As a philanthropist, campaigner, TV presenter, model, bestselling author, and mum to 20-month-old daughter Belle Elizabeth, Katie Piper is one busy woman. Luckily, we managed to squeeze in a quick chat…
My beauty routine
Like many mums, I go out without make-up all the time. I often get my daughter ready and put her into a nice outfit and then her nappy leaks or she throws up on my clothes. So at the moment, I leave the house without any make-up almost every day.
When I do wear it, I make sure I never sleep in make-up. I always wash it all off and use a special eye cleanser to remove heavy eye makeup. Then I apply Remescar Silicone Scar Stick, on the scars from my burns and on newer scars from operations I’ve had since. Then I use a good night cream as I suffer from dehydrated skin and I always tie my hair back before I go to bed to keep it from getting tangled. Moisturiser is a massive product for me, and I use eye drops every day as my eyes were damaged so can get quite dry.
I don’t like to wash my hair too often as it dries it out, so I use Batiste dry shampoo on the roots in between washes. I also try not to style my hair with tongs or straighteners every day. Instead, I leave it to every other day to protect it from breakage. I’ve invested in a really good old-fashioned Mason Pearson hairbrush, which I carry everywhere in my bag.
I wanted a good stretchmark cream when I was pregnant. As I was already a fan of Remescar I knew that the stretchmark cream would work which meant I didn’t have to try out lots of different creams. I used it not just on the bump, but boobs, thighs, hips and bum, and it worked really well. After Belle was born, I applied the cream to my C-section scar and by the time the baby was two months old I noticed a huge difference. It’s natural to get stretchmarks when you go from a small size to having a massive bump, so I was prepared for them and was perfectly fine with it as part of the process, but I didn’t get any at all!
Always floss your teeth. When you smile you’re communicating with people and your smile is one of those things they look at straight away. I don’t think you have to spend lots of money on expensive products. Experiment and try different things and once you find your key products keep using them and invest where you need to.
Fashion should be fun
I really like the high street. I don’t buy anything designer at all, probably because I like to change trends according to the different seasons. I shop a lot at Miss Selfridge and River Island, they’re my favourite shops. Sometimes I get more expensive pieces from Coast and I’m a big fan of Oasis.
My style icon? I really like the way that Made in Chelsea’s Millie Mackintosh dresses. I think she always looks sexy but stylish and elegant as well as young.
Confidence is everything
I feel at my most confident when I am around good friends and people who are genuine and down to earth. I like spending time getting ready; it helps me to feel good about myself. I don’t think appearance is the tool to my confidence, but feeling good about the way you look can help.
My advice to others? Remember that I didn’t feel confident right away, it took a long time. My advice is not to concentrate on the times you felt down, concentrate on the times that you felt on top. It doesn’t just come overnight, you have to really persevere and hang in there. Don’t be afraid to reach out for support and rely on other people. For me, I found using a psychologist really helpful, it helped unburden some of the pressure.
I’m having a busy autumn. I’m currently filming series three of Body Shockers, which will air later this year. I’m also making two brand new TV series with Channel 4, one of which is a three-part medical makeover programme. I’m really excited for everyone to see these shows! I’m also appearing at this year's Ideal Home Show at Christmas in London and Manchester.
I’m proud of The Katie Piper Foundation. We help people with burns and scars both immediately after their injury and on an ongoing basis, and provide advice and access to free specialist treatments. We also provide ways for people with burns and scars from traumatic injuries to meet up with each other to give and receive support and share experiences, at one to one meetings with trained Peer Support Volunteers or at a larger social event, and soon people will be able to chat to others online via our new forum.
More information can be found at: katiepiperfoundation.org.uk