How Much It Actually Costs to Have Perfect Skin Like a Celebrity

Updated 02/22/19

If you had all the money in the world, how much would you spend on your skincare routine? Would you keep it minimal, stick to the brands you've been using for years, or would you go all out on $500 face creams, fillers, and lasers? Would you do everything in your power, no matter the cost, for perfect, youthful skin?

For us, this is an interesting hypothetical, but for celebrities, it's a reality. It's in a celebrity's job description to look young for as long as possible—to have smooth, even skin that requires minimal retouching. So how much are they really willing to pay for it?

Whenever we interview celebrities, we always ask them to talk about their favorite products and treatments (and then, of course, we furiously google how much they cost). But we don't always get the full story. So, we did some digging to put together a comprehensive list of five celebrities' skincare routines and costs. (Some of the prices here are approximations, but they give you an idea.)

While some lower-maintenance regimens involve DIY beauty treatments and facials under $150, others boast up top-tier serums and professional treatments in the $3000 range. Curious to see how much Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian, and more spend on skincare? Just keep scrolling. 

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Olivia Culpo

A model and former beauty queen, Olivia Culpo is diligent about her skincare routine, but not to excess. She's opened up to us before about her struggle with acne and the steps she takes to treat it, including Mario Badescu's tried-and-true spot treatment, DIY face scrubs, and regular peels with esthetician Leslie Kritzer of Skin Worship (whose signature facial runs for a reasonable $180). The only extravagant part of Culpo's arsenal is a couple of products from La Mer; but overall, her routine isn't too different from your average skincare aficionado.

302 Professional Skincare Sensitive Skin Cleanser ($20)
Knutek MD Plasma Serum ($198)
Knutek MD Whipped Oxygen Cream ($32)
Osmosis Clarify Serum ($51)
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda for DIY exfoliant ($6)
Sirius Pulsar Blue Light Blemish Clearing Device ($20)
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17)
Dickinson Witch Hazel Formula Towelettes With Aloe ($19)
La Mer The Mist ($75)
La Mer Illuminating Gel ($150)
Skin Worship facial peel ($180)

302 Professional Skincare Sensitive Skin Cleanser ($20)
Knutek MD Plasma Serum ($198)
Knutek MD Whipped Oxygen Cream ($32)
Osmosis Clarify Serum ($51)
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda for DIY exfoliant ($6)
Sirius Pulsar Blue Light Blemish Clearing Device ($20)
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17)
Dickinson Witch Hazel Formula Towelettes With Aloe ($19)
La Mer The Mist ($75)
La Mer Illuminating Gel ($150)
Skin Worship facial peel ($180)

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Huntington-Whiteley has shared her extensive skincare routine on Snapchat, which includes an array of pricey anti-aging products, like Tatcha's Radiant Deep Brightening Serum ($185), Dr. Barbara Sturm's Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($300), and the LightStim for Wrinkles ($249). 

Huntington-Whiteley is also a client of Hollywood's most coveted esthetician Shani Darden, whose custom facials ($300) and at-home retinol treatment ($95) are crucial to maintaining her stunning complexion.

Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk $28
Dr. Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Moisturizer $78
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Plus $37
Caudalie Micellar water $28
Clinical Pro Heal Serum $82
LightStim For Wrinkles LED Light Therapy $249
Shani Darden Resurface Retinol Reform $95
Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Acid Serum $300
Tatcha Radiant Deep Brightening Serum $185
Shani Darden custom facial $300

Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk $28
Dr. Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Moisturizer $78
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Plus $37
Caudalie Micellar water $28
Clinical Pro Heal Serum $82
LightStim For Wrinkles LED Light Therapy $249
Shani Darden Resurface Retinol Reform $95
Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Acid Serum $300
Tatcha Radiant Deep Brightening Serum $185
Shani Darden custom facial $300

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Kate Bosworth

Bosworth is a die-hard user of high-end Japanese skincare brand SK-II. She has described her rigorous at-home skincare routine in detail, which she customizes according to the weather, how much she's been traveling, and any other skincare needs of the moment. 

