“Grooming expert” is a term many of us will use to describe ourselves - as we can easily tell you the difference between Retinol and Bakuchiol or the benefits of Dermaplaning to remove peach fuzz. Seriously, try it. But few compare to Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye’s grooming expert.
Since he began his appearance on the hit TV show in 2018, JVN has become as famous for his witty banter as his impeccable skin care and beauty tips. Just one look at his long, shiny hair and perfectly groomed beard, and you’ll know you’re (literally) in good hands. He’s also a self-love advocate who enjoys making people feel as beautiful inside as he does on the outside - whether it’s through his beaming selfies on Instagram or his best-selling book Over The Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love. Speaking of which, let’s talk about his skin care routine.
Like many of us, he’s an avid lover of Hyaluronic Acid and face masks, and has his own struggles with psoriasis, dullness, and other issues that make the skincare process a little less fun. But that just makes JVN even more likable and relatable, if that’s even possible, and inspires us to recreate his inner and outer glow.
As we celebrate LGBTQ History Month this October, try these JVN-approved skincare products that he uses in his daily routine.
"I'm really into Biossance. I love the Omega Repair Cream. It's the lotion or moisturizer I use most often on my face and neck," Jonathan Van Ness told Health. He and Biossance are true relationship goals, as JVN regularly expresses his love for the brand and even became their first celebrity spokesperson in 2019. A quick Google search will bring up countless videos and articles of him gushing over basically every product in the Biossance line, but he has extra passion for the Squalane + Omega Repair Cream. And so do we. This ceramide-rich moisturizer contains Acai Berry Sterols, Squalane, Hyaluronic Acid and Shea Butter to nourish and hydrate the skin - providing brightness to get JVN camera-ready and hydration to smooth out fine lines. Van Ness is 33 years old, the age where many will start to notice deeper lines forming around the face and eyes … and a good moisturizer can do wonders for your confidence levels and anti-aging routine. After you’ve incorporated the Squalane + Omega Repair Cream by Biossance into your skincare lineup, try the Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream to look forever young and beautifully Biossance-ed like Jonathan Van Ness!
“Everyone needs to have a gorgeous hydrating facial mist. I love this one from Herbivore, she’s rose base.” JVN told Byrdie, with his trademark quirk of referring to his favorite skin care products as “she.” He further expressed his love for this hydrating, sweet-smelling mist that looks gorgeous on your vanity, and produces a radiant, subtle glow on the days you’re not in the mood to apply face makeup. Even though most of us aren’t splitting our time between Los Angeles and New York City like JVN, the Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Facial Mist can still be a game-changer for warmer days or environmental changes. Like the moody fall days where it’s overcast on Monday, and somehow near 100 degrees by the end of the week. Not cool. But you can beat the heat, hydrate, and get glowing skin like Jonathan Van Ness with the Rose Hibiscus mist. You might even convince your boyfriend to wear it with you - just tell him that it’s a male grooming essential and JVN-approved!
“You can just feel it invigorating your skin, and when you remove it, you have a little bit more brightness, a little bit more moisture,” says Jonathan Van Ness about the Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask. “She acts like a humectant, so your skin holds on to a little bit more moisture after you use it.” Here’s the thing, Jonathan Van Ness isn’t just a reality TV star and grooming expert… he’s also a podcast host, comedian, certified influencer, and bestselling author. And when you have as many jobs as he does, you need the right skincare products for a pick-me-up between filming days. Because nobody likes dullness and wrinkles. Oxygen Facial Flash contains Moringa Seed Extract, peptides to detoxify and protect skin against environmental stress, plus Oxygen Spheres to attract this element from the atmosphere and pull into your skin for a refined, luminous complexion. A three-minute face mask for skin that’s energized, free of toxins, hydrated, and brighter than ever before? Only the best from the Jonathan Van Ness skin care collection.
Jonathan Van Ness may be a globally recognized beauty expert, but even he isn’t immune to health and skin issues. He struggles with psoriasis, a skin condition characterized by red, scaly patches that occur throughout the body. While this condition is very common, and even other celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Cara Delevigne have spoken about it, it’s not always easy to cover up psoriasis spots for the camera or deal with side effects. Especially when weather changes or stress (things that JVN deals with a lot) cause flare-ups - similar to eczema or rosacea. Although he’s generally able to keep his condition under control, JVN needs a bit of help from his skincare saviors… like the Moisturizing Lotion by Cetaphil. He uses this cream to moisturize the skin before applying his stronger medications, as this makes it more effective and prevents further irritation. Whether you do or don’t have psoriasis, this Cetaphil favorite is designed for sensitive skin and has top MIRA ratings for gentleness, hydration, brightness and reducing acne. Apply it beneath your medications for maximum effectiveness, or just as a daily moisturizer for healthy and hydrated skin like Mr. Van Ness himself.
