Salma Hayek’s beauty tips: dry brush before showering & massage your face


I kind of love when Salma Hayek talks about skincare. She’s sort of Goopy about her beauty tips, but some of the stuff Salma pushes feels more like home remedies and wisdom passed down from generations. Plus, Salma actually wants peasants to buy what she’s selling – her makeup and beauty line, Nuance by Salma Hayek, are sold at CVS. CVS = Peasant Central. Even though I know Salma came from a wealthy family and she’s made her own money and she married one of the richest men in the world, I still believe that Salma has and would shop at CVS on occasion. Is that weird? Maybe she’s just better at this whole branding thing than Gwyneth Paltrow. Anyway, Salma sat down with Us Weekly to offer more beauty and makeup tips (this is just an extended ad for her line, just FYI):

Her motto: “You’ve got to take who you are and love who you are and do the best you can with what you’ve got. That goes for the figure, and it goes for everything else. You’ve got to have a sense of humor about who you are and give yourself a break. You’ve got to be kind to yourself. And it’s not easy, you know?”

Making your makeup look natural: “The purpose of makeup is to look like you have none on. If you’re unsure of your best blush color, look at the inside of your mouth. That will give you a natural color, not too bright. I recommend this over pinching your cheeks.”

Blood circulation: “I love dry-brushing before showers. It’s a great way to stimulate blood circulation and get rid of dead skin cells. A Thai massage — a cross between a massage and a yoga class — also does wonders for my mind-body connection. Afterward, I feel like I have a whole new body.”

Massage your face: “Touching skin is good for circulation and toning! When using my antiaging cream, I tap it onto skin. It has tepezchohuite tree bark in it, which has been used for years in Mexico on burn victims to completely regenerate skin cells.”

She’s a juicer: “Juicing brings me back to center if I wander too far into the Parisian lifestyle of wine, pasta and cheese. Organic fruits and vegetables cover my nutritional bases, but I never shy away from healthy fats, like almond milk — they are so good for skin.”

Love your hair: “I have wavy hair, and I know it’s not sexy to constantly fight the curl. When I come out of the shower, I apply a lot of sea-salt spray to damp hair and let it air-dry. My hair has never looked better!”

Embrace aging: “Women tend to be more self-assured about their looks with age. And that’s the way it should be. It’s so important to feel excited about yourself. Happiness and beauty live inside you and are just trying their best.”

[From Us Weekly]

I would never dry-brush myself before I get into a shower. Do you know how sweaty and gross I am after the gym? Why would I brush my sweaty, exhausted body before I get in the shower?! And the tip about using a blush that’s the same color as inside your mouth? Weird… but I guess that would work…?

As for the juicing thing – I told you she seems Goopy. But to be fair to Salma, I think her Cooler Cleanse juice thing is just for one day. I couldn’t even do that, quite honestly, but one day of an almond-milk-based juice cleanse seems more reasonable that Gwyneth’s monthly juice fasts where it’s like she’s living on kale water for 10 days at a time. CB pointed out that Salma has been endorsing a line of juice cleanses for a while now, and some are 3 to 5 days long. But in Us Weekly, she’s just pushing the 24-hour one.


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  1. Jmo says:

    She’s got that problem that afflicts the wealthy socialite; over-accessorizing! So much leathuh! (Homage to Working Girl)

  2. JH says:

    I have hair like Salma’s, perhaps a tiny bit curlier, and I’m always trying to find the perfect natural product, has anyone tried the salt spray thingy? I wonder if it’s drying to your hair, doesn’t the salt damage it?

    • AG-UK says:

      I have curly hair too not wavy but I tried one and it made my hair a bit stiff but I think it’s trial and error but most are quite pricey, so sample sizes maybe?

      • Spikey says:

        Salt spray… I really don’t see why you should give someone twenty bucks for water and salt. If you buy quality sea salt, dissolve it in water and put that mixture into one of these little spray flask thingies (what’s the word?) … that’s basically the same, right? Google says, the salinity in your average gulp of sea water is about 3,5%. So 35g on the litre. Hm. I’ll try that out I think. I suffer from indecisively wavy hair, too, and growing out my Tilda-Swinton-rememberance-cut is a nightmare.

