Gwyneth Paltrow has been stung by bees in the name of beauty.
The actress-turned-lifestyle guru has put a number of weird and wonderful treatments to the test over the years, including oil pulling and a vagina steam, and she regularly relays her experiences to readers of her Goop.com newsletter.
“I’m always the guinea pig to try everything,” the 43-year-old told The New York Times. “I’ve got to try them all. I love acupuncture. Also, I just heard of a service called a sound bath, which might be too hippie-ish even for the likes of me. It’s some new healing modality. I might not be able to handle it.”
However, one of the strangest – and most painful – treatments involved being repeatedly stung by bees.
“It’s a thousands of years old treatment called apitherapy,” she explained. “People use it to get rid of inflammation and scarring. It’s actually pretty incredible if you research it. But, man, it’s painful.”
Gwyneth, who now boasts her own make-up line and natural beauty product collection, admits she is also curious about cryotherapy, a treatment touted by athletes like Kobe Bryant and Floyd Mayweather, which involves the use of extreme cold to ease pain.
“I haven’t done cryotherapy yet, but I do want to try that,” she added.
The actress also shared her favourite beauty products with the Times, confessing she has been overusing her new Goop skin care range as it’s given her a real natural glow.
“In general, I love serums and face oils and body oils,” she said. “I’m a real oil kind of girl. There’s a myth that oil is not good for your skin. I don’t believe in that at all. So lately I’ve been using my Instant Facial – it has some gentle fruit acids in it, and you feel it go active because there’s a little tingle – and seeing great results. There are also some beads in it (obviously not the plastic microbeads), and it leaves me glow-y. I think you’re supposed to use it only three times a week, but I’ve been using it more. Then I’ll use the day or night cream, or our oil, and the eye cream.”
And while Gwyneth likes to smell good, she is “on the fence” about the use of fragrances.
“I collect some fragrances, but recently my head of beauty said you have to stop wearing fragrance because it’s unregulated and all that,” she claimed. “We’re having a fight about it. The problem is, I think essential oils haven’t mastered the art of being subtle and layered.”