Good genes can only take us so far, Womanistas — the rest is up to us. That’s our mentality when it comes to aging gracefully, and we’re not alone: some of our gorgeous celeb favorites also know they need to put in a little extra work in the anti-aging department. If you often find yourself marveling over Jennifer Aniston’s flawless skin or how Jennifer Lopez looks even better now than she did twenty years ago, we can tell you it’s not only from being “hashtag blessed.”
Check out some of Hollywood’s most age-defying A-lister’s anti-aging tricks to keep them looking — and feeling! — young and fresh, then stop by our Womanista Approved list of anti-aging products, which includes each one faithfully used by these stars!
Everyone’s favorite “Friend” goes to pretty pricey lengths in order to keep that youthful glow she’s known for. She’s a huge advocate of lasers, LED light therapy and chemical peels to tighten facial muscles without surgery. In addition to those procedures, Aniston slathers on Mila Moursi Rejuvenating Serum every day; she also swears by drinking a lot of water and getting adequate sleep every night.
Besides having a baby at age 46—she’s basically Superwoman—Berry employs other tactics to stay looking totally amazing. Her secret weapons are a mix of Kinara Skin Care products combined with daily DDF organic sunscreen. Also, she makes it a point to clean and moisturize her skin every morning and every night, and she’s been known to go sans-makeup as much as possible to give her skin some time to breathe.
Cate Blanchett always seems to look effortlessly beautiful with an incredibly clear complexion and barely a wrinkle in sight. Her go-to routine for achieving her flawless look involves beauty products from the brand SK-II, which she has been using since she was pregnant and noticed her skin changing. Blanchett reaches for the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and the SK-II Whitening Source Clear Lotion for her enviable glow.
We swear Jennifer Lopez is aging in reverse; the triple-threat beauty never fails to amaze us with her chiseled body and amazing hair and especially her impeccable complexion. Her biggest secret is an easy one: sunscreen, and lots of it. Every time she steps out she makes sure she has on a layer of SPF 15 or higher. She’s also been known to use Plazan Placenta Collagen Masks, which is an expensive cosmetic procedure that takes hours to complete.
We all know Paltrow is a big proponent of clean eating, detoxes and a rigorous workout routine—all of which help her stay looking and feeling young—but she goes the extra mile when it comes to her skincare. Paltrow’s skin routine is powered by Goop by Juice Beauty skin care, like the line’s Enriching Face Oil and the Exfoliating Instant Facial Masque. The blonde beauty also credits regular exfoliation, coconut oil and tons of water.
Cindy Crawford has been in the business of looking gorgeous for a long time now, and it’s pretty obvious she’s really good at it. She swears by all of the products from her skincare line, Meaningful Beauty, in conjunction with regular microdermabrasion. She has been vocal about it being the simple things that help the most: don’t smoke, get enough sleep, drink a lot of water and find what makes you happy.
Diane Kruger is stunningly gorgeous and always wows on the red carpet thanks to her glowing, youthful looking skin. She attributes her complexion to her favorite products like Kiehl’s Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion, which is great for sensitive skin. She has also said that she can’t live without sunscreen; she remedied her brown spots by slathering on SPF 50 or 60, even when it’s raining outside.
Naomi Campbell has been owning the runways for years, and for good reason—besides her incredible body, her complexion is immaculate. She’s really big on hydration and moisturization, opting for serums, under-eye creams and hydrating masks on a daily basis. She also preaches staying far away from sugar, practicing a vegetarian diet, drinking green juice and downing plenty of water.
The stunning actress and director spends a pretty penny to keep her youthful glow; Jolie has been known to spread La Prairie’s Skin Caviar on her skin, a product that contains fish eggs and costs around $800. She also swears by heavy sunscreen and opting for little to no makeup as often as possible, sticking to hydrating tinted moisturizers and simple, light-weight concealers.
Reese Witherspoon has hardly aged since her "Legally Blonde" days, still looking as young, fresh-faced and beautiful as ever. Her skincare routine is attainable, considering she attributes eating well and working out regularly to her youthful aura. As far as her skin goes, she consistently uses a hydrating moisturizer cream like Chanel Hydramax Active Moisture Cream before she applies her makeup in the mornings.