This Simple £9 Product Is the Reason Celebrities Always Look So Glowy

It's all too easy and normal for anyone's skin to suddenly seem seriously dull. Of course, during the winter months yours might look a little under par and feel tight, dry and sore. But that doesn't mean the warmer months are a breeze, because if there’s one thing that the beauty world is certain of, a change in the weather is rarely good news for your complexion. And don’t I know it. Despite the fact the summer months have my skin radiating an out-of-this-world glow, as soon as there's a slight shift in temperature (and that happens all too often for my liking) I'll be found sporting a drab, lacklustre and seriously distressed face.

As I emptied out the contents of my makeup bag in the search for any kind of illuminating product to pour over my face/bathe in, I couldn’t help but wonder if my skin would ever get its glow back. Sure, I could slather my cheekbones in my favourite Lumene Invisible Illumination Instant Illuminizer (£25) to create a believable faux radiance, but deep down I knew that my skin was suffering. But that was then, before I discovered the multitasking wonder balm that the celebs swear by to keep glowing throughout the seasons.


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That’s right—there’s one product, in particular, that some of the most glowing celebrities can’t get enough of. From Beyoncé to Charlize Theron and even the makeup artist behind Meghan Markle’s wedding day beauty look, the Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm (£9) is a skincare favourite amongst the A-list, and for good reason.

No, you might not immediately associate a cheap skin balm with Hollywood royalty, but it turns out this super-affordable product works wonders at giving skin a lit-from-within radiance. Originally formulated to provide a protective barrier over dry, cracked skin, more recently, the super hydrating balm, which contains hydrating glycerine and repairing panthenol, has been repurposed for a number of beauty tasks. Whether you’ve got dry hands, eczema or you simply want to get your glow back, this little tube might just hold the answer.

Keep scrolling to see all of the different ways that some of the biggest celebs out there are using it.

Celebrities Who Love Aquaphor

1. Beyoncé


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You might expect Beyoncé’s favourite skincare products to cost a pretty penny, but luckily, it’s not all gold serums and diamond-infused face creams. In an interview with Elle, the singer admitted that she slathers her face with Aquaphor every evening. She even said, "I go to bed looking totally greasy.”

2. Meghan Markle


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On her wedding day, Meghan enlisted the help of makeup artist Daniel Martin to execute her beauty look. An unlikely hero, Daniel revealed in an interview with E! Online that Aquaphor played an important role in giving Meghan her big day glow. He revealed: "Before highlighters, you would do highlighting with Aquaphor. Aquaphor will give you that same texture, especially in a photo [when applied] on the high points of the face."

3. Charlize Theron


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Talking to InStyle, Charlize Theron admitted that she uses Aquaphor on the whole family, saying, "The doctor recommended this for Jackson. When I started using it on him, I realised it’s one of the best hand creams ever. Great on lips too.”

4. Lucy Liu


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Talking to The Strategist, Lucy Liu revealed that Aquaphor is one of her can’t-live-without products. "I call it Aqua-for-everything. You can put some on your face during the winter or on your chapped lips at any time. It’s nice for a baby’s bottom if you’re a parent or on cuts and bruises to help heal. For glam, we use it in the makeup bag to help moisturise,” she said.

5. Nicole Kidman


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While Nicole Kidman does rely on some seriously luxurious brands to keep her skin in check, that’s not to say she doesn’t appreciate a bargain too. Talking to Allure, she revealed, "La Mer Crème is my go-to, but I also love Aquaphor. It costs nothing and it’s amazing for dry skin, which I have. I put it on my face and it’s very, very good.”

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This story was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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Shannon Lawlor is a renowned beauty journalist and has contributed to Who What Wear’s beauty content since 2020. As a leading beauty editor, expert and brand consultant, she has over eight years of experience working for some of the industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear (of course), Glamour UK, Stylist, Refinery29 and Fabulous.

Having also worked behind the scenes with some of the industry’s biggest brands and retailers, Shannon has a unique insight into what people really want from their beauty routines. Understanding that beauty lovers seek honest, open and responsible advice, she has it made her mission to demystify the intimidating world of beauty, taking a no-frills approach to the most relatable topics.

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