We reveal the rituals the stars swear by – and if they actually work or not!
There’s no denying that celebrities’ health habits influence our lives. When Hollywood A-listers endorse diets or health products, it’s easy to assume they’re kosher. But celebs don’talways get it right! We’ve asked the experts to give their verdict on some of the current celebrity health trends.
WHO DOES IT: HALLE BERRY
Hollywood actress Halle Berry mixescoffee granules into her shower gelto help with exfoliation and to tacklecellulite. Caffeine is a common ingredientin anti-cellulite treatments, so Halle’shomemade solution is a cheap andimaginative alternative.
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The benefit of massagecombined with the caffeine-filledcoffee grinds could be enough tostimulate blood supply to dreadedorange peel, says British beauty expertJennifer Young (jenniferyoung.co.uk).‘The jury is split on the impact ofcaffeine on cellulite,’ adds Young. ‘A studypublished in the Journal of Cosmetics andToiletries reports that while applyingcaffeine to the skin led to weight loss,levels of cellulite remained constant.However, another research study in theJournal of Cosmetic Dermatologyfound a reduction in cellulitewhen using caffeine creams.’Test the theory yourself byadding a teaspoon of coffeegrinds to your body wash.Rub this into dry skin beforeyou hit the shower.
B12 INJECTIONS WHO DOES IT: GERI HALLIWELL, MADONNA
Madonna is a fan ofvitamin B12 injections,and uses them to giveher an energy boostwhile on tour. Othercelebrity fans includePrince, Robbie Williams,Geri Halliwell and CharlizeTheron, who use vitaminB12 to counter theeffects of a demandingschedule and to avoid takingvitamin pills. Signs you couldbe low on vitamin B12 includeanaemia, fatigue, palpitationsand tingly hands and feet, butdeficiency is rare.
You canget sufficient vitamin B12through your diet via fish,meat, chicken and eggs,plus fortified cereals,says Evelyn Toner,specialist dieticianat London BridgeHospital (londonbridgehospital.com).Those most at risk ofB12 deficiency are theelderly, strict vegetariansand people with perniciousanaemia and gastrointestinal disorders– such as Coeliac disease – which hinderabsorption, says Toner. In Madonna’s case,it’s likely she’s experiencing a placebo effectfrom the injections, as they don’t have anybenefit unless there’s a pre-existingnutritional deficiency. ‘If you think you’re atrisk, you may benefit from including vitaminB12-rich or fortified foods in your diet ortaking an oral vitamin B12 supplement,’ saysToner. ‘Injections should only be taken onthe recommendation of your doctor.’
EXTREME SLEEP WHO DOES IT: MARIAH CAREY
In order to hit thehigh notes duringher performances,singer Mariah Careyswears by 15 hourssleep each night!
While everyone’ssleep requirementsare different, sevento eight hours anight is the averagerecommendation,says JessicaAlexander of TheSleep Council(sleepcouncil.org.uk). A 2010 studyby the Universityof Californiafound that onlyone person in20 needsmore thannine hours’sleep pernight, whilean earlier,2002, studyby the sameuniversity linkedmore than eight hourssleep with heart disease and highermortality rates. Another of Ms Carey’sbedtime habits is to surround her bedwith up to 20 humidifiers to create asteam room effect! Central heatingcan cause humidity in your home todrop to 10 per cent, but the healthyrange is 30-40 per cent. ‘Humidifiers increase moisture in a room’, says James Wilson, sleep expert andfounder of We Love Sleep (welovesleep.co.uk), ‘If the air in your bedroom is dry, a humidifier canhelp prevent sore throats or treat respiratory problems such as asthma.’ We recommend the Iris Aroma Diffuser by MadeByZen. which emits a scented mist from essential oils and behaves like a mini humidifier and air purifier (£49.99; madebyzen.com
BIRD POO FACIALS WHO DOES IT: VICTORIA BECKHAM
Celebrities havebad skin daystoo you know!Even the queenof style VictoriaBeckham hadacne as a childand now goes toextreme lengths tokeep her skin pimplefree and youthful.Nightingale poo isher secret weaponof choice, and themother of four treatsherself to facials andmoisturising creamscontaining thisstrange ingredient.
‘Nightingale poohas been usedas a beautyproduct forcenturies,’says Young.‘It’s said torejuvenateand removedead skin cells,resulting in glowingskin.’ Nightingale poo has high levelsof nitrogen-rich urea (a solid derivedfrom urine), which is used for itsnatural moisturising benefits, andguanine, an amino acid that gives skinshimmer and shine, explains Young.These are common ingredients usedin anti-ageing skincare and can bederived from more appealing sources(for example, La Roche Posay ISOUrea Pump, £19.25 for 400ml;thehealthcounter.com) thananimal faeces.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR WHO DOES IT: FERGIE CINDY CRAWFORD
The Black Eyed Peasby the folk remedyof tablespoons ofvinegar a day toaid digestion.
was believed vinegarproperties and itheartburn, skin rashesto detoxify skinthere’s limited researchavailable to suggestapple cider vinegarany health or slimmingbenefits, says Toner‘There are somesuggestions thatapple cider vinegarmay improveglycaemic controlfor diabetics, butmore research isneeded beforeit can berecommendedshe says. A fewchanges to yourdiet might beall you needto beat thebloat. Tonerrecommendsavoiding foods highin fermentablecarbohydrates orfructans (such aswheat, onions, garlicbrassicas (suchas cabbage), andpulses, which containgassy galacto-oligosaccharides‘A registered dieticiancan help youidentifytriggersand ensureyour dietremainsbalancedandnutritionallycomplete.’
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