Waking up in a multi-million dollar home, enjoying a breakfast cooked by your private chef, being primped and pampered by your glam team, maybe heading off to a photoshoot or red carpet event … it must be nice to be a celebrity.
Of course, it’s not all glamorous—living in the public eye 24/7 means you have to take pretty good care of your image. That’s where the restrictive diets, long hours in the gym, and intensive skin treatments come in.
Some A-listers go even further, adopting some seriously unusual health habits to stay in the best possible shape—like these seven actors, athletes, and models. Is this really how the other half lives?
1. Gwyneth Paltrow
What: vaginal steaming
The Goop founder is the queen of bizarre spa treatments. The perfect example? The so-called “mugworth v-steam” Paltrow swears by (the claim: the treatment, a douche administered with steam, cleanses the uterus and “balances female hormones”). At $50 a pop, a 30-minute session isn’t cheap, and gynecologists say it could actually burn your skin (ouch) and mess with your body’s natural pH.
2. Shailene Woodley
What: collects her own water
Woodley—star of the “Divergent” series and the teen romance “The Fault In Our Stars”—has gained a reputation as somewhat of health nut. The actress not only forages for her own food, but also collects her own spring water every month. Admirable? Sure. More trouble than it’s worth? Possibly.
3. Amar’e Stoudemire
Health means everything to New York Knicks forward Stoudemire, and between grueling workouts and a demanding game schedule, it’s easy to get worn down. That’s why the six-time All-Star turns to vinotherapy—basically soaking in a wine-filled hot tub. This pricey treatment—we’re talking $500 for 30 minutes—reportedly stimulates the circulatory system, detoxifies the body, and rejuvenates the skin.
4. Catherine Zeta-Jones
What: DIY beer shampoo
We’re all for DIY beauty products, but Zeta-Jones really takes it to another level. The actress shampoos with beer to get shiny locks and rubs strawberries on her teeth to whiten them. Hey, if those are her secrets to getting red carpet-ready, we’ll give them a shot!
5. Mariah Carey
What: the purple diet
Carey reportedly turned to an unusual diet to lose the last few pounds of baby weight: the purple diet. It’s exactly what it sounds like—eating only purple foods like eggplant, grapes, blueberries, cabbage, and heirloom carrots and cauliflower. The rationale? The bright hue of these fruits and vegetables indicates that they’re high in beneficial antioxidants, including resveratrol, which scientists believe may help ward off premature aging. And while eating more fresh fruits and veggies is almost always a good thing, conventional wisdom suggests getting a variety of colors in your diet is healthiest.
6. Josephine Skriver
What: hot water
What wouldn’t you do to look like a Victoria’s Secret Model? According to Danish model Skriver, drinking a cup of hot water every morning and night does the trick. She credits the habit with clearing up her skin—and compares it to cleaning a drain (ew).
7. Mark Zuckerberg
What: killing all his own food
Each year, the Facebook founder takes on a new personal challenge. This year, he’s going to run 365 miles—one each day. Last year, he read a new book every other week—24 a year. But perhaps his most ambitious New Year’s resolution dates back to 2011, when he vowed to only eat meat that came from animals he killed himself. Though definitely on the extreme side, Zuckerberg says he just wanted to get in touch with where his food comes from—something we can definitely get behind.
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