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Interview: Margarita Virova
Photos: Ekaterina Starostina
Secular columnist for the newspaper "Kommersant"
I think the main sign of aging is trying to freeze
in the chosen image
Attention to yourself
The main thing that I understand right today is that I am thirty-seven and it's time to urgently sit down and figure out in detail what needs to be done in order to continue to like myself. And the main advantage that age gives is precisely that I finally really like myself. Although still not entirely. It is clear that the standard care once a week by the beautician and the vigilant adherence to the home protocols developed over the years are no longer able to cope with the emerging signs of aging. A more serious and thorough approach to the issue is needed.
In this sense, I rely heavily on endocrinologist Irina Gosnevskaya and cosmetologist Yulia Shcherbatova. I try to follow their recommendations: for example, I reduce the amount of sugar. True, so far this is given to me with difficulty. I do not use alcohol or drugs at all, but sugar is my real and deepest addiction. And he's everywhere! And he hides in almost everything! Now I practice substitution therapy in the form of Pobeda chocolates with stevia, but, alas, there is still a long way ahead.
I usually wash off my makeup with Bioré Hydrophilic Oil Serum, then wash with Dr. Barbara Sturm and Clarisonic Mia 2, then I wipe my face with Pixi tonic with retinol. I don’t think the percentage of retinol in it can be working, but the tonic is really good. Then I spray my face with green tea hydrolate, which really fights inflammation, if any. Further serum: in the morning - Dr. Barbara Sturm, in the evening - The Ordinary with retinol. After the serum is absorbed, I apply the cream. In the morning - A'Pieu with madecassoside bought at the "Girlfriend", in the evening - Augustinus Bader, very cool, exclusively presented at Buro Beauty.
When choosing care or decorative cosmetics, I am always happy to replace an expensive product with an affordable one, but only the replacement should be of equal quality and effect. Augustinus Bader cream cannot be replaced, it is the only cream in my practice that gives a noticeable lifting effect. It's also the perfect makeup base. Once I had to put on makeup in the evening in hot Sochi for the closing ceremony of "Kinotavr", and in the morning in cool Moscow I had to meet journalists at the press screening of the film "The Sobchak Case" in the Central House of Culture. I'm not proud of this achievement, but I really didn't have time to wash or sleep. And this makeup lasted almost a day without noticeable losses!
Taking care of my body, I certainly am not doing anything outstanding. The main thing is to force yourself to go to the gym regularly. Mine has such a dark room, the so-called cardio cinema. They do show movies on the big screen and have a few different cardio machines to choose from. We will assume that my athletic impulses are constrained by the selection of films: for some reason, the club's administration prefers domestic films made with the support of the Russian Military Historical Society to all other film masterpieces. So every trip there is to overcome your own aesthetic standards.
About the sea and wellness
In addition to the above manipulations with the face and body, I consider it extremely important for well-being and appearance to regularly travel to the dacha on the coast of the Baltic Sea in the Kaliningrad region. The horizon line in front of your eyes, a conscious starry sky above your head, not azure sea water and the strongest wind - all this perfectly returns to the basic moral principles and conveys a feeling of peace and will.In Moscow I go to Timiryazevsky forest or to exhibitions, to a certain extent this also works.
About short hair
Of everything I deliberately did for my appearance, the best solution seems to be a haircut. Always with Yana Potapova from the White Garden. She understands so well how my not too curly hair wants to lie, that you can do styling in five to ten minutes and even with your eyes closed - it will still be great. A year and a half after I cut my hair for the first time, I received compliments for the "new hairstyle." Indeed, it is difficult for me to imagine myself now with long hair.
Once I spent a lot of time and money on styling in salons, because it seemed to me that I could not do it on my own. Then I bought an apartment on credit, and it turned out that tongs, ordinary or conical, were not at all difficult. I decided to cut my hair solely for reasons of saving time in the morning. I just got tired of spending forty minutes every day. In the end, it turned out to be a breakthrough decision not only for styling time - new horizons were opened in the choice of clothing, makeup and, most importantly, self-perception.
It is important for me that the morning is long and unhurried: to have time to read, be with myself, choose clothes for the day and for the evening (when I work, I often have to load some kind of evening kit into the car at once), apply makeup with feeling. I love to paint, always with an emphasis on the eyes. True, the most daring - electric blue arrows - I rarely do.
Often you have to put on makeup while driving, almost to the touch, in the wrong light of the parking headlights of the cars driving in front. The fact is that I never found a single really cool fixative for make-up (and I still prefer to apply my miracle cream, which I mentioned above, before bedtime), but during the day, makeup is still somewhere slips, and in the evening, before a secular exit, it is better to reapply it. I try to paint in different ways, because I consider the main sign of aging to be attempts to freeze in the chosen image.