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Fashion Friday: Adele Uddo’s Skin Care 101


When we came across the recent story on Adele Uddo in The New York Times with a headline begging the question, “What a Hand Model Knows About Skincare?” we too had to ask her for ourselves. As a parts model, we learned that Uddo “. . . usually hired for her hands, which have grasped a Chanel No. 5 perfume bottle, held a Christian Louboutin shoe, revealed a Dior Rouge lipstick — and have been stand-ins for those of Penélope Cruz and Katy Perry. But Ms. Uddo is also the rare parts model with more than one in-demand feature. Her abs, chest, feet and lips have also appeared in Vogue magazine pages and on billboards.”

In this week’s Fashion Friday, we’re delighted that Uddo shared with us how she’s more than her parts. We asked her about her skin care advice for women over 40, her own home-made lotion concoction, and how both her skin and her spirit have stayed resilient.


Adele Uddo’s reel of commercials with lots of hand-heavy moments.


What is your personal definition of Resilience?
I’ve found resilience when circumstances have been tough and I’ve decided to grow stronger rather than feel sorry for myself. There’s always an opportunity to overcome and evolve. The older I get, the more clearly I recognize the choice between having a positive perspective or one that perpetuates feeling like a victim.

My childhood was pretty unconventional. When I was seven, my mom took me and my brother away from our big Italian family in New Orleans, on a bus called the Mars Hotel, with a man named Lightning. I grew up on a manic/organic commune in Northern California, and spent many years longing to return to ‘normality’ – i.e. a diet that included meat/dairy/grains/nuts, etc. (you name it, we couldn’t eat it); clothed caregivers (most people were naked in those days); sober adults (most people were also stoned). My father ultimately died of drug addiction and neither of my parents remarried. So statistically, I’m not a strong candidate for a ‘healthy’ relationship. It’s taken me many years of introspective work to have the life and intimacy I share with my husband. I’ve always believed I can overcome odds if I work hard and follow my heart.


What is your Skin Care 101?
My motto has always been about MOISTURE. The primary way I prepare my parts to be camera-ready is by moisturizing with the right ingredients.



lad-00333-7Luxe lotion by Ladybug Jane

What are your favorite hand products for skin over 40?
As a child, I was introduced to natural skincare, decades before it was trendy. Back then I wanted to be like the ‘cool’ kids and use commercial brands. Most of our products were either homemade or European. My mom also introduced me to essential oils early on, and I’ve been hooked ever since. On days I’m shooting, I’ll often add a few drops of essential oils to my lotion. My favorites are lavender, geranium and frankincense.

Essential oils have been used in skincare for thousands of years, and they also benefit the nervous system. When I’m working in fast-paced stimulating cities, I love the soothing effect essential oils.

As far as store bought brands, I still use Weleda and Dr. Hauschka occasionally. Lately, I like a lotion called Luxe by Ladybug Jane, and Andalou makes a great color-correct formula called CC 1000 Roses.

Most often, I’ll moisturize my hands with things many of us have in our own cupboards: coconut oil, shea butter, avocado oil, Vitamin E, sweet almond oil . . . even olive oil.


Tell us about your own lotion concoction and when we can expect to see it?
For years, I’ve been making lotion in my kitchen and getting great results. My friends love it and have asked for more. So recently, I teamed up with a top formulator in Los Angeles who’s taking it to the next level and getting it tested for a larger market. It’s called Essentiel. The formula incorporates the ingredients I’ve used for years and a special blend of essential oils. It smells divine.

As a parts model, moisturizing is a must since any part of me can be called to work on a given day. If you properly hydrate your skin, it looks healthier. I’ve always understood that healthy skin looks beautiful at any age. I’m passionate about both beauty and health, and love helping women feel vibrant and beautiful, inside and out. I’m really excited to share this product with the public. We’ll be launching in 2017.


What would you like to see women STOP doing when it comes to how they treat their hands?
If you want to grow healthy longer nails, stop using them as tools. As soon as I became more conscious of my movements, my mitts looked a lot better. I would also say stop assuming your hands don’t need similar nutrients as your face and other parts of the body. Moisture is essential for healthy nails — when nails get dry, they become brittle and break.

If you used a hand cream twice a day, you’d notice a big difference. To remind myself, I keep little lotion bottles in easy access: my purse, next to the sink, bed, desk, etc.

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