Ask GP: Makeup-Free Selfie?

Ask GP

Dear GP, I love you. You’re forty-six and the makeup-free selfies you post are so inspiring! How do you keep your skin in such amazing shape? —Linda

Dear Linda, Thank you—that’s such an incredibly nice thing to say. I think the way anyone’s skin looks depends on all kinds of things, and genetics are for sure a factor. But I think it’s possible to make a difference in how your skin looks and feels with a clean diet, exercise, great supplements, and really great, nontoxic skin care.

I couldn’t find the kind of skin care in the clean, nontoxic space that I wanted, which is why we created the goop skin-care line. (That’s how we decide what to make, as a company: Whether it’s clothes, baths, skin care, or vitamins, every single goop-made item is something I and the goop team are personally passionate about.)

And within the skin-care line, I do have a favorite: the Exfoliating Instant Facial. It was one of the hardest products to get right, and it’s the one I wanted the most!

I really believe exfoliating can help keep your skin youthful-looking and glowing, and every dermatologist and facialist I’ve ever talked to says the same thing. When we were developing the Instant Facial, I jokingly explained to our chemists that I wanted something that would rip my face off—meaning I wanted a product that really, really worked to gently but super effectively smooth away everything, unclog pores, and leave skin bright, even, and soft, every time.

It took experimenting, some failures, some wins, and a whole lot of trying, and then, one day, suddenly, the formula we all were looking for was right there. My skin hasn’t been the same since—it only gets better.

To me, it’s like a professional facial in a jar. Officially, you’re supposed to use it three times a week, but I use it every night. I smooth it on generously and leave it on until my face starts to tingle (in a good way; it’s all five natural alpha hydroxy acids plus beta hydroxy acid all doing their work). I wet my fingers and do a bit of manual exfoliation to accompany the acids, and then do a third exfoliation by rinsing it off with warm water and a cotton washcloth to just supercharge the ritual. I never get over how baby-soft my skin feels right after.

Clearing all the gunk away with the Instant Facial makes it so any treatments I use after—serums, oils, face creams—easily absorb, essentially supercharging them.

I’m not a big makeup person. I don’t really wear it regularly, at the office or on the weekend. So those makeup-free selfies I occasionally post are…the real everyday me. I feel good in my skin, and I want every woman to feel good in hers, too—and that’s why I made the Instant Facial. I see a difference every time I use it.

  • goop by Juice Beauty EXFOLIATING INSTANT FACIAL goop by Juice Beauty EXFOLIATING INSTANT FACIAL goop, $125

    The Exfoliating Instant Facial instantly brightens and softens skin to reveal a glowing, smoother-looking complexion. Natural alpha and beta hydroxy acids sweep away dead skin cells; plant-based cellulose beads exfoliate further, while releasing soothing vitamin B5, leaving skin supple, soft, and utterly revitalized. The Exfoliating Instant Facial is formulated with USDA-certified organic ingredients and contains approximately 86 percent total organic content.

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