Here at Byrdie HQ, we receive a smorgasbord of clever celebrity skincare advice, and though we're wide open to learning tips, rituals, and product recommendations from just about any skincare guru with a beautiful complexion, when it comes from a woman over 40, we're especially inclined to listen.
First of all, celebrities in their 40s, 50s, and beyond have been exposed for longer to the best skin health experts and products the industry has to offer; but more importantly, because they can't rely on sheer youth anymore for their beautiful skin, their wisdom frankly means a little bit more.
We took a little stroll down memory lane through our favourite interviews with celebrities over 40 to gather their best skincare advice all in one place. Keep scrolling for 10 youth-inducing skincare tips we learned from Nicole Kidman, Tracee Ellis Ross, Cindy Crawford, and more.
1. This Mexican plant is like all-natural Botox.
"I use an ingredient called Tepezcohuite that's used in Mexico for burn victims because it completely regenerates the skin ... This is why I have no Botox, no peels, no fillings. I'm 48. I will be 49 this year and I only use my creams." — Salma Hayek, as told to Elle
2. The older you get, the more you should exfoliate.
"I start every day by exfoliating my face. That's something I've done for the past 40 years. I feel like it's really contributed to my skin feeling fresh and smooth. Forty years ago, I read an article that said men always look five years younger than women who are their same age. They contributed that to them shaving every day, and the daily exfoliating with shaving making their skin look younger. I was like, I'm not going to let them get away with that!" — Christie Brinkley
3. Hyaluronic acid is "God's gift to women."
"I love moisturizers that do double duty. [Neutrogena's Hydro Boost water gel] contains hyaluronic acid. I haven't put any [fillers] on the inside yet, but I'm digging hyaluronic acid on the outside. I think it's God's gift to women.” — Kerry Washington, as told to Allure
4. Make facial massage a part of your everyday routine.
"Mary [Greenwell] is a great makeup artist, and before she does anything, she will massage your face to wake your muscles up. So before the makeup goes on—we started at 6 a.m. this morning, after having slept for only three hours—you feel like a shriveled-up old lady, and it really does just waken the muscles up." — Cate Blanchette
5. The two most important ingredients are antioxidants and SPF.
"The really big thing for me is sun protection. Because I'm so outdoorsy—I love playing tennis, and I love working out outdoors. I love going for a run and swimming, and I just want to be able to do all of that and protect my skin because I get burnt. … I use vitamin C too because that does give you … protection long-term." — Nicole Kidman
6. Use a facial roller to enhance circulation, drain the lymph, and diminish fine lines. (It's also just plain fun.)
"Oh my god, it's so good. With every swipe I get younger … SWIPING AWAY THE YEARS with face massage/de-puffer tools … Just to be clear, I have no interest in going back in time, but I'm always game for some self-care or a beauty treatment!" — Tracee Ellis Ross
7. Don't be afraid to slather your skin with oil.
"In general, I love serums and face oils and body oils. I'm a real oil kind of girl. There's a myth that oil is not good for your skin. I don't believe in that at all." — Gwyneth Paltrow
8. High-tech laser facials may be expensive, but they work.
"I love the CACI laser! A couple of my girlfriends and makeup artist Gucci Westman turned me onto the CACI, and the LED red light therapy gadget. She has amazing skin. … We are really moving forward with technology to do with our skin and it's fabulous." — Jennifer Aniston, as told to Marie Claire UK
9. Be willing to adjust what you put inside your body.
"I have found that as I get older, I need more hydration. I try to stay off coffee because it sucks moisture from my skin." — Thandie Newton, as told to Redbook
10. Know it's never too late to start a skincare regimen.
"It's never too early, and never too late, to start taking care of your skin. … I have learned that it's like working out. You work out once—you don't really see a big difference. But if you work out regularly for years, you do. I think skincare is the same way. So I've made taking care of my skin part of my routine." — Cindy Crawford
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