Chrissy Teigen rose to fame as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model with an unabashed love for junk food. But that's not the only seemingly unfair aspect of her life. Despite maintaining a flawless complexion, she has admitted to barely working for it.
"When I come home after a long day, I'm not great about keeping everything up—the serums, the lotions, and the potions that I have," she told Refinery29 at age 29. "Sometimes, I don't even wash my face."
But as she's gotten older, she's been putting more effort in. "I will admit I am def proud [of] my skin lately and feeling myself," she boasted more recently on her Instagram.
Now 35, Chrissy says her main issue is dryness. "I'm very dry all the time, so anything that gets me moisture, I'm happy with. I like having glowing, fresh skin." (Don't we all?!) However, in the spirit of keeping it real, she has also shared evidence of blackheads and the occasional pimple. "I fully believe that if you show the good, you've got to show the bad. This is the bad."
Not one for complicated routines, she relies on a rotation of products and treatments recommended by her trusted celebrity skin experts. She also has a wardrobe of face masks, pore strips and pimple patches to target every possible skin issue.
Here's a closer look at everything she uses on her skin, morning and night.
Chrissy’s Morning Skincare Routine
iS Clinical Cleansing Complex: "I kind of use whatever is closest but [my skincare routine] consists of Shani Darden forcing me to use iS Clinical cleanser and face lotion...."
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel: "One of my most important products, Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel pads. So important for on and around my nose and chin. You'll notice a HUGE difference!!"
La Mer The Concentrate: "$$, I know I know, but I gotta be honest."
iS Clinical Reparative Moisture Emulsion: "[I use] iS Clinical face lotion."
La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream: "La Mer because I am dry as a bone."
Control Corrective Oil Free Sunscreen SPF 30: "[I use] Control Corrective SPF 30."
Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer: "You guys are loving my picks for things, so my concealer pick for you, and for myself, is Clé de Peau Concealer."
7. Tinted Lip Balms
Hanalei Lip Treatment: "I love this so much, this is Hanalei's Lip Treatment in Mauve Pink. It's just super natural. It's honestly so nothing, it just gives the teeniest bit of tint. I have another colour, too; they have a nude, slightly browner one."
NARS Afterglow Lip Balm: "I found a lip colour that matches my lips perfectly, and it just makes it look better. It's like an amplified colour of my own lip. It's called Fast Lane, and it's NARS. So if you have lips like me, this is bomb. It's like sheer and shiny. I love it."
COOLA Mineral Liplux Organic Tinted Lip Balm SPF 30: "It's like a balm with a little colour to it."
Chrissy’s Nighttime Skincare Routine
1. Makeup Remover
Eyeko Mascara Off Eye Makeup Remover Wipes: "It's for your eyes, but I use it on my whole face. It's good to put on your [false] lashes for a little bit so they can just gently come off. I get everything off. Everything off."
iS Clinical Cleansing Complex: "The iS Clinical cleanser and the lotion is the only thing I use consistently and they’ve always been so good to me. [You] can find [it] online—everything else [is] just a bonus."
Shani Darden Retinol Reform: "There are certain products that I stand by [and] absolutely adore. Shani Darden makes this product, Retinol Reform, which isn't a peel... but it unclogs your pores. Every single time I do it, the night before, I get compliments the entire next day on my skin. So, it never fails—as long as I remember to do it."
Epione Restoration Serum: "Dr. Simon Ourian's firm and fade cream when I'm feeling icks."
4. Face Oils
Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil: "A little birdie named Nova [Kaplan, celebrity makeup artist] gave me this tiny bottle of oil. She said it was amazing, it had one ingredient… I used it and when I tell you my skin changed—my life changed—it did."
MARA Algae + Moringa Universal Face Oil: "Work done, makeup off. MARA face oil, that's my jam. I forgot to add that to the beauty regimen. MARA, M-A-R-A, face oil."
La Mer The Renewal Oil: "[I use] Renewal Oil every night and on every flight."
