Gwyneth Paltrow starts her day by doing ‘Ayurvedic oil pulling & tongue scraping’

Back in March, Gwyneth Paltrow went viral in the worst way – the youths suddenly figured out that Paltrow’s whole shtick is “disordered eating dressed up as wellness.” That’s all it’s ever been – starvation “diets” and ridiculous “detoxes” with the sole aim of staying thin. The youths called her an almond mom and declared that Gwyneth is “too rich to swallow vitamins.” The start of the March backlash was Gwyneth bragging about how she’s a recreational IV user – because she’s so vitamin-deficient, because she starves herself – and how she basically only eats bone broth most days, in-between exercising. Anyway, something to think about as you read Gwyneth’s wellness and beauty interview with British Vogue. Some highlights:

How she starts her day: “The first thing I do is get up. I do Ayurvedic oil pulling and tongue scraping, and then I brush my teeth. After that, I meditate with my husband.

How she works out: “I’m still a Tracy Anderson girl all these years later, it just works so well! It’s really kept my body looking a lot younger than it should. I also love to walk – I walk and walk and walk! Someone once said to me “walking brings the soul and the body together”, and I really believe that.

Skincare treatments she loves: “It’s funny, I used to get facials regularly, especially when I lived in London, with Anastasia Achilleos, but I haven’t seen her since before the Covid-19 pandemic. I really love a facial massage, [lymphatic] drainage and working the muscles, as opposed to lasers. I’m a little freaked out about using lasers on the face, and I’ve seen weird results on certain people. It feels risky. Once in a while, I’ll do a facial with red light for inflammation or something like that. We also sell the Lyma laser at Goop – it’s really good and gentle, so I’ll do that.

Her approach to getting older: “I think it’s culture’s problem [that women seem to be judged more on getting older than men]. It’s not ours! As women, we want to be healthy, we want to be ageing. This idea that we’re supposed to be frozen in time is so weird. I love it when I hear somebody like Andie MacDowell, with her beautiful grey curls, talking about embracing ageing and the difference between how we handle a George Clooney [compared to how most women are perceived]. It’s handsome to go grey [as a man], but for women it’s like, “What do you plan to do about your wrinkles and your ageing skin?” There’s definitely a double standard. But again, we want to be ageing! I think we want to be setting examples of how you can age. Every woman should do it how they want to do it. Some women want to address every single thing aesthetically, and some women want to be a fabulous French grandmother who doesn’t ever do anything. Everybody should be empowered to do it how they want to.

Her wellness treatments: “Nothing too crazy, you know, still the same [as before]. It’s funny. For so much of my life, I pushed the boundaries – people thought acupuncture and using a sauna was crazy, and now everything I use, everyone’s doing it. I don’t think there’s anything too “out there” [for me]. I’m very into my sauna and cold plunge pool, exercise, hydration… but nothing that’s considered cutting edge at this point. Now, everybody talks about all of this stuff!

She loves a bare face: “I don’t really wear make-up. If I’m going somewhere and I don’t have someone doing my make-up then I’ll do something very sheer. Ilia makes a really nice, sheer face oil with some tint in it and one of our Goop lip balms with a little colour in it. Sometimes some mascara, but very light. I’m a tomboy, you know?

[From British Vogue]

She… is not a tomboy? She just doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, but that doesn’t make her a tomboy. In case you missed it, not only did Gwyneth invent yoga, diets, detoxes, mask-wearing, oil-pulling and walking around outside without shoes, she also invented acupuncture, saunas and HYDRATING. Okay, maybe Gwyneth isn’t saying that she has invented all of those things, but she definitely wants credit for popularizing them and being a pioneer. A pioneer who made saunas cool. A pioneer who normalized walking outside. For real. And the “how she starts her day” answer sounds like someone doing a parody, I swear to God.

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  1. Don’t give a fig what she does in the morning because everything she does and says annoys me.

  2. Teddy says:

    Oof, it all gives off huge gusts of narcissism.

  3. Miss Melissa says:

    So, she doesn’t brush her teeth. Got it.

    • cherry says:

      What makes you say that? She literally says: ‘The first thing I do is get up. I do Ayurvedic oil pulling and tongue scraping, and then I brush my teeth.’

  4. paintergal says:

    She must be exhausting to be around.

    • TOM says:

      Clearly, GP is fine with talking publicly about the most mundane details of her life …not just once but over and over and over again.

      I could do it once. More than once would be demeaning to my accomplishments and ambitions. Over and over would be almost soul crushing, not exaggerating.

  5. Sean says:

    When she says stuff like this, I’m surprised she isn’t a Scientologist. She seems like the type who’d easily be swayed to follow something like that.

    Side note, I remember first seeing her in Great Expectations. She was honestly one of the most beautiful, dare I say majestic women I’d ever seen up to that point in my life (13 years old). Now, my eyes automatically roll to the back of my skull every time I see her.

    She’s still objectively gorgeous but her personality and lack of self-awareness has just killed any sense of attraction I once felt.

