As the weather hots up, more and more people are putting on their flipflops, applying the factor 50 and wearing less and less clothes. All well and good, but have you prepared your body for it’s public appearance yet? Celebrities seem to be able to do it without any effort (admittedly, Photoshop can work miracles), so let’s have a look at some of their top skincare secrets for looking good.
Let’s tackle legs and first things first, hair removal. Whether you choose shaving, waxing, depilatory creams, electrolysis or laser removal, smooth hair free legs are going to instantly give your legs a nicer looking appearance. Brit actress Kelly Brooke likes to use Bio-Oil on her legs to give them an extra smooth, gleaming finish, “With all the traveling I do, I can get very dry skin. I love Bio-Oil; it is great for keeping legs moisturised.” This specialist skincare oil is also fantastic for improving the appearance of scars, stretchmarks, helps even out skin tone and is also effective on aging and dehydrated skin. The product has won 224 skincare awards and has become the No.1 selling scar and stretch mark product in 18 countries since its global launch in 2002. Celebrities such as Mel B, Kim Kardashian and Sienna Miller all used Bio-Oil throughout their pregnancies to help reduce the risk of stretch marks and it is a multi-use product that everyone would benefit from having in their bathroom cabinet.
Hot weather makes us sweat: FACT. So how do you give your face a sunkissed glow, rather than looking like you’ve worked the evening shift at your local fish and chip shop? Applying a high SPF is essential if you want to reduce the likelihood of wrinkles, crows feet and other skin damage, but you must ensure you buy products that are suitable for application to your face. Kim Kardashian has two face sunscreen products that she loves, “One is La Mer’s The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid. They make the best sunscreen because it’s really thick and not white. It’s SPF 50 but really sheer—I love it. My other one is from my dermatologist, Dr. Harold Lancer—his Sheer Fluid Sun Shield SPF 30“.
Applying sunscreen will certainly help prevent sun damage, but the key to glowing skin is how you look after it on a day to day basis. It goes without saying that getting enough sleep, drinking lots of water and eating a healthy diet will have a massive positive effect on the appearance of your skin. Miranda Kerr absolutely swears by the powers of coconut oil. Jam packed full of anti inflammatories and other skin friendly fats, the actress has four tablespoons every day either poured over her food or as an alternative to milk in her tea. But it’s not just what we put inside our bodies that count, the celebrities also have secrets about the products they use as part of their daily skincare routines – check these out:
Anne Hathaway: The Interstellar and Devil Wears Prada star, has a simple routine, but one that clearly works as her skin is blemish free and glowing. “I love the Dr.Hauschka range and use the cleanser, toner and moisturiser every day.” If it makes you look that good then we’ll be trying it for sure.
Victoria Beckham: VB has always suffered with her skin, but this has resulted in her trying a LOT of products and is now an expert on what does and does not work for her skin. Her products of choice are made by Intraceuticals, “There is nothing like Intraceuticals…it really helps you look and feel your best”. Other celebrity fans include: Katy Perry, “I use Intraceuticals oxygen skin treatment to hydrate my skin and give me that fresh, well slept glowing look before any performance or appearance”; Kim Kardashian, “I love the Intraceuticals Facial Treatments. Getting them makes me feel so rejuvenated and refreshed”; and Miranda Kerr, “Intraceuticals facials leave my skin glowing and radiant!”. The products are split into four categories according to what you want them to do for you: rejuvinate to nourish, moisturise, lift and hydrate; opulence to brighten, tighten and smooth; clarity to soothe, repair and calm; and atoxelene to smooth, lift and target fine lines and wrinkles.
Nicole Sherzinger: Traveling, in particular air travel, can play absolute havoc on your skin as it is so dehydrating. Seasoned traveller Nicole boosts her skin with Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Masks, “If you are on the run, whether you’re on a plane or have a shoot or something, my newest favourite thing are these Bliss energising eye masks. Those are really good”. And singer Rita Ora likes to “spray Avène Thermal Spring Water on my face to keep it hydrated”. The Avène spring waters have made a 40 year journey through the French Cévennes Mountains and are packed full of minerals which have been clinically proven to soothe and soften even the most sensitive skin.
Before her wedding to Prince William, Kate Middleton supposedly got a bee venom facial for a smoother, more youthful complexion. The product promises to plump up the surface of the skin by tricking it into thinking it had been stung by a bee as well as helping to rejuvenate, reduce scars, heal acne and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Since then, sales of bee venom creams and lotions have sky rocketed and have gained other celebrity fans such as Victoria Beckham, Kylie Minogue and Simon Cowell.
Jennifer Anniston: The American actress has always managed to keep old age from knocking at her door and at 44 continues to look absolutely amazing. But surprisingly, Anniston doesn’t opt for the latest, most expensive products, instead she reportedly smooths on a layer of Vaseline under her eyes each night to combat crows feet. Now, that is something cheap and easy we could all be doing!
So, there you have it, the top skincare secrets from the world of celeb. Start your summer skincare routine today and you too could look as though you have just stepped off the pages of your favourite glossy magazine.