A nun has gone viral after dropping her skincare routine in response to demands from followers to know how she keeps herself looking so young.
Normally, people online turn to the beauty gurus of the world for skincare advice. But this time they’ve turned to a different kind of leading light.
Claudette Powell, 55, otherwise referred to as Sister Monica Clare, is an Episcopal nun at the Community of St. John Baptist in Mendham, New Jersey.
After starting her TikTok channel @nunsenseforthepeople in June, she’s earned herself a following of over 43,000 people, who seemingly admire her youthful skin.
Four days ago, Sister Monica Clare shared her skincare routine online in a video after receiving requests for it, gaining over 200,000 views.
“A bunch of really nice ladies have left comments on her saying that they think I look a lot younger than I am and I just want to say thank you,” she began.
“I probably have a few less wrinkles than some people my age because I can’t go out in the sun,” explaining that she gets migraines from the sun so always uses a sunshade or umbrella if she needs to.
But her main tip? Lighting. “I used to work in the photography business, so whenever I shoot these videos, I shoot them in really good lighting,” she said. “Low lighting is a girl’s best friend.”
Amen to that.
Sister Monica Clare previously worked as photo editor for a collective 11 years before joining the Community of St. John Baptist in 2012.
“I don’t really use beauty products as I think it’s a rip-off and I’m cheap. I was very cheap even before I became a nun, so holy poverty is not a big deal for me,” she said.
Nuns take a vow of poverty, meaning all money they earn is put back into the church and community, so followers could rest assured that Sister Powell’s skincare routine won’t break the bank.
Instead, Sister Monica Clare recommends people use baby products on their face, citing her own use of the “Aveeno oatmeal body wash and shampoo that you get in the baby department,” likely referring to the Aveeno Baby Cleansing Therapy Moisturizing Wash, which contains oatmeal. She added that she washes her face once a day.
“In person I assure you, you’ll look at me and say for sure that woman is 55-years-old,” finished Sister Monica Clare.
Regardless of whether she personally agrees, many viewers feel her skin looks younger than her years.
“Wait, wait, you’re not in your 30s?? I watched this whole video thinking you were like 32,” wrote one TikTok viewer.
“I bet swearing off men helps too,” joked one user. “Not gonna lie, I think the absence of relationship stress helps,” quipped Sister Monica Clare.
Newsweek contacted Sister Monica Clare for comment.