It started out as an experiment, then it became a thing, and now more and more celebrities are kissing their make-up palette goodbye and heading out into the world au naturel.

Ever on the trail of trending news and information about cosmetic surgery and aesthetic enhancement, the intrepid researchers at Costhetics went to work. Here’s what we found…

Star Gazing

With COVID quarantine the order of the day, it became common for celebrities of a certain age (over 40) to adopt a more natural look for their at-home posts on social media. Stars peeled off false eyelashes, wiped away foundation, and bared fresh-scrubbed faces to the world. The zero glam movement includes such familiar faces as:

  • Bethenny Frankel
  • Madonna
  • Alicia Keyes
  • Julianne Moore
  • Heidi Klum
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones

The surprise came when they realised how much they liked what they saw. Thanks to their skin care routines, these older celebrities are sporting the smooth, unlined, radiant skin that women half their age would kill for. Case in point: Dame Helen Mirren’s 75-year-old skin looks positively radiant in her “first thing in the morning” post on Instagram.

How Do They Do It?

It must be nice to be a top star with access to the world’s greatest cosmetic surgeons, aestheticians, dermatologists and makeup artists. When you’re stuck at home, however, your care is in your own hands. Fortunately for the rest of us, celebrities have been very candid about what they use and why:

  • Gwyneth Paltrow has a special passion for her makeup remover. She appreciates that it cleans quickly and thoroughly. More importantly, she likes that the gentle formula doesn’t dry skin… the breeding ground for fine lines and wrinkles.
  • J’Lo may fall in and out of love with men easily, but she is true blue to her favourite moisturising cream. It’s formulated with sea kelp, and she has been using it for years to keep her skin supple.
  • Jennifer Aniston has retained her Friends skin with the use of laser treatments and micro-current facials. She is particularly enthusiastic about laser treatments because they require minimal downtime, and she’s a busy woman.
  • Naomi Campbell has been strutting her stuff on fashion runways for decades. She relies on a two-step chemical peel to keep her face camera-ready.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker credits cleanliness with helping her keep her Carrie Bradshaw-era glowing skin. She is diligent about washing her face each night and applying lip balm.

Why No Makeup Can Lead to Breakouts

You might expect skin freed from a daily application of face paint would instantly improve. That’s not always the case. Sebum production is affected by make-up. When you stop using makeup products, your sebaceous glands may respond by temporarily amping up oil production. This clogs pores and leads to breakouts. Don’t use make-up to cover the problem. Treat it.

Conservative treatment involves making a gentle cleanser and soothing moisturiser part of your daily skin care routine. Medical grade skin products contain active ingredients proven to help get rid of dead surface cells and expose skin’s natural radiance.

You Can Get the Star Treatment Too

Great skin isn’t just for the luxury set, of course. You can ask our experts for help in finding the best products … including skin-friendly make-up products for those occasions when you want to add a little razzle to your natural dazzle.

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