After fans called out Jennifer Lopez for not being honest about having injectables, she clapped back. But experts have been quick to call her out. Is it time we changed the tone of these conversations?
Earlier this year, Jennifer Lopez launched her skincare line JLo Beauty. Although it’s not yet available in Australia, the eight-line collection is inspired to give users ‘that JLo glow’ and follows the principle of beauty from the inside out (the collection includes a dietary supplement, too).
It is absolutely not up for discussion that Jennifer Lopez is undeniably flawless, so if you scoffed at yet another celebrity cashing in on the beauty industry, trust me I hear you. But we can all agree (especially after watching that Super Bowl Halftime Show) she’s serious about her health. From those killer quarantine abs, to couple workouts with A-Rod, the 51-year-old mother of two is quite frankly, killing it. So it’s fair to say her skincare philosophy is very on brand.
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“I’ve been thinking about doing a skincare line probably for the past 20 years,” Lopez told Harper’s Bazaar. “You just kind of have to wait for the right time. I think I needed to become a little bit more realized in myself to have a philosophy on an actual beauty company: beauty from the inside out and the idea of beauty having no expiration date.”
She shares the secrets to her flawless skin as ‘the five S’s’: sleep, supplements, sunscreen, serum and sano – which for JLo translates to: no drinking, smoking, eating healthy, exercising and drinking lots of water.
“A dermatologist told me at a very young age to use sunscreen … people don’t understand that that’s such a big part of staying youthful looking. I didn’t know it then, but now as I look and I’ve been doing it for 25 to 30 years, I go, ‘Wow, this was one of the secrets that I didn’t even realize I was doing,'” she says.
The brand’s hero ingredient is olive oil, inspired by her mother but reformulated to target two major causes of ageing – oxidative stress and dehydration. Pure olive extract is used in the supplement, too. “The hero ingredient and the basis of the line was kind of a secret that my mum and aunt had from a very young age, which is olive oil. It’s nature’s secret ingredient which we don’t use enough of,” Lopez told PEOPLE. “They would use it on their skin and on their body, their face and their hair to get like a glow and to highly hydrate and moisturise.”
This is where the backlash (and the memes) began. Loads of dermatologists and cosmetic physicians were quick to call Lopez out, believing putting her smooth, tight complexion down to olive oil and (great) genes to be misleading.
More recently, JLo posted this video to Instagram after using her new mask, where she says it works better than SKII, and every other brand on the market, going on to say, “Honestly, I cannot even see a line on my face. I feel like it took 10 years off my face.”
Cue the comments:
“Wow!! Do you have to use Botox & fillers before or after the mask. Asking for a friend.”
“Of course she does Botox, her forehead hasn’t moved in years. Frozen. She has lied about this. Thinks we’re idiots. Lost credibility.”
“Yes but you also have had Botox. Please be honest.
“Your forehead is behind your ears… that’s a facelift… not a cream. Do not lie to those who love you, rather tell them what you are really going through in ageing.”
But JLo wasn’t have any of it.
This isn’t the first time she’s spoken about not having injectables and basically crediting her skin to olive oil. Last month she told Glamour, “I haven’t ever [used] Botox to this day, I’m not that person. I don’t have anything against people doing that; it’s just not my thing,” she says. “I’m more about a natural approach to skin care. Because I don’t want to have to go to the needles at some point. I’m not saying one day I won’t, but I haven’t yet. I like that I have a more natural look.”
Which is kind of a shame. Sure, sunscreen and olive oil play a part and she may very well be telling the truth – but now that she has her own beauty line and she’s pushing out messaging that you can get similar results with her products, is pretty risky and unfair.
We need more celebrities and personalities to open up the conversation and be more open and inclusive about beauty treatments – natural or not. Much like our chat with Angie Kent, who we salute for being so open and honest about changing the way we talk about injectables, cosmetic treatments and beauty in general – you’d hope someone in JLo’s position would use her power and voice to speak positively about doing whatever you want to do with your own face.
Nonetheless, lets’ take JLo’s advice. “Try spending your time being more positive, kind and uplifting of others and don’t spend your time trying to bring others down. That will keep you youthful and beautiful too!!!”