of hyaluronic acid, which holds a thousand times its weight in water to plump the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines. Her go-to? Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum.
The model also applies the iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance, a brightening vitamin C serum that packs retinol, antioxidants, and kojic acid to smooth lines and even out your complexion.
She follows with a nourishing face cream, and gives Dr. Barbara Strum, Drunk Elephant, and Sunday Riley shout-outs as her favorite moisturizer brands.
3. Daily sunscreen is a must.
At 28, Culpo says sunscreen is a staple in her routine. “I’m still kind of learning the importance of wearing sunscreen because of my age. I know that’s important, so I definitely implement that,” she says. “I’ve spent a lot of time looking for sunscreens that work for me because I would break out a lot of the time.”
She’s a fan of Supergoops’ Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, which is matte, oil-free, and mineral-based—perfect for acne-prone skin. She’ll also go for tinted moisturizers that contain SPF, like the Dr. Dennis Gross Instant Radiance Sun Defence SPF 40 or Laura Mercier’s Natural Skin Perfector SPF 30.
4. She pampers her face at night.
For a little self-care, Culpo always applies a face mask before going to bed. “I usually sleep in Summer Fridays’ Jet Lag Mask. I love this mask,” she says. The product is infused with brightening vitamin C and redness-reducing niacinamide. She’s also fond of the Kora Organics Noni Glow Sleeping Mask to give her skin some TLC.
5. She splurges on light therapy.
Culpo uses Déesse’s LED mask to treat her skin with red light therapy. Board-certified dermatologist Debra Jaliman, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York previously told Prevention.com that light therapy masks stimulate cell production within the body, resulting in decreased inflammation and enhanced production of collagen. Red light treatments are also effective at combatting acne she says.
Celebrities like Jessica Alba and Chrissy Teigen swear by these light therapy masks, which can be pretty pricey. (But if you’re curious, ask your derm about your options.)
6. Beauty starts from the inside out with healthy eating habits.
In addition to her favorite products, Culpo says getting enough sleep and paying attention to what she puts into her body keeps her skin healthy. “I’ve also been a huge fan of drinking a ton of water. I think that’s so important for your skin health,” she says.
“As far as eating, we’ve seen time and time again that if you’re eating really unhealthy, you’re causing inflammation in the body, and if you’re not getting enough nutrients, you’re not going to look as vibrant,” she continued. “So I’ve found that to be really important and something that I work hard at all the time.”
She also pops a daily fish oil supplement, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. “I think as you get older you realize the importance of beauty coming from within, so that definitely includes eating the right things and taking away processed foods,” she says.
7. Exercise is also a top priority.
While keeping up with a workout routine has been “really hard” during the pandemic, Culpo’s found a way to make it happen because it boosts her mood and helps her relieve stress.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s been very difficult to maintain the type of workouts that I used to maintain because everything’s closed, and you have to be careful and you want to be safe, so a lot of the workouts I used to do I can’t do anymore,” she explains.
Instead, the model has been taking advantage of online resources, at-home ab circuits, and Pilates classes on YouTube to keep her entire body happy and healthy.
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