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Jessica Alba knows that beauty is more than skin deep. Yes, the actress always looks flawless but what matters to her most comes from the inside. That’s why Alba has made it her mission to live an “honest life”: to stay positive, do good, and be authentic.
So it’s only fitting that Alba is the newest ambassador for Zico and the face of the brand’s Crack Life Open campaign, which inspires people to “live positively and thoughtfully by making healthy choices and taking small steps to treat yourself well.”
We sat down with Alba at a recent luncheon hosted by Zico, where in between showing off her cooking skills (she's a self-proclaimed amateur chef), the mom, actress, and entrepreneur shared her most important beauty lessons and hinted at what might be next for her company.
On the Beauty Benefits of Coconuts
“Coconut water really helps to hydrate my skin and also replenishes electrolytes after I work out. My skin looks so much better—it’s like night and day. I travel all the time so it’s especially important. When I’m not properly hydrated I wake up with creases on my face.
Coconut oil is also great for the ends of your hair and you can even put a little bit of it in your bath. The oil can be heavy so I think it’s better if you’re on the drier side. It’s good for when you get out of the shower and for applying to the bottoms of your feet or elbows.
The one thing I haven’t tried is oil pulling. I’ve read about it but I just don’t know if I can do it for 20 minutes every day. I mean, I don’t know if I can do any [one thing] for that long. Like I can barely cook a meal that takes more than 20 min. [laughs] So yeah, I’m intrigued but don’t have the patience.”
On her Favorite Beauty Products
“I go through phases of being obsessed with certain beauty products. Right now, I’m crazy about Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence facial mist, Darphin Organic Rose Aromatic Care, Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser, KohGenDo Macro Vintage Eye Treatment, and Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream. I use products that don’t clog my pores and I feel like the more natural the ingredients, the better."
On What’s Next for The Honest Company
“It’s so hard to find all-natural beauty products. It’s my daily challenge, so I’m starting to think it might be interesting if we did a clean line of color cosmetics and hair products and skin care products [for adults] that work.” [Ed note: Here’s hoping!]
On Teaching her Daughters About Beauty
I teach my daughters that beauty is kindness; beauty is about helping people; beauty is really about your actions. I emphasize that more than anything else.
Physical beauty is so subjective so it doesn’t matter. I don’t want to teach them that one aesthetic is more beautiful or less beautiful than another. I think it’s just bizarre and culturally they shouldn’t feel like they’re participating in that. I like them to think bigger than that.
But it’s hard because they are obsessed with Disney of course, and princesses and Prince Charmings. Honorwas asking me about the stepsisters from Cinderella and I was trying to tell her that the problem was that they don’t have nice attitudes. I don’t want them to have these prejudices about beauty that society can sometimes put on them.
And I also try to live this mentality and not to be critical of myself. I watch what I say around them. I’m never going to say “oh why aren’t my jeans fitting right” or “I can’t get into this or that.”