Gemma Atkinson: ‘Look after yourself on the inside and it will show on the outside’
-Dec 19, Caroline Blight , Living -
Gemma Atkinson is the first to admit when it comes to beauty she’s very low maintenance. With her focus on nourishing her body from the inside so she glows on the outside, Gemma, 33, is not a big fan of the glitzy make up and elaborate hair styles sometimes demanded of her on the red carpet – and when she was waltzing and tangoing her way to the Strictly Come Dancing finals last year.
We caught up with Gemma to find out how she looks so incredible and as if she has spent hours in hair and make-up in just minutes a day. Her answers might surprise you.
How do you feel about getting dressed up for red carpet events?
It’s not my go to – we had an event last weekend and we were told it was black tie and I instantly thought ‘oh god’ and it’s because I like to be comfy. If I could live in jeans or gym gear and a vest top then I would but I am aware that’s not possible in my job. I do have to make the effort a lot more, when I do I feel quite nice in it but it’s one of those where I’m thinking all night, ‘I can’t wait to get home to my green tea in my PJs!’
What do you think about girls going to the gym in make-up?
I think it’s great if you have the time but I never have the time to do that stuff because when I’m working out I’m sweating so much! And I want my skin to be able to breathe and not have mascara down my face.
How has your approach to skincare changed as you got older?
I don’t use anything expensive or fancy on my skin, I just use something called Egyptian Magic Cream and it was actually something Janice Dickinson recommended to me when I did the I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here with her nearly 12 years ago now.
One thing I remember about Janice is that she had really nice skin and she told me about this cream which wasn’t available in the UK at the time so she had some sent over for me. Now you can get it on Amazon or in Costco. It’s all organic and natural, honey, bee pollen, olive oil, it’s all natural stuff and you only need a tiny amount. I just use that because it’s oil based and is great for hydrating my skin. That’s all I have used for years now because I think you have to eat right and drink lots of water to have nice skin. There’s no point spending a stupid amount on eye creams if you are aren’t looking after your body from the inside out, it’s not going to make a difference. For me I’m about look after yourself on the inside and it will show on the outside. You’ve got to keep your veg up!
What about hair do you do anything specific to keep that looking good?
Once a week I smother it in coconut oil if I get the chance, I like using coconut oil as a hair mask so I put it on and let it soak in then wash it all off and I try and do that once a week. I leave it on for about 20 minutes, half an hour, not too long. It smells lovely, you want to put it in your mouth!
Has your attitude to health and beauty changed over the years?
I always think exercising it should be a celebration of what your body can do not a punishment for what you’ve eaten. So many people say, ‘oh I’ve eaten a cheesecake I’m going to have to go to the gym’ and it’s almost like a kind of torture doing that. You do stuff because you can and often in the same way, life is for living and you don’t want to be that person who counts calories every time you go out for a meal with friends. You want to be able to have the best of both. I think I’ve become a lot more relaxed about things and I go to the gym more so I show off how I feel and not how I look. That for me has made a big difference.
Do you think your taste buds have changed since you adopted a healthier lifestyle?
I think so because I don’t crave the bad stuff as much now, it’s only at certain times of the month but it used to be a habit. I would think since it was the weekend I could go and have a drink, have a take-away burger with fries but you have to break the cycle. I used to think just because I was having a cup of tea I would have to have a biscuit with it but you don’t at all. Once in a while is fine but it’s not something you have to do every time you have a cup of tea. Then you stop craving things I think.
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