Catherine Zeta-Jones has shared her beauty tips in Marie Claire. Interestingly she hasn’t endorsed any big name brands or promoted some video that she has knocked up but has really shared how she keeps her looks up.
It seems that she uses some everyday materials. ‘I rub a mixture of honey and salt all over my body to moisturise and exfoliate,’ she says. Well that makes perfect sense really, honey is a humectant – a material that holds water – you will see glycerol, another humectant, in most moisturisers. And why not use salt as an exfoliating agent? Salt is water soluble so it is easy to clean off and rinse down the drain.
She also eats an apple, or some other fruit, after every meal. She believes that this helps keep her teeth free of stains because of the malic acid that they contain. Well malic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) so once again Catherine is using something that is often packaged in expensive products. (Like the Elizabeth Arden ones that she promotes for example.)
I think there may be some benefits she hasn’t considered in this habit. Eating fruit is a good way of diluting the sugar in more processed foods so that the bacteria on the surface of the teeth don’t produce acids to attack the enamel. It probably doesn’t do her dieting any harm to have some slowly absorbed glucose keeping her blood sugar levels at a reasonable rate either.
Finally she says she uses honey and beer as a hair conditioner. Honey’s humectant properties are useful in keeping hair moisturised. Beer made traditionally has a high protein content from the yeast and so should have a reasonable conditioning effect – though I am not sure that the modern gassed beers you get in pubs would be that good.
All in all, I was quite impressed. I wonder what her sponsors who have paid her £5 million to be the face of their beauty line think.