Drew Barrymore Shares the Crazy-Good Results from Her Natural Beauty Experiment
The actress is giving all the deets about her must-have beauty products and DIY hacks—including how she gets glowing skin and beachy waves.
It's been a hot sec since Drew Barrymore posted that insane photo of her beauty collection. Now, the Santa Clarita Diet actress is finally back with another installment of her "Beauty Junkie Week," in which she posts a new beauty tip or product on Instagram every day. During weeks past, the founder of Flower Beauty has shared everything from her favorite eye lubricant and pain-relieving pads to the "gold standard of face masks." This week is already off to a promising start with a skin treatment, natural remedy, and plenty of product recs. (Related: Drew Barrymore Lost 20 Pounds While Filming Her Netflix Series)
Let's dive right in, shall we? On day one, Barrymore shared a no-makeup selfie and revealed that Clear + Brilliant laser treatments (a noninvasive procedure available at your derm's office) have worked wonders on the melasma she developed after having her children. (Related: Why Lasers and Light Treatments Are Really Good for Your Skin)
Next, she shared a classic piece of skin-care advice: Always extend your skin care to your neck and chest. It's sage advice since your neck tends to show aging before your face, but Barrymore admits it's one of those practices she tends to skip herself.
The following day, Barrymore shared an unconventional use for a cult-favorite product. She uses Evian's natural mineral water on her hair instead of her skin. "It literally has that perfect atomizer that distributes perfectly for waves and curls," she writes. "Almost like the diffuser on your hair dryer. It can give the hair gentle beachy waves when minimally sprayed on dry hair." Considering Barrymore is known for her perfectly tousled beachy waves, this is clearly a tip you're going to want to add to your summer hair routine. (Related: 3 Simple Ways to Embrace Your Hair's Natural Texture This Summer)
Here's where things get interesting. Day three of Beauty Junkie Week included a natural remedy. It all started when Barrymore ended up with a "giant bite or reaction" on her face. She tried aloe vera to no avail, she wrote. Then she kicked it up a notch, going straight to the source, and placed a chunk of meat from an aloe vera plant from her backyard on her face for a few hours.
...and the red spot finally cleared up! "I had even tried bleaching creams, and nothing was getting the red spot off my face until this natural remedy," she wrote. In fact, she's such a fan that she keeps an aloe vera plant in her apartment in New York City so she always has it on hand when she can't just grab it from her backyard. "It's also amazing for cuts, scrapes, and especially burns. It's a must have to have around. In any form," she continued.
She also posted a snap of the removed skin (which didn't go over well with all of her followers). "For those few who benefit from this, there are too many who think I am a freak! I get it," she captioned another photo. "Beauty Junkie Week is not for the faint of heart sometimes." (Related: Drew Barrymore Had the Best Response to Instagram Haters)
Post-experiment, Barrymore recommended Juara's radiance enzyme scrub. She says she uses it three times a week, and it's the most effective product she's found for making the pores around her nose less noticeable, she wrote. (Also worthy of mentioning, Barrymore promised that just like with past Beauty Junkie Weeks, she isn't paid to push any particular products, although she does tag her own brand, Flower Beauty, in the posts.)
Next, Barrymore branched out into nutrition-based beauty, sharing two supplements that she adds to her water. She likes Sakara's Beauty Water concentrate and 8Greens tablets, made from real greens. Barrymore took it as an opportunity for some real talk, adding that although she tends to compare herself to other women who are seemingly always put-together, the ritual helps her feel like "a responsible grown-up."
"I can put some stuff in water and feel good about myself and picture that I am in light linen clothes and I have my s!$t together!" she added. (Here are more products that turn basic water into a fancy health drink.)
The beauty tell-all continued with a note on eye creams. Barrymore revealed that while she's down with laugh lines, her dark circles make her look "like a ghoul." She wrote that she favors eye creams with pigment to cover up the circles and revealed her top picks in a subsequent post. She gave Juara another mention for its Miracle Tea Complete Eye Cream and also included Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix, Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector, and Olay Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Hydra Swirl.
Barrymore followed the eye creams with a little Flower Beauty self-promotion. (We don't hate her for it!) She posted a pic from a collab with beauty guru Carli Bybel of both women modeling bright shades from Flower's Mix and Matte Lip Duo line.
As it turns out, bug bites and dark circles aren't the actress's only beauty strugle. Her gorgeous hair color comes at a cost. She shared a picture from a few months ago when she had lightened her hair and it felt dead. Her solution? Visiting her hairstylist for Olaplex, a treamtent designed to repair damaged hair post-treatment. (P.S. there's an at-home version.)
After all this beauty realness, we kinda wish every week was #BeautyJunkieWeek.