“I work out five days a week, I can’t imagine not doing it,” said Stefani, whose reportedly follows a vegan diet. “I’d like to have no rules and eat what I want, but I’ve learned over the years that I’m so disappointed when I can’t wear the clothes I want to wear.
“If I let myself down, appear on stage when I’m not looking my best, it’s not fun for me. I just beat myself up about it.
I always take Vitamin C and then I have a routine of these three shakes every morning:
- When I wake up, I squeeze a lemon, grapefruit and an orange to make a juice for my husband, my son and I.
- Then I mix a green powder [Original Superfood Greens from Whole Foods], wheatgrass [The Power of Grass, Whole Foods], chia seeds and water shake. It's disgusting but you just have to drink it all at once.
- For my third shake I blend banana, chia seed, cacao beans, Camu and Maca oils.
I am always so stuffed after drinking them all one after the other. Then I go to work and have a normal breakfast.
"(...)the best thing is liquid panthenol. It normally comes in foam form for burns, but in liquid form, it stimulates hair growth. It’s actually used in hospitals for chemotherapy patients who lose their hair and have sensitive scalps. My friend recommended that I use it, and my hair grows so much faster now. I put mine in a little spray pump so I can just apply to the roots after I wash my hair and rub it in. I like to leave it in to give my hair a slight lift, which I like, because I have a small head."
"Hair-wise, I love using coconut oil as a treatment and apple cider vinegar for shininess—you put on a little bit in the shower as a rinse, and then wash it out. It stinks a little, but then you use conditioner and the smell goes away."
“My mother was very keen on olive oil. Rubbing olive oil all over your hair and your skin–that was one of her big beauty tips and I still do that. Every now and then I just pour it on and leave it during the summer. Just give it a good soak. I mean, you can’t do it all the time, but every now and then I do.”
"For removing my mascara, I like using coconut oil. As a moisturizer, I like Dr. Alkaites' cream or Bulgarian rose oil—you know, things that are organic and natural for the skin, and won't just sit on it. Having great skin also has a lot to do with what you eat—if you eat junk, it's going to show. I live in New York and when I go out to eat I'll pick healthy places like Pure Food and Wine, Organic Avenue, Angelica Kitchen—there are so many spots."
Dita starts every morning with the Glowing Green Smoothie made of 70 per cent green foods – such as spinach, romaine lettuce, rocket, coriander and parsley – and 30 per cent fruit, such as pears, apples and bananas.
‘I've trained my body to enjoy things that are healthy. If you stop eating sugar, your body doesn't want sugar anymore’ she said.
‘I haven't had a soda in 15 years!’
‘I drink green smoothies with spinach, kale, and dark leafy greens mixed with fruit. Then something salady for lunch and then I can eat what I want at night. Ever since I stopped eating a big breakfast of eggs, toast and cereal, I feel so much better.’
Everyone asks me for the secret to good skin. Put down the cigarettes, slather on the sunscreen, get your beauty sleep, and drink your greens!
"I think that exfoliation is the key to beautiful skin, I really do. I use scrubing gloves every day in the shower. They just make you glow and get your blood flowing… Your skin is your biggest organ! It’s important to slough off dead cells all the time. For example, today I flew in on a red eye from L.A. and slept for four hours. So, I took a steam shower with essential oils and I scrubbed my skin, conditioned my hair, and I used the Clarisonic—just that gets your blood flowing. Your skin is flushed, awake, and alive. I’m a big believer in that type of thing. Like, if I had to go to a big event, a couple hours before, I’d take a crazy-hot bath with tons of salts and oils a few hours before.But I do more than that—I take a couple of baths a week where I use a whole box of epsom salts and either a bottle of hydrogen peroxide or a packet of baking soda. Equal parts salt and hydrogen peroxide. It makes you sweat all of the toxins out and all of the bad stuff. I learned about it from a hippie-natural-amazing pediatrician, actually, for when kids get sick."
