While most people avoid being near bees at all costs, Gwyneth Paltrow has paid money to be stung by them.
On Monday, the 43-year-old actress and founder of lifestyle site GOOP revealed in an interview with the New York Times’ coincidentally named Bee Shapiro that she is “always the guinea pig to try everything” when it comes to beauty and health services. That includes apitherapy, or “bee therapy,” which generally involves products derived from bees.
“I’m open to anything. I’ve been stung by bees. It’s a thousands of years old treatment called apitherapy,” Paltrow said. “People use it to get rid of inflammation and scarring. It’s actually pretty incredible if you research it. But, man, it’s painful.”
She also revealed her inner struggle with wearing fragrances and whether essential oils are good enough.
“I collect some fragrances, but recently my head of beauty said you have to stop wearing fragrance because it’s unregulated and all that,” she said. “We’re having a fight about it. The problem is, I think essential oils haven’t mastered the art of being subtle and layered. So I’m on the fence about fragrance right now.”
Paltrow, who reportedly has a daily $220 smoothie habit, was also generous in sharing her insights on nutrition.
“I think I see now that life is really a balance. And it’s great to eat nutrient-dense organic food, if you can. It’s also really great to drink a vodka and have French fries,” she opined. “Your metabolism does slow as you get older, though. If I have to get into tiptop shape, I have to be more careful. But I also don’t seem to care as much as I did.”
Overall, Paltrow’s interview was true to form for the adventurous lifestyle guru. The uncommon bee sting treatment she reveals herself to have partaken is sure to gain favor with like-minded individuals, much like what happened when she advised everyone to have their vaginas steamed last year.