Gwyneth Paltrow


“My beauty routine starts with exercise in the morning. I do an hour of dancing every day—I’m a lifelong Tracy Anderson member. I wake up at 6:30am every day and I get my kids ready, take them to school, and then I go straight to the gym for an 8am cardio class. It’s key to get a good sweat every day. I think that’s an important foundation for a skincare routine.

So I work out and then I wash my face in the shower, just with water. After that, I’ll put on the Goop Revitalizing Day Moisturizer plus a sunscreen over that—I like the Coola and Drunk Elephant ones. But my skin regime really starts in the evening. If I’m wearing makeup, I’ll take it off with the Goop Luminous Melting Cleansing, which is a balm. You emulsify it in your hands and really massage it in and then take it off with a hot, wet cloth, and your skin is so clean and glowy afterwards. I follow that with the Goop Exfoliating Instant Facial, which I do every night. But I’m old, so... [Laughs] It’s very active and you feel it tingling. I leave that on for two minutes. We also just started selling the May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon on Goop, and it’s so good to soothe skin after exfoliating. So after I scrub off the mask, I make sure to put that on, sometimes with the Goop Replenishing Night Cream and Perfecting Eye Cream.

I’m not very good at putting on makeup, which is, I think, a result of having had my makeup done for 20-plus years. But now I can do the foundation, a little cheek, and some mascara. Luckily I have my own foundation color because I helped develop it. [Laughs] The Juice Beauty Illuminating Primer and Serum Foundation are foolproof and great. I just apply the primer with my fingers like a moisturizer, and then with the foundation I use one of those little Beautyblenders. My daughter gave it to me—she’s very into beauty products. Then I like Tata Harper’s Lip and Cheek Tint, and I use the Juice Beauty Mascara. I’ll also use the Olio E Osso Lip and Cheek Balm in Number 5 Currant—I love it! It’s a really dark color but it doesn’t go on like that. It’s pretty sheer. Lips, cheeks, I’m good.

My hair has three different textures—coarse, damaged, dry blond hair. It’s my nightmare. To wash it, I really like the Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Shampoo and Conditioner. And then...‘style’ is probably a broad term for what I do to it after I wash. I just air dry it and then put an oil in. There’s a Spanish oil I like called Orofluido, or I’ll use the Rodin by Recine Luxury Hair Oil. It’s very wavy, so if I have to go out, I’ll use Harry Josh’s flatiron on the underneath. But I leave the top as it is.

I’m all about scrubs, scrubs, scrubs. I have a whole variety of them and I use them all. I like the Organic Pharmacy’s Cleopatra’s Body Scrub, and Shiva Rose’s Sea Siren Body Scrub. I shower after the gym and scrub, and then at night I always take a hot bath at the end of the day. There’s this line out of England called Ila—they’re insane. They make the most incredible set of essential oils that I’ve ever used, and they’re named after all of the elements. So for my bath, I’ll put in some essential oils and then epsom salt from the drugstore. And then I moisturize...Tammy Fender’s Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil, I love. I’m very into oils for my skin. But I have to put them on dry, I can’t put them on wet. I can be a little dewy, but not wet.”

—as told to ITG

Gwyneth Paltrow photographed by Tom Newton in New York on March 4, 2016.

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