My Model Beauty Routine: Zara Bicha

In 2016, Zara Bicha applied to the Elite Model Look contest in Portugal online, and won the competition. She represented her country in her home city when the World Final was held in Lisbon for the first time, and she landed a place in the Top 15. Since then, she has appeared in Elle Portugal, is a regular face on e-comm site ASOS and appeared in Men's Health Portugal in a shoot with Elite Model Look catwalk coach Ruben Rua. Her hobbies include basketball and gymnastics, which she has done since the age of 12. She loves discovering new cities and places through model jobs: "I love Milan and Paris! In both places I met so many amazing people, and now, each time I go there I already have friends there."

We caught up with Zara to find out how she looks after her skin and hair every day, and her hottest tip for keeping both radiant and fresh between model jobs. 

What is your skincare routine?

My skincare routine is very simple. I wash my face every morning with La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleaning Gel and then I moisturise it with La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ and Diadermine Hydrating Moisturiser or sun protector, depending on the weather. That’s it! In the evening I wash my face and apply moisturiser or some oil once in a while. I like to use coconut oil.

What is the best thing you can do for your skin?

I think less is more when it comes to my skin. I make sure not to put too much products or makeup on my face because I feel like sometimes my skin needs to breathe. Drink lots of water and eat a healthy diet and your skin will glow!

Do you use sun protector in summer?

Yes I do! I think it is so important to protect your skin from the sun because my face is very sensitive when it comes to the sun, it can be really dangerous. It also prevents you from getting sun marks and wrinkles!

Do you use any masks or special products?

I like to use a clay mask once every two weeks, it clears my skin and makes it very soft. I use MiaFlora Boabab Oil on my body - it makes my feel skin amazing.

What is your favourite hairstyle?

I love wearing my hair long and wavy. I don’t think I could ever cut all of my hair because I feel like it’s part of my personality.

What do you use on your hair?

Hair is something really important for me. I like to make sure I take some time to do a mask two times a week and leave it for at least half an hour. I use Kérastase Bain Thérapiste shampoo, Soin Thérapiste conditioner and Masque Thérapiste treatment, and I love them. I feel like my hair really looks the best after I use them, and smells really nice!

What is the best advice you can give for hair?

I think that using good products and making sure that you hydrate and don’t overwash your hair is the best is going to make your hair really nice! I also try to reduce the amount of heat I use. You can use heated hair tools to get some amazing styles, but only use them when you need them!

Who is your hair “icon” – maybe a celebrity or singer or film star who has amazing hair you love?

I love Sarah’s Marie Nagel hair. She is a YouTuber that shares her health care routine for her hair. I think her long thick hair is so beautiful!

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