Attaining perfect skin is most women's beauty holy grail. While we all want to be told we look "glowing," you know you have aced the great skin thing when someone compliments your complexion specifically and not your makeup. So how does one achieve flawless skin? You know, the kind of complexions that A-listers appear to have been born with…
Well, you may think these women have teams of skin experts on speed dial, and while that's true for some, many of them have down-to-earth tricks and sage advice that we can all follow. From Olivia Munn's drugstore skincare find to the edible liquid Scarlett Johansson uses as a toner, these celebrities are just like us—constantly on the quest for better complexions and happy to try even the weirdest and wonderful skin hacks to make great skin a reality.
Keep scrolling as we reveal how to get perfect skin like these nine celebrities.
In a recent interview with Byrdie, the Victoria's Secret model revealed that she keeps makeup-related breakouts at bay with a simple skincare routine. She swears by CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser (£16). "I use it in the shower because my dermatologist told me it's good to wash your face in there—the steam opens up your pores, and it really gets in your skin," she says. "When I get out, I splash my face with hot water, and then again with cold water."
"A while back, I started researching natural skincare," Johansson told Elle. "It's a nice way to treat your skin if you don't want to use all those harsh chemicals that a dermatologist would recommend." The actress uses apple cider vinegar as a toner after cleansing, as it helps keep the skin's pH levels in check. "If your skin is problematic or you're having a lot of breakouts, it's really healing. It's a little bit stinky, but if you're not sleeping over at your boyfriend's, it's really effective," she said.
You may think Hill and Johansson are anomalies when it comes to spots, but A-listers are people too. Olivia Munn has to deal with breakouts, and she found an affordable solution in her local drugstore. "A little over a year ago, I got on a medication, and out of nowhere, whatever that medication was, it messed up my skin. All of a sudden, I had this cystic acne, which I've never had before, and I was freaking out. It was a nightmare," she told InStyle.
"I tried everything—acupuncture, steroid shots, peels—nothing made it go away. Then my agent sent me a box of Proactiv Plus (£40,) and I tried it, and everything started clearing up. I believe that you have to make your skin a priority. You may regret buying that purse or those pair of shoes you only wore once, but you'll never regret the money you spend on taking care of your skin."
Munn also takes an inside-out approach to her skincare, "I'm really big on hyaluronic acid. It's so important. It's something that we develop in our body, and as we get older, it starts to diminish. Its only purpose is to carry water to the parts of your body that need it. I started eating these special potatoes that are high in hyaluronic acid [ed. note: They're called Satsumaimo Japanese sweet potatoes]. You can order them from Japanese markets.
"I bake them every day with olive oil and cinnamon. Spices are great because there's no fat or sugar, so you get all the flavour without the guilt."
But Palermo does have some more low-key solutions. "I think working out is the key to good skin," she said. "I like to sweat it out five days a week with trainer Tracy Anderson." You can train with Tracy in your own home with one of her DVDs. Good skin and a better body—what's not to like?
She also swears by good old Vaseline to remove her makeup at night. "There's no excuse for not taking off your makeup—ever. I don't use a fancy product. I just wipe my face with Vaseline and a cotton pad every night before bed," she told the magazine.
This may sound crazy, especially for us Brits who don't live in sunny L.A., but Kate Hudson dunks her face in buckets of iced water. "I think it was Paul Newman who said to stick your head in an ice bath. I thought, 'that's such a great idea,' and I did it, and it works. To wake myself up or make my skin less dull, I'll dunk my head in a bowl of ice. … It's like taking a cold plunge with your face," the actress told Redbook. Not convinced? Get a similar effect with Anne Semonin's nutrient-infused and glow-boosting Express Radiance Ice Cubes (£50).
Nicole Scherzinger has to travel a lot for work, which means she has tried plenty of in-flight products in her time. Her favourite? Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask (£40). She told The Telegraph, "If you are on the run, whether you're on a plane or have a shoot or something, my newest favourite thing is these Bliss eye masks. Those are really good."
Alicia Keys proves that you don't need to rely on makeup to look incredible. Her vegan, organic-obsessed makeup artist, Dotti, has been putting all the emphasis on skin and not makeup in recent months. Dotti is a big fan of jade-rolling, which is essentially facial massage with a crystal tool. In order to boost circulation and tackle puffiness, she chills the roller first. "I stick a jade roller in ice, so it's basically freezing when I roll it over [Alicia's] skin," she told W. "I really, really work into all those areas where I want blood and water and energy brought to the surface. It brings her skin to life."
To amp up the glow, Emily Ratajkowski swears by a pharmacy staple. "When I want my skin to look really dewy, I'll put Aquaphor under my eyes at night. It just makes my skin feel firmer and moist. It's especially good when I'm travelling to keep my skin from drying out and over-producing oil," she told Into the Gloss.
Gwyneth's secret to glowing skin isn't all green veggies and virtuous living (although that helps). The actress revealed her number one tip for maintaining youthful-looking is exfoliating every day with an alpha- and beta-hydroxy acid mask, she told Vogue. She leaves the mask on until it tingles. After, she'll perform a little lymphatic drainage massage with an oil-serum hybrid to give her skin's micro-circulation a boost. Try The Sanctuary Wonder Oil Serum (£13).