Salma Hayek’s #1 skin care tip: don’t wash your face in the morning!?

These are some photos of Salma Hayek over the past few days in England, where she’s been promoting Savages. The photos of Salma and Oliver Stone (where he seems to be too focused on her rack) are from the London photocall for Savages, and the other pics are just from outside of various TV studios where Salma’s been doing interviews. I don’t have any of the designer IDs on the outfits, so if anyone wants to inform me, go right ahead. I’m assuming they’re all pieces from the design houses that her husband owns. While in London, Salma described what it’s like to have unlimited access to all of those clothes:

Salma said: “I am so, so lucky. I am the luckiest girl in the world, really. And still with access to everything I could possibly want I still say ‘Oh dear, what am I going to wear today?! There’s no ending to that question!”

Although her husband’s company owns many of the labels, Salma insists that he still pays.

She said: “He [François-Henri] still pays for it, so I feel always like I can’t just go and take anything I want, you know? I could, because he is really nice to me, but I always feel I cannot become that, some crazy woman that comes and takes half the store.”

[From Hello Magazine]

He still pays. I guess that’s supposed to make us feel better? That even her billionaire husband – who OWNS all of those labels – still pays for the clothes?

Meanwhile, this interview with Salma also caught my eye. You know how Salma has launched her own skincare line, aimed at Latina skin care specifically? Well, Salma also has some down-home skin care tips. And they seem kind of weird to me.

She is an undeniable big screen beauty and she has a picture perfect face that is clear of any blemishes. However, Salma Hayek admitted that she achieves her skin perfection by never washing her face when she wakes up in the morning.

At 46-years-old the actor looks much younger than her age, and she attributes her less than hygienic regime as the secret behind her skin perfection.

Speaking to Kate Garraway on ITV’1 Lorraine, Salma said: ‘OK, one tip – always wash your face at night. Clean it. You don’t have to wash it, but you have to clean it really, really well at night.’

The From Dusk Till Dawn star said: ‘One strange tip – don’t wash it in the morning, at all, never. Because at night your skin is rebuilding some of the oils that you need to keep your skin young, and it balances the PH. So in the morning if you take them off – you can splash it with water, do something mild – but you don’t want to get rid of that. And if your skin is dirty in the morning, it means you didn’t clean well at night.’

With one secret out the bag, Salma was happy to share even more of her knowledge on maintaining a youthful appearance. The mother-of-one developed her own range of beauty products that she uses all the time and only sells in one store over in America.

She said: ‘I’m not very trim, but I don’t have as many wrinkles as probably I should. But I do use, I use my products but you don’t sell them, I just sell them in only one drug store in the States. And I do a lot of that for 10 years, and I’ve been using that stuff even since before, so I use creams, it’s creams.’

The Mexican born actor stars in new Oliver Stone movie Savages, alongside John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro and Taylor Kitsch. The big budget thriller tells the tale of waring drug cartels and the violence that the narcotics business contributes to society.

Salma said of her role in the film: ‘I am the queen of the most important drug cartel in Mexico. I think it’s important people see that for people who consume drugs and they think, ‘There’s nothing wrong with just a little bit, I’m not going to die from it’, you might not die from it, but you buying it – for that to get to you, a lot of people died. So the people that use drugs somehow contribute to this violence and this business.’

[From The Mail]

I have never heard the “don’t wash your face in the morning” thing. I need to ask my mom about that, because my mom is the queen of low-budget makeup and skincare fixes, and she has great skin (fingers crossed that I age like her). I wash my face before I go to bed. I wash my face… well, not as soon as I get up, but I get up, eat breakfast and watch the news for a half an hour, then I take a shower just before I “go to work” (walk to the computer). And I’m washing my face or splashing water on my face throughout the day too, because I rarely wear makeup and why not? Is this the wrong way to handle it? Does Salma’s advice only apply to certain skin types? My skin is pretty oily. If I don’t wash my face a few times a day, I feel greasy.

Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

 

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  1. little-red says:

    I can’t fault Oliver Stone for being uable to take his eyes off her chest. I’d probably do the same thing. Damn, those are some nice knockers!

  2. Alexandra Bananarama says:

    i’ll constantly splash water on my oily skin to avoid feeling greasy as a quick fix. She has small pores so i’m sure her skin is on the dry side and a moisturizing mask or light cream will do her well.
    If she wears a mask or night cream her skin would be great in the morning

  3. Chicagogurl17 says:

    I’ll take skin care advice from someone who’s forehead moves, thank you. I think it greatly depends on skin type how much you wash or moisturizer. There’s no one size fits all.

    • Naye in VA says:

      I read a long time ago you shouldnt wash your face in the morning becaue when you step out, all of your pores are open to the dirt and dust and things in the air. Sounds plausible.

      If i exfoliate at night( i have to because my skin flakes up daily)its a little oily in the morning so i have this nice glow. It also makes my acne scars a bit less visible.

