On the eve of the release of Snow White and the Huntsman, Charlize Theron, who plays evil Queen Ravenna, says that she  will never succumb to the knife. Here’s what she told Interview magazine:

“I'm also now in my mid-thirties, so I look in the mirror and my face is changing, and I have a different relationship all of a sudden with myself. Your face changes, things change — that's just kind of what happens. [laughs] It's hard, though, in this industry, because I think so much importance is put on how you look, and I'm not brave enough to be like, "You know what? I'm just going to let it happen. Whatever. I'm so cool with every line on my face." There are days when I definitely look in the mirror and go, "All right, I need to find a cream." I can't foresee myself ever going under the knife, but then again, I'm only in my mid-thirties. Maybe it's different when you're in your mid-sixties. I don't know, so I don't want to make statements about where I'm gonna be in 30 years. But as of right now, I definitely have a different relationship with the way I look. It's not all-consuming. But I'm also human so I have days when I look in the mirror and go, "All right ... Things are definitely changing." I can see that.”

I think we can all relate to those days when we look in the mirror and see things are changing – I’d say most days, in my case. And just about every member of the Truth In Aging community has echoed Charlize saying "all right, I need to find a cream." Ah, but what cream? I wish we could give Ms Theron some advice on this matter because the beauty products that she professes to use are not really up to snuff.

Obviously, as the face of Dior’s perfume she is obliged to gush: “I love Dior L’Or de Vie, La Crème. It’s very hydrating.” It had better be at around $300. It also comes with a silly origination myth. Supposedly it is a collaboration between Dior and the Yquem vineyard (they are both owned by LVMH). Stories vary as to whether they use an extract from a type of grape that never grows old or a special molecule called Miyabenol C – “a polyphenol molecule unique to the vines of Yquem”. Actually, Miyabenol C is so not unique that it can even be found in fennel.

Charlize Theron keeps it simple when she comes to cleansers: “I’ve stuck with Cetaphil for years now; it’s very gentle.”  Cetaphil is one of those products that there is a kind of inverted snobbery about, as if it was a badge announcing how down to earth the user is. In my view it is a pretty mediocre product that does not endear me with sodium lauryl sulfate and no less than three parabens (the other inglorious ingredients are water, cetyl alcohol and propylene glycol).

I think the same formulator might be behind Kérastase Reflection Bain Chroma Riche. The shampoo is shockingly unappealing with sodium laureth sulfate, parabens, silicone, some sodium benzoate and not much else. That this can retail for around $30 is beyond me – just take a look at the ingredients list below.

I was relieved to discover that Charlize has taken to using hair oils and I already knew that she uses emu oil. Good for her. A Boston University study found that emu oil can wake up dormant hair follicles.

Ultimately, fantastic genes and a healthy attitude will probably keep Charlize away from the dermatologist’s knife, but her beauty regime isn’t helping much.

Ingredients in Kérastase: Aqua/water, sodium laureth sulfate, cocobetaine, sodium chloride, amodimethicone, laureth-5 carboxylic acid, cocamide mipa, polyquaternium-10, ppg-5ceteth-20, sodium benzoate, sodium methylparaben, peg-55 propylene glycol oleate, propylene gycol, salicylic acid, ethylparaben, tocopheryl acetate, ethylhexyl methylpropional, linalool, hexyl cinnamal, citronellol, methyl cocoate, red 33, parfum/fragrance.