Experts Reveal the Secrets of Beyoncé’s Incredible Skin

As Beyoncé turns 40, we look into her fabulous skincare regime

By Leonie Helm


Beyoncé is a woman in need of no introduction, but why not list some of her achievements? After more than two decades in the spotlight since her rise to fame in the 90s with pop group powerhouse Destiny’s Child, the self-described ‘independent woman’ has won nearly 25 Golden Globes.

Following her 40th birthday last weekend, we at Beyond Beauty spoke to three leading skincare experts to get the lowdown on how Queen B manages to keep her skin so fabulous.

Keep scrolling for the star’s best kept beauty secrets to help you achieve her signature glow!



Hydrated skin is healthy skin, and we mean more than just drinking water. Beyoncé is known to love her H2O, and it’s also been said that she adds a little kale juice to her diet for added nutrients and vitamins. As for her skincare regime, hydration plays a key part, even while she’s asleep.

Nurse prescriber Lou Sommereux, Clinical Director at Cosmex, a skin rejuvenation clinic in Cambridge explains, “If you want youthful, glowing skin, hydration is key. Drink plenty of water, and make sure you are including some hydrating steps in your skincare routine, especially hyaluronic acid (HA).”

Nurse Sommereux says HA is important in skincare. “It can bind up to 1,000 times its weight in water!” she says. In layman’s terms, it holds water molecules onto the surface of your skin to keep it wonderfully hydrated and glowing.

Nurse Sommereux adds, “Some patients, particularly those with dryer skin benefit from injectable skin boosters such as Profhilo; which is an excellent hydrating treatment that uses a stabilised form of pure HA to help lock in the skin’s natural moisture.”

Never sleep in your makeup!

We all know we shouldn’t, but we all do it from time to time after a few too many margaritas or a long week. Beyoncé’s very own makeup artist, Sir John, said in an interview with Elle last year, “It doesn’t matter if you’re dead tired or drunk, take your makeup off before bed.” Yes sir!

Most of us have heard of ‘double cleansing’, which according to nurse Sommereux is as simple as it sounds and involves cleansing your face with two cleansers, usually an oil based one followed up by a water based one. She says, “Never, ever skip double cleansing at night. It really helps to remove oil and makeup residue from your skin which keeps the pores clear and keeps breakouts at bay.”

The first cleanse, with micellar water or a cleansing oil, will take care of the top layer of product on your face, including makeup, dirt, and your morning skincare – which we all forget stays on the face. The second cleanse will take care of your pores and rebalance the skin, ready for your night time regime.

Nurse Sommereux explains, “Makeup residue on the skin can cause extensive damage to your skin. Firstly, it blocks your pores and oil and dirt build up leading to acne and blackheads. Secondly, it prevents your skin from renewing itself, which leads to dull, blotchy and uneven skin.”

Dr Martin Kinsella, and clinical director at Re-Enhance Clinic and practitioner to the stars, says, “If you are suffering from blackheads or breakouts, you should try introducing a gentle chemical exfoliant into your routine, such as salicylic acid which helps to deep clean your pores and remove dead skin cells.”

Don't neglect your SPF!

We all forget SPF in our skincare. Fact. The sun might be nice for putting a spring in your step and injecting a little vitamin D into your bones, but it can be extremely harmful to your skin. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, sun damage accounts for 90% of visible changes to the skin. It is well documented that Bey adds SPF after her moisturiser to help protect her from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Nurse Sommereux insists, “Never underestimate the damage the sun can do to the skin. You should be wearing SPF every day, no matter the weather. Sun damage leads to premature ageing, sunspots, hyperpigmentation, severe irritation, breakouts, and even melanoma.”

You could try adding some vitamin C into your regime, she adds, “Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that helps to protect the skin against signs of sun damage. It helps promote collagen production and can even help tackle the appearance of brown spots.”

Finally, she says, “For those who suffer with sun damage, there are treatments such as lasers that are painless and deliver beams of light to reduce the appearance of sun damage and promote cell renewal.”

Do as Beyoncé does…

We think Queen B looks incredible, and sure, she probably has a dermatologist on speed dial (we all would if we could!), but just like us she’s a busy woman, and if she can find time to look after her skin, so can we!

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