      Thats my whole skin care regimen. St Ives Exfoliating scrub at night, try not to eat too many cookies at day lol

    • mystified says:

      Totally agree. I have dry skin and tiny pores and even though I wear makeup my skin always looks its best when I don’t wash it more than once a day.

    • zenb!tch says:

      I “wash” with Cetaphil or something creamy in the morning. Now scrubbing or anything., it’s more of a getting the sleep out. I WASH as in get out the big guns and make sure all that make up is OFF at night. I do this even if I don’t wear make up.

      BTW: I had no idea her skin care line which I ignore was aimed at Latinas. Latinas come in all races and colors how do you aim a skin care line at us? We are Cameron Diaz to Rosario Dawson.

  4. Lex says:

    I used to have wicked oily skin – if you wash your face too much your skin will just overcompensate and produce way more oil…

    So maybe try cutting back to twice a day – morning and night. If you have a big sweaty day out you could do so again when you get home, but try avoid where possible! Maybe try this for a week or two and see if your skin is still really oily.
    I found the pill helped me LOADS with oily skin too. When I top taking it for a month, my skin is dripping oil!

    • fatkid says:

      Was just going to post this. over washing oily skin just makes it oilier…not the intended outcome. best not to wash more than twice (just once like salma is ok too depending on your skin). just know that when you cut back on your face washing habit it may take your skin time to adjust and lower oil production.

      • Trish says:

        Salma is ABSOLUTELY right. I read about this from an article Patrica Wexler did in Allure magazine. I have oily/combination skin depending on the weather outside. When I stopped washing my face in the AM, just spalshing it with water and moisturizing, it became less oily and I got fewer blemishes. Amazing!!

  5. HotPockets says:

    Her point about how people contribute to drugs and violence whenever they purchase them is interesting, mainly because who is manufacturing her skincare line at walgreens? Anything you buy is made in China, Indonesia, India, so in a sense whenever you buy ANYTHING you’re contributing to the exploitation of child workers and those who work for pennies on the hour. We are indirectly responsible for a lot of social injustices, so what’s your point Salma? How does starring in a big budget film about the drug cartel make you charitable and enlighten you?

    She really bothers me to be honest because she comes across as being a sheltered elitist, much like Goop.

  6. Cherry says:

    Ohh, Salma. ‘He still pays for it, so I feel always like I can’t just go and take anything I want, you know? I could, because he is really nice to me..’
    Yes, your husband is really nice to you. He PAYS. For everything you want. It’s just so bizarre to see her carelessly glancing over the fact that SHE should be the one paying for HER clothes.
    Sidenote: isn’t she, like, the tiniest woman ever? Looking at Oliver Stone standing next to her, can we assume that he’s rather dwarf-like as well?

  7. GoodCapon says:

    What a weird tip. I’ve never heard of that before.

    I just make sure to remove makeup then wash my face at night, pile on the night cream, then wash my face again in the morning. I feel uncomfortable if I don’t wash my face early the next day.

  8. MDawg says:

    She does have somewhat of a point. The more you wash your face during the day, the more your face will work to replace the oils lost, resulting in an over production of oils and a greasy face.

  9. Onasan says:

    I have combination skin (dry on the sides and oily on the t-zone), and I swear by the rose water I use to wash it in the morning and at night. I try to never wash it with water, because water dries it and unbalances the natural body oils that keep it naturally moisturized.

    Salma seems more unbearable to me the more she opens her mouth… ugh

    • shewolf says:

      Rosewater wash? What is this? Is it all natural? Just curious!

      • Onasan says:

        Yes, it’s an all-natural rosewater — it can actually be used in food as well. I discovered it through a friend, and have her bring me supplies from France every time she comes into town. This is the brand: http://lordesplantes.com/

      • cat says:

        I was curious too about this! thanks for asking and for the response. I use rosewater after cleansing as a ‘toner’ but I like this idea of using it more instead of water. I believe it can be anti-aging for sure. I’m just curious what size bottle do you get? Mine seems to go very quickly (I think the last one was 100 ml). You can find rosewater here in the U.S. — I assume this is just straight rosewater? Thanks!

      • Onasan says:

        Yup, straight rosewater! It’s a small(ish) bottle.. 200ml (but it’s only 5 euros, so that’s not bad)

        I am still searching for the perfect moisturizer, though, anybody have one that’s neither too oily nor too dry?

      • shewolf says:

        Thank you so much!!

        Have you heard of Burts Bees? Kinda budget but mostly natural. I havent found anything better than their Radiance cleanser and daycream. I havent tried the nightcream though! The daycream is just perfect on its own and the cleanser removes eyemakeup easily.

        If anyone is interested in a more natural approach and does not wear as much makeup as I do… there is a method called oil cleansing. Give it a google!

