Beauty secrets from the beautiful people

In our celeb-sodden society, famous folk rule. And with good reason: Generally speaking, headliners are pretty people. Their face is their fortune.

We've collected some tidbits from a variety of sources to help you achieve the same results without the Hollywood bank account.

Rod Stafford Hagwood, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

QUEEN LATIFAH: In “The Black Book of Hollywood Beauty Secrets” by Kym Douglas and Cindy Pearlman (Penguin Group, $15), Queen Latifah says: “My grandmother turned me on to baking soda as an exfoliant … It's very gentle and works as well as any of the expensive products.”

SARAH JESSICA PARKER: If you feel a little shiny, head for the ladies room and follow SJP's lead: Use a tissue toilet-seat cover and dab a piece over your T-zone (chin, nose and forehead). The tissue absorbs oil just like those blot papers sold at cosmetics counters.

JENNIFER LOPEZ: Jennifer Lopez's aesthetician, Christopher Watt, said he loves honey in a skin-care routine. “Honey is loaded with natural vitamins and nutrients and also contains antioxidants, making it an important part of any anti-aging program for staving off lines and wrinkles.”

CATHERINE ZETA-JONES: Brushes her teeth with mashed-up strawberries mixed with baking soda. Strawberries contain malic acid, which is a mild astringent.

TERI HATCHER: According to, Teri Hatcher pours her leftover red wine into her bath. Grapes have resveratrol, an antibiotic-like substance that protects the vines from fungus. Resveratrol is supposed to make the skin surface firm, improve elasticity and stimulate cell multiplication.