Maria Menounos's Surprising (and Surprisingly Elaborate) Trick to Get Perfect Skin

02/07/2014 at 06:30 AM ET

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If you haven’t already downloaded PEOPLE StyleWatch’s March issue on your tablet, it just hit newsstands today — so put “picking it up” on your lunch break “to do” list. Inside, you’ll see amazing tips for every shape, plenty of fun spring trends — and, as always, smart and sensible beauty and fashion advice from our monthly columnist (and Extra host) Maria Menounos.

We asked the question many of you have been dying to have answered: What’s the secret to her amazing skin, especially with all the travel she does and makeup she wears for work. As it turns out, she’s got quite a routine. “My main thing is that I make sure I wash my face every night, no matter what. Neutrogena wipes, [then] wash,” she says.

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But wait, there’s more: “I even do a white glove test to make sure it’s all off … My other trick is that I use one white face towel and then put it the hamper. I use a clean towel every time I wash. You can go to Big Lots and buy a pack of 10 or 15 towels for cheap. Just never re-use towels, they have all that bacteria!”

And Menounos’s thriftiness doesn’t stop at Big Lots towels in bulk. “There’s no reason to spend a lot on fashion when there are so many thrifty options,” she says. “It may make you feel better inside knowing that you have the Chloe boots, but I always am totally more moved by my friends who are like, ‘I got these at the flea market, or at H&M.’ It’s just how you assemble the outfit.”

Would you go to such extremes to make sure your skin was clean? What’s your skincare secret?

–Alex Apatoff, reporting by Suzanne D’Amato

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Loll on

This chick is the biggest snob walking this earth!!!!

BootzieGurl on

How is she the biggest SNOB?
I think her shin care routine is great and let’s other girls know that not everyone in hollywood spends a fortune to have great skin. Maria isn’t a hollywood movie star and making millions of dollars on movie sets. So I think its great she’s giving her beauty routine out for others who want great skin also and that they don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars doing so, and its more likely to work then all those gimmicks out there!!
So then if that what you think a snob is, then I guess that makes her a snob lol
Worst thing about Maria, I can see is her laugh and SO WHAT!!

BootzieGurl on

Oopps damn
*skin care!!

Mel on

She’s giving sensible advice here (except for maybe the white glove thing, but I’m not that anal). I’ve always heard to change your face/hand towels daily and it’s best not to share a face towel with anyone else. That’s hard to do when families share towels, though. Another good piece of advice I’ve heard is to change your pillowcases often due to the oils from your skin absorbing into the pillowcase while you sleep. Do I do any of this myself? Nope, but I’m not on television every day and my skin is pretty good as is.

Bambi22 on

Drink a lot of water and eat clean, whole foods!

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