      • cat says:

        Thanks onasan! I think I need to order a larger quantity of rosewater! Shewolf, I’d never heard of oil cleansing but it has a wikipedia page. sounds like it has merit! I’ve been using sesame oil to remove my make up lately.. it actually feels really nice and not as heavy as coconut or olive oil which are nice too (but I don’t leave it on as recommended in oil cleansing for 2 mins and then remove, etc.). I haven’t seen that Burt’s Bee line but I’ll look for it. I’m trying out two ‘natural’ brands that are sold in some health food stores and online, they have very high quality ingredients, essential oils, etc. they are- evan’s garden (the rose serum and creme de la creme are both nice) and simply divine botanicals – the face the day and pump up the volume and pack your bags they’re leaving are all nice. (they have a ton of moisturizers and a nice toner and face wash.) I’m always trying new things! I like to hear recommendations so thanks!!

    • dahlianoir says:

      Thanks a lot for the tip !

  10. Dee Cee says:

    Always sleep on a clean pillow case, remove all makeup and wash your face before you go to bed.

    • EscapedConvent says:

      Very good tip about the clean pillowcases. I think you’re right. People kind of forget about their pillowcases, but your face is in constant contact with them for hours a day. Good idea.

    • Liv says:

      I actually try to change my pillow case often because of my skin. But what about cleaning your skin in the morning? I do clean my face in the evening really well, but there’s still dirt at the cotton pads, which I’m cleaning my face with, in the morning…plus I also heard that your skin emits toxicants over night. I can’t imagine that it’s a good thing to leave all the dirt at my face.

  11. Eve says:

    Salma Hayek’s #1 skin care tip: don’t wash your face in the morning!

    Hmmmm…I have my doubts. I think her #1 skin care tip should be: “Make sure to marry a billionaire who can afford every single skin care treatment known to mankind”.

  12. Tiffany27 says:

    I think she’s right actually. I have crazy oily skin, but I found that washing it day and night made my skin look kind of dull. So basically I wake up and splash my face with water then put on an oil free moisturizer and eye cream. At night I wash off all my makeup and wash my face. I have way less breakouts now. As annoying as she is though, her foaming face wash from her skincare line is AMAZING.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      I have combo skin that is acne-prone and started doing OCM (Oil Cleansing Method) about 8 months ago.
      I was super-skeptical because it just seemed crazy to slather oil on oily skin but it has 100% improved my skin. Almost never get a zit now and my skin is just…balanced-no dry patches/oily T-zone. It really is amazing. I’m not the type to get all crazy about cosmetics and skin crap but I HIGHLY recommend OCM.

      I probably should have posted this as a general comment and not a reply.

      Anyway, Hi Tiffany27! *waves* ;)

      • Tiffany27 says:

        I’ve heard that too actually. Some have said putting oil on your face at night actually does help. It took me forever to get my face right so I’m scared to try something new now hahahaha.

        *waves back at TOK* :)

      • Mimi says:

        Same hear, the OCM totally improved the condition of my skin and after seeing the results, I can’t imagine caring for it any other way.
        And I don’t cleanse my face in the morning either, I just splash it with cool water, tone with rose water and use an antioxidant serum. Throughout the day if I start feeling *greasy*, I’ll mist with toner and voila! Fresh as a daisy.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Yeah I guess the theory behind it is “like dissolves like” so oil works to remove excess skin oil without stripping your skin the way harsh chemical soaps do.

        Oh I totally understand-if it ain’t broke, no need to fix it!
        Experimenting with new skin regimines is always frightening :)

      • spinner says:

        Do you guys use Babor Hyol oil cleanser??
        That is what I use & it is awesome. Their Rose Water Toner is wonderful as well.

      • Amelia says:

        OCM scares the living daylights out of me, I haven’t dared try it yet. I’m at the tail end of the teenage-spot-prone-skin stage, but still very much in it. So my skin oils up pretty quickly. Just found a method that seems to work – neutrogena (clay based) anti-spot wash in the morning followed by anti-spot moisturiser. Then in the evening when I’m in the shower I wash off make up with soap, followed by moisturiser.
        Although, by the sounds of what you ladies are saying, OCM is the way to go..

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @ Spinner-No, is it good and where can I find it?
        I actually use a home-made recipe of castor oil (as my “carrier oil”), jojoba oil, flaxseed oil, and a few drops of tea trea oil and peppermint oil.

        @ Amelia-I COMPLETELY understand why OCM scares you. It petrified me, but after reading SO many comments about the positive results, I got the balls to try it. I mean, I can’t say that it would work for everyone but as I said, I had problem skin and OCM has been a saving grace for me.
        Oh, and just to add, my skin NEVER feels oily (that was my biggest fear-”won’t this leave oil on my face?”) just really, really soft.

      • spinner says:

        Hi OKitten

        Go here http://www.babor.com/product/411053.html

        This is a travel set you could try. The Hy-ol is the oil. You massage it into dry skin & then use a few drops of the Phytoactive Base with wet fingers & it foams up a bit. It is a 2 step cleansing system that is so fabulous. I think the link that I gave you here would be great for your combination skin.

