Jake Gyllenhaal Believes Exfoliation Is “Really Wonderful, Very Manly” So Who Are We to Argue?

10/09/2019 - 06:04 PM

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 01: Actor Jake Gyllenhaal attends the press conference for 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Seoul premiere on July 01, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)

Jake Gyllenhaal [1] is a wonderful man. This year alone he blessed us with an adorable bromance with Tom Holland [2], as well as hilarious Instagram posts trolling his besties, Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman [3]. Now, he's spoken candidly about self-care and getting sweaty, and hello, yes, we're listening.

Speaking with Vanity Fair [4] about his two-man Broadway show, Sea Wall/A Life, the conversation veered into personal territory. When asked whether there are particular wellness habits he adheres to, the conversation got interesting. He admitted that he learned a lot while working on a movie in South Korea. "I do believe in showering as a spiritual practice and a physical practice," he said, going on to explain that "I've found exfoliation to be a really wonderful, very manly thing, which I didn't appreciate as much before." Gyllenhaal elaborated on his skin-care routine and how his older sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal [5], instilled the importance of skin care in him "since I was a kid." He is refreshingly candid about this topic and the deeper importance of having self-care practices. "People can definitely get me for that, but you'd be laughing your way to wherever. I think caring for yourself is really important, particularly nowadays as men. Being vulnerable and admitting those vulnerabilities is very, very important," he said. The 38-year-old actor also touched on how he keeps his own wellness routine extremely simple, saying "I believe in sweat, in whatever form."

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