    • Nicolette says:

      I was wondering the same thing, it sounds like a salt spray would be very drying to hair. I have curly/wavy hair and I am so tired of fighting it. Winter is one thing, cold dry air works best for me to get my hair straight and silky. But summer is coming and it’s the worst, the heat, the humidity. Hate it. I’d like to go natural and give my hair a rest from styling tools, but I need to find a product that will control the curls/waves without stickiness or stiffness.

      • Jaded says:

        I have the same kind of hair cut in a bob style. After testing a ton of products, I now stick to a dime-size dollop of Dove cream serum mixed with a golf-ball size dollop of Aussie Miracle mousse. The serum de-frizzes my hair and the mousse defines my curls and my hair doesn’t feel starched. Oh, and I haven’t used a hair dryer in years, I just fluff dry.

      • claire says:

        I do use salt spray and its awesome but I’m wondering if I’m being an idiot paying for it. Is it something we can make ourselves?

        Anyhow, I have similar curl / waves to her as well and constantly fighting the frizz. So when I got a sample of Curl Solutions – Curl Keeper in last month’s Birchbox I was pretty excited, because I always am looking for the perfect product. OMG, this is the perfect product. I loved it so much I got straight on Birchbox to buy it, saw it was on waitlist, and then went straight to Amazon to get some. This stuff is definitely the best stuff I’ve tried yet for separating my waves, not frizzing out or making them heavy – and it’s water-based, so it can be reactivated throughout the day. I would definitely recommend.

      • Justaposter says:

        if you are curious about trying a texturizing sea salt spray and don’t really want to shell out a lot of money, look for a brand calld Not Your Mother’s. They have a product called Beach Babe that works really well, smells great, doesn’t dry out my hair. Unlike the L’oreal one in the purple bottle. That does work, but really dries my hair.

        This line can be found at most drugstores, grocery stores, targets ect. and I have been happy with items I have tried from this line.

        I don’t think anything in the line is over 5 bucks, and like I said, it is a good ‘starter’ product to see if you like it.

    • Abby says:

      I will go against the grain and say I love the bumble and bumble sea salt products and my hair has never looked better. Tried a bunch of home remedies and cheaper drug store stuff but these are now on my list of things in life work paying for because they are the first things I’ve tried that seem to be specifically for wavy hair. For reference, Cumberbatch is literally my hair twin- color and texture. Naturally wavy, if I try to straighten it I get errant curls, I can curl it easily with the twist and diffuse method, looks brownish until I get into sunlight when it turns reddish.

      • MCraw says:

        OMG Abby! I used to use that in high school and completely forgot about it. Awesome stuff. Sea salt wasn’t common as it is now, so I’ll just make it at home. It’s the same concept as going to the beach and how awesome your hair looks at the end of a day of dipping in the ocean. Doesn’t dry it out, but I’ll add coconut oil for added shine and moisture if I need more.

        I’ve learned a lot about what my hair needs and I’m the Goop of hair products: no alcohol, parabens, silicones, sulfate or shampoos. I use Dr. Bronner’s mint soap to wash my scalp (it’s oil based and organic), then use Shae Moisture or Cantu products to moisturize and style my hair. They’re affordable, easy to find, smell great and leave my hair beautiful. Or Suave Natural (not the green bottle) when I’m traveling and need a quick cheap conditioner and there’s no “ethnic” aisle.

        Oh, and Kaiser, dry brushing your skin is great for fighting cellulite. I used to do it all the time. I should start again.

    • JH says:

      Thank you for all the responses, for the wavy/curly girls, my tip is a DIY flaxseed hair gel, boiling 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds in two cups of water until gooey, like egg white consistency. It will get even thicker as it gets cold, it’s dirt cheap and kept in the fridge it lasts over a week. It might not be for everyone but I just got SO tired of spending so much on products only to use stuff once or twice only to decide it wasn’t for me, I would give this one a try as no chemicals and doesn’t leave your hair crunchy. If you don’t like the result, no harm done, but if you do that means you’re spending pennies for your hair product xx

      • sharron says:

        Step away from the salt and embrace the oil! Argan oil (“Morrocanoil” is the best brand) is the best for wavy or curly hair – any hair, actually – just put a little through your damp hair & leave to dry. It conditions, defines waves, and leaves hair silky smooth, not oily at all.

