Serena Williams is one of the greatest athletes of all time—but the MVP in her skincare routine is coconut oil. Relatable. In this episode of Go To Bed With Me, the August 2019 Harper’s BAZAAR cover star walks us through every single step in her quick and effective nighttime skincare routine.
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“I use coconut oil because it’s amazing. I use it for everything you can think of,” she says. “Now this is gonna seem totally insane but I like literally slather it all over my face. You might not wanna try this at home.” The raw and organic one she’s using she picked up in Australia. “So I take like a bunch of coconut oil and I like literally just like rub it like all on my face…this can literally be your only step if that’s all you want.”
Her love of coconut oil runs in the family. “Olympia, whose my daughter, actually does the routine with me. And it’s safe for kids too cause she can like put it on her face,” she says. Williams notes that she also rubs coconut oil on her lips, body, and hair—though the latter she’s a little more cautious about.
The next step in her routine is a vitamin c serum and eye serum from the brand Vine Vera, which she discovered while on her babymoon in Mexico. She then cocktails the eye serum with under-eye patches from the brand MZ Skin, which she found while traveling in London. “Normally I leave this on for 10 minutes but so you guys don’t die of boredom I’m gonna take this off. And that’s like a bright, golden bright eye treatment because I’m like, ‘I hate dark circles around my eyes’ so I tried to get serious about treating my eyes,” she adds.
Once the mask is off, she reaches for a rich eye cream from MZ Skin—but she doesn’t just apply it where intended. “Sometimes when I’m traveling I even put this on my face cause I feel like whatever your using under your eye is like super moisturizing and it could work for the whole face,” she says. “That’s why I don’t have a lot left. It means I need to order some more.” After smearing it on her eyes and face, she’ll even work some in along her upper lip. “Honestly I have a little like 5 o’clock shadow. So I put it on top of my mustache…so I do that there too because I think that if it’s brighten it then maybe it will brighten that too,” she says with a smile.
Williams isn’t afraid to break a few beauty rules in her routine. “It’s so important to make your beauty routine your own and just kinda own it,” she says.
Her skin type is combination to dry, so she prefers a rich face cream. The one she’s currently using is from her orthopedic doctor in Los Angeles, Bal M Raj. “He has lots of different creams but I particularly like this one because it’s good for my skin.,,,It’s really important to get the top of my forehead. I always get my neck too, which is so important, we always forget our neck,” she says.
Williams finishes her routine with a few spritzes of Mario Badescu rose water. “I absolutely love his stuff. My best friend introduced me to it and she says she uses it to set her makeup. So I actually use this to set my makeup and it gives me this crazy glow. But I always use it at night too because I just like the way it smells,” she says. “It’s rose water, I love rosewater, I love anything rosewater. In fact roses are my favorite flower so it’s perfect. So then I just spray it like I’m in France. Cause you just spray a lot. I like to pretend a lot.”
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