Bosworth is also committed to her esthetician and nutritionist at Touch of Faith Aesthetics in Los Angeles, who have her on a detailed regimen, including skin-loving supplements like Evening Primrose Oil and Complete Omega.

The only truly affordable part of Bosworth's routine is the coconut oil she uses as a body moisturizer. 

SK-II cleanser ($75)
SK-II LXP Serum ($325)
SK-II Essential Power Rich Cream ($260)
SK-II LXP Cream ($385)
SK-II Genoptics Aura Essence Serum ($240)
SK-II Facial Treatment Oil ($150)
SK-II Essential Power Eye Cream ($125)
Evening Primrose Oil supplement ($17)
Complete Omega supplement ($28)
Coconut oil ($13)
Touch of Faith Aesthetic facial ($100)

SK-II cleanser ($75)
SK-II LXP Serum ($325)
SK-II Essential Power Rich Cream ($260)
SK-II LXP Cream ($385)
SK-II Genoptics Aura Essence Serum ($240)
SK-II Facial Treatment Oil ($150)
SK-II Essential Power Eye Cream ($125)
Evening Primrose Oil supplement ($17)
Complete Omega supplement ($28)
Coconut oil ($13)
Touch of Faith Aesthetic facial ($100)

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Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian has also demonstrated her skincare routine via Snapchat, revealing La Mer as her brand of choice. The four La Mer products Kim uses each morning amount to $1230 alone. Add that to her periodic in-office treatments (like that infamous vampire facial), and you've already got one of the costliest skincare routines in Hollywood.

Kiko Cosmetics Scrub & Peel ($9)
This Works In Transit No Traces ($31)
La Mer Perfecting Treatment ($240)
La Mer Concentrate ($180)
La Mer Renewal Oil ($240)
La Mer Crème de la Mer ($170)
Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Longevity Concentrate ($510)
Lancer Contour Decollete ($185)
Vampire facial ($1000)

Kiko Cosmetics Scrub & Peel ($9)
This Works In Transit No Traces ($31)
La Mer Perfecting Treatment ($240)
La Mer Concentrate ($180)
La Mer Renewal Oil ($240)
La Mer Crème de la Mer ($170)
Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Longevity Concentrate ($510)
Lancer Contour Decollete ($185)
Vampire facial ($1000)

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Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow's skincare routine can be only described as pure extravagance, which probably comes as no surprise. At home, Paltrow mostly uses products from her own skincare line, Goop by Juice Beauty, the least expensive of which are her $90 cleansing balm and eye cream

But the pu pu platter of professional treatments is where Paltrow's price tag really skyrockets. In the name of anti-aging, Paltrow will try anything, including ancient bee sting therapies, vitamin IV drips, and intensive lasers, one of which she swears took "five years off [her] face" for a price of approximately $3000.

Goop Revitalizing Day Moisturizer ($100)
BeautyCounter Nourishing Cleansing Balm ($90)
Goop Exfoliating Instant Facial ($125)
Goop Night Cream ($140)
Goop Eye Cream ($90)
Goop Enriching Face Oil ($110)
May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon ($160)
Drunk Elephant Sunscreen ($38)
IV Vitamin Therapy ($150)
Apitherapy ($250)
Sonya Dakar signature facial ($250)
Molly Lucio at Lasky Aesthetics laser treatment ($500)
Karyn Grossman Thermage laser treatment ($3000) 

Goop Revitalizing Day Moisturizer ($100)
BeautyCounter Nourishing Cleansing Balm ($90)
Goop Exfoliating Instant Facial ($125)
Goop Night Cream ($140)
Goop Eye Cream ($90)
Goop Enriching Face Oil ($110)
May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon ($160)
Drunk Elephant Sunscreen ($38)
IV Vitamin Therapy ($150)
Apitherapy ($250)
Sonya Dakar signature facial ($250)
Molly Lucio at Lasky Aesthetics laser treatment ($500)
Karyn Grossman Thermage laser treatment ($3000) 

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

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