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10th October 2023

A-LIST celebrities from Jennifer Lopez to Kendall Jenner have touted at-home DIY skincare, crediting the concoctions for their glow.

The U.S. Sun spoke exclusively with a registered nurse and aesthetic skincare specialist to sift through the at-home regimens.

Registered nurse and aesthetic specialist Julia Buliga, 38, is the owner of Aura Medspa, beautifying clients from her business in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.

She teamed up with her master esthetician Lauren Thondique to share their take on so-called celebrity skincare hacks.


In 2016, Emma Stone told Marie Claire that she uses grapeseed oil in place of traditional face moisturizer.

"I use natural grapeseed oil from the grocery store on my face as moisturizer," she said, revealing that her sensitive skin leads her to using single-ingredient products on her body.

"It definitely helps with the skin's barrier by reducing some inflammation. If you have rosacea or redness, it's a natural ingredient that helps strengthen the skin barrier," Julia said.

Julia said that when it comes to certain ingredients in skincare, it comes down to formulation.

"When it's put into skincare, it has to be processed differently. You cannot just take regular grapeseed oil, for example, bottle that up, and say that's it's now a skincare product," she added.

Julia warned that the technique could cause more harm than good for the skin.

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"That's asking for a breakout. Any type of oil is going to clog the pores.

"It can potentially trigger the sebaceous glands to become inflamed and in turn cause further acne, further damage, further redness, inflammation, etc.

"So no, you cannot just take regular grapeseed oil over the counter from the cooking aisle and put that on your face. That's not how that works with any of those types of ingredients," she said.

Julia added that skincare products containing active ingredients like grapeseed oil go through rigorous testing before hitting the market for skincare.

"They have to process that so that it's a very small amount or percentage or concentration of grapeseed oil that is actually being utilized," she added.


Jennifer Lopez famously credited olive oil for her youthful glow, even centering her skincare line around the pantry-staple.

When Speaking to Page Six, she claimed that she's never had Botox and that she relies on the "essential fatty acids, antioxidants for protection against environmental damage" in olive oil.

"Olive oil in and of itself is not going to make you look like Jennifer Lopez," Julia said.

She added that it's important to note that Jennifer has access to luxury services to make her skin appear the way it does.

"She's got a makeup artist, she has probably a chef. So even down to nutrition and eating healthy, that's helping her skin look glowy, more youthful, and radiant.

"There are so many factors that go into it stating that: 'This is the reason why I look the way I look.'

"I think that not only is that misinforming the public, but it's false advertisement," she added.


Model Kendall Jenner shared her go-to face mask in a video with Vogue Beauty Secrets.

She said she uses mashed avocado, oatmeal, honey, and a few drops of lavender oil in her DIY face mask.

"Oatmeal is made and packaged differently. You have organic oatmeal and you have oatmeal that have a ton of sugars in them.

"So when you cook them, it's going to have a ton of sugar in it, and you're putting that on your face.

"You cannot just make a broad general statement like that and say: 'This is what I do and do it at home yourself.'

"Then people are going to go to Walmart and buy Quaker's oatmeal with maple, brown sugar, whatever the case may be.

"That's loaded with so many chemicals and additives and tons of sugar, and that's going to break your skin out," Julia added.


Priyanka Chopra, known for her full and pouty lips said she makes a DIY lip scrub to make them pop.

Vogue India reported that Priyanka uses salt, 100 percent pure vegetable glycerin, and rose water to keep her lips smooth and plump.

"Something like that can potentially be a good exfoliator," Julia said.

She advised keeping the scrub confined to the lips and not to the rest of the face.

"I wouldn't say that that would cause any damage if it's being used just on your lips to exfoliate some of that dead skin.

"Maybe it works for her and produces some hydration," she added.

Lauren chimed in with another good ingredient for at-home scrubs.

"You can also use brown sugar to exfoliate," Lauren said.


Julia said that although some celebrities tout DIY skincare, it doesn't stand up to medical grade products.

"You can't replace it. Even some of the products that are sold over the counter at beauty stores, some of them are good, but they don't compare to medical grade skincare. They just don't.

"Especially things like retinol, glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, peptides, [and] vitamin C.

"It's not going to be strong enough when you're getting it from the fruits or vegetables that you're mixing together in a bowl to put on your face," she added.

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The medical professional deemed the skincare hacks irresponsible of the celebrities to credit for the public to read.

"It's very misleading for celebrities to use their their platforms, to use their influence, and mislead all of these people into thinking that they use their products and they're going to look just like them, because that's just not true," she said.

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