Queer Eye might have a resident beauty expert in Jonathan Van Ness, but it's clear just by looking at their glowing complexions that everyone in the Fab Five knows a thing or two about skin care. That especially goes for fashion stylist Tan France, whose face perks up at the mere mention of a cleanser, serum, or face mask. "I have been obsessed with beauty and skin-care since I was a boy," he tells ishonest. "Don't get me wrong, Jonathan is an actual expert â€” he knows the science behind it all â€” but I can give you tips on how to change things up and look your very best."
And now that France has momentarily broken away from his QE castmates to cohost a new Netflix competition series, Next In Fashion, he's ready to share the routine that's been keeping his skin in top shape for the camera. It's one he's been perfecting ever since an episode of BBC's Panorama docuseries exposed him to skin-care as an acne-addled teenager.
"I had many breakouts as many teenagers do, but I had more than most, especially more than any of my family members," he recalls. Learning from the show how to prevent those breakouts and the confidence that resulted, he thinks, is what sparked his decades-long skin-care obsession.
Now, at 36, France sticks to a consistent routine he's developed through lots of trial and error. "Especially now that I'm in the public eye, I want my skin to be better than ever. That camera does not lie," he says. "It shows every little pore, and so my beauty regimen has evolved." Even though he gets bombarded with free samples from various brands, France stays loyal to a handful of staples he insists do not sponsor him "in any way."
The first of those staples is Tata Harper. Specifically, France adores the brand's Clarifying Blemish & Oil Control Cleanser, a foaming formula that balances oil production with salicylic acid and gently exfoliates with alpha- hydroxy acids derived from pear extracts. "That face wash is the best I've ever used," he says. "It makes me feel incredible every morning."
Then comes France's piÃ¨ce de rÃ©sistance for dark spots: a chemically exfoliating toner so potent, it's typically used by spa professionals and sold by licensed retailers. "The toner I use is Biologique Recherche P50V... It is wicked," he says, warning of its... um, charming scent. "It smells like you dipped your face in a hospital. However, it's very good."
Lotion P50V is notorious on the internet for the vinegar-like smell, but its fans consider that a small sacrifice to pay for its versatile cocktail of sulfur (an antibacterial sometimes used to spot-treat acne), anti-inflammatory niacinamide, exfoliating lactic acid, and hydrating glycerin.
At night, France follows his toner with BeautyBio's The Nightly Serum, a concoction of fine-line-smoothing retinol, collagen-inducing peptides, and hydrating hyaluronic acid. Otherwise, he'll fast-forward to The Quench, his be- all and end-all of moisturizers, also made by BeautyBio.
But all of these combined skin-care efforts don't excite France nearly as much as a home remedy he learned around 20 years ago from an interview with a former Vogue Korea beauty editor. Twice a week, France mixes together a cup of thick, plain yogurt and the contents of a green tea bag that's been steeped for a minute. He slathers a generous layer on his face â€” "think Mrs. Doubtfire" â€” and lets it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing.
"It got rid of my spots, in my opinion," France says. "My skin feels fucking amazing after." Though France's experiences with DIY beauty sound appealing, mixing your own skin-care concoctions at home isn't an ishonest-endorsed pasttime. That said, multiple studies have proven green tea is an effective tool for sebum control and anti-inflammation.
France is so committed to the simple mask that he even mentioned it in his memoir, Naturally Tan. "People have started using it, and the amount of DMs I get about that yogurt recipe is insane."
He's well aware, by the way, that this exfoliation-heavy routine needs a hearty dose of SPF. Thanks to his castmate Van Ness, France is more proactive about wearing daily sunscreen.
"I convinced myself as a person of color that I don't need it because I don't burn," he laughs. "Jonathan reminds me that that's not the way life works; you could still get a real skin issue even if you're not getting burned." Any dermatologist will tell you the same exact thing.
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