The following article was published by The Daily Mail Online
- Mother-of-two was showing off her programme of pampering and luxury
- This week she revealed one of her secrets is to use argan oil on her face
“Dripping in diamonds and with her hair swooshy enough to make even Pippa Middleton envious, Catherine Zeta-Jones gave a masterclass in old-fashioned va-va-voom at the premiere of the Dad’s Army film last week.
Let no one say she wasn’t bold: the dress was so plunging in the front and split so high at the side that maintaining her modesty in the January wind must have been a struggle.
But then, the 46-year-old mother-of-two was showing off the results of a long-term programme of pampering and luxury. For it takes money, dedication and a team of toilers to pull off this Hollywood look so flawlessly.
This week, she revealed that one of her secrets is to ‘saturate’ her face in oil from the nuts of the argan tree to moisturise her complexion and keep her looking youthful.
But that’s just the start of a long list of beauty aids, staff and indulgences that go into creating her lifestyle . . .
The actress revealed recently that a combination of argan oil and drinking lots of water is saving her skin, which she described as ‘dry as a Walkers crisp’.
Argan oil was traditionally used by Moroccan tribespeople to treat dry skin and joint pains. Today, the supposedly anti-ageing product is beloved by celebrities including Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow, who credit it with keeping their skin soft and plump.
The oil, full of antioxidants and vitamin E, is also said to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars, stretch marks and acne.
Dr Sam Bunting, a Harley Street cosmetic dermatologist, says: ‘Argan oil contains barrier-boosting fatty acids such as linoleic acid and is unlikely to clog pores, so it is an effective moisturiser for those with normal to dry skin.
‘But I don’t think there is anything miraculous about it — many other unperfumed plant oils will do the same job.’
It is thought to be one of the rarest oils in the world, as argan trees, once commonplace in North Africa, are far scarcer, while demand for argan oil has rocketed.
Zeta-Jones didn’t specify which brand of the oil she uses.
Advocates claim a penny-sized drop, smoothed on damp hair before drying, is enough to achieve silky locks.
With so many celebrity endorsements, it’s no surprise the nut oil is used in body lotions, bubble baths and shampoos.
As well as having beauty benefits, it can be used in cooking, typically in Moroccan dishes such as tagines, and adds a nutty flavour to salad dressings and soups.