"I rinse my hair with apple cider vinegar, and it takes all the product out. You can pour apple cider vinegar in your bath too. I’m really obsessed with what you can put in your bathtub—I am a bath person, but only in a sort of detox-y way. I get too antsy sitting in there for too long. I’ll put oatmeal in my coffee grinder, and pour that powder in my tub. Super good for your skin. You have skin like a baby!And I put Greek yogurt on my face—you know, the 0% Greek yogurt, the Fage. You just scoop it out—it’s all cold when you put it on—and by the time it’s so warm that you don’t want it on your face anymore, you take it off. It’s really good for you—I mean, your skin looks so good. It hydrates because of the milk, but the lactic acid just gently takes the thinnest finest layer of skin down. And it’s cheap; you can get it at the bodega."
"I prefer more minimal skincare. When I was younger—when you’re going through that period of trying everything to try to make your skin better and it actually makes it worse—I learned that the best thing you can do is steam your face and use a warm flannel [washcloth] when you’re in the bath. "
Use raw white potato to reduce eye bags and black circles. Place strips of grated potato under your eyes or cut a thin slice of potato and then cut it in half. Put a half slice under each eye and leave it there for 20 minutes. Even better juice one small potato, dip cotton balls into the juice and place on your gently closed eyes for 10-15 minutes.
"What I do the most is drink green tea, every morning, and drink a lot of mineral water—not tap water—the best is Volvic. I don’t smoke; I don’t drink alcohol ever. I grew up with my mother saying if you want to stay beautiful for as long as possible don’t do any of that, and my mom is so beautiful—she is sixty-one and she looks like she is forty-five. "
"I drink a lot of water, and I've never had coffee. I think caffeine can be really bad for your skin. And I don't get facials, ever.I think they damage your skin. People are getting peels and dermabrasion, and anything with the word "abrasion" doesn't work for me. I also think a lot of plastic surgery hurts your skin."
"My mother always told me to put yogurt on my skin, especially on the face for hydration. Also In the Indian culture, a head massage is very common. So whenever I get free time I try going for one. It is definitely worth trying because it has a way of calming your mind.”
"Health and beauty is the same for me. If I am not healthy, I am not beautiful. Instead of popping vitamins pills, I prefet to get the nutrients out of fruits and vegetables. I drink lots of fresh juices on daily basis."
"I live a very healthy lifestyle that would probably bore the daylights out of people," she laughs. "I do yoga every day. I meditate. I walk my dog for 40 minutes even if it means getting up at 5:30 in the morning because I want the stillness. I do all the things we were told as kids: I don't smoke or do drugs, I don't drink. It's not to be prissy; it's just that it's healthier for me."
"I swear by coconut oil, and even raw olive oil. I’ve even been known to take it on the plane with me and slather it on, and people think I’m weird, but who cares? I slather it on my body, and on the tips of my hair"
"I just use natural grapeseed oil from the grocery store on my face as moisturizer. After the shower, I pat it on, and then I’ll use it throughout the day and at night. I pretty much smell like grape all the time."
“I put a couple of spoonfuls of turmeric into water everyday—it’s an incredible anti–inflammatory. I also tap a few grains into my foundation because it makes my skin look really glowy. That’s a great trick for all women who find that foundations are too ashy or too pink for their skins. And it’s anti-inflammatory. It’s my secret weapon.”
"I use a gentle scrub every night—it's really, really important. It unclogs all the pores. I just massage it in and use a lot of moisturizer afterward. Massaging is especially important because it increases circulation."
"Did you know that vodka actually shrinks pores? All you have to do is put some vodka on the cotton pad and soak your face twice a day and you watch your pores shrink away. You can also use vodka in your shampoo to make your hair super super clean and give it a bounce. It's also great cure for dandruff."
“Relaxing, experiencing nature and laughing are what rejuvenate me and make me feel happy. I believe that when I feel happy, that’s when I look beautiful… I make a point of laughing out loud every single day,”
“As a young child, I suffered from poor health. My parents encouraged me to swim, which really improved my condition.”
“Mix a tablet of aspirin into lemon juice and use the solution as a mask, then rinse it all off with baking soda. I heard this originally on Dr. Oz, and although it may sound strange it works wonders.”
“My latest beauty discovery isn’t really a discovery at all; it’s to drink lots of water. I know its a total model cliché but I really have to say the more water you drink, the better you look. I don’t always follow that rule, but when I do, my complexion and my skin looks healthier, has less pimples, and glows more. I know its a cliché but it’s true!”