Soap Star’s DIY Beauty Advice

Celebrities typically have an entourage of people helping them look fabulous; think stylists, colorists, plastic surgeons and the like.  But actress, wife and mother, Rebecca Herbst, best known for playing Elizabeth Webber on General Hospital, is a beauty and style do-it-yourselfer who manages to look amazing thanks to a consistent routine.  In fact, when the 2009 Daytime Emmys rolled around in August, Webber did her own hair and even made her own dress; a project that she takes on annually with her Mother.

Herbst, a spokesperson for Purpose Skincare, is emphatic about sticking to a beauty routine. That means eating right, exercising, and drinking plenty of water regularly — not just before a red carpet event.

She said her regimen extends to skin care. “I’m a real believer in simplicity and consistency,” she said. “I wash my face every morning and night with Purpose Gentle Cleanser. In the morning I use the Purpose Moisturizer with SPF 15 and for the evening I use an eye cream with a night time moisturizer.”

Herbst’s beauty product list is single- minded. “Dry lips are not attractive,” she said. “I don’t leave the house without ChapStick!”

She credits gentle treatment, including moisturizing and hydrating, with keeping her skin glowing no matter the elements. “Moisturizing your skin day and night really protects it from the elements,” she said. “I also cut back on exfoliating because it tends to dry out my skin in harsh weather. And drinking lots of water is always the best way to keep your skin nice and hydrated.”

Even those who DIY know when to turn to an expert for advice, and Herbst, who has worked on General Hospital since 1997, told us some of the tricks of the trade she’s picked up from makeup artists on set. “Fortunately, I work with some amazing makeup artists who have taught me a few tricks. A really good concealer under the eye and dark mascara will open up your eyes. Also, a nice rosy cheek always makes you look healthier and a little more awake.”

The actress said the real secrets to her amazing complexion are simplicity, consistency, hydration and sleep. “We forget how essential a good night’s sleep is as well as hydrating the body from the inside out with the recommended eight glasses of water a day,” she said. “Skin care doesn’t have to be complicated. Find a cleansing wash that doesn’t dry out your skin and a really good moisturizer, one with a sunscreen for the day. Be consistent with your routine. Be good to your skin and your skin will be good to you.”

When asked for her best beauty advice, the actress, whose fan club events all raise money for The Smile Train, a charity that provides free cleft surgery to millions of poor children in developing countries, told us “the best beauty tip I have learned over the years is true beauty comes from within.”

And that’s a DIY beauty tip we can all work towards, no entourage needed.


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