The best and worst celebrity skincare advice...
I don’t know about you, but I just love hearing their red-carpet beauty secrets. As a professional, some of their knowledge is truly inspiring, but on occasion some of their supposed tips and tricks have me face-palming at my desk!
So, I thought we’d clear up what works and what doesn’t so you can replicate the good stuff at home.
- Jennifer Aniston -
I have always thought Jennifer Aniston is a very beautiful woman and have admired her more natural approach to the ageing process. She always looks comfortable in her own skin and sounds as though she’s dedicated to taking care of herself on both the inside, as well as the out.
In a 2014 interview with People Magazine when Jennifer was asked how she kept her skin so youthful she said ‘I do microneedling! It allows the serums and whatever products you’re using to really soak in’…And she’s 100% spot on!
Microneedling creates millions of tiny micro channels across the surface of your skin which has been proven to boost product absorption by up to 66%! It’s also incredible for naturally stimulating collagen and elastin production to tighten, firm and tone your skin.
- Gwyneth Paltrow -
Gwyneth Paltrow actually taught me a lot about beauty in the film Shallow Hal. For anyone who hasn’t seen it, it’s about a man who is hypnotized to see women from the inside out and when I watched it as a teenager, it was definitely food for thought.
But Gwyneth’s real life beauty advice doesn’t sit quite so well with me as a qualified expert…Last year in a viral video interview with Vogue, Gwyneth stated that she’s ‘not a head-to-toe slatherer of sunscreen’ and instead only applies SPF to ‘the area where the sun really hits’. She can be seen dabbing the tiniest amount of SPF to the bridge of her nose and across the very top of her cheekbones, like you’d apply a highlighter.
The problem with this, is It’s been proven time and time again that in order to prevent up to 90% of skin ageing, you need to be applying your sunscreen liberally to your entire face, come rain or shine. More importantly though, aside from lines, wrinkles and pigmentation, SPF helps to prevent skin cancer.
So, please don’t take Gwyneth’s advice on this one. Trust the science and if you’re not sure how best to apply your BASE Protection – SPF 50, there’s a full tutorial on my 11 Dot Technique on our website. I promise it’ll have you properly covered and keep your skin safe and youthful 365 days a year.
- Salma Hayek -
Salma told InStyle Magazine that she’s never gone to bed without washing her face. ‘Never in my life’ she said, ‘Even if I’m sick, tired – heck, even if I was drunk! I might forget to take off the dress, the shoes and the jewellery, but not the makeup. It’s second nature’.
I have a feeling that Salma and I would be great friends on this basis alone! 😉
There are two things I love about this statement in particular. Number one is obviously the cleansing - great skin starts with a great cleanse. Washing your face removes dirt, oil and impurities that build up during the day, keeping our skin clear and even. It also creates the perfect canvas for the rest of your routine, allowing the active ingredients to be properly absorbed and deliver transformative results.
The other thing I love is Salma’s commitment. We all have those nights where it’d be much easier not to bother, and head straight to bed. However, in the moments we choose to ignore that voice in our head and take care of ourselves the way we know we should, magic happens. A habit is formed, self-care is prioritised, and the results will be written all over your face in the years to come.
I was having so much fun with this one I could just keep going and going – let me know if you want a part 2?!
If you ever see any celebrity beauty quotes you’re unsure of please feel free to send me a message and I’ll happily break them down for you. Apparently, the Queen has moisturised twice a day for as long as she can remember, so I’m sure she’ll be radiant at her celebrations too!
Amy is a qualified skin expert and founder of BASE. When she’s not writing about skincare, you’ll find her applying it, developing it or daydreaming about it instead!