Updated 4/21/18. In magazines or online, you’ve likely come across an interview with a celebrity who has been asked: “What are your secrets for keeping your skin looking beautiful?” They usually share something that seems so simple, and rather effortless, yet, does it really work? Is it really how they look so young?
As someone who works with celebrities giving professional facial treatments, along with teaching them how to care for their skin at home, I know that the secret to beautiful skin is not so easy (or as accurate) as they can make it sound. Here are 4 common celebrity “skincare secrets” that I believe are myths.
Do these celebrity “skincare secrets” really work?
1.“I drink a lot of water.”
Ellen Pompeo told Allure Magazine
While I will always promote drinking water as being mandatory for your health, did you know that drinking water is the least efficient way to hydrate the skin’s surface? This is because it can’t make its way to the outermost layers. Instead, it runs through the intestines, gets absorbed into your bloodstream, and then is filtered out by the kidneys. At this point, it will hydrate the cells inside the body but won’t make its way to the skin’s surface. Hydration levels within the skin have very little to do with drinking water but rather what you are doing (or not doing) topically to treat the skin.
To hydrate your skin:
- Always use an alcohol-free toner and leave it damp on the skin. Toners, when used after cleansing, not only remove impure tap water but they are very effective for delivering water to thirsty cells. A good one is Moisture Infusion Toner.
- Invest in a good quality serum and use it underneath moisturizer. It’s important to know that a moisturizer’s main function is to act as a protective sealant to prevent moisture evaporation. However, when a serum is applied underneath, a moisturizer does an incredible job at locking in the active ingredients from your serum deep within the skin. Great ones to use are Skin Drink Concentrate and Firm + Repair Overnight Serum.
- To keep your skin hydrated, it’s crucial that you’re not doing things that are damaging your skin’s protective barrier. You can read what those are here.
2.“I don’t wear a lot of makeup. I try to let it breathe.”
Kerry Washington told Refinery29
I hear this celebrity skincare secret often. For starters, the skin can’t perform the functions of respiration, so there is no worry there. The fact is, wearing makeup for your skin type offers a barrier of protection against harmful UV rays. Daylight given off from the sun is the #1 cause of premature skin aging. It’s not genetics, smoking, and, believe it or not, even the passage of time. The sun is the skin’s WORST enemy. Most types of makeup contain sunscreen, and, even if it doesn’t indicate an SPF number, most have UV-protecting ingredients like titanium dioxide. Based on this benefit from wearing makeup, I never leave my skin bare and never suggest my clients do so either. Please your skin a favor and start wearing makeup NOW to prevent wrinkles in your future. However, when it comes to makeup, stop doing these 12 things to your skin.
3.“I have good genes. That’s my skincare secret.”
Gabrielle Union told Elle
Good genes can definitely play a role in certain characteristics your skin will inherit such as oiliness, skin color, thickness, and more. However, many people (including celebrities) understand that 30% of skin aging is genetics, and 70% is up to you. We know this based on studying how identical twins will age. In theory, they should age exactly the same due to their identical genes, but depending on each of their lifestyles they can age quite differently. Things like smoking, drug use (prescription or recreational), sun exposure and so many other factors will play a part and may cause them to not look as identical in their later years. Good genes can help but how you take care of your skin and body every day is what really matters. It’s so important to make good choices for your health. Here are 10 skincare rules I swear by.
4.“I only wash my skin at night.”
Jaime King told Into The Gloss
As I talk about in my step-by-step guide to the perfect morning skin routine, it’s important to wash your face in the morning, even though you don’t have much on your skin. Having a clean canvas will ensure your daytime products, most importantly being sunscreen, can work its best to protect your skin from environmental damage. Be sure to wash with a non-drying gentle cleanser so as not to strip your skin of water. Moisture Protecting Cleanser is a really nice gel-to-milk formula that my clients really love using in the morning.
5.“My skincare secret is always using the same products.”
Cate Blanchett told Refinery29
Sometimes the “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” approach is something to be mindful of, especially when it comes to sensitive skin like skin types #4, #5 and #9, but I don’t entirely agree with this celebrity skin care secret.
However, I do love when I heard Cate Blanchett saying “I smile a lot. I live a happy life.” Now that’s a good one.
No celebrity ever mentions they have a team of people dedicated to helping them look flawless and that their photos are usually retouched to hide imperfections. Trust me when I say, celebrities have skin just like anyone else. They have dark circles, cystic acne, blackheads, brown spots, and all the rest of the problems we all deal with at some point in our lives. Their careers are based on their looks, and they spend a lot of time doing whatever they need to do to put their best face forward. So, don’t be fooled next time you see a celebrity in a magazine. Their beauty routine is anything but effortless.
Here’s a few tips that I feel are helpful, along with taking good care of your skin on a daily basis, of course:
– Ann Curry told Stylelist.com her secret was “redirection.” “If I have dark circles under my eyes, I’ll wear a bright color on my lips.”
– Kate Hudson told Dailymakeover.com her secret is “I dunk my face in an ice bath to revive my glow.”
– Rihanna told InStyle Magazine that her amazing skin is down to two key elements, “Water and rest for my skin.” I think beauty sleep is super important!
– Gwyneth Paltrow dishes most of the secrets of success on her website GOOP. “I eat two servings of fish per day and plenty of leafy greens to keep my skin young and radiant.”