        The main link is babor.com – These are German products & you know what they say about German Engineering.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Awesome! Thanks, Spinner! :D

      • Amelia says:

        Thanks for all the info Kitten, and everyone else! I love beauty posts on Celebitchy, everyone’s got such interesting little titbits of info :)

      • spinner says:

        You are most welcome, OriginalKitten!!

    • LizEJ says:

      Yeah, I have really oily skin too and my aesthetician told me to try just rinsing with water in the morning, not with a cleanser as it will promote more oil production throughout the day.
      Apparently after some time, this will change your skin but I couldn’t stick to it.
      I’ll have to try her cleanser.

    • KC says:

      I agree! I think it’s like over washing your hair; if you only wash your hair every other day it actually ends up being less oily after your scalp adjusts to the regimen.

      I used to have oily skin, but I started only washing my face at night and then putting on some sunscreen and moisturizer as needed in the morning and now my skin is normal, well if I’m not wearing any powder my nose can get oily, but it’s WAY better. My skin routine goes as follows: I wash my face at night with Neutrogena extra gentle cleanser, put on Neutrogena 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, and then moisturize. And anyone who uses benzoyl peroxide should stick to the 2.5% because studies show it’s just as effective as 10%, but dries you skin out less and thereby doesn’t force your skin produce more oils to compensate.

      I used to have rosacea and CONSTANTLY had blemishes (often very painful ones), and they’ve both almost completely gone away in the past year and a half that I’ve used this regimen. Although some of that might be because I’m in my mid twenties so I’m farther away from my teens now.

  13. Gine says:

    I don’t wash my face at all anymore, and my skin (oily, used to have rosacea) has never looked better. I just wipe my makeup off with a damp washcloth at night and moisturize. I use mineral makeup, though, which wipes off easily; regular makeup probably needs something stronger to make sure it all comes off.

  14. shewolf says:

    Id have to agree with her about not washing your face in the morning. I also swear by getting a cloth really warm with hot water, use that to wet your face, then rub in the cleanser but wipe that off with cold water. Hot water on skin = red and dry.

    Oh and if I was standing next to some man with his face down my tits like that I’d take off my shoe and break his face with it.

  15. Liberty says:

    Hmm. Maybe Uncle Daddy Handbags licks her face off in the morning? Money is so cleansing.

  16. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    An awesomely cool pharmacist told me this two decades ago – he said it’s because it wears away the collagen in your face. Hat’s off to Dan T :)

  17. moptop says:

    Yeah, my skin is oily, and I don’t wash it in the morning. Tha more you mess with your skin, the more oil it produces. (in my case, anyway.) But I don’t think one solution fits everyone, either.

  18. freshface says:

    i have very dry skin and NEVER wash my face in the morning. i’ve had a few friends ask me in the last two years for skin care tips, so i must be doing something right. just like salma says — at night, i wash, exfoliate, moisturize moisturize moisturize, but i never wash it in the morning. i let all the oils stay on and soak in as much as i can. i do shower in the morning, but make a point of not washing my face in the shower. and if i don’t shower, i just do toner & moisturizer on my face without washing first.

  19. Brown says:

    So my skin is weird, when I SHOULD have been breaking out (going through puberty, teens, etc) I never washed my face (like ever) and my skin was awesome. No zits, whatever. Then I went to college and started breaking out so I got Proactiv (WORST DECISION EVER, it is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to cancel from them… but that’s a story for another time) and it got a little better, but still not great.

    Years later and I have FINALLY found something that I love. I use Olay face wash at night (the kind with the little beads) and give it a good scrub. Then use Aveeno Positively Ageless night cream (LOVE LOVE LOVE) while I sleep. It’s amaze. In the morning I just use a really mild Neutrogena wash to get the sleep grime off. I don’t feel awake unless I wash in the morning.

    Salma’s boobs are out of control.

  20. meg says:

    I’ve heard of this method before but have not yet worked up the nerve to try.

    Thumbs up for the rosewater mentioned above though.

  21. juicyjackie says:

    I am 34, everyone is shocked when I tell them my age, they clock me at mid 20′s even when I don’t wear make-up. I am not blessed with the Latino / Asia gene just good old Anglo-Saxon. When people ask me what I do for me skin I say the same, don’t wash your skin in the morning. I use a scrub one day then a mild cleanser wash the next day, in the evenings in the shower. I Rarely wear make-up and moisturise 2-3 times a week and drink plenty of water. Oh and I don’t smoke – yuck!

    Aside from that I guess I am just lucky!

  22. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    Aside from the washing regimen..it’s known that oxidants – such as in coffee, wine, chocolate, nicotine – are terrible for your skin and can make it looks dull. Of course…all of life’s indulgences!

