Tuesday, July 30, 2013

"Go to bed greasy, wake up gorgeous." The Celebrity Secret to glowing, healthy skin

What would you say if I told you that Nia Long, Beyonce, Tyra Banks, Alek Wek, Kelly Rowland and others have at least one beauty secret in common?  This shared secret keeps the beauties looking youthful & glowing. And best of all, it's not a $100 skin cream or some bizarre facial proceedure.

Turns out that all of these gorgeous beauties have a night time regimen that includes applying a thick balm or oil to their skin so they wake up each day glowing.

Nia Long mentioned in an interview that "the key to great skin is to keep it super-duper moisturized."  So, every night, she rubs on some Aura Glow, and almond scented oil, to her skin after taking a shower (while her body is still wet).  According to Nia, she "goes to bed greasy" and wakes up glowing.

Miss Beyonce, pretty much has access to amazing beauty products from all over the world.  But what does she prefer to keep her face moist and supple?  Aquaphor.  Yes, you heard me. The same Aquaphor that you can pick up at any drugstore.  Beyonce told Elle magazine that she "goes to bed totally greasy."  Using Aquaphor from everything to her elbows, feet and face.

Tyra Banks was so enamored with Vaseline petroleum jelly that she gave everyone in her audience a jar (while in a screaming frenzy) to take home for themselves.  The list of celebrities who use Vaseline on their skin and under their eyes is endless.  Jennifer Lopez, Alek Wek, Kelly Rowland, along with so many others.

I have been testing this theory of "going to bed greasy" out for myself the last few weeks.  My biggest fear going into it, was that my already acne prone skin would literally explode with break outs.  First I tested using Vaseline around my eyes only. Then I added a thin layer on my forehead (which normally is acne free).  The next morning my skin looked great. So I became bolder and put a little on the rest of my face.  Each morning, I looked in the mirror and liked what I saw. So I kept going.  Best of all, I haven't seen any sign of impending breakouts.  Can't even tell you when the last time I had a pimple. Thanks to Nia, I've also been applying almond oil on my skin instead of lotion.  Because of these ladies, my lips are softer, and my skin has a constant glow. 

There are some online sources which claim that petroleum jelly may be a dangerous product which could be absorbed by the skin. So I took the safe route and picked up an all natural version of petroleum jelly at the health food store called Un-Petroleum.  Un-petroleum contains feel good ingredients such as castor oil, coconut oil, beeswax and vitamin e.  I think my lashes will really benefit from using Un-Petroleum as an "eye cream" on a regular basis.

Even in the summer, my skin tends to get dry so this new routine is just perfect for me.  My elbows and knees are happy and my skin looks great!  Because of the thickness of these balms, it's a great idea to stay consistent with exfoliation to avoid build.  Nia long uses her Clarisonic regularly and Beyonce's beauty makeup artist recommended the we exfoliate twice a week. We get rid of old skin by exfoliating, then we protect our new skin with rich balms and sunscreen.  Put that all together and we've got the formula to a gorgeous glow.

**DISCLAIMER** If you choose to use a little Vaseline on your face, please do it in moderation. The key is not to slather on a thick layer, especially on your face.

Who else is using Vaseline or oil at night? How do you use it?
  1. It's true! I use unpretroleum jelly and my skin loves it!

  2. Oh wow, I never would have thought of putting that on my whole face, though I used to put it on my feet a lot and woke up with super soft skin. I've never heard of unpretroleum, I need to look for this in the UK x

  3. I always put oil on my skin. It is always either castor oil (in winter) grape seed oil or rose hip oil. The only other thing i ever use on my face is spf30. For my body, i always use oil at night as well. It just makes me feel more sexy lol, anything that puts me in a great mood is up my alley. I use the same oils on my body but i tend to add some drops of grapefruit essential oil for fragrance

    xo Stephanie

  4. So do you just rinse your face with water in the morning or go through your regular face wash routine.

    I tried putting vitamin E on my face before bed a couple of times, I liked the results but then I got lazy and stopped (I really need to step up my skin care routine!). I use coconut oil as a regular facial moisturzer and I love it. I never though to put it all over my body!

    I am looking into making a whipped shea butter cream with avocado oil. (the BEST hand cream I ever bought had shea and avocado in it, so I might as well try making my own)

  5. @Stephanie: I find castor oil REALLY viscous and hard to apply (I mostly just use it for my hair). Do you heat your up? Apply it when your skin is still wet?

  6. Instead of lotion, I apply oils to my entire body after showering every single day. My skins looks amazing and it's completely even toned from head to toe. My mixture includes grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, macadamia nut oil, vitamin D and E. I add a few drops of lemon essential oil for a pick me up. I've been using this for months and I am very pleased with the results.

  7. I am sooooo glad that you found an alternative to vasaline. i will be picking up un-petroleum and trying this routine. You had me scared straight with the Vaseline. Lol. Thank you for such helpful and empowering tips! What an inspiration you are.

  8. I use a mix of coconut oil and lavender essential oil. Both are reportedly anti inflammatory for my acne and lavender oil is said to even out skin tone and it helps me sleep better too!

  9. I am definitely going to try this! I've used vitamin E oil as an eye moisturizer for about 2 weeks so far and I really like the results. Can't wait to try this!

  10. Many beauty enthusiasts are obsessed with these kinds of hacks, especially those that prove to be quite effective. Those essential oils can really make your skin more flexible and moisturized. That is probably the reason why you find your skin glowing after putting it on overnight.

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