It wasn’t long ago that JVN was introduced to a beautifully controversial skin care ingredient: Retinol. Now don’t get us wrong, we’re as obsessed with Retinol and its anti-aging, exfoliating, and acne-treating powers as the next person. However, this Vitamin A derivative must be slowly incorporated into your skin care routine - as too much of it can cause redness or irritation. It’s also not always ideal for sensitive skin types, which is the reason why Jonathan Van Ness avoided it for a hot minute. "Every other time I've tried Retinol, it pisses off my psoriasis," he told Allure while professing his love for the Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum by Biossance. "I was really leery of this one, but then I tried it on set. You know how some Retinol will give your skin a slight tingle or a slight sensitivity to it? This is Bakuchiol. It's plant-based, so it doesn't have the same sun exposure factors that other Retinols do and it doesn't make my skin sensitive.” Indeed, Bakuchiol is the gentler Retinol alternative that provides all the same beauty benefits, without the irritation. This serum is packed with it for all the anti-aging power you need, along with Hyaluronic Acid for hydration and Niacinamide to even out skin tone. JVN is all about Biossance and their clean, natural ingredients that give your skin a lift - and you’ll see why with this MIRA favorite serum!
Primer isn’t just the base you apply before your most glamorous looks, it’s also a skincare-makeup hybrid that’s pretty perfect for the guys in your life. It absorbs effortlessly into the skin while smoothing out fine lines, concealing discoloration, and adding a brightness boost - all while tricking people into thinking you’re not wearing any makeup. Genius! Jonathan Van Ness uses this Algenist primer in his morning beauty routine, as it energizes the skin and helps him get camera-ready. With a little help from concealer, SPF, and repair cream, of course. Reveal Color Correcting Radiant Primer isn’t just approved by Queer Eye’s grooming expert, either - it’s also beloved by our MIRA community for being lightweight, color correcting, and long lasting. Wear it during Zoom school for subtle coverage and a touch of radiance, or add it to your men’s grooming routine for a mix of skin care and self-love…the two things that Jonathan Van Ness knows best.
Even the name of this cleanser sounds like a dreamy, silky delight for your nighttime skin care routine - because it is. Just ask Jonathan Van Ness, as he gleefully applied in circular motions for a Byrdie video and talked about “living his facial cleanser commercial fantasy right now.” Which a lot of us can probably relate to, having grown up watching face-splashing Neutrogena commercials after school just like him! Since JVN deals with often unpredictable skin due to his psoriasis, this ultra-hydrating cleanser is ideal for the more dry days. It features Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium PCA, and Coconut Oil for an extreme moisture surge that balances out skin tone, reduces acne, and simply makes your skin glow - in addition to removing impurities like dirt and dead skin cells. And also makeup, since any male celebrity who says they don’t wear makeup at work is 100% lying. Once you wash your face with this cleanser, get your beauty sleep knowing that pores are clear and minimized… and you’ll wake up with a refreshed, radiant complexion that would make the one and only JVN proud.
Close your eyes and think of your favorite celebrity, beauty influencer, or globally-recognized skin care enthusiast (JVN is all three). We don’t care who it is, they probably love the Luminous Dewy Skin Mist by Tatcha. No exaggeration. This mist by Tatcha is beloved by A-listers everywhere, including Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian, and you can bet that your favorite grooming expert also appreciates the beauty of Tatcha. Jonathan Van Ness has sprayed himself with this cult product in countless videos - on his face after removing makeup, along with chest and hands. “I don’t know why I do my hands,” he explained while misting his fingers. “It just makes me feel like I’m living luxuriously.” Fair enough. Luminous Dewy Skin Mist is formulated with more than 20 percent botanical oils and humectants for glowing skin - whether you apply it before or after makeup. A proprietary complex of Okinawa Red Algae and Hyaluronic Acid provides hydration and helps the skin retain and rebuild moisture, and Silk Extract and Squalane helps to seal moisture into place. Jonathan Van Ness always has this mist on hand - in planes and hotel rooms, filming videos for his favorite beauty publications, or during a touch-up between filming… and you can channel your inner grooming expert with this cult product to leave your skin looking luminous.
This JVN-approved cleansing gel by Peter Thomas Roth forces us to face two sad truths. The first is that aging is a very real thing, even as soon as your late 20's or early 30's. The second is that even when you reach this age, you'll probably still have a few acne breakouts here and there. Even JVN himself, ugh. At least this cleanser tackles both issues at once - which is why Jonathan Van Ness loves it so much. "I like Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Salicylic Acid, and BHAs — things that are kind of acid-y and just zhush your skin up," he told Elle. Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel contains a mix of Glycolic and Salicylic acids to exfoliate the skin and fight zits - along with smoothing out fine lines, balancing skin tone, and minimizing the appearance of pores. And removing every last trace of stage makeup, of course.
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