Maybe you've noticed: Zoë Kravitz is having a major moment lately. But here on Beautyeditor, we've been admiring her style—and her flawless skin!—for a few years now.
The 28-year-old actress, singer and sometime model always seems to nail that effortless beauty thing on the red carpet, balancing artistic makeup with a fresh, naturally glowing complexion.
The latter is partially genetic, I'm sure, since Mom and Dad are Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz! But I think she also owes her gorgeous skin to a careful routine, plant-based ingredients, and a regular, long-term relationship with her family facialist, Dayle Breault.
"For the most part, everything I use is either by Dayle or it's on the natural side," Zoë told The New York Times. "I don't like to put too much on if I don't know what it is. The product is going in your pores every day."
I couldn't agree more! Here's what's involved in Zoë's routine:
Zoë's Daytime Skincare Routine
Ingredients: Crystal Infused Heavy Water, Coco Glucoside (glycerin based natural surfactant), Plantapon (coconut/palm oil based surfactant), Glucamate LT (natural based thickener), Lactic Acid, Organic Clove, Organic Vanilla, Organic Cinnamon Bark, Organic Nigerian Ginger, Sandalwood, Benzylalcohol-DHA (Eco-Certified Preservative System)
"My facialist, Dayle Breault, whom I've been going to since I was 15—my mom and dad go to her, too, which is how I found out about her—makes her own line. She has an amazing face wash that I use. I am completely addicted."
Ingredients: Unconditional Love & Gratitude, Organic Whole-leaf Aloe Vera, Oils of: Jojoba, Avocado, Coconut, Tamanu, Almond, Palm, Neem & Carrot. Papaya, Banana, Cocoa Tree extract, Outer Body Experience, Seaweed, MSM, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium. Essential oils of: Leleshwa, Clove, Frankincense, Myrrh, Lavender, Helichrysum, Blood Orange, Pink Grapefruit, Rosewood, Patchouli & Geranium.
Ingredients: Organic Witch Hazel, Hylauronic Acid, Arbutin, Alpha hydroxy blend (glycolic, lactic, tartaric), Organic Extracts of Cucumber, White Peony, Green Tea, White Tea, Horse Chestnut, Licorice Root, and Sea Fennel, Willow Bark Extract, Edelweiss Extract
"When I'm travelling, [Dayle] has these really great cleansing pads, which are like a toner and cleanser in one. [They] are perfect for on-the-go glow."
Ingredients: Crystal infused Distilled Water, Coco Glucoside (glycerin based natural surfactant), Plantapon (coconut/palm oil based surfactant, Glucamate LT (natural based thickener), Microdermabrasion Crystals, Ground Amber, Organic Spearmint and Peppermint Essential oils, menthol crystals, Benzyl alcohol-DHA (Eco-Certified Preservative System)
3. Spot Treatment
Ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Lactic Acid (L), Acetylsalicylic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Allantoin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Camellia Sinensis (Black Tea) Leaf Extract, Menthol (L), Alcohol
"If I'm eating too much sugar or not sleeping enough, I see it in my skin. This [spot treatment] is great for pimples because it's a bit astringent."
4. Eye Creams
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Glycerin, Alcohol, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Althaea Officinalis Leaf Extract, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Hectorite, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Lysolecithin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Oil, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Geraniol*. *from natural essential oils
Ingredients: Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Butylene Glycol, Tridecyl Stearate, Isodecyl Salicylate, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Isocetyl Stearoyl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium PCA, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methylparaben, Ozokerite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Retinyl Palmitate, Copper PCA, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Beta-Carotene
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cholesteryl Oleyl Carbonate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cholesteryl Stearate, Cholesteryl Nonanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Phenyl t-Butylnitrone (Spin Trap), Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Silk Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora (Camphor) Bark Oil), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Allantoin, Potassium Sorbate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Xanthan Gum
"I really like Arcona products. They give great facials, too."
5. Face Mist
Ingredients: Crystal Infused Distilled Water, Organic Rose Water, Organic Lavender Water, Soduim Hylauronate, Purified Seaweed, Eco-Certified Green Tea, Sodium PCA, Pro-Vitamin B5, Organic Rose Geranium Essential Oil, Organic Rose Absolute, Organic English Lavender, Polysorbate 20, Benzylalcohol-DHA (Eco-Certified Preservative System
"In the wintertime, I might use Dayle's mist afterward, because it keeps your skin moisturized."
Ingredients: Crystal Infused Distilled Water, Purified Seaweed, Epidermal Growth Factors, TGF-B, Cranberry Seed Oil, Blueberry Seed Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalene, Olive Extract, Phyto-Cell Apple Stem Cells, Allantoin, Lacto-Ceramides, Acetyl-Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Organic Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, May Chang Essential Oil, Vetiver Absolute, Creammaker, Benzyl alcohol-DHA (Eco-Certified Preservative System)
"I like [Dayle's] serum. I'll add that when it gets so dry here. [It] keeps my face dewy, bright, and nourished."
7. Daytime Moisturizer
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycerin*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alcohol Denat, Fructooligosaccharides (D-beta), Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Juice, Camellia Sineosis (White Tea) Extract, Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Totara Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Tocotrienols (Vitamin E), Phytic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Coco- Caprylate/Caprate, Acacia Gum, Citric Acid, Allantoin, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Essential Oils
Ingredients: Crystal Infused Distilled Water, Organic Oils of Abyssinian, Cranberry, and Pomegranate, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Beeswax, Co-enzyme Q10, Squalene (from olive oil), Lacto-Ceramide, Allantoin,Vegetable Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Resveratrol, Niacinamide, Liquid Titanium Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Benzyl alchohol-DHA (Eco-certiﬁed preservative)
"Dayle makes an SPF that's really great."
Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.50%, Avorbenzone 2.00%. Other Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Xylitylglucoside, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Hexyl Laurate, Anhydroxylitol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Ascorbate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), XYlitol, Copper Gluconate, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polysorbate 60, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Tribehenin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica, Tin Oxide.
"Laura Mercier has these shimmery tinted moisturizers with SPF. In the summertime, you can put a layer on, and it's glowy and pretty."
"I believe that we are all the most beautiful in our natural state, but sometimes we need a little something extra." So true!
9. Lip Balm
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Hypericum Perforatum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Silk (Serica) Powder, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Bran Extract, Lecithin, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Farnesol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Citral*, Eugenol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Limonene*. *component of natural essential oils
Zoë's Evening Skincare Routine
"My morning and nighttime routines are pretty much the same."
3. Spot Treatment
4. Eye Creams
5. Face Mist
7. Nighttime Moisturizer
Ingredients: Agua (Distilled Water), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Hydrolized Soy Extract, Glycerine, Glycolic Acid Polymer, Lactic Acid Polymer, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernal Oil, Glycogen, Beta-fructan, Glucosamine HCI, Chlorophyll, Guava (Psidium Guajava) Extract, Grapefruit (Citrus Gandis) Seed Extract
Zoë's Skincare Treatments
"Where I really spoil myself is my facials with Dayle. She's between L.A. and New York, and I try to go as often as I can. Her facials have also become my go-to gifts for girlfriends. My theory is, when your skin is good, you can be confident and you don't have to wear makeup. I cannot begin to express my love for Dayle. She has helped heal my skin in ways that I never thought possible."
"I have this device at home actually. It's a light that's supposed to kill bacteria, it's called LightStim! My boyfriend makes so much fun of me when I hold it up to my face."
"I have a steam shower in my apartment, which is awesome. I steam at least once a day, and sometimes again right before bed if I've been out drinking and dancing—it's a nice way to prevent a hangover."
"Instead of going out at night, sometimes I'll go to this spa, Aire Ancient Baths, in TriBeCa. It's open until 11, and I go with Alex [Wang] a lot. We'll go late at night and do salt baths and cold baths. It's all wood and brick inside, and really beautiful."
"I love steam rooms, because it helps get all the toxins out and rejuvenates your body."
Zoë's Diet, Exercise and Lifestyle
"I'm a big fan of juice and health and all that stuff. That's where beauty starts. I make sure that I'm eating well. I was raised vegan. My mom would always make quinoa with squash and kale, hippie stuff like that. Now I eat meat, but I try to be conscious about where it's coming from. But I stick to mostly vegan health food just because it's how I grew up."
"I really believe it's important to know that beauty and health start from the inside. I know it's expensive and difficult to eat well, but you can try growing a community garden and grow things from the earth yourself. It's really important to know exactly what you're putting in your body. Things that are alive are vibrant."
"I go through phases. Right now, I really like the Ballet Beautiful at-home videos. I haven't been to an actual class of theirs in ages, but I'll travel with the videos, and you can do it anywhere. I do try to fit in cardio. In the summertime, I'll run in the park or something, and in the winter, it's the gym. I also walk everywhere. Thank God for New York because I probably spend 80 percent of my time walking, from going up and down stairs to catching the subway."
"I try to work out when I first get up. Otherwise I'll go late at night, like 10pm. I think it helps me sleep, and it's very important to sweat and move your blood. My gym in Brooklyn is really small, and I'll just go on the elliptical for 30 minutes, long enough to work up a sweat, and then I'm good. And I do stretches and sit-ups at home, like leg exercises and stuff. I've worked with a lot of trainers over the years for shows and films, so I know enough about fitness to do things on my own at this point."
"Me, my mom, and her husband, we try and do a cleanse once a year. We do the Dr. Schulze one; it's a 30-day cleanse and it's really intense, but you feel like a million bucks after. You really clean out everything in your body and start again—and then you can destroy your body again."
"Wellness is the most important thing. Health is literally all we have, and we take it for granted. I really think beauty starts from within. If you’re not sleeping and you're not drinking water and you're not eating right and you're not exercising—if you're not taking care of yourself, no amount of makeup or no fabulous outfit is going to make you look good."
It's smooth, it's even, and it has a natural, light-reflective sheen... are you as impressed with Zoë's skin as I am?
Like I said, her desire to know what's in her skincare products really resonates with me, as does her belief that beauty starts from the inside, with self-care. It's also amazing to hear a celebrity advocate for improving your skin so that it doesn't need makeup. In this era of Instagram-inspired contouring, strobing and baking, that's an important message—and exactly why I do what I do!
As for her routine, Zoë is insanely fortunate to have been under the care of a top celebrity facialist since she was a teen. (Dayle's other clients include Cara Delevingne, Marisa Tomei and Maggie Q, and she is so beloved that they all call her "Goddess!") So with Dayle's guidance, she is obviously doing many things right: choosing non-irritating ingredients, regularly exfoliating, not over-burdening her skin with heavy products, and avoiding harsh acne treatments.
If I could make any changes—and only for the sake of age prevention, because her skin can't improve any further!—I'd stick with the Arcona Eye Dew instead of the other eye creams, and the Arcona Magic White Ice Daily Hydrating Gel instead of the serum. The reason is because many of the oils in the other hydrators are too unsaturated to be stable and resistant to oxidation, which means they'll generate free radicals that contribute to aging.
I'd also swap the sunscreen for one with a high zinc oxide content—ideally there should be at least 15 percent, for adequate protection against UVA (the aging) rays. Tips on how to choose a good sunscreen over here! It's even more important to avoid oxidation-prone oils when you're getting sun exposure.
And now I REALLY want to own a steam shower! Tell me...
What do you think of Zoë Kravitz's skincare routine?
Have you tried any of the products she uses?