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Gwyneth Paltrow’s skincare tips and favourite Goop products

Years as an actress, on and off film sets and magazine shoots, has made Gwyneth Paltrow a very experienced consumer of beauty products – and, with high expectations to match. Discovering more about what went into many beauty products convinced her that she needed to start her own line, Goop skincare. “As we learned more about the conventional beauty industry and potentially harmful, unregulated ingredients used in products, we created strict standards for clean beauty.”

WHAT ‘CLEAN BEAUTY’ MEANS TO GWYNETH PALTROW

As to what it means to her and her team: “clean means a product that is made without a long list of ingredients linked to harmful effects,” she says. “Our own line of skincare felt like a natural extension of the Goop brand, and I love our products, which are luxurious, efficacious and formulated with only clean, non-toxic ingredients.” And, as she adds, “We have a robust clinical testing protocol to ensure the efficacy of the products we develop.”

And, as she reminds us: “We absorb 60 to 80 percent of what we put on our skin, so the idea that we’re slathering ourselves with chemicals, parabens and silicones – it’s not great.”

THE PRODUCT WITH THE MOST INSTANTANEOUS EFFECT…

GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator is one of my favourites, and the results are instantaneous,” says Paltrow. “Inspired by microdermabrasion treatments, this dual-action exfoliator delivers the benefits of both physical and chemical exfoliation. After just a few minutes, it polishes away roughness and smooths uneven texture, revealing a glowing complexion. It’s a powerful facial in a jar, and I’m obsessed.”

THE PRODUCT WITH LONG-TERM SUSTAINED RESULTS AFTER CONTINUED USE…

GOOPGENES All-in-One Nourishing Face Cream. The super-cream formula is made with a megadose of plant-based ceramides plus seven highly active botanicals, and it’s clinically proven to address five key signs of skin health to keep skin nourished, smooth, firm, even-toned and glowing.” A whipped texture, it melts into the skin quickly and can be used morning and night.

PALTROW AS A PRODUCT...

Is of course, one that works quietly hard while we’re sleeping and is all about the enviable Gwyneth Paltrow glow – the GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel. “Inspired by professional chemical peels, these intense exfoliating overnight acid peel pads do all of the work to refine, retexturise and brighten skin while you are sleeping. In the morning, you wake up refreshed with glowing, radiant skin.”

BEYOND PRODUCTS, PALTROW’S BEAUTY TIPS ARE…

“I’m a big believer in a good night’s sleep, great sex and the power of exercise,” says the actress-turned-lifestyle mogul. And, it’s comforting to know that even Paltrow can succumb to her vices. “I certainly don’t eat clean for every meal – I love French fries and Japanese whisky – I [do, however] find that whole foods are transformative for my energy levels and good skin.”

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