Gwyneth Paltrow's skincare routine could speed up aging and damage your skin, experts say

Gwyneth Paltrow's skincare routine could speed up aging and damage your skin, experts say
  • Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow shared her skincare routine on Vogue's series Beauty Secrets.
  • Insider asked a dermatologist and cosmetic chemist to review her regimen.
  • They stood behind her product choices, but said her sparse sunscreen could lead to rapid skin aging.

On Tuesday, Gwyneth Paltrow revealed her skincare routine on an episode of Vogue's web series Beauty Secrets, and viewers were quick to comment on her lack of sunscreen use.

In the March 30 video, the Goop founder shared her current skincare lineup which includes a retinol cream, sunscreen, hydrating eye masks, and moisturizer. She also shared beauty products she's been using - like a lip oil and foundation stick.

Insider asked a dermatologist and a cosmetic chemist to review Paltrow's routine.

They said the actress and wellness brand owner - who has been scrutinized for peddling pseudo-scientific treatments in the past - was putting her skin at risk for rapid aging and sun damage because of her lack of sunscreen. At the same time, the skincare experts liked her holistic approach to health and overall product choices, even though she didn't execute applying them properly.

Paltrow's exfoliator can brighten the skin, but she overuses it

Paltrow started her skincare routine with an exfoliator from her brand Goop. She applied a dollop to her cheek, rubbed it in her cheeks and chin area, and then wiped away the excess product with a towel.


Paltrow said she loves to exfoliate and does it every day.

A regular exfoliation routine removes dead cells that have built up on the skin's surface, leaving you with brighter-looking skin, celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau told beauty website Byrdie.

But exfoliating too often can end up harming your complexion because it strips away the skin's protective barrier, called the epidermis, David Petrillo, a Los Angeles cosmetic chemist and founder of skincare company Perfect Image, told Insider.

Instead, exfoliate your face two or three times weekly, Dove dermatologist Dr. Mona Gohara told Byrdie.

When you exfoliate, apply the product to damp skin, massage around your entire face, and wash it off like you would a cleanser, Petrillo said.


Her face oil and moisturizer contain potentially skin-irritating ingredients

Next, Paltrow applied Vintner's Daughter's active botanical serum all over her face.

According to dermatologist Dr. Hadley King, oil-based serums like this one help hydrate the skin and reduce redness and puffiness, so she approves of Paltrow's choice.

When choosing a serum, Petrillo said to look for ones with little to no essential oils, especially if you have sensitive skin.

"Essential oils contain many highly concentrated chemical components extracted from plants which can irritate the skin and weaken the skin barrier function," Petrillo told Insider.

After applying hydrating eye patches under her eyes and using a massage tool on her face, Paltrow grabbed her favorite drugstore moisturizer, Weleda Skin Food.


Similar to the serum, King said Weleda Skin Food can pack a moisturizing punch. But people with sensitive skin should proceed with caution because the cream contains essential oils and could result in a red rash on your face.

Experts say Paltrow skimped on the sunscreen and applied it too early in her routine

Next, Paltrow grabbed Unsun Cosmetics' Mineral Tinted Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen with SPF 30.

Skincare experts had no issue with her sunscreen of choice but found her application alarming.

Paltrow appeared to only dab sunscreen on top of her nose and on her cheek bones. According to Petrillo, Paltrow used a fraction of the appropriate amount of sunscreen, which leaves her skin open to sun damage.

"It has been proven that sun is one of the greatest contributors to aging and damaged skin. The amount used did not seem to be enough and there were some areas missed during the application," Petrillo said.


A representative for Goop told Insider that in the video, Paltrow "applies sunscreen to her entire face, though the video is edited down for timing's sake and does not show the full application."

"We're huge proponents of SPF at goop and always advise that people should consult their dermatologists to find out what is right for them," the spokesperson wrote in an email to Insider.

According to King, applying too little SPF is a common mistake people make.

"Most people only apply 25% to 50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen," said King, adding that everyone should use about a nickel-sized dollop of sunscreen on their face.

When you apply, be sure to cover every area on your face, not just the high points where the most sun exposure occurs, according to Petrillo.


King also suggested applying sunscreen last. Paltrow applied another moisturizer after sunscreen, but that could result in rubbing off your sun protection, said King.

The Goop founder's holistic approach to beauty checks out

Paltrow said her morning routine also includes meditation and drinking a protein-packed smoothie.

"One of the things that I've really learned as I get well into my 40s, is how important it is to take good care of your skin from the inside out," Paltrow said in the video.

She said exercising, eating healthy foods, drinking lots of water, and getting outdoors allow her to do that.

King agreed with her holistic approach to skincare.


"Little sleep, poor diet, dry skin, and lack of exercise have all been shown to negatively affect the skin's appearance," said King.