    • Kate says:

      try the mix chick line. get the shampoo and leave in conditioner, you’ll be good to go. me and my friends have different curl patterns, there’s wavy and mine is kinky…works well

  3. cj says:

    She probably means dry-brushing as in when you first get up and before you get in the shower. That can actually work really well as a wake up and to help get toxins in the skin and such moving. But def not something to do after a gym workout! sweat + bristles doesn’t seem appealing and you probably wouldn’t dislodge any dead skin cells.

  4. C-No says:

    The inside of my mouth is bright red, with a purplish undertone. I haven’t spent a lot of time looking at the insides of people’s mouths (because that would be super weird, unless you’re a dentist), so maybe I’m an anomaly, but that’s a terrible blush color. Although actually it might be an ok lipstick color. Hmm.

  5. Erinn says:

    How does she always looks so terrible? These pictures are the worse.

  6. mkyarwood says:

    Dry brushing works pretty well. Totally improves skin condition and breaks down cellulite, something that plagued me forever.

  7. Leah says:

    Juicing is great. Goop doesn’t have copyrights on juicing.

  8. Shauna says:

    Can someone elaborate on what dry brushing is?

    • AG-UK says:

      You can get brushes from Body Shop (do they have that in the US can’t remember) OR any drug store for the body and basically before showering and when your skin is dry you brush in circular motion or up and down for a few minutes then you hop into the shower. You brush thighs, tummy arms all over.

    • Wiffie says:

      I’ll throw you a bone… But you’re already on the internet. You’ll get a google definition and a YouTube tutorial faster than waiting for a reply here.

      Anywho, you use a somewhat soft but not to soft natural bristled flat brush and exfoliate on dry (not wet) skin, in s circular motion. All over your whole body. Exfoliates, improves skin tone, gets blood flowing to the surface to heal and nourish, and removes toxins. Can reduce cellulite as well. And it feels good!

  9. Stef Leppard says:

    Salmon (autocorrect fail — keeping it) seems like such an unapologetically stuck-up rich bitch…I love her. And I want to try that anti-aging cream. Hmm she is better at this than Goop is.

  10. Macey says:

    I wish she would have named the name or brand of her anti aging cream…sounds kind of interesting

  11. Rianic says:

    Dry brushing is massaging your skin with a dry natural brush – move towards your heart to get rid of toxins. It also helps w dry skin and cellulite.

    I’m a believe in massage for face to prevent wrinkles. I also massage my breasts when putting on lotion It helps me feel for any changes (like a self exam), and I believe it helps with collagens. I’m 38 and and mine are still perky.

  12. mzizkrizten says:

    massaging your face is true. I had some varicose veins on the sides of my nose and I read that massaging the skin reduces them so I did it and it totally worked.

  13. poppy says:

    she needs to tell goop that it isn’t sexy to fight the curl.
    that leather cap, NO

  14. renee says:

    I guess that the difference between goop and Salman is that Salman actually does look good.her skin is not blotchy and her hair doesn’t look fried. but I think that Salman looks good due to genes and not any regimen or product.

  15. huh says:

    She totally married this guy for his wallet…

  16. lizzie says:

    i started dry brushing before showers last november at the advice of my trainer and it is amazing! i have pretty bad cellulite and it has made a noticable difference in the appearance of my skin. It is so invigorating in the morning – I have ditched caffeine. No joke.

    • Liberty says:

      I know!!! Amazing, isn’t it? I started last Oct and it’s worth the time. The advice i got was to use circular or upwards motions, toward the heart, not downwards and it works. It even seems to help me feel less bloated after a night out. Whole Foods has good brushes. A friend gets her brushes at TJ sometimes.

      • The Original Tiffany says:

        Amazon also sells a full complement of body brushes. It is so great for your skin tone. I have totally noticed a reduction in cellulite since I started dry brushing.

        Also Salma came to see our Cirque show and she did not wear a stitch of make up. Nothing. She has amazing skin.

    • ParisPucker says:

      what exactly is ‘dry brushing’? sounds like an exfoliating trick (and painful! dry???) Sounds like I’ve been missing out…

  17. Ann says:

    “You’ve got to take who you are and love who you are and do the best you can with what you’ve got” … doesn’t she mean do the best you can with what you can afford from the plastic surgeon?