  23. snappygish says:

    i think the less we do to our skin the better it is. i have sensitive skin, and cannot use soap. i rinse with warm water, use cetaphil moisturizer, and i also take a spoonful of blended oil -flaxseed, rosewater, primrose and vit.E – every morning. i never use foundation, i always use sunblock, i don’t smoke and i drink lots of water. my skin is soft and smooth, and people are always surprised when i tell them i’m over 40.

  24. Mira says:

    I have oily skin and I wash my face twice a day, morning and night. I don’t feel awake if I don’t wash my face and shower in the morning. I rarely wear make-up. I don’t smoke or drink. I use Garnier/Neutrogena face wash in the morning and Olay replenishing night cream.

  25. FreeSpiritedGirl says:

    Yeah, don’t wash your face in the morning…just apply layers of makeup. Lol! What rubbish! I bet she goes through a lot of beauty treatment since she has got a lot of money.
    Honestly, to look good, one should cleanse, tone and moisturise their face before going to bed and drink lots of water, eat fruits and nuts. :)

  26. Tracy says:

    Actually I was told by a very good dermatologist that one of the best ways to improve the face was to never use water on it. So he recommended cetaphil for a cleanser since one can use that without water. I thought it was so weird, but tried it and my skin went from oily to normal in about 3 weeks. I was also surprised to see my acne clear up and general skin tone improve. Have done it that way for about 5 years now and it seems to stave off wrinkles also. He also told me to avoid toner at all costs since it removes natural oils. Then moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

  27. Kiki says:

    Her skin is good because darker skin ages slower. That’s thanks to her fabulous MEXICAN roots… Yeah, still hate her :D

  28. Jesse says:

    It’s not unheard of. I read, in I believe Allure magazine or Lucky magazine, that in your 40′s you should not wash your face with any products in the morning because you strip it of the natural oils. It recommends you splash it with water and then moisturize, etc. I’ve also heard this a lot before reading it. It’s the same for oily hair. People with oily hair wash it everyday but you are just drying out your scalp and producing more oil. I’ve read that you should try and start by washing every other day and then your hair adjusts. It actually worked for me. And I use a sulfate-free shampoo.

  29. Jaded says:

    I’ve used Dove soap for decades to clean off my make-up (eye makeup too) at night. Then I use a retinol serum and night-moisturizer (Olay Regenerist). In the morning I just splash with warm water and put on my SPF moisturizer (Neutrogena Intensified Day Moisture, it’s amazing!). Couple of times a week I exfoliate with Olay Regenerist Thermal Skin Polisher. I’m 60 next month and have great skin, hardly any wrinkles. Other than that, I avoid sun-tanning, always use sun screen, eat well, take vitamins, exercise. It works.

  30. Fancy says:

    I never wash my face in the morning, just spray it with a home made toner and moisturize.

  31. irishserra says:

    She’s right. Well, at least her regime works for me. I wash at night before I go to bed with a gentle cleaner, but I don’t wear foundation anymore, so it’s not like I need anything very strong. In the morning a little lukewarm water and pat dry before putting on my moisturizer.

    Whatever works for her though. She looks marvelous.

  32. mk yarwood says:

    The overnight wisdom is correct, but when you follow the no washing in the morning thing, I find washing around noon to be necessary. ‘Specially if you have a number of different pollutants in your air.

    • TheOriginalTiffany says:

      Vitamin c retinol pad swipe, which feels like a dry oil, in the morning that uses antioxidants to protect from the environment and a vitamin c moisturizer. A little dark spot corrector completes the deal.

      My olive skin had a bit of discoloration from all my beach going as a kid, so I always use to keep me even. I really wish we were more aware of the sun when I was a kid. I still sunbathe, but not the face and my skin looks good enough that a shop keeper thought I was my kid’s friend the other day. She wasn’t joking, she was surprised I purchased something because she thought we were just trying hats on in her store. My mom always got taken for my sister until she was in her 50′s.

  33. Nancy says:

    Yes, that’s a good tip I’ve used for years. I just turned 43 and, while I don’t get carded as much anymore, I’m regularly told I look way younger than I am. Another weird but true tip is to ditch the night cream so your own natural oils do the work.

  34. Memphis says:

    Oliver is looking like quite the perv here isn’t he?!

    For the skin… Yeah, I agree with her. I simply splash with water or wipe my face with rose water, put on a few drops of grape seed oil and some sunscreen.. I’m in my forties now and have always had great skin doing it this way, so I’m not stopping now! I leave all the heavy age fighting stuff for nighttime :)

  35. Snowpea says:

    Ladies I have had oily skin and breakouts for twenty years or more but I have finally found a skincare regime that works.

    Wash face in morning with Cetaphil oily skin cleanser and while skin is still wet, apply two drops of Trilogy organic rose hip oil. It’s a dry oil and feels like a serum. And you use so little of it, it lasts for AGES.

