All of us want gorgeous, glowing skin but unfortunately we don’t have a superstar facialist and nutritionist on hand to ensure we’re getting the best beauty advice out there.
We’ve put together nine of the best skincare tips from celebrity skin gurus across the globe.
1 – Feed your glow
If you want gorgeous skin, what you put in your body is just as important as what you put on your face:
“I always take omega oils as they help your cells hold onto moisture more effectively which is crucial in winter,” Sarah Chapman, London’s most sought-after facialist who has tended Sienna Miller and Uma Thurman’s skin, tells Grazia. “I would also always recommend vitamin C for health but also to support capillary walls in extreme temperatures and help prevent broken capillaries”
2 – Switch one hot drink a day for a green juice
Joanna Vargas, who is a New York-based facialist and looks after Dakota Johnson, Julianne Moore and Maggie Gyllenhaal, says that getting your greens is essential for keeping your skin looking great:
“Replacing your afternoon coffee with green juice is absolutely my favourite skin advice,” Joanna says. “It will transform your skin in a matter of days, plus it helps oxygenate and stimulates lymphatic drainage, so it de-puffs, too.”
3 – Pick richer moisturisers in winter…
Michelle Peck, who is Madonna’s facialist and even travels with her, says that hyaluronic acid is a must in moisturisers:
“During winter I tend to lean towards a richer moisturiser, one that is loaded with one of my favourite ingredients, hyaluronic acid. It is a fantastic humectant since it holds a 1000 times of water in its weight.”
4 – Nourish at night
Wendy Rowe, who is Burberry’s Artistic Consultant, says:
“Use an oil serum that nourishes and hydrates skin at night, which is the best time to feed your skin as this is when it repairs and is not exposed to pollution. You wake up with supple and smooth in the morning ready for makeup”
Sonja Dymalovski, advises using a serum that includes natural oils, because they reduce the chance of breakouts:
“Hydration is the key to young looking skin, and adding a serum to your night time routine is a great way to wake up with youthful glow. I would go for a serum with oils that have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties like Jojoba oil and Plantolin.”
5 – Look after your gut, for a gorgeous face
Manhattan-based Elena Rubin, who has tended the complexions of Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Sofia Coppola, says that probiotics are another key to looking great:
“Great skin happens when your digestive track is working well.” She advises clients to eat foods which have lots of digestive enzymes in them – like papaya and pineapple.
Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns, explains:
“The skin is also closely connected to the gut and supporting gut function can help to reduce skin outbreaks. There are a number of studies linking the use of probiotics to positive outcomes for eczema, acne, rosacea and anti-aging. To support your skin include fermented foods in your diet, such as kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and miso soup. You can also take a supplement.”
6 – Exfoliate, even if you have dry skin
Dr. Susan Evans, who is a Beverly Hills-based dermatologist, explains: “I insist on exfoliation, even if you have dry skin. You have to remove old layers first before products can really penetrate.”
7 – BUT be gentle with spots
Dr Christie Kidd, the dermatologist who cured supermodel Kendall Jenner’s teenage acne, says to avoid trying to blitz away spots:
“I never want you washing your face with anything abrasive. Not a scrub, not a rotating brush, not a washcloth. You want to treat it very delicately and just wash really well with your hands,” she says.
And, she says to scale back on the amount of products you use on your skin: “I often find patients have bought and are using far too many products which makes their skin worse. Keeping it simple and effective is far better for acne.”
8 – Rejuvenate while you sleep
Sarah Chapman explains: “A great deal of your skin’s natural rejuvenation process takes place at night. Applying specific night treatments that area rich in high performance actives helps the skin to take advantage of its own night time cell renewal process and its benefits. Night is the time to repair, not defend!”
9 – And finally… words to live by
Michelle Peck has the best advice of all, saying that beauty really is only skin deep and it’s your personality that counts:
“People are always asking me, “how can I look like Madonna?” To me, beauty truly is, and it’s going to sound cliche, an inside job. You can come to me and spend 1k for two treatments, and I can leave you glowing externally, but we all know. We’ve all been in the rooms with people who are aesthetically beautiful but you don’t even want to spend five minutes with them—because it all starts inside. They can come to me and do the external, but that’s not what I’m about. When I treat someone, it’s never about the face. The face is the byproduct. Beauty is a reflection of our internal world, externally.”
Yes, it’s official. You don’t need supermodel or A-list star looks to be gorgeous. We certainly agree with that.
Do you have any beauty tricks that you’d love to share? Let us know in the comments…