Actress Shailene Woodley is not your average starlet. Although many female celebrities are embracing green beauty and dishing about their favorite luxe facial oil, Woodley takes it to the next level. From swallowing clay to sunning her nether regions (yep!), Woodley’s habits may raise eyebrows, but it’s hard to deny the actress’ contagious charm. So without further ado, here are just a few of Woodley’s holistic beauty rituals and philosophies.
1. She’s no stranger to the outdoors.
For Woodley, beauty is about the whole person—inside and out—which is why she loves to spend plenty of time outside, nourishing her spirit: “I go outside whether I’m in the city or backwoods of any state,” she told WebMD. “I connect with the ground, the trees, just breathing fresh air while I go for a walk and I find myself living in my heart instead of my head.”
She also has a more unconventional way of getting some rays: “I like to … give my vagina a little vitamin D … If you’re feeling depleted, go in the sun for an hour and see how much energy you get. Or, if you live in a place that has heavy winters, when the sun finally comes out, spread your legs and get some sunshine.” (Well, that makes the phrase “where the sun don’t shine” null and void!)
So about spending an hour uncovered in the sun … although we do need vitamin D, it’s probably best to be conservative about how much sun we give our lady parts. Because the vagina is always covered, it hasn’t built up enough melanin to defend itself from UV rays. Bottom line: Adopt the spirit of this advice and give some love to your vagina. If sunning it still sounds delightful, just try a quick flash to the sun gods and then back inside! 😉
2. She thinks laughter is the best beauty medicine.
According to Woodley, laughter is the best anti-ager. She told People: “I can tell you, all of my friends in their mid-thirties and early forties laugh a lot and have no wrinkles… Everybody has this big thing about chemicals and facials but it is just laughter.” Given what we know about the timeless skin of positive people, this makes a lot of sense!
3. She brushes her teeth with clay…and then swallows the clay.
She makes a simple toothpaste with bentonite clay and, occasionally, peppermint essential oil. After brushing the the toothpaste, she swallows it to get a few extra minerals: “I’ve discovered that clay is great for you because your body doesn’t absorb it, and it apparently provides a negative charge, so it bonds to negative isotopes,” she told Into the Gloss, “And, this is crazy: it also helps clean heavy metals out of your body.” Just be sure you’re using top quality clay. Try Mountain Rose Herbs. (See also: Peaceful Dumpling writer Quincy tries eating clay!)
4. She’s a DIY beauty pro.
A girl after our own hearts, Woodley loves any kind of beauty she can concoct with simple, healthy ingredients.
As she told InStyle, “Beets are my go-to for lip color.” Roast beets, let them cool, and rub a small piece on your lips for a surprisingly pigmented lip stain. “I eat them after!” You can also try this try with raw cherries and pomegranate seeds.
Woodley also reaches for kitchen staples to nourish her locks: “I’ll put 1 tbsp on my thick hair for a few minutes before bed and rinse out. It will leave your hair oily if you use too much, so start with small quantities to find out how much works best for your hair type.”
Oil can do a lot for your skin, too: “I love using oil rather than soap to remove my makeup. My favorite is Living Libations’ Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever,” she told E!Online. Here are our favorite non-comedogenic facial oils.
5. When she doesn’t DIY, she loves all-vegan brand 100% Pure makeup.
“For makeup, I use products from 100% Pure. 100% Pure makes my skin feel better, and it comes off so easily. They have every single makeup product that you could want,” she explained to Into the Gloss.
6. She snacks on seaweed for glowing skin.
“It depends on where I am and upon the temperature outside,” the actress told WebMD. “I find whatever is locally abundant but I also do like seaweed. I sprinkle Three Lily Farm Spirulina Gomasio on my food–it’s made with hemp seeds, Incan spirulina, and organic onion granules.”
7. She always keeps chocolate and fermented food in the fridge.
This is a healthy-eating philosophy we can all get behind. When WebMD asked Woodley what’s always in her fridge, she responded, “Sauerkraut or kimchee, chili garlic spice, and raw chocolate: the cacao bean in its purest form, not heated or melted.”
Love fermented foods as much as Woodley? Try making your own sauerkraut.
Have you tried any of Shailene’s green beauty tips?
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This article was originally published on January 13, 2017 and most recently updated on October 2, 2019.