A nun who went viral on TikTok for her glowing, youthful appearance has criticized the beauty industry, saying expensive products “dry out” the skin and are designed to “keep women coming back” for more.
Fans of Sister Monica, 55, an Anglican nun in the St. John Baptist community in New Jersey, commented that she looks about two decades younger than her actual age after she started posting to the social media platform — with many begged to know her skin. secrets.
Appearing on This Morning today, she told hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford that she was shocked at product prices and that her aging was due to low sugar, low carbs, no alcohol diet plus meditation and staying out of the sun.
She appeared via a video link from New Jersey and said: ‘This may be controversial, but I think a lot about it’ [the beauty industry] is designed to keep women coming back and buying the products.”
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Sister Monica, 55, who appears on This Morning today via a live link from New Jersey, went viral last week after fans of her TikTok account praised her youthful skin, which they say looks 20 years younger.
Sister Monica told presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford the beauty industry designs products to “make women come back” and she was “absolutely shocked” by product costs
The TikTok video that won her 66,000 fans; Sister Monica dropped her minimal skincare regime after receiving comments from fans begging for the secret to her youthful appearance
She added: ‘I think a lot of it is very drying to the skin and it really takes a lot of nutrients out of the skin. Maybe that’s a conspiracy theory.’
Sister Monica added that she was shocked at the cost of modern skin care products and said she washes her skin only once a day with gentle soap.
She also explained that she has never used tanning salons and hasn’t touched a drop of alcohol since she was 20, because even a small amount made her feel like she had “drunk a whole bottle.”
The nun told the hosts, “I know that as a very frugal person, even before becoming a nurse, I was absolutely horrified at the idea of paying $42 for a half ounce of some sort of serum. I thought that was a bit ridiculous.
‘I have never bought such beauty products. I just use some kind of mild hypoallergenic soap on my face once a day.’
A low-carb, low-sugar, alcohol-free diet and staying out of the sun were key to her skin, she told The Day Program
The nun said she plans to keep updating those interested in her life as an Anglican nun on TikTok without compromising her sisters’ privacy.
Sister Monica has been a nun since 2012, after she quit her job as a photo editor to devote herself to her religion.
She told the show that she now plans to keep updating those interested in her life as an Anglican nun on TikTok without compromising the privacy of her fellow sisters.
After a friend recommended her to start a TikTok account, she founded @nunsenseforthepeople and only had four followers when people started noticing her youthful-looking skin.
The answer was surprisingly simple, with the nun avoiding direct sunlight as it triggers her migraines, and washing her skin with mild soap
In one post, she explained that she washes her face daily with Aveeno oatmeal baby body wash and makes videos in low light to protect her skin. She also advised using an umbrella in the sun.
Within days of posting about her skincare routine, she had millions of hits and now she has 66,000 followers and is rising.
She shared with This Morning that her favorite part of the TikTok video was reading the comments, saying she found it “hysterical” that many women thought the secret to her young-looking skin was not dating men. to go.
Sister Monica (pictured, left and right) has more than 60,000 followers on TikTok, where she shares inside information about what life is like in the monastery
She explained that she has “not really” a skincare routine, but admits she “probably has a few fewer wrinkles than someone else my age” and explained why
Sister Monica (pictured) was stunned that people thought she was considerably younger than she actually is
One person wrote: ‘I thought you were DEFINITELY your mid-30s! Natural beauty’ (photo)
She joked, “Perhaps someone in their thirties who hasn’t slept in for a month and a half? I’ll give you that. Personally, I assure you, you would look at me and say, ‘that woman is 55 years old’.
The video was viewed 270,000 times and received more than 50,000 likes.
One person said of her youthful appearance, “That’s because she doesn’t have to deal with men’s brutality all the time.”
“That’s because you’ve lived without men,” agreed another viewer.
Another joked, “It’s not called a man, no kids,” while another joked, “I bet denouncing men helps too.”
Sister Monica answered immediately and said, “I’m not going to lie. I think the absence of relationship stress helps.’
Someone else added: ‘Wait wait wait you’re not in your 30s?!!! I watched this entire video thinking you were 32.’
Sister Monica (pictured) has been a nun since 2012, after leaving her job as a photo editor to devote herself to her religion
Sister Monica (pictured, left and right) explained that she doesn’t use beauty products because they are a “rip off”, but she washes her face daily with Aveeno oatmeal baby body wash and makes videos in low light to protect her skin. She also advised to use an umbrella when out in the sun
Sister Monica was stunned that people thought she was considerably younger than she actually is
“I thought you were probably in your mid-thirties. Natural beauty,” commented another viewer.
Someone else wrote: ‘Yes, I’m 21 and your skin looks 10x better than mine.’
“It’s amazing what no husband or screaming babies will do for your skin — you’re beautiful,” said one fan.
Sister Monica was stunned by the incredible response to the video.
“The people have been extremely nice,” she explained. “I thought only four or five people would see the video.
“People saying I look like I’m in my 30s and hilarious comments saying it’s because I don’t have a man to stress me out makes me laugh so hard.
“I’m amazed at how nice and supportive people are on TikTok.”
One person said of her youthful appearance: ‘It’s because she doesn’t constantly deal with the brutality of men’ (photo)