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Celebrity makeup artist and L'Oréal Paris brand ambassador, Sir John, has seen the good, the bad, and the borderline ugly when it comes to celebrity skin care habits. Sure, it may be hard to imagine celebrities as having less-than-picture-perfect tendencies when it comes to anything pertaining to beauty—but as it turns out, even the stars can take a skin care stumble from time to time. On the other hand, however, some celebs do take amazing care of their skin, and those are the habits you’ll want to emulate. The naturally glowing, radiant skin that you associate with the stars is possible for you, too. Here, Sir John shares the worst things he has seen celebs do to their skin and the best habits of his celebrity clients who are always ready with red carpet-worthy, beautiful skin.
Show your skin some TLC by incorporating these two celebrity-approved skin care tips into your daily regimen.
“Some celebrities are starting to realize the positive effects of regular, light exfoliation,” shares Sir John. Exfoliating helps the outer layer of the skin appear bright and fresh. Sloughing away dead skin cells and build-up of dirt and oil will not only help your skin appear more radiant, but will also help your other skin care products work more effectively. Peels and microdermabrasion done at a spa are effective exfoliation methods that are popular among celebrities, but at-home exfoliation, which includes using exfoliating face masks and scrubs, also works. How often you exfoliate and what method you use should depend on your skin type and recommendations from your dermatologist.
“Those celebs with youthful-looking, beautiful skin can be obsessive when it comes to applying SPF to their faces,” relays Sir John. “They are hyper-aware of sunburn and the negative aging effects of the sun.” Overexposure to UV rays from the sun can damage your skin and make it more prone to visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. To maintain youthful-looking skin and protect your skin’s health, apply sunscreen thirty minutes before sun exposure. You can also look for products that are formulated with broad-spectrum protection, like the L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30, so you can not only block UVB and UVA rays, but moisturize your skin while you’re at it.
Celebrities can have bad habits, too. After all, no one is perfect! Here are two of the worst celebrity skin care habits that you should avoid mimicking in your own skin care routine.
It doesn’t matter if you’re on a private jet or flying coach: “You have to remove your makeup at all costs before going to bed,” says Sir John. Makeup can clog and congest your pores if not removed—especially if left on for extended periods of time, like while you’re sleeping. When you sleep, your skin sweats and oils from your hair care products can also collect on your pillow and end up being transferred to your face. This sweat and oil will mix with makeup if left on and can badly clog your pores, making it more difficult for your skin to breathe.
If you're on-the-go, like many celebrities often are, and don’t have access to a sink before you catch a few hours of sleep, try to get in the habit of carrying facial wipes—they’re convenient and easy to use if you’re traveling. Some facial wipes even have extra anti-aging benefits, which is something worth considering if you don’t have time to apply various skin care treatments or serums. Try the L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes, which are formulated with vitamin C and gently exfoliate and revitalize skin.
Not cleaning or switching out used makeup sponges will eventually congest your pores. Your skin’s natural oils and sweat can transfer to your makeup blender and other tools, so it’s important to keep them clean and buy new ones when needed. Aim to clean your brushes and tools every week and buy new sponges regularly.
When it comes to celebrities, you might envy their style, their cars, and even their fans—and with some, you covet their skin, too. Just be sure you're following good celebrity skin care habits, the ones that will foster beautiful skin and not require cover up or photo editing to get that perfect complexion. Now, are you ready for more skin care tips courtesy of Sir John? Click through to our article, Master Class with Sir John: How to Care for Your Skin Like a Makeup Artist.