The Weird (But Wonderful) Skincare Tip Kayla Itsines Swears By
Personal trainer and co-creator of the Bikini Body Guide (BBG), Kayla Itsines is undoubtedly Australia's biggest workout icon right now. (Seriously, my local gym is FULL of girls working their way through her program at any one time.) While Itsines devotes much of her time to repping a healthy lifestyle on social media, she's certainly not one to get *too* personal in interviews. Which is why when we happened across a recent interview in which she discusses everything from sober socialising to skincare, we clicked.
According to Sporteluxe, Itsines says her best skincare tip is to keep things simple. (Unsurprising since her outlook on wellness is much the same.) The workout icon washes her face with a basic drugstore cleanser (she's previously named Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser, $13, as her go-to), then layers on Drunk Elephant's non-toxic hydrating gel. This is where things get interesting. Itsines says she finishes off by moisturising with the same product, day or night. The product in question? Sunscreen. "Everyone else that tries it [in place of night cream] says they get breakouts but it works for me," she says.
While we wouldn't necessarily encourage you to wear SPF at night, it is tempting to think of how using a single moisturiser AM and PM can cut down on both skincare steps and spend. (#KonMari.) Still, by skipping a dedicated night cream you're robbing your skin of reparative and anti-ageing ingredients, which don't tend to feature heavily in sunscreens. That said, if you do want to follow Itsines' lead, we'd suggest following aesthetician Renee Rouleau's advice to choose a zinc oxide sunscreen which won't clog pores. (Her Daily Protection SPF, $51, is great.) Many formulas can lead to breakouts when worn to bed so be warned—Itsines' weird but wonderful tip may not work for you.