Beauty

Ask GP: Makeup-Free Selfie?

Dear GP, I love you. You’re forty-seven 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, clean skin care made without ingredients known or suspected to contain toxins.

I couldn’t find the kind of skin care in the clean 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 GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator. 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 GOOPGLOW Microderm, I explained to our chemists that 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 two or three times a week, but I use it every night. I massage it gently on my skin and leave it on for a few minutes. It’s this kick-ass physical exfoliation with four exfoliating microcrystals, plus a glycolic acid kicker. And I also always like to do what I call the third exfoliation—washing it off with warm water and a cotton washcloth to supercharge the ritual. I never get over how baby-soft my skin feels right after.

Clearing all the gunk away with the exfoliator 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 GOOPGLOW Microderm. I see a difference every time I use it.

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