5. Lip Balm
Aquaphor Healing Ointment: "I need my Aquaphor. My lips get very dry... I'm just an overall dry person."
Chrissy’s Skincare Treatments
Dr. Jason Diamond: "My favourite human. Mix [my skincare routine] with anything anyone at Dr. Jason Diamond's office tells me to do facial wise."
Shani Darden: "My aesthetician."
Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips: "[I use] a steady stream of Bioré chin and nose strips. I like to pull these off, slowly, and then tilt them towards the light so I can see each little mountain, each tiny mountain. And then I like to take my finger and brush the blackheads to the side so I can see their length. That concludes my story, entitled, 'If Hannibal Lecter Loved Bioré Nose Strips.' Thank you."
Zitsticka Killa Kit: "This is a message for Dr. Pimple Popper. I have had this thing on my chin for maybe, like, four years now. It has no exit hole. I used to inject it with... cortisol? Cortisone? It gets bigger around my period. It's unsqueezable, and it is ruining my life."
Versed Find Clarity Purifying Mask: "I'm obsessed with this. The packaging. The mask. The fact it's made in Thailand and also distributed in West Hollywood, like, that's basically me."
GlamGlow GravityMud Firming Treatment: "I'm obsessed with every GlamGlow mask ever. Not an ad. I just love them."
Natura Bissé Essential Shock Intense Mask: "Natura Bissé makes a great moisturizing mask."
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask: "It's funny, because I'm actually crazy about [skincare] when I'm on an airplane or something. When I travel is when I take the best care of my skin because I have all the time in the world.... I love SK-II's full-face masks...."
Bliss Eye Got This Holographic Foil Eye Masks: "Or just the under-eyes."
Déesse Pro LED Mask: "Magic is happening."
Chrissy’s Diet, Exercise and Lifestyle
"Carbs make me go 'pow'. You can literally look at a photo and know if I ate carbs. My face isn't the most forgiving of them. It's funny, I start every day attempting to be healthy, but then dinner is when I always mess up. By then I'm feeling deprived, so when I finally get home around 11 o'clock I end up eating a heavy dinner. I don't like food on the go and I don't do snacks—I need meal meals. I end up waiting until the time I'm sitting at home in front of the TV. It's always pretty hearty—I love a big rib-eye. If I have a salad or something lighter for dinner, I wake up around 2 a.m. and go candy crazy. So I need to find that balance—still working on it! I'm not a big dessert person. I could never eat dessert again. I eat fast food a few times a week. There's a balance with anything. When I cook, everything is organic and very clean; I'm meticulous and kind of insane about it. But sometimes you just want a Doritos Locos Taco."
Body by Simone: "Sometimes I think I'm the weakest person, but I can plank for 20 minutes. I've always had a really strong core, but it's truly in the core of my body. Like, the stuff that's on the outside: kinda gummy. But the stuff that's on the inside: strong. Honestly, I don't ever have to be in a swimsuit again. Since I was 20 years old, I had this weight in my mind that I am, or that I'm supposed to be. I've been so used to that number for 10 years now. And then I started realizing it was a swimsuit-model weight. There's a very big difference between wanting to be that kind of fit and wanting to be happy-fit."
"I can't sleep without being overly full. I take two hard boiled eggs to bed every night and eat them when I randomly wake up. It used to be beef jerky but I'd wake up too puffy.'
"When I first met John [Legend], I was so insecure about my feet, my tummy, these two dummy lines on my mouth. [But] I think something happened within the last few years, and I credit Lena Dunham for this. When someone goes out there and shows themselves unapologetically, says what they want to say, shows everything about their body, and doesn't care—that makes me feel better. If more and more women do what she does, more and more women would feel better. So when you see someone who in the smallest ways inspires you by showing you their flaws—I'm happy to be that person. I'm so fine with it. I never do anything like, ‘Oh my God, let's hashtag this, let's make this a thing.' It's more just like, I'm over it. I don't have the energy to do it anymore. It's not important to me, and it shouldn't be important to you either."
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