Well, well. Who would’ve thought that Jessica Alba, a.k.a. Queen of the Red Carpet, would be something of a basic Barbie when it comes to her beauty regimen?
To be honest, we’re crazy jealous (can you tell?). How can someone who looks so awesome all the time be a wash-and-go kinda girl? So our cynical selves tried to get the global Braun ambassador to admit to her flaws by asking her to play 7 Deadly Beauty Sins with us.
Turns out that while she does have some beauty issues - like hair that “freaks out” - she really is as fuss-free as they come. Yep, kinda like the simple yet effective Braun devices she endorses.
There are, however, a few skin essentials Alba swears by. Read on to find out more.
GREED: What beauty product did you last buy that you didn’t need but had to have?
I think two years ago I discovered facial oil and now I’m obsessed with it and I can’t live without it. I was always afraid to put oil on my face. I thought it would, like, make me break out or something. But it’s actually pretty awesome and it doesn’t clog your pores as it’s organic.
WRATH: What aspect of beauty do you have a love-hate relationship with?
Hair, although I understand when mine freaks out, considering what I put it through for work.
I don’t go crazy with product or try to iron it out, since that’s usually what got me there in the first place. One of my super-easy secret weapons is my Braun Satin-Hair 7 brush, which doesn’t damage your hair like some can.
Like a lipgloss or mascara, a hairbrush like that should be part of a girl’s “go-to bag” for emergency touch-ups and taming. My love of hats is also a lifesaver - no one can really tell whether it’s about the hat or the hair underneath it!
GLUTTONY: What item in your beauty stash have you stocked up waaaayyy too much on and why?
I’m not that high maintenance when it comes to beauty essentials. The items I always carry with me would be a lip balm and a hand cream so I can top up on the go. I think beauty should be about enhancing what you already have so my favourite products really celebrate natural beauty.
PRIDE: What #breakfree moment are you most proud of?
For me, it’s about breaking free of whatever holds you back from being the best version of yourself. It’s often self-inflicted, whether that’s doubting your abilities or perceived judgment from others.
When I broke into acting, it was a challenge for me and my family: I didn’t have any connections in Hollywood, I really was just a girl from a local suburb who had a dream of being successful and I wanted the work because my family needed it as much as I did.
As you can imagine, acting is filled with a lot of rejection, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been in the business for years, so it’s up to you how to manage it and show people who you really are. Every time you walk into a room, you have to get someone to let go of whatever preconceived notion they may have of you.
LUST: Share a beauty product/treatment that instantly makes you feel sexier and more confident.
I love to get facials and I’ve had mine done by Shani Darden for years. If I don’t have time for Shani, I’ll do a deep cleanse using a Braun Face - it’s like a mini at-home facial!
ENVY: Which of your fave beauty products do you wish you’d created?
I’ve been using new Braun Silk-épil 9 (above) which is the best epilator I’ve ever used. What’s great about it is that it makes your skin nice and smooth and ready for anything. So using it has been very liberating.
Another product I can’t live without is Braun Face (below; a two-in-one facial epilator and cleansing brush), because being in control of my skincare regime is really important to me. It also fits perfectly in my handbag so I get a fabulous glow wherever I go!
SLOTH: What beauty/makeup step in your regime do you neglect most often?
I don’t really think about my beauty routine too much, it just sort of is part of the day-to-day, and luckily it doesn’t take too long. I cleanse and do a light exfoliation every day, and then I use retinol a couple of times a week, which has changed everything for my skin. I used to get more breakouts and I had quite an uneven skin tone and fine lines in places, but that’s literally transformed my skin.
I think the secret I’ve learned now is that dehydration just makes you look broken down, which means not getting enough sleep and drinking too much alcohol. So I think if you can drink a lot of water, stay hydrated, and get lots of sleep you’ll look awesome. I think that’s the best beauty advice I’ve ever had - staying hydrated and getting sleep. Those are the two most important things.
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