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Mind & Body

Helena Christensen’s AM/PM Routine

Supermodel and photographer HELENA CHRISTENSEN has carefully honed a routine of beauty rituals, fail-safe products and effective exercise. Whatever she’s doing, we’ll try it…

Beauty

IN THE MORNING

I love sleeping…

…but I haven’t really had a lot of it since my son [Mingus] was born, 19 years ago! I typically wake around 7.30am, feed my dog Kuma and then take him for a walk to my local coffee bar [Christensen is based in Manhattan]. My favorite breakfast is porridge cooked with milk and topped off with banana, brown sugar and a big lump of melting butter in the middle.

It’s a great feeling getting into a perfectly made bed…

…so I always make it up before I leave the house. Every morning, even on the coldest of days, I air out my room and shake out my comforter and pillows.

I like to take my time with my skin…

…I wash my face with Ole Henriksen Face The Truth Gel Cleanser and tone with Christine Chin Hydrating Toner. Then I use Joanna Vargas Rescue Serum, Lumity Natural Anti-Ageing Facial Oil and moisturize with Nimue ai Day Cream. I use coconut oil on my body and always finish with a spritz of Strangelove NYC Lost In Flowers perfume. If I’m working from home, I love to apply a face mask.

I’ll apply a little blush and lip gloss…

…Kjaer Weis Cream Blush and Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder are my go-to products. I like ’50s-style eyeliner – I use Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner because it stays on all day (and night).

I do boxing and conditioning three times a week…

…and yoga twice a week. They keep my body strong, firm and toned. I started enjoying working out when I began to understand the anatomical aspect of it and learned how to recruit muscle groups.

I travel with so much stuff…

…whenever I go on vacation, I have to pretend I’m traveling with other passengers just so I can get away with more see-through bags and 100ml bottles in my carry-on.

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IN THE EVENING

After work I like to relax on my couch…

…with the fire on, a movie, a glass of wine and some cheese. I love a bath and put in salts and Herbivore Coconut Milk Bath Soak. I like to light a candle and ponder life and death as I soak.

I used to cook for my son every night…

…when he was younger; now it’s three times a week. Cooking is calming and I love the scents it creates in my home. My signature dishes are tilapia fish stew, rock-shrimp pasta and Moroccan chicken. I’m always conscious of buying fresh and organic farm food, but I also love ordering in.

It’s rare that I don’t clean my face before bed…

…but it’s not a massive issue for me if I forget. I cleanse with Joanna Vargas Vitamin C Face Wash – it is so delicious.

I listen to the jazz and classical station on my radio…

…right now, I’m listening to artists including King Krule, Coleman Hawkins, Tei Shi, The The, Talk Talk, The White Stripes, Alice Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Lil Peep, PJ Harvey, Meek Mill, Nephew and Depeche Mode. The list is long!

On my night stand…

…you’ll find a Stephen King novel, my glasses and Strangelove NYC Dead Of Night perfume, which is super seductive and full of the purest oud and Damascus rose.

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