Gwyneth Paltrow's topless selfie shocks fans: 'Horrific'

Fans were left stunned to see her sun-damaged skin.

Gwyneth Paltrow may be the poster child for health and wellness with her brand Goop, but the 50-year-old left fans shocked when she shared photos from a recent getaway.

In one photo, the star posed topless with her husband, Brad Fulchuk, after a swim, with fans quick to notice how sun-damaged her skin is.

Gwyneth Paltrow and husband Brad Fulchuk
Gwyneth Paltrow has left her followers shocked after sharing a 'horrific' topless selfie that showed how sun-damaged her skin is. Photo: Instagram/Gwyneth Paltrow

"That first pic is a great advert for sunscreen if ever I saw one," one user wrote.

"It doesn’t add up to me," another said. "The poster queen for a health and wellness empire having skin that badly sun damaged."

"Your sun damage is HORRIFIC," a third exclaimed.


"All of you actors who say they are so healthy and eat healthy, yet you lay out in the sun, NOT HEALTHY!" someone else added. "Skin cancer is not so pretty and very dangerous!"

"Yikes - please, please wear sunscreen G," another said. "You already have a lot of sun damage."

"Dang girl, your skin is toast," one person wrote.

Many other followers loved the snap, sharing their support.

"Listen, I am the same age as Paltrow…our parents did not sunscreen us…this damage started happening when she was a kid," one user wrote, defending the star. "No amount of sunscreen as an adult will take that pre-existing damage away."

Gwyneth Paltrow shows off sun damage
Many were shocked to see the 'poster child' of health and wellness has such sun-damaged skin. Photo: Instagram/Gwyneth Paltrow

"These comments are hysterical... what this current generation finds 'HORRIFIC' is a woman enjoying herself with her husband," another added. "Get back to us when all of you are 50 or 60. We grew up in a totally different world, she probably drank out of the garden hose too!"

'Not a head-to-toe slatherer of sunscreen'

It comes after Gwyneth was slammed by dermatologists for claiming she only uses a "clean mineral sunscreen" because "there are a lot of really harsh chemicals in conventional sunscreen", making it a "product that I really want to avoid".

In the video for Vogue, she also showed how little sunscreen she applies, admitting she's "not a head-to-toe slatherer of sunscreen".

"I like to put some kind of on my nose and the area where the sun really hits," she said, as she rubbed in a small amount of sunscreen on her nose and cheeks.

Gwyneth Paltrow puts on sunscreen
In a video for Vogue, she also showed how little sunscreen she applies, admitting she's 'not a head-to-toe slatherer of sunscreen'. Photo: YouTube/Vogue

Viewers slammed the video, with one user writing, "Her skin is an example of what NOT to do related to skincare."

"Her beauty secrets just should have remained secret..." another said.

"So apparently sun lights purposefully hit our nose and upper cheek area only and avoids everywhere else. How thoughtful of the sun," a third sarcastically wrote.

"How can one soooo little about the most basic skincare science yet speak with so much confidence," a fourth said. "I just want to cry at the sunscreen part."


Ava Matthews, founder of sunscreen brand Ultra Violette, spoke to Grazia about the video, saying, "Unfortunately Gwyneth, we can’t actually control where the sun hits – it hits everywhere that the skin is exposed."

"At Ultra Violette, we believe that more is more, in line with the Cancer Council’s recommendation of 5ml of sunscreen – approximately a teaspoon – for the face, neck and ears, which according to the video, Gwyneth is absolutely not getting."

Matthews also slammed Gwyneth's claim that sunscreens contain "harsh chemicals", saying, "Natural sunscreens don’t actually exist. There are two types of sunscreen – mineral or physical, which use inorganic filters to block UV rays, and chemical, which use organic filters."

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