Salma Hayek’s unexpected skincare secret is a little controversial

These days, when it comes to skincare, more is more. From ten-step Korean routines to a mask for absolutely every skin type and concern, it is really big business. So it’s actually rather surprising when a celebrity comes out in support of a more ‘low-key’ regime, which is what actor Salma Hayek has just done.

The talented star has one of the most flawless complexions in the ‘biz, so you may be surprised to learn that she chooses not to wash her face in the morning with a cleanser, or anything else for that matter.

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Speaking to The New York Times, Hayek explained: ‘I never cleanse my skin in the morning. My grandmother taught me that at night, your skin replenishes all the things you lost during the day. Also, if I cleanse very well at night, why would it be dirty when I wake up?’

The star doesn’t just do nothing in the morning however; she spritzes her face with a rose mist, to make her skin dewy and wake it up. She is then big on moisturising, and uses a combination of oils and serums, depending on what her skin needs on any given day.

Her night time cleansing routine however is much more extensive, as she first removes her makeup with coconut oil, then warms up a wet towel in the microwave and sprays it with rose water, before removing anything she has missed.

Other tips the star revealed were to never over-exfoliate, and to use homemade masks, like the oatmeal, almond milk and honey mask she creates herself. Apparently it ‘makes your skin very soft.’

But should you actually cleanse your face in the morning, or follow Hayek’s lead and skip it? There are two real schools of thought here: those that believe washing your face in the morning can lead to over-cleansed skin stripped of natural oils, and those who firmly stand by the fact your face can get oily, sweaty, and dirty overnight, so you should refresh it in the morning. Cleansing your skin also helps other products such as serums and creams to absorb and perform better.

Mark Curry, co-founder of skincare brand The Inkey List, is firmly in Hayek’s corner with this one, however: ‘You don’t need to wash your face in the morning. If your pillowcases are clean, all you will need to do is refresh your skin.’

‘If you have properly removed your makeup and thoroughly cleansed your skin the night before, then there should be no need to wash again. Over-cleansing in the morning can potentially dry your skin out and harm the skin’s natural microbiome.  This can cause more oil to be produced which can lead to breakouts.’

He does however add that, ‘if you tend to wake up with sweaty skin, a splash of lukewarm water will help to remove sweat and hydrate.’