  18. Etheldreda says:

    Matching your blusher to the inside of your mouth is quite possibly the daftest piece of beauty ‘advice’ I’ve ever heard! And that’s saying something! I can’t say I’ve ever gone around inspecting other people’s mouths – I’m not a dentist – but I’m willing to bet mouth interiors don’t vary that much, no matter what the person’s skin tone.

    Just because a woman is beautiful doesn’t mean she’s qualified to give beauty advice, as celebs show us every day.

  19. Sofia says:

    I’ve read many good reviews of her line at CVS. I think it includes makeup and hair care, too, but not sure. She has some interesting ingredients that have actually been proven to benefit the skin, like that burn-healing compound, and she also has some novel items. I remember there was a face oil that looked good. Thanks for reminding me about her line! I’ll try it next time I need a beauty product.

  20. Shopperetta says:

    I have never heard of dry-brushing before, so thank you, Salma! Dang she looks good!

    • jane16 says:

      Teresa Tapp has a great dry brush routine, but I think you have to buy a brush and something to get it. She also has a dry brush routine for the face (you use a soft small face brush that you can get at Whole Foods or most health food stores). I dry brush a couple times a week, its great for cellulite and skin tightening. You need to be careful when face massaging, you don’t want to break capillaries. There are some great face exercise systems that you can look into online, Carole Maggio is used by a lot of models and actresses. I get a lot of compliments about my skin and I have never used botox or fillers or plastic surgery.

  21. jojo says:

    great advice. but I’m sure the millions of dollars helps more than this advice. Its easy to look great when you have dedicated professional folks doing your makeup, form fitting your clothes, using expensive personal trainers/nutrionists, being able to get specialized gym equipment, etc.

    Not to mention doctors for expensive creams/medicines, surgery (folks that think SH hasnt had work done should do some research), botox, etc.

  22. new here says:

    Dry brushing.. so can i use a regular loofah brush for this?

    Also, he totally looks like a cross between Kevin Spacey in House of Cards with a touch of Daniel Craig (the ears and eyes only)…If anyone has used her stuff which one is good/works? I use neutrogena anti aging serum (it’s ok) but am always looking for new affordable drugstore stuff. She doesn’t offend me at all, seems harmless not preachy at least..

  23. MsAubra says:

    YES to the massaging your face! I do this two-three times a week and my skin is lovely! I use a sunbeam massager I got from amazon for $10

  24. Pants says:

    I actually bought a nail polish and a lipstick from her CVS line, and I really like them!

  25. Aysla says:

    I am absolutely envious of her gorgeous skin, but I completely forgot about her skincare line. I wonder if it’s any good? I’m not sure what I think about her outfit in that last picture, other than that I hate fringe detailing on purses… most of the time she has pretty bad style though, you’d think with the access her husband gives her she could do a lot better?

  26. Jayna says:

    Juicing is Goopy? Since when? Juicing is great for you, and I know more people than not that juice, men and women. And I’m talking average people.

  27. jane16 says:

    A neighbor tried her skincare stuff and didn’t like it and gave it to me to try. I didn’t like it either. I seriously doubt if she uses it, I don’t believe Cindy Crawford uses the crap she pedals either. If you live near a Sephora, they are great, you can try out different things and they will give you generous samples to take home.

  28. Nerdista says:

    I love hearing people talk about toxins and whatnot. What does that even mean?! It’s woo. I will say that I tried Salma’s advice about only washing your skin at night and not in the morning and that has totally changed my skin for the better.

  29. TWINK says:

    I love her CVS line! The blakcurrant hair mask makes my hair soooo silky smooth and the overnight rejuvenator hydrates like crazy!!

  30. Jaded says:

    I’ve tried a couple of her skin creams – meh, did nothing for my skin. I prefer my Olay Golden Night Balm and Neutrogena’s extra rich day cream.

    Salma’s beauty secret? Being married to one of the richest men in the world. Can you imagine the facials and super exotic skin care products she uses? Like lark’s vomit emulsion and coddled placentas of rare Madagascar lemurs? Sorry, it’s not massage or a magical Mexican plant that keeps her looking young. It’s M.O.N.E.Y.

  31. Debutante says:

    1 cupWARM water
    3 Tablespoons Sea salt
    Half a tablespoon hair conditioner
    1 Tablespoon Hair Gel
    Spray Bottle
    Mix warm water and sea salt in bottle first. Shake well. Then add the hair conditioner and hair gel. Shake well again to mix. Shake well before each use on your hair.