  6. DDSDaniB says:

    As a dentist, this is…stupid. I will never understand why people will “oil pull” for 20 mins to avoid flossing for 2. Make it make sense!

    • SadieMae says:

      Apparently some people think “oil-pulling” releases toxins. Which … OK then.

  7. Kitten says:

    Like a lot of people, my mom was doing saunas and acupuncture 30 years ago when people only knew Gwyneth as Blythe Danner’s daughter–but ok, Goop.
    She always comes across as someone who didn’t get enough validation as a child. Maybe Bruce was too busy directing and Blythe was too busy acting to give her the attention she so clearly craves.

    • Sean says:

      Or she got everything she wanted, never faced true resistance and/or was told how amazing she was without working to earn anything.

      • Pointillist says:

        What Sean said.

        But Kitten, Gwyneth was always close to her father and Blythe apparently traumatised Gwyneth by moving around to film as Gwyneth said in that very recent Call Me Daddy podcast. Except Gwyneth previously had always said that Blythe gave up a lot of her career for her and she didn’t feel any resentment from Blythe.

        My point is Gwyneth is extremely privileged as we all know but makes up certain traumas to not really face the fact of how privileged she is.

      • Kitten says:

        I’m not saying her parents didn’t make sacrifices for her. But some of the most privileged people I’ve ever known were ignored by their parents–it’s not uncommon at all in wealthy circles. A lot of the time, nannies step in to fill the void. Her behavior just feels kind of Trump-y and approval-seeking to me: “please tell me I’m special”–tons of overcompensating etc. From my experience, people who had engaged parents don’t need the incessant confirmation that what they’re doing is “so great and new and unique and special”.
        But it’s also possible that she could have just grown up in a bubble and is completely devoid of self-awareness because of that. Either way, it’s tiresome.

    • DK says:

      Yes. I cannot with this white lady claiming she was the first to do all these things that have been done for centuries, if not millennia, in other cultures.

      Acupuncture? Saunas? Meditation?! Walking contemplatively? Yoga?!

      Nope, Goop, you were just *maybe* the first white celeb to culturally appropriate them so vocally.

  8. JP says:

    I’ve always found Tracy Anderson’s methods to be problematic.

    • Kirsten says:

      Idk about all of the diet stuff she suggests, but her exercise routines really work. I know $90/month is pricy, but I found them to be engaging (there’s tons of new content each week), a good feeling workout, and low-impact. My knees are crap from years of running, and her workouts are the only ones I’ve found that don’t bother my joints.

    • jbones says:

      IDK, Tracy Anderson just doesn’t look healthy to me. She’s thin, but she’s not especially toned (arms, legs, glutes) for the amount of working out she does.

      • JP says:

        She has no education in nutrition or physiology. Maybe she’s gotten better recently, but a few years ago she was promoting these diet / workout plans are legitimately dangerous to most people, an extremely dangerous to anyone suffering from or at risk of developing an eating disorder.

  9. Mei says:

    I low key love how out of touch she is. She was doing everything before it was cool, don’t you know? Where would we be without her wisdom and willingness to be the guinea pig.

    The only thing I’m with her on is tongue scraping before brushing my teeth, I do that every time I’m doing my teeth and it makes my mouth feel so nice and cleeeean. Never mind that my family in Asia have been doing that for decades, I clearly have only been doing it since Gwyneth did it first.

  10. Twin Falls says:

    I will give Gwyneth props for always being one hundred percent Gwyneth. As long as she stays in her delusional I invented wellness lane and doesn’t start popping off about workers needing to be in an office, I’m not bothered by her. I find the consistency comforting in these dark times.

    • bettyrose says:

      I’m not bothered by her when I’m not thinking about her, which is most of the time, but if I’m gonna scan an article about her, I will do so fulling anticipating a twinge of irritation and desire to not hear from her on these matters again.

  11. LC702 says:

    She was literally on a pamphlet advertising injections at my doctor’s office so…

  12. Lady Rae says:

    The only thing I’m with her on is tongue scrapping. I do it after I’ve brushed my teeth. I think it helps with bad breath but it feels amazing to do everyday – to scrape the gunk off your tongue and way more comfortbale than brushing your tongue. As for popularising sauna etc they have been part of so many cultures for so long. I love to use a steam, sauna and plunge pool setup when I can but it wasn’t because of her that I knew about it. I think the turkish baths I visit has been around for 100 years.

  13. bettyrose says:

    If I were rich and unemployed (is a 15 minute spot in a Marvel film every 4 years considered employment?) I’d get daily facials and massages and facial massages. Because they’re so relaxing and do have tangible benefits. Heck, I’d probably even do yoga. None of that is new age nonsense, though. These are millennia old practices. Gwynnie’s issue is that she’s an entitled jerk who promotes disordered eating and bs health treatments.

  14. Valerie says:

    All that meditation and not a single ounce of self-awareness gained. I guess she is answering as honestly as possible, and I don’t expect her to lie, but she has never not come across as smug.

  15. Escape says:

    She looks fantastic. I applaud her success and enthusiasm for moving forward and making $$$. Making big bucks is so elusive for women.