The world may ardently follow what our top-ranked A-listers wear on major red carpets (the Oscars, Cannes, the Golden Globes.) But our fascination with our most famous style leaders doesn’t end there. There is a lot to be learned from the world’s most beautiful women on how they got there — from the willowy figure of Nicole Kidman, to the flowing tresses of Kareena Kapoor and the flawless skin of Michelle Yeoh.
Interestingly, it’s not always just the products and treatments that renowned beauties indulge in. For many, pristine skin and healthy bodies come in the most unlikely ways.
1. Oil Treatments
Stars like Cate Blanchett use oils of macadamia and olive on her skin to add that soft finish. Actress Emma Stone swears by grapeseed oil. Aishwarya Rai, roundly considered one of the most beautiful women in the world, uses a homemade mix of gram flour, turmeric and milk to keep her skin flawless, as well as yogurt scrubs and cucumber slices under the eyes. Michelle Yeoh cleanses her face with lemon juice-infused water, simple and effective. Scarlett Johansson believes in the power of apple cider vinegar on her face.
2. Mini Workouts
Snatch spare moments to burn a few calories: Yeoh stretches and squats while brushing her teeth. Jessica Biel, also known as Mrs. Justin Timberlake, once showed me how she retains those sculpted legs and taut behind: She squats against a wall several times a day, especially when on the phone!
3. Coffee Grounds
Halle Berry makes her own body scrub by mixing coffee grounds with her shower gel. It stimulates blood flow and exfoliates the skin. A caffeine-based mixture is also said to temporarily diminish the look of a sagging jawline.
4. Mashed Strawberries
Mashed strawberries mixed with honey, avocados or yogurt can bring on a healthful radiance to the skin. But Catherine Zeta-Jones also uses the juicy red fruit to whiten teeth. Strawberries contain malic acid, a natural whitening agent.
5. Head Massages
And for those glowing tresses: Bollywood megastar Kareena Kapoor swears by warm oil head massages to bring that soft shine to her hair. Olive, castor, coconut or almond all work. A great second benefit: You’ll get an encompassing sense of relaxation, which is always a beauty plus.
Kavita Daswani is the managing editor of The Style Glossy Asia. She has worked as a fashion correspondent for CNN International and CNBC Asia, and has contributed to Women’s Wear Daily and international editions of Vogue and Conde Nast Traveller.