From her home in the Bahamas, entrepreneur and former model India Hicks shares her tips for looking good.
There are lots of reasons to envy India Hicks―her genes (her father was celebrated English designer David Hicks, and Prince Charles is her second cousin and godfather), the fact that she lives on a Bahamian island, her success as a model and author, and her undeniable good looks. Although you can’t change your lineage, you can adopt a few of India’s head-to-toe beauty tricks for staying radiant in beachy locales.
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Q. How do you keep your skin healthy and supple?
A. “I religiously apply SPF 55 to all exposed areas. And I keep my skin hydrated by drinking loads of water and regularly applying moisturizer chock-full of natural emollients, such as coconut and olive oils.”
This super moisturizing formula ($30) contains coconut and olive oils, long praised in the tropics for their nourishing properties.
Q. How do you stay fit?
A. “We all love to be active outdoors. I run along the pink sand with my dogs―I’m slow but I run far. My boys cycle, scooter, and rip-stick (like surfing on dry land) all over the island.”
Added to your bath, this silky concoction ($27.50) infused with milk proteins is the perfect post-beach luxury.
Q. Have you picked up any beauty tricks in the Bahamas?
A. “The island’s older generation would use the coir fibers on the outside of a coconut shell to exfoliate. I love using the fine pink sand for a good body scrub. I mix a bit of sand with coconut oil and add a few drops of peppermint oil.”
This light, citrusy fragrance ($50) has the scent of a tropical garden and is crisp enough to wear during the day.
Q. How has your diet been affected by living in the tropics?
A. “Whenever there is an opportunity to buy local produce, we pounce on it. We wait with bated breath for Pineapple Festival, when the sweetest Eleuthera pineapple ripen. We eat fresh conch salad by the bay on a weekly basis.”
Made from almonds, mangos, and avocados, this creamy soap ($20) is a pampering treat for houseguests.
Q. What’s a good routine for healthy, shiny hair? A. “After shampooing, rinse with lemon juice for blondes or chamomile tea for brunettes. It will give your hair nice sheen.”
This diffuser ($49.50) not only smells good, but it looks good too―thanks to India’s signature coral design. The wicking twigs distribute a continuous scent meant to evoke the essence of a moonlit tropical garden.
Q. Do you have any other beauty secrets to share?
A. “Juicing is a great way to benefit from raw fruit and vegetables. One of my favorite recipes is a delicious combination of banana, mango, pineapple, yogurt, coconut, and honey.”