    I swear that stuff is a miracle in a bottle. It has changed my life. (Trilogy is an amazing New Zealand brand).

  36. Jaxx says:

    I’m 55 and have a few wrinkles but still have a rosy glow to my skin at the age when many women’s skin has gotten a little dull. I agree with her.

    I don’t wash my face in the morning with any kind of product. I just wet a wash cloth with warm water and gently but thoroughly swab my face and neck. I hold the washcloth to my face for a minute before to loosen any dead skin. This exfoliates well enough for my skin type. If you’ve cleaned your face thoroughly before you go to bed (a MUST!) how has it gotten dirty during sleep? I also change my pillow case frequently so I’m not sleeping in oils from my hair and face.

    I never have had breakouts and my skin is still very smooth with small pores. I’m sure much of this is genetics and luck of the draw but I really think women strip their skin of natural moisturizers if they use a lot of harsh products on their face.

    I also swear by Biotin, the vitamin that does wonders for your hair and skin. It’s cheap and you have to take it for at least a month before seeing results but I always heard that all models take it religiously and I know why. It’s a secret weapon.

    • hello says:

      I love biotin…I take it twice daily! One when I wake up and another one before I go to bed. It is good for the skin, nails and hair! And, people do over wash their face. Once at night is all you need. :) Oh and I will be 53 in a few days and people think I am younger than my age. But, I am on a dr. prescribed skin care routine and have been for years. And, I use retin A several times a week.

  37. Relli says:

    Everyone’s skin is different, there is no cure all for everyone.

    For years i had problems went to numerous dermatologists, on who even attributed by skin problems to being a Mexican living in a colder climate than my ancestors, (I then asked him where he got his medical degree so I could be sure to tell no one to go there).

    Many topical creams, special washes and harsh chemicals later; turned out the root of all my problems were over washing, not exfoliating or over exfoliating at times and ingrown hairs which were leading to clogged pores or blackheads and whiteheads.

    YES it took a REALLY good Esthetician to put me on a simple regimen (wash and moisturize twice a day; no toner or astringent, exfoliating ONLY twice a week) and you no what all my problems on my face pretty much disappeared. She also informed me that i had really sensitive skin depsite being darker and that a lot of what i had been prescribed in the past had probably done more irritating than good.

    Her bottom line: what works for some doesn’t work for others. Some people are really fortunate and can literally use whatever and get away with it. Some of us aren’t so lucky.

    BUT i would never take skin advice from someone who thinks that WE are dumb enough to believe she “dreamed this skin care line up” one morning while making her daughter Oatmeal… please this reeks of a rich wife pet project

    • Christina says:

      Honestly, if I had all the money in the world, and never had to work another day in my life – like Salma – I like to think I could put my time and energy to better use than ‘creating’ a…… skincare line!

      Because what the world really needs right now is yet another celeb-endorsed skincare line, isn’t it?

  38. Ashley says:

    Now we are taking skin care advice from a chain smoker..!!!!

  39. Moi says:

    Hmmm I can see her point, but I can also see breaking out from that. The only solution I can think of that would keep you from not breaking out from not washing your face every morning, would be to wash your pillow case daily. Which I bet Salma has employee do for her. :)

  40. anya says:

    Is she seriously 46? She looks at least 5 years younger- and that’s by hollywood standards!

  41. hello says:

    well, I am on a doc prescribed skin care routine and I was told not to wash my face in the morning as well. So, l only wash my face at night. I just splash water on my face in the morning before I put my makeup on. So, she’s right on that one. I’ve been doing it for years and am told I look younger than my age.

  42. Minxx says:

    I don’t use water on my face at all.. it dries it too much. Instead I clean it very well at night and apply some boric acid solution (3%) – it was recommended to me by my beautician (have facials every 6-8 weeks) and it really works. My teenage son who’s struggling with acne also loves it. His skin doesn’t get dry after treatments. Rich, nurishing cream for the night and Eucerin with 5% urea for the day. For the body I use AmLactin.. the best thing for my dry skin, once a week also slather it on my face. I never wash face in the morning, it would get too dry and sensitive during the day, so I get what she’s talking about. The most important thing for the skin is staying out of the sun and removing makeup at night, no matter how tired you are.I’m 48, look a decade younger (people are shocked to find out I have a 23 year old daughter) and women have asked me what I use on my skin. NO expensive creams at all, just good, basic care (which applies to the neck as well) and no smoking, ever.

  43. hello says:

    Oh and one more thing…Salma is absolutely stunning!! What ever she is doing…it’s totally working for her. She’s beautiful!

  44. Jessica says:

    I actually really like her. She always seemed beautiful but down to earth. I’m happy that she’s in a good place in her life.

  45. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Eat what you want, toss your turgid insecurities into the ocean, shut up about it and die like a man.

    Civilization fixed.

