Celebrity skin care tips are usually really boring. "I drink a ton of water!".... But occasionally, one will reveal a simple yet worthwhile tip. Some really are good!
This page has some interesting celebrity skin care tips you might like to try, and 3 to seriously avoid (although they are still interesting!)
Joan Collins is over 80years old, and looks fantastic (apparently without the help of surgery). For all the makeup she wears, her skin care secrets are surprisingly simple. The best one? Constant moisturizing.
"And my off-duty face, if I’m just at home, is no base at all but every time I go to the loo or wash my hands I slap on moisturiser [from her Contra Time range], so I might put it on seven or eight times a day. I’ve got it next to every basin." (From dailymail.co.uk)
If that's the key to supple, smooth skin at 80+ years old, then it's settled!
Use it: You may not have days to spend at home with your off-duty face running around your various basins, but try this:
One of those boring repeated celebrity skin care tips is "I wear sunscreen everyday". But Shakira has a good twist on it by using baby sunscreen lotion. It is much better for sensitive skin, highly protective, and often times cheaper than made-for-face brands.
Vaseline is the not-so-secret skin care miracle that a ton of celebrities swear by, but the best by far is Tyra Banks - just check out the video clip above! I challenge you - have you ever seen so much excitement over a free pot of petroleum jelly? (Ah... I ruined the surprise, sorry.)
Cameron Diaz reportedly uses a lancer on her pimples, followed by the antibiotic cream Neosporin, and Visine to reduce redness and swelling.
But so many other celebrities and gurus say never to pop pimples?! Well done properly, releasing a pimple can significantly lessen it's life span and make a big difference to your skin.
The key is Cameron's use of a lancer (a sharp, sterile pin works) along with the antibiotic ointment. See more details on the right way to pop a pimple here.
I read in a magazine long ago that Salma Hayek swears by a 3 day juice cleanse for 'glowing skin'.
This is nothing new, and it is debatable whether that glow comes from the juice itself or simply the absence of 'bad skin stuff' like sugar, caffeine, alcohol etc.
But who cares?! The commitment of a short juice cleanse can make it easier to avoid those things, there is no denying the vitamin boost, and it is absolutely one way to get glowing skin from within!
Kate Hudson has great skin, and apparently plunges it into a sink full of ice regularly. This sounds a bit painful and extreme temperatures aren't your capillaries best friend... but she is onto something. Ice reduces puffiness, closes pores and increases blood circulation (think glowing, tighter, fresher skin).
Try the following instead:
Taking a cue from Cleopatra, the supermodel spritzes her face with a water and milk concoction.
Milk has natural lactic acid which softens skin and gives it a glow. Although the benefits that come from a topical spritz like this are debatable, it's certainly more interesting than simple water. Plus, who wouldn't want skin like Cindy Crawford...
Does anyone else find it kind of gross though?
Beyonce uses the drug store staple Aquaphor as a eye makeup remover. This is a great skin care tip!
Not only will it save you money and bathroom space (it has a lot of uses!), but it may also save the delicate skin around your eyes. With all the pulling, wiping and products applied this area has it tough.
Aquaphor is hydrating and gentle. Massage it lightly around your lashes and lid, then remove with a clean warm wash cloth or cotton pad. And you then can apply some more and leave it on for hydrated, line free, Beyonce-looking eyes!
Super-beautiful Sophia Loren reportedly eats a ton of olive oil - well she is Italian after all. She also uses it lightly on her skin.
A very simple tip but one worth remembering. It's full of antioxidants, hydrating properties and protectants - plus it doesn't clog pores. Use extra virgin olive oil, you can't go wrong with it (just risk smelling like a Mediterranean salad).
Joan Collins rocks. Yes, she wears a tone of makeup but also swears it protects your skin.
The lady tells it like it is. Here is a quote from her book The World According To Joan (2011):
‘When some lined, red-faced, blotchy-skinned woman proudly announces to me that she’s never allowed an ounce of make-up to touch her face. Well, bully for you, ma’am, if you want to go to the grave looking like Dracula’s grandma.’
Again, she is 80years old and look at her skin! Don't believe those that tell you wearing makeup is 'bad' for your skin. As long as it is good quality (which is most makeup these days) and you remove it properly, enjoy wearing as much as you like!
Image By RKO (eBayfrontback) [Public domain], via Wikipedia Creative Commons
To achieve that white glow in photographs and film back in the day, Marilyn Monroe applied hormone cream to her face. This unsurprisingly lead to a growth of downy hair - which only added to the radiant white glow on camera!
These days you don't have to grow peach fuzz to get a photogenic glow. Thankfully.
Image By Amy Nicole Waltney (Snooki-105) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
You are pouring some kitty litter into Fluffy's tray, and suddenly it hits you - this would make a great exfoliation treatment! Is this really what Snooki thought?
Two points for acknowledging that is contains clay and the right clay can be powerful for skin. But it is way too harsh, you don't want the other ingredients on your skin, and do you really want to smell like Fluffy's powder room?
By Studio publicity still [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Our last celebrity skin care tip is by the far the most controversial.
Shaving your face like Elizabeth Taylor reportedly did - with a straight edged razor - removes dead skin cells and that peach fuzz, resulting in soft, glowing, clear skin (which does seem counterintuitive to Marilyn Monroe's peach fuzz-glow above...)
But really?! Sure, men often times have younger looking skin due to a lifetime of shaving - but they also have thicker skin that generally produces more oil to start with. Plus, men look good with stubble!
Shaving your face won't cause fine hair to suddenly grow back thicker - but it will make it blunt and therefore more obvious. Once you start shaving an area, it is hard to stop. It also opens up the risk for ingrown hairs or irritation.
If you want the exfoliating, skin glowing benefits of it, by far the better option is using glycolic acid. This provides an even exfoliation and improves your actual skin.
Unless you are self conscious of darker hairs on your face (which you should definitely not shave, see a pro about lazer removal), leave the peach fuzz alone!