The key to good pre-event skin is all in the massage, says Anastasia Achilleos, Gwyneth’s London-based facialist – and the actor follows Anastasia’s facial massage techniques every day. ‘We’ve all become too frightened to handle our skin,’ Anastasia tells me, ‘when actually, the application of product is, a lot of the time, more important than the product itself. Applying firm pressure in an upwards motion from the chin to earlobe helps to lift the jawline, and by simply circling the eyes around the orbital bone, you can drain puffy eyes more easily than with any tool.’
When trying any facial massage, Anastasia recommends using a cleansing balm or face oil, and snatching a couple of minutes as often as possible throughout the day. ‘For a real winter glow, massage your skin while you’re watching TV, on the phone, before you go to sleep – a few minutes here and there make all the difference,’ she adds.
Of course, Gwyneth’s winter glow may be due in part to the fact that her Goop empire is worth a cool £200 million, but nonetheless, here are five products that might help the rest of us to fake it.
CRYOpress, 001 Skincare London
Pop this in the freezer and roll over your skin on top of a serum. It helps to de-puff and brighten.
No.1 Exfoliating Powder, Vanderohe
Mix with water, or your cleanser, for a real glow.
Face Oil Stick, Rodin Olio Lusso
A genius stick. Scribble this on and massage in.
The Illuminating Cream, La Mer
This is the ultimate primer for a skin pick-me-up.
Luminous Melting Cleanser, Goop
Massage this cleanser in for a few minutes before taking off with a hot towel.