  46. Nina says:

    Your skin care needs are dependent on your gene pool, your environment, your stress level and several other factors that vary by person. So you need to experiment to find out what works for you, very rarely does something a celebrity says in a magazine work for everyone! Same logic: just because it worked for your friend, neighbor, co-worker or whoever has no bearing on whether it will be effective for you. ‘Nuff said… now who made that gorgeous teal and brick outfit she has on in the first few pics? Love it!!!

  47. Violet says:

    I shower every morning, but don’t use soap on my face. The only time I wash my face is on the rare occasion when I wear makeup and then I use Cetaphil.

    I have dry skin so I also moisturize my face with Cetaphil Barrier Cream in the morning, unless I’m wearing sunscreen that day.

    In my teens and early-twenties, I used to spend a fortune on toners, zit creams, exfolliants, etc. but my skin looks every bit as good now without any of that stuff.

  48. kaylynerano says:

    my skin is on the dry,sensitive side and all i use to clean my face is thayer’s rose water witch hazel. day and night…simple and works like a charm.
    at night i go through a few soaked cotton balls but in the morning i just quickly swipe one moist cotton ball over my skin, just enough to dampen it before moisturizing. you can find it at health food and vitamin stores, and of course online.
    i am 41 and most people think i am in my late twenties.

  49. Justyna says:

    I know that method because I have to use it myself. I had a very good skin when I was a teenager but few years ago I became kind of OCD about hygiene and I would take a shower and wash my face multiple times a day and I used this multiple steps method of washing my face that all the “skincare experts” on various sites recommended and I’d do everything to keep my skin clean and then my problems started. I completely destroyed its natural prtection and dried it out despite of constant moisturizing, so my skin started to overproduce sebum. My adult acne was out of control until I stopped washing my face so often (what a struggle that was). Now I wash it only at night – I remove my make-up very carefully and wash my face the normal way without all the weird steps, but I don’t wash it in the morning. My face is finally coming back to normal. But I guess it only applies to people with a dry skin like mine.

  50. Raven says:

    From the neck up she looks great. Below the neck,not so much. In the last several threads on her,she has looked like she’s really gained weight. In the top photo,she looks like she’s gained,but is wearing her smaller size clothing. Doesn’t anyone remember those photos of her in profile not too long ago in exercise clothes? She looked really trim. These recent photos show her looking hippy or dumpy, not curvaceous.

  51. Christina F. says:

    You can tell from her skin that she is rich.

  52. Barrett says:

    Everyone has different SKIN. Super dumb to give such “general” advice.

    • crtb says:

      Why do you think it’s dumb. I’m sure the interviewer asked her what she does to keep her skin so beautiful and she answered his question. Different things work for different people. She gave advice that many people on this thread never heard of. It just might work for them. Whose knows? Soemthing to think about and maybe try.

  53. KateNonymous says:

    I’ve actually been doing this for years, and it works for me. I wash my face with cleanser and just rinse with water in the morning. But I think it depends on your skin type, so I wouldn’t say that it’s a guaranteed method for everyone.

  54. Roma says:

    I wash at night using my clarisonic Mia – which is the best investment I’ve ever made – and light splash of water in the morning. Strangers ask me about,y skin all the time.

  55. ella says:

    My grandmother swears by this and she has fantastic skin at 80 years old.

    I didn’t realize this was some sort of “secret”, I actually thought this was common knowledge :D

  56. Moi says:

    I know this sounds a bit princessey, but I only wash my face in a big bowl with spring or purified water. It’s about $0.70 for a gallon. So I stock up and keep them in my closet. I do use a soft soap in the morning, but I am curious to try this; only rinse off my face with spring water in the a.m. Will give it a go. I only use hydrating makeup remover wipes at night and I take my makeup off no matter what. Then use strivetin serum and the Olay pro-x moisturizers after my serum soaks in. I loveeee Olay pro-x. I’m 38 and get told I look ten years younger often. But I’m taking notes from these comments!

  57. Persnickety says:

    Question for those who break out: do you use a down pillows? They always cause me really nasty, long lasting breakouts — down is very oily.

    I get raves about my skin. I’m 53 but unlined, which I attribute to religiously wearing hats & sunscreen, as well as gentle treatment. I wash at night with Cetaphyl, and a few times a week I dissolve some powdered milk in the soap and use this to gently exfoliate with lactic acid, versus grains that scratch. I love Kinerase, cream in the winter, lotion in the summer. Lately I’ve been rubbing a few drops of Trader Joe’s vitamin E oil on my face at night and then applying moisturizer. I quit washing my face in the morning a few years ago when I realized I had NO oil production.

    Eye cream is very, very important, I apply twice a day. I don’t use eye makeup remover — don’t need to with Trish McEvoy’s mascara — but if I have heavy eye liner to remove, I remove with almond oil on a cotton ball.

    Wear sunscreen on your hands and neck, young ladies! You’ll be glad you did, trust me.

