As a beauty editor, the one question I get asked the most is “What skin-care products should I be using?” Well, starting now, I’m going to let a whole bunch of different women answer that question for you in this here new column, where I call up people whose skin-care regimens I want to know about, too.
Amber Valletta has gorgeous, stunning, flawless skin — skin worthy of all those adjectives that women’s magazines drag out in their celebrity profiles. The model and actress has a philosophy of “more natural, less chemical” when it comes to products and gravitates toward brands like Arcona, which friend Shiva Rose recommended, and Éminence, which practically makes us best friends (sorry, Shiva). She even mixes up her own herbal concoctions (recipes prescribed by her Ayurvedic doctor, Martha Soffer), stored in mason jars to combat acne breakouts (yes, her normal-to-dry yet seemingly perfect complexion is not immune to zits). But even though she takes great care in deciding what goes on to her face, Valletta’s actual routine only takes about five minutes each morning and night. For her, it’s all about keeping things to a minimum. “I’m not one of those people who spends loads and loads of time in front of the mirror,” she says. “Maybe it’s because I’ve spent my whole life in front of the mirror, getting hair and makeup done, that it bores me to tears.” We can get on board with that. Click through our slideshow to check out her whole regimen, including personal snapshots of her “mixes” (which look totally sketchy, but they must work).