Beauty / IN THE BAG

Model Joanna Halpin on slowing down and affordable skincare

Simplicity is the answer to many things in life, and the same can be said for beauty. For British model Joanna Halpin, clean and simple are priorities when it comes to products her skin; from everyday sunscreen to the moisturiser that's every model’s favourite. Through travel, modelling and enduring those London winters back home, Halpin proves that taking it back to basics is something we can all get behind.

Here, she talks to RUSSH about her wellness principles, slowing down and the chemist bought affordable skincare she swears by morning and night.

What is your morning beauty routine?
Before my morning coffee I drink a glass of water with an added spoonful of apple cider vinegar. Then I’ll wash my face with cleanser before moisturising. I rarely ever wear makeup so this keeps my morning routine very quick and simple.

What is your night beauty routine?
Very similar as my morning routine - wash my face with cleanser and then moisturise. I have a pretty low maintenance beauty / skincare routine.

What are the supermarket / drug store / chemist beauty products that you use and love?
I actually primarily use chemist beauty products; the cleanser I wash my face with morning and night is Cerave Hydrating cleanser. And then I use La Roche Posay SPF 50 everyday as my moisturiser (even in the depths of London winter). Finally, I’ll use Weleda Skin food as a thick moisturiser at night, and I’ll often use it as a natural highlighter on my cheekbones rather than using makeup.

What is your main form of beauty body maintenance? What products do you use on your body?
I use Cerave Hydrating moisturiser for my body morning and night.

How do you keep fit and healthy? Does exercise form a large part of your routine?
I go through phases of working out a lot, and then I won’t for weeks at a time. When I do, my favourite classes are reformer or mat Pilates, barre, boxing or yoga. I have also recently started climbing/bouldering which I love and don’t think I’ll get bored of. I sometimes find classes a little monotonous, and this is where climbing keeps me more entertained as it feels like an activity as opposed to a workout. I also like running, but this is as much for mental health as it is fitness.

What cosmetic procedures or professional treatments to you have as part of your beauty routine?
I rarely get any cosmetic procedures [or] treatments. Occasionally I will treat myself to a facial but I am always a little sceptical as the more I play with and try things on my skin the more likely I am to break out.

What do you do when your body needs to recover?
I have recently discovered Yin Yoga which I love, and honestly don’t know why I haven’t done it sooner. It’s a very slow yoga practise where you hold each pose for five minutes or so - it is much more about stretching and relaxing than working out or pushing yourself. I rarely stretch properly, and with flying I sometimes feel really stiff, so this class has quickly become a must for me.

You’re tired, hungover or rundown: what is your beauty hack?
Eating and drinking the right things, and vitamins! I will take ginger shots, eat garlic, chilli, make broths to try and cure any illness. I also take vitamins (zinc, B vitamins, hp5t and a probiotic) everyday to try and avoid looking and feeling rundown. I also drink a lot of water, which you should everyday, but I do even more so when I’m tired or hungover to try and re-hydrate myself, and my skin.

What is the one non-negotiable in your beauty routine?
I could never go to bed without cleansing / cleaning my face.

Do you have a beauty icon? Who are they and why?
I feel we all spend a lot of time looking at others; comparing and wishing we could look like someone else and feeling insecure about our own beauty. As a culture it is not uncommon to get cosmetic surgery to change aspects of our appearance to reach these desired beauty standards and cling onto youth. But for me embracing natural beauty, one’s own features, and ageing gracefully is important and incredibly beautiful.

What is the best advice on beauty you’ve received?
Wearing SPF on my face everyday, as the sun is the worst thing for ageing.

What is the best advice on health you’ve received?
It’s absolutely nothing new but to quit smoking. I generally feel so much better in every way and my skin is noticeably better. I used to get random break outs and I’m sure it was linked to smoking.

What is the one product you can’t live without?
Weleda Skin food [is] my favourite! I use it on my face, body and as a highlighter, it’s natural and smells so nice.