With make up artists, hair stylists, dermatologists and beauticians at their every beck and call and bank balances that you and I could only ever dream of, is it any wonder that celebrities always look so good! So you’d be surprised to learn that many of the products celebrities use in the privacy of their own bathrooms are actually very cheap, easily accessible and best of all, incredibly effective
Read on, as we delve into the bathroom cabinets of the stars and reveal to you the top beauty product secrets they have hidden away in them!
Aquaphor is a soothing skin balm that has been clinically proven to help support skin regeneration, condition and moisturise and because it has no colourants, fragrance or preservatives it is fantastic for many types of sensitive skin. And the stars LOVE it! Beyoncé rubs Aquaphor into her face before going to bed to encourage maximum absorption and to give her skin a healthy glowing lustre, “I go to bed looking totally greasy. It’s not all glamour all the time.” Aquaphor, not only acts as a moisturiser, but it is also a great barrier cream, just ask Lucy Liu. Whilst filming in the harsh weather conditions of Montreal, the famous actress relied on it to prevent her skin from being damaged, “It was freezing. If you take a little bit of Aquaphor and dab it on your face, it keeps your skin looking fresh”. This multi-purpose cream can also be used on babies to help prevent nappy rash, on dry areas such as knees and elbows, as a lip balm and as hand cream. You can buy a tube of this wonder balm for just £9.00 at most high street chemists, which we think is an absolute bargain!
Epsom Bath Salts
Victoria Beckham, Elle McPherson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lawrence are all huge fans of the natural healing properties of Epsom Salts. Made up of magnesium and sulphate, these inexpensive salts can be added to the bath and will help flush out toxins, relieve aches and pains, soothe muscles after a long work out and calm the mind after a stressful day. Gwyneth Paltrow claims, “I take an Epsom salt bath every night to wind down,” and personal trainer to Jennifer Lawrence’s trainer, Dalton Wong, explains he gave the actress some Epsom Salts to bathe in the night before the BAFTA Awards in 2013 in order to ease bloating. He says, “It’s a great trick that anyone can use if they’re working up to wearing a particularly clingy dress,”
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
This affordable soap-free, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic cleanser is a common sight in celebrity bathrooms. Actresses Claire Danes and Charlize Theron are regular users and fellow actress Olivia Wilde confesses she had reservations about using the product because it is so cheap, “I use the cheapest possible skin care — not because it’s cheap, but because it’s the best. Dermatologists have recommended it for years and I’ve never paid attention. But recently I started using Cetaphil cleanser and CeraVe moisturizer. They’re gentle and simple”. The gentle formula of this cleanser allows skim to be fully cleansed without the risk of stripping away the skin’s natural protective oils or disturbing the skin’s natural pH balance. This also means, it is fantastic at treating skin conditions, such as eczema, acne, rosacea and psoriasis. Cetaphil can be used on all skin types and on all areas of the body and as an extra bonus it’s great at removing make up.
Everyone likes a good, strong cup of coffee first thing to wake themselves up and prepare them for the day ahead, but celebrities don’t just drink coffee, oh no, they like to rub it on themselves as well! Halle Berry uses ground coffee to treat her cellulite by mixing it in with her usual body wash. The caffeine in coffee helps to stimulate blood flow whilst the granules help to gently exfoliate the skin.
Have a look in the back of your bathroom cabinet and I’m pretty certain you’ll find a pot of half used Vaseline lurking at the back. We have been using this balm for years; to soothe chapped lips, chaffed skin and to put some moisture back into dry knees and elbows, but turns out a pot of petroleum jelly can be used for whole lot more than that and celebrities know all about it. Frieda Pinto uses Vaseline on her eyelids instead of eyeshadow to create a ‘dewy, angelic look’, whereas O.C star Rachel Bilson likes to use it to remove her make up, because it is so gentle around the eye area. Other celebrity fans include, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Rowland and Tyra Banks, who famously gave everyone in the audience of her TV show a jar of Vaseline, because she was that impressed by it. You can buy a pot of Vaseline for around about £2 and it will literally last you years. Just a small amount of Vaseline (Jennifer Anniston likes to use a quarter of a teaspoon) rubbed gently under the eyes each night will help prevent wrinkles an fine lines. Hey, if it works for Jennifer Anniston, who at 46 looks AMAZING, then it is definitely worth having a go.
If you’ve read our article, ‘This store cupboard ingredient will change your life!’, you’ll know that vinegar, particularly cider vinegar, is incredibly beneficial to both health and beauty; something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by celebrities. Scarlett Johansson prefers a more natural method of keeping her skin clear and glowing, saying ‘A while back, I started researching natural skincare. It’s a nice way to treat your skin if you don’t want to use all those harsh chemicals that a dermatologist would recommend. If your skin is problematic or you’re having a lot of breakouts, it’s [cider vinegar] really healing. It’s a little bit stinky but if you’re not sleeping over at your boyfriend’s, it’s really effective!’
Olive oil shouldn’t be restricted to the kitchen, oh no, it is in fact one of the most versatile and beneficial products you could also have in your bathroom cabinet. Whether you use it to tame and condition your hair like Gwyneth Paltrow; “I often recommend that people use a half cup of olive oil and work it through dry hair, concentrating on the driest parts, combing it through but avoiding the roots”, rub it into your skin like Emma Stone; “I have a big bottle of olive oil on my sink. So I just put it on my face, and I smell like focaccia. And it’s really sexy. I’m allergic to everything so I’m pretty limited. Anything that’s oil, I want it all over my entire body”, use it as make up remover like Evan Rachel Wood, or add two capfuls to a hot bath like Sophia Loren, you can guarantee that once you’ve introduced olive oil into your beauty routine you will never look back. Dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone explains why olive oil is so good for us; “The most powerful member of the Olive Oil Polyphenol group is Hydroxytyrosol. Extremely rare, and effective in even small concentrations, this super antioxidant, anti-inflammatory has been proven to be effective in improving general health and appearance”.
This is one product that I for one could not be without. Since it’s launch in 2009, it has not only become the most searched for hair oil brand on Google, but has also become a firm favourite with celebrities. Emma Stone, Mila Kunis and Charlize Theron are huge Moroccan oil fans along with The Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev, who explains, “I’m very anal about my hair. When I first got my job on the show, my mom told me, ‘We know they need your hair for today, you need it for life. You can’t let them sizzle it off.'” Moroccan oil helps seals in moisture and can be used both on dry or wet hair to leave locks looking healthy, shiny and gorgeous.
And finally, to leave you with some parting words of wisdom from the stars 🙂
“A woman is most beautiful when she smiles. Other than that, the most valuable tip I’ve learned is always use a skin moisturizer!” Beyoncé
“Don’t go a full day or night without washing your face. You have to get all the dirt and makeup out of your pores.” Mary J. Blige
“A good eye cream is really important when you are traveling, busy and stressed-that’s when the dark puffy circles can get you.” Kate Winslet