A nun who went viral on TikTok thanks to her glowing, youthful looks has slammed the beauty industry, saying expensive products are ‘drying’ for the skin and designed to keep ‘women coming back’ for more.
Fans of Sister Monica, 55, an anglican nun at the Community of St John Baptist in New Jersey, commented that she looks around two decades younger than her actual age after she began posting on the social media platform – with many begging to know her skin secrets.
Appearing on This Morning today, she told hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford that she was horrified at the prices of products and put ageing well down to a low sugar, low carb, no alcohol diet plus meditation and staying out of the sun.
Appearing by video link from New Jersey, she said: ‘This may be controversial but I think a lot of it [the beauty industry] is designed to keep women coming back and buying the products.’
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Sister Monica, 55, appearing on This Morning today by live link from New Jersey, went viral last week after fans of her TikTok account praised her youthful skin, which they say makes her look 20 years younger
Sister Monica told presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford that the beauty industry designs products to ‘keep women coming back’ and that she was ‘absolutely horrified’ at product costs
The TikTok video that’s won her 66,000 fans; Sister Monica dropped her minimal skincare regimen after getting comments from fans begging to know the secret to her youthful looks
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 the costs of modern skincare products had left her shocked and said she washes her skin with gentle soap just once a day.
She also explained that she’s never used tanning salons and hadn’t touched a drop of alcohol since her mid-twenties because even a small amount left her feeling like she’d ‘drunk a whole bottle’.
The nun told the hosts: ‘I do know that being a very frugal person, even before I became a sister, I was just absolutely horrified at the idea of paying $42 for a half ounce of some kind of serum. I though that was a little bit ridiculous.
‘I’ve never bought beauty products like that. I just use some kind of gentle hypoallergenic soap on my face once a day.’
A low-carb, no alcohol diet with little sugar and keeping out of the sun were the key to her skin, she told the daytime television programme
The nun said she plans to keep updating those who are interested in her life as an Anglican nun on TikTok without compromising the privacy of her sisters
Sister Monica has been a nun since 2012, after giving up her job as a photo editor to commit herself to her religion.
She told the show that she now plans to keep updating those who are interested in her life as an Anglican nun on TikTok without compromising the privacy of her fellow sisters.
After a friend advised her to start a TikTok account, she set up @nunsenseforthepeople, and had just four followers when people began to notice her youthful-looking skin.
The answer was surprisingly simple, with the nun avoiding direct sunlight as it causes her migraines, and washing her skin with gentle soap
In one post, she explained she washes her face daily with Aveeno oatmeal body wash for babies, and shoots videos in low lighting to protect her skin. She also advised using a parasol when out in the sun.
Within days of posting about her skincare routine, she’d had millions of hits and she now has 66,000 followers and rising.
She shared with This Morning that her favourite part of the TikTok video had been reading the comments, saying she found it ‘hysterical’ that many women thought not having to deal with men was the secret of her young-looking skin.
Sister Monica (pictured, left and right) has 60,000 plus followers on TikTok, where she shares inside information of what life is like in the convent
She explained she ‘doesn’t really have’ a skincare routine, but admits she has ‘probably a few less wrinkles than someone else my age’ and talked them through why
Sister Monica (pictured) was stunned that people thought she was significantly younger than she really is
One person penned: ‘I thought you were for SURE mid 30’s! Natural beauty’ (pictured)
She joked: ‘Maybe someone in their thirties who hasn’t slept in like a month-and-a-half? I’ll give you that. In person, I assure you, you would look at me and say ‘that woman is 55 years old.”
The video was viewed 270,000 times and racked up more than 50,000 likes.
One person said of her youthful appearance: ‘It’s because she doesn’t constantly deal with men’s audacity.’
‘It’s because you’ve been living without men,’ agreed another viewer.
Someone else joked: ‘It’s called no husband no kids,’ while a further quipped: ‘I bet swearing off men helps too.’
Sister Monica replied directly, saying: ‘Not gonna lie. I think the absence of relationship stress helps.’
Someone else added: ‘Wait wait wait you’re not in your 30s?!!! I watched this whole video thinking you were like 32.’
Sister Monica (pictured) has been a nun since 2012, after giving up her job as a photo editor to commit herself to her religion
Sister Monica (pictured, left and right) explained she doesn’t use beauty products because they are a ‘rip off’ but washes her face daily with Aveeno oatmeal body wash for babies, and shoots videos in low lighting to protect her skin. She also advised using a parasol when out in the sun
Sister Monica was stunned that people thought she was significantly younger than she really is
‘I thought you were for sure mid 30’s. Natural beauty,’ another viewer commented.
Someone else wrote: ‘Yeah 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.
‘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 thirties and hilarious comments saying it’s because I have no man to stress me out makes me laugh so hard.
‘I am amazed at how kind and supportive people are on TikTok.’
One person said of her youthful appearance: ‘It’s because she doesn’t constantly deal with men’s audacity’ (pictured)