Fun fact: long before Meghan Markle met her now fiancé Prince Harry, she jetted to London frequently to visit another very important person in her life: skin guru Nicola Joss.
Markle has been seeing Joss for years, as have the glowing visages of Cate Blanchett, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez and Kate Moss. Why? Joss’ secret weapon is her wicked way with facial massage, which she says lifts the face, boosts radiance and counteracts various signs of ageing.
“Facials are super-important to Meghan, and then her daily at-home maintenance makes sure she has the best ever skin,” Joss tells US Vogue, before revealing aforementioned at-home maintenance in all its glorious detail.
Seeing that Markle stole Prince Harry from all of us, so it’s only fair that we steal her skincare secrets, right? Here we go:
Under Joss’s regimen, Markle is required to massage her face three times a day – morning, early evening and last thing at night. In the morning, she applies a facial cleansing oil, “deeply massaging the skin outwards and upwards to awaken the facial muscles and open the face,” according to Joss.
In the PM, she ups the ante, with a double cleanse (massage included), toner, serums and moisturiser all applied in the early evening. Then just before bed, Markle is tasked with a four-minute facial massage using facial oil, which targets all areas of the face, including jaw line, under cheekbones and tension points.
More recently, Joss has divulged elements of Markle's pre-wedding routine to marie claire US - and surprise, surprise, facial massage is a major component. “You want to start getting regular massages from the beginning of your skincare journey, since it not only helps remove the tension in the face, but it also really helps improve the texture of when you massage with a good, clean facial oil,” she says.
Can't justify a trip to London in the name of skincare? Joss has supplied this handy how-to: