VICTORIA BECKHAM’S dermatologist says the ex-Spice Girl follows a skincare regime with the “determination of an Olympic athlete”.
The fashion designer, 44, who once had problem skin, has a long list of products she uses and a whole-body regime.
Hollywood skin specialist Dr Harold Lancer said: “Victoria’s a disciple of discipline – everything from her diet to sleep patterns. That’s why her skin looks the way it does.”
Add in hours of working out, green juices and limited carbs. But could YOU follow her tough routine – and would it do any good?
Two Sun on Sunday readers tried it for two weeks. They tell LYNSEY HOPE how they got on . . .
Posh’s beauty regime
Alarm: Dose of apple cider vinegar, seven-mile run or walk/jog, 1hr with a personal trainer, arm, leg, core exercises.
Shower: Oribe Signature shampoo and conditioner (£31 and £35, spacenk.com) and Lancer Skincare The Method Polish (£62.18, lookfantastic.com).
Morning skincare regime: Cosmedix Purity Solution nourishing deep cleansing oil (£37.72,
skincity.co.uk), iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance Plus (£62.95, facethefuture.co.uk), Cosmedix Eye Genius (£75.45, skincity.co.uk), Augustinus Bader’s The Cream (£205, cult beauty.co.uk), Skinade anti-ageing drink. Weleda Skin Food moisturiser on rest of body.
Breakfast: Green juice or cereal and eggs with smoked salmon. Peppermint tea, Omega 3 fish oil supplement.
During working hours: Throughout the day apply Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream (£13.50, johnlewis.com).
Lunch: Meals 40 per cent protein (salmon or white fish, healthy oils and chia seeds), 20 per cent green carbs (spinach, broccoli, green beans or kale).
Avoid dairy, salt, caffeine. Little sugar or alcohol. Often sushi or smoked salmon and salad, green juice.
Snack: Seen eating a peeled carrot.
Dinner: Same as lunch.
Evening: Twice-weekly fitness class.
Bedtime skincare routine: Bioderma wipes (£5.76, lookfantastic.com), Cosmedix Purity cleansing oil, Cosmedix Serum 16 (£86.20, skincity.co.uk), Cosmedix Eye Genius, Bader’s The Cream.
How Giselle got on
GISELLE WHITEAKER, 47, who lives with her partner in Wapping, East London, is the managing director of a copy-writing agency. She says:
When I saw the list of products Victoria uses I was blown away — I’ve always been sceptical about fancy face products.
I used a face wipe to take off my make-up before going to bed and a L’Oréal moisturiser in the morning and at night.
I now have a new admiration for Posh. I work from home, so before starting this trial I wouldn’t get up until 8.15am.
I do dance classes and go to the gym most weekdays, but I’ve never been a big runner.
The early mornings were hard and dragging myself out of bed at 5.30am for a run was painful.
My legs were heavy and ached afterwards, but it did improve over time. I couldn’t manage seven days in a row like Posh.
Victoria follows this up with a session with a personal trainer. I tried to follow a similar plan at the gym.
My thighs were stinging by day two. After the gym I’d shower and follow Posh’s beauty regime.
I now understand why she has to get up early — it takes so long. I struggled to squeeze it all in and start work by 9am.
The skincare products were interesting. I loved the Lancer polish she applies in the shower.
Even though it costs £62, I’d consider buying it. It smells lovely and feels great to scrub away the grime after a workout.
The serums were all right but any would have done the same job.
But I liked the Elizabeth Arden cream, it brightened my skin. The Bader cream feels fantastic going on, but the price horrifies me.
The cleanser was excellent. It’s an oil and when you mix it with water turns into an emulsion. My skin looks brighter and people keep asking how I got my post-holiday glow.
My least favourite part was the Skinade drinks. They smell like rotten fruit and taste like watered-down mango. I wasn’t overly keen on the burn of the morning vinegar shot, either.
I’m amazed by how long it all takes. You have to chop up the fruit to make one of her green juices.
I’m sure she has someone else to do this for her. After a week, I got bored with her diet.
By the end I was craving steak. One night I had fish and chips. The juices I made tasted like sludge.
I’d rather eat the fruit.
I wondered about the no carbs. Surely she could get away with a bowl of pasta or potatoes.
Usually I’m not a morning person, but this experiment turned that around. I lost 5.5lb but put some back on.
My body feels like it’s changed shape in a positive way, my legs feel toned, my stomach is flatter and my skin looks better.
I’m also keeping up the apple cider vinegar. This all takes a lot of willpower. I’d never be able to keep it up for seven days a week.
There’s too much good food out there.
HERE is what a skin analysis revealed about Giselle . . .
BEFORE: Skin was healthy overall but very dehydrated. The main concern was her eyes, which had dark circles and slight puffiness due to stress.
AFTER: Still dehydrated but a noticeable improvement. Her skin looked healthy and dark circles and puffiness were reduced. If she continued her regime for another four weeks we would predict a great improvement.
How Victoria got on
MUM-of-three Victoria Abadi, 53, a married therapist from Hale, Gtr Manchester, says:
It was incredibly hard finding the time to do everything.
I really enjoyed all the exercise. Usually, I exercise four or five times a week anyway but tend to do yoga.
This was all easier to manage at the weekends. It was tricky in the week, when I was up to my eyes in work, but it’s definitely something I will continue with. Posh does extra fitness classes in the evenings and trying to do that was hard.
I loved the skincare regime. The product I liked most was the Weleda Skin Food. My legs were very dry. But after using it every day, they are soft and feel lovely.
The Lancer polish was also fabulous. I’ll stick with it.
The Skinade drinks were good but it is hard to know if they did any good. The oil cleanser felt horrible and greasy, but when I had my skin analysis, I was told it was probably doing more good than anything else.
I wasn’t impressed with the Bader cream and preferred the Elizabeth Arden moisturiser.
Quite a few people have said my skin looks fabulous, and that’s always nice to hear.
Posh’s eating is not too dissimilar to mine, so I didn’t find the diet difficult. I tend to juice in the mornings and enjoyed that part.
I already have apple cider vinegar every morning with lemon juice, grated ginger and turmeric.
I got really bored of fish and had to substitute it with chicken a couple of times.
The hardest part was cutting out carbs. I was hungry, especially after all the exercise, and felt tired. A couple of times I had to give in and have a packet of crisps. Cutting dairy meant I missed cheese.
I lost about 3lb over the two weeks but I have felt really well. I had quite a few headaches before but now feel fantastic. It’s primarily down to increasing my exercise, and I’ll carry on.
The most difficult thing was finding the time. If you have a chef, nanny, cleaner and you are not tied to working nine to five, it would be far easier.
Even then it takes a massive commitment and I applaud Victoria for keeping it up.
To manage this routine is extraordinary. I couldn’t do it. Victoria is incredibly committed.
I work in addiction therapy and at times I did wonder if there was a bit of exercise addiction because of how much she does.
But if it’s not harming her or anyone else, then I wish her all the best with it.
We could all learn a few things from Posh.
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HERE is what a skin analysis revealed about Victoria . . .
BEFORE: Healthy but dry and dehydrated with some pigmentation. Slight lines around the eyes. Ageing and dry skin is a concern. Lack of tone around jaw line.
AFTER: No significant change, although the tone and texture was slightly improved, except in the jaw area. But it would be difficult to improve this in just two weeks, especially if the client’s skin is more mature.
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