Halle Berry is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful women on the planet. This alone, however, would be selling her short, as she is much more than just a gorgeous face: She is also an Academy Award-winning actress, producer, activist, and mother.
In 2002, Berry broke the glass ceiling and made history as the first woman of color to win an Academy Award in a leading role for her performance in “Monster’s Ball.” In addition to winning the Oscar, Berry was also nominated for numerous other major awards and won a Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two British Academy Film Awards.
In 2014, Berry launched her own production company, 606 Films. The company is named after the anti-paparazzi bill she pushed—Senate Bill 606—which focused on protecting the privacy of public figures’ children.
Her two children—14-year-old Nahla and 9-year-old Maceo—were Berry’s motivation for championing Senate Bill 606 with the support of fellow celebrities Jennifer Garner and Adelle. The legislation limits the paparazzi’s ability to photograph stars’ children in a harassing manner without parental consent.
In the spirit of its name, 606 Films’ goal is to develop and produce “socially conscience” work.
As an activist, Berry has long supported non-profit organizations that help domestic violence survivors, of which Berry herself is a victim. As a Global Brand Ambassador for Revlon, Berry helped donate millions of dollars to cancer research and other women’s health issues since 1996.
Berry’s activism also extends to environmental causes. In 2006, she fought against a proposition for a natural gas facility that would damage the clean air and delicate marine life ecosystem off the coast of Malibu. The following year, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the project.
There is much more to Berry than just a pretty face, but her face is pretty, and her skin, well, flawless! It’s hard to believe she’s been in the public eye for more than 30 years as she seems to never age.
While some of the credit goes to good genes, lighting, and makeup artists, Berry insists she has taken diligent and religious care of her complexion since she was just 16. So, what is the 56-year-old’s secret to looking 20 years younger and maintaining that youthful, glowing skin?
During the pandemic lockdown, the star posted a video to her Instagram feed demonstrating the entire—unexpectedly attainable—process. It is a routine she claims she has done for years, every day, twice a day, without ever missing a day.
The best part is that this skincare routine only requires four products: a cleanser, exfoliating scrub, mask, and serum.
Step 1: Cleanse
Berry starts her tutorial by saying how important it is to cleanse the skin both morning and night.
She uses a facial cleanser from Olga Lorencin’s brand, Berry’s longtime friend and facialist. However, any hydrating facial cleanser works for this step. Berry notes to be mindful and massage the product into the face in upward motions for at least 30 seconds, and never forget the neck.
Berry also uses an electric facial cleansing brush with silicone bristles. She moves the brush over her face and neck in circular motions to gently exfoliate the skin, which she says helps to dislodge dirt and oil while protecting the skin.
After that, give the skin a quick rinse and pat dry.
As a cleanser option, the CeraVe Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser gently and effectively removes dirt, oil, and makeup without stripping skin of essential moisture. Ceramides restore and maintain the skin’s natural barrier while hyaluronic acid maintains its moisture. Amino acids also attract and retain moisture while MVE Technology continually releases it over time.
This cleanser transforms from a cream to a delicate foam. It is best for normal, dry, and sensitive skin.
The Stylecraft Scrubs Gentle Cleansing Facial Brush gently removes more than 99% of dirt and impurities from the face. Fully customize your experience with six adjustable speed settings and a multitude of intensities.
This design features multi-zone silicone micro-bristles that vary in size, thickness, and length for a soft, gentle, and thorough cleanse. The large surface is non-porous to resist bacteria growth while allowing for faster, more efficient cleansing. It is also 100% waterproof, portable, and rechargeable.
Step 2: Exfoliate
Berry then moves on to the second step: an exfoliating scrub.
Using Ole Henriksen’s Pore-Balancing Facial Sauna Scrub, she again works the product into her face and neck in circular motions. She claims that she’s tried many exfoliators over the years, but this one from Ole Henriksen remains her favorite as one of the longtime principal products in her skincare lineup.
The Ole Henriksen Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub is inspired by traditional Scandinavian spas as it warms the skin while cleansing, purifying, and detoxifying the pores. A powerful blend of AHAs (glycolic and lactic acids) smooth and polish away dry, damaged surface skin cells as Icelandic volcanic sand, a Green Fusion Complex, and neem seed oil unclog pores, minimize their appearance, and absorb excess oil. Plus, this scrub has a fresh eucalyptus scent that relaxes the senses.
Berry says to massage the scrub until it feels like all the dead skin cells on the surface are gone. Then give the skin another quick rinse and pat dry.
Step 3: Mask
The third step in Berry’s routine is to “slap” on a hydrating mask.
In the video, she demonstrates how she literally slaps on the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Mask. She repeatedly—in quick, firm patting motions—smacks the mask onto her face and neck using her fingertips. She says it feels better and more refreshing to apply the mask this way; as if it’s waking up her skin cells.
The SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Mask is an intensely hydrating gel mask that replenishes the skin’s moisture levels. It contains high levels of hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 to optimize moisture infusion in targeted areas. This mask leaves the skin feeling supple and smooth and is ideal for all skin types.
Berry leaves this mask on for 15 minutes before rinsing it off and, again, patting dry.
Step 4: Moisturize
Moisturizing with a good lactic acid hydrating serum is the fourth and final step in Berry’s skincare ritual. This is also her favorite of the four steps, noting she loves her skin to take a good drink of lactic acid.
The StriVectin Advanced Hydration Lactic Acid Nightly Retexturizing Serum improves the skin’s natural moisture while gently resurfacing dull, dry skin. Blue Cypress Oil, youth-boosting Nonapeptide, and patented NIA-114 exfoliate and clarify for a super soft, smooth, and radiant complexion. It improves the skin’s texture and luminosity for an even-toned, glowing face while visibly reducing the appearance of fine lines and pores.
Those with very sensitive skin may be reactive to lactic acid and should start by trying a test patch. If lactic acid is introduced into a skincare routine gradually, there should be no issues.
Berry pats, taps, and massages the serum into her skin as she asserts that it continues to slough off dry and dead cells, leaving the freshest skin on the surface, which also helps cosmetics apply better.
In addition to this four-step skincare routine, Berry also exercises frequently, drinks plenty of water, meditates, and adheres to a strict keto diet that cured her of the type 1 diabetes she was diagnosed with at 22. She also eats collagen-boosting bone broth and opts for hot tea over alcohol on most occasions. When she does imbibe, she prefers sulfate-free, low-sugar wines.
Wearing sunscreen is also a non-negotiable for Berry, and it’s something she’s adhered to since she was 16 years old. Her go-to is the Supergoop! Play Everyday Lotion SPF 30 With Sunflower Extract.
Berry also loves taking baths, and her body wash of choice is AESOP’s Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser.
Whether she is a producer, activist, mother, Bond girl, or Catwoman, Halle Berry’s lifestyle choices contribute to keeping her skin healthy, hydrated, youthful, and glowing.
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