Sometimes it’s easy to forget that celebrities are also human. Especially when they always look super-flawless with not one blemish or hair out of place. But it’s a fact that even the most major celebs don’t have 24-hour glam squads and a full makeup arsenal with them at all times. And they actually have the same beauty problems we do… though some of their get-gorgous tricks are a little more surprising that we might have guessed.
Nobody can ever mistake Kim Kardashian as being low-maintenance but the reality show diva shuns luxe body scrubs for plain and simple sugar. Yes, the kind that you put in tea and coffee. Kim adds it to her body wash for exfoliation – sugar crystals have just the perfect texture for scrubbing off dead cells, while its high glycolic acid content helps moisturize skin and protect it from toxins.
The Kate ice effect
Kate Moss puts her face in a bowl of ice cube to “freeze” wrinkles, while Kate Hudson dunks her face in an ice bath to revive her glow. Why do these rituals work? The instant chill jolts blood circulation, thereby boosting skin radiance and simultaneously reducing swelling and redness. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
Scarlett Johansson goes vinegar-y
Ever wondered how Scar-Jo keeps her skin so clear and glowing? She cleanses her face with apple cider vinegar: “I researched natural skincare and found that apple cider vinegar is really effective. Using it as a toner can be harsh but if you have breakouts it can be really healing.”
Cindy Crawford’s milk spritz
Cindy Crawford spritzes her face with milk to keep her skin moist and hydrated. And yes, there is some method to her madness – milk is full or minerals, protein and calcium, which are all essential to your skin’s health. Well, if it works for one of the world’s top supermodels… !
We’ll do whatever it takes to get a complexion as gorgeous as Cate Blanchett’s. Her method? Olive and macadamia oils: “Put one of them on in the shower and they make your skin zing. I incorporate them into a homemade scrub with grapefruit juice and sea salt — a beauty trick taught to me by a friend of mine.” I sure do need more friends like these!
Jennifer Aniston’s Vaseline fixation
Granted that she does have reason to glow but Jennifer Aniston also keeps her skin youthful with hefty doses of Vaseline. Especially under the eyes. How much petroleum jelly exactly? She recommends a teaspoon under each eye every night to prevent wrinkles and fine lines.
Mariah Carey’s minty secret
Want plump, luscious lips? Follow Mariah Carey’s secret of adding a few drops of peppermint oil to your lip gloss. Sounds odd, but mint is known to stimulate blood flow, which intensifies lip color and causes lips to swell. Bye bye expensive lip-plumping products. Hello, Mother Nature.
Catherine Zeta-Jones’ strawberry teeth
We all love a strawberry or two on a hot afternoon, but Catherine Zeta-Jones has another use for the juicy fruits: she rubs one on her teeth for cleaning and whitening them. Strawberries contain a ton of malic acid that serves as an astringent and can lighten surface stains on your teeth. Try making like Catherine and using them on your ivories once a week.
Mere mortals use a hair brush to comb their locks, but Gwyneth Paltrow’s hairdresser uses a loofah (you know, the thing we use to scrape dead skin off our backs?) to tame her perfectly polished mane. Ordinary folk probably Stylist David Babaii wraps her tresses around a loofah in order to boost volume and reduce frizz. We recommend using a clean loofah and not the one in your shower.
Cameron Diaz goes for the sex
Yup! You read that right. When referring to her fit physique and glowing skin, Cameron Diaz says, “I guess it’s just exercise, healthy diet, lots of water, lots of laughter, lots of sex – yes, sex.” This one might be my favorite beauty secret ever!
Intrigued? Will you be trying any of these beauty tips? Which one(s)?