  58. Angel says:

    I recently watched some skincare expert on tv that said its imperative to wash your face in the morning. She said that our skin heals itself overnight and because we sweat a lot when we sleep, it’s vital to wash off all the toxins that are released and oil build up. Plus our skin sheds overnight and those dead skin cells need to be washed off, especially if you are putting on creams at night. I’m not sure if she’s correct or not, but it made sense to me. I think it really depends on your skin type. I wake up with oily skin, despite the fact that I cleanse with an oil cleanser. If I didn’t wash my face in the morning, I’d be a greaseball by noon.

  59. Homer says:

    The “don’t wash in the morning” thing is true! I have pretty oily skin, which is prone to clogged pores and breakouts. About a year ago I stopped washing in the morning and now just splash with warm water instead. The reasoning is if you strip all the natural oil from your skin, it will produce excess oil to compensate. I’ve had great results- my face doesn’t get as greasy throughout the day, and also seems less prone to dryness in the winter. I do wear makeup, so I wash at night to remove the makeup, but that’s it.

  60. Pandy says:

    I don’t wash my face in the morning either. I clean it at night and use my moisturizers etc, but in the morning, i splash it and put on my day moisturizer, sunscreen etc. There’s no need to “wash” it with cleansers as all you did was sleep on it – no cosmetics, etc., so no need for a cleanser. I think that’s what she means.

  61. Aubra says:

    she’s right. You only need to wash your face once, so it may as well be at night. In the morning, just rinse your face if you have to…

  62. Ravensdaughter says:

    First pic-hilarious-is Oliver stone looking RIGHT AT her boobs or what? It’s almost like they’re having a discussion about them….

  63. alkj35 says:

    I find it hilarious that people with oily skin really believe that the more they wash it the better! The reality is that the more you wash it the more your skin has to work at producing more oil, thus setting up the vicious cycle. Your skin is an organ – it has the ability to take care of itself, for the most part. It’s all the excessiveness we do that brings on the problems. Her comment is absolutely true. You do not need to clean (read: strip the oils from your face) your face in the morning if you have done as all good girls should do at night: Cleanse and/or exfoliate and moisturize. Retinol is the ONLY ingredient proven to increase collagen production and should be included by anyone over age 25. Thats my 2 cents…btw, I am 42, of northern euro descent and look in my 20′s despite years of unprotected sunbathing and a few regrettable years of smoking!!!

  64. Cookie says:

    How weird was this interaction lol. A lot of rambling!

    She said: ‘I’m not very trim, but I don’t have as many wrinkles as probably I should. But I do use, I use my products but you don’t sell them, I just sell them in only one drug store in the States. And I do a lot of that for 10 years, and I’ve been using that stuff even since before, so I use creams, it’s creams.’

  65. MiMi says:

    Your skin may be overly oily b/c it’s trying to compensate for the constant washing.

  66. Laurie says:

    I usually don’t wash my face, and haven’t since I was a teenager. Maybe once a year or so if I’m really sweaty or something. If I use soap or cleansing cream or anything else my skin gets all messed up. I’ll be 60 this year, and most people think I’m in my 40s. My mother also didn’t wash her face, and she looked many years younger than she was. Of course my face gets wet when I have a shower, and I don’t wear foundation or powder; if you wear these you probably need to clean it off at night.

  67. teehee says:

    Its a general trend– the synthetic products made for cleansing are all too harsh and disrupt the body’s natural defenses and processes. If anything it makes you dependent on them, instead of dependent on your own body.
    I’m not surprised by this tip, and I for one would believe it right away.

  68. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    I haven’t brushed my teeth since Live Aid.

  69. Janet says:

    I give my face a good scrub at night with Dial soap and water to get all the oil and grime off that it’s accumulated during the day. I’ve been washing my face with Dial soap since I was thirteen. Then I rinse the bejesus out of it, get every bit of soap off, rinse some more, pat it dry and slather on jojoba oil. That’s it. I left 50 so far behind I can’t even remember it any more, and I don’t have any wrinkles.

  70. Ally8 says:

    I’ve been practicing this recently when I started a new job that required getting up earlier, so I streamlined my morning routine. It definitely works! Unless you’re doing some sweaty or dusty activity after washing your face at night, there’s no reason to wash off your skin’s natural moisture barrier (just to smear on artificial moisturizer). I apply make-up in the morning, too, and have seen no increase in blemishes from skipping the morning face scrub.

    A mild, non-astringent toner might be a good compromise for the wary or oily-skinned!

  71. Jen says:

    She’s right! I have oily acne prone skin. I went to the dermatologist and was told to use a mild cleanser at night and just wash my face with water, if at all, in the morning.

    Granted I was also prescribed meds and creams that dried out my skin, but still if you over wash your skin even if it’s oily your skin will be stripped of natural oils. Your skin then overcompensates by becoming extra oily.

    Her advice is not weird. It is what a dermatologist would say.