Ever wonder how some stars never seem to age? What is their secret to looking incredible all the time? Well, Jennifer Aniston — who’s been a longtime Aveeno skincare spokesperson — finally revealed her beauty tricks in an interview with Now To Love. During the sit-down, Jen opened up about her best-kept secrets for that year-round Californian glow, her biggest beauty regret, and reminded us why it’s so important to love, celebrate, and take care of the skin we’re in. Scroll down to see her five skincare and beauty dos and don'ts!
Get over the fact that you’re getting older — we all are!
PSA, everyone — aging is inevitable, and as Jen explained, there’s nothing to not love about it. “I really wish we could shift our perspective on it as a negative because it’s happening to every single one of us,” she said, adding that the key to aging gracefully comes down to nurturing your skin. “We just need to be very good to our skin — just take very good care of it. Keep it healthy, and keep it tended to — as we tend to our cars, as we tend to our appliances, as we tend to everything else we tend to," she revealed.
And that goes from the inside, out, too. "Don’t eat processed foods, sugars or high-saturated foods," she continued. “Like, all those fried yummy foods we love to have (and that we should definitely indulge in once in a while, of course) — it’s pretty basic!”
Apply moisturizer in the steam of a hot shower for ultra-hydrated skin
Aside from being devoted to her own mix of “lotions and potions,” post-morning meditation, and “a cup of coffee,” Jen hits the shower. And her beauty routine begins as soon as she turns those taps off. “I keep my Aveeno moisturizing lotion in the shower so that I put it on before I towel off,” she explained. "This is an extra trick for extra hydration as your body is still warm. So, especially in the winter months, it’s really nice to get that extra bit of hydration. That’s it in a nutshell."
Learn from your beauty mistakes
Hands up if you’ve laid on the beach a little longer than you know you should in pursuit of that summer glow? Jen feels you. “I love the sun – I love it a lot!” she said, adding, “from the time of a babe — I mean, I was a brown berry! I loved being brown — I loved it, I loved it, I loved it.” But as she has learned since then, is that screening your skin from the sun, not scorching it, will pay dividends for your health in the years that follow. “My biggest beauty regret is the amount of sunbathing I used to do without sunscreen,” she confessed. “I mean, baby oil! What was I thinking?! It’s certainly a cautionary tale — just wear sunscreen!”
Nourish and protect your skin every single day!
Sure, Jen has ditched the baby oil, though she can’t stress the importance that sunscreen, and moisturizer, plays in keeping her skin feeling fresh, supple and, ultimately, safe from the sun’s dangerous rays enough. “Still today, when I’m with my girlfriends and they’re trying to get sunscreen on their kids and the kids are screaming, 'No, I don’t want to wear sunscreen!’ What do they say… ‘Ignorance is bliss?' ‘Youth is wasted on the young?'" she said.
“You know, they’re going to have to learn this, one way or the other… For me, I’m all about Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 or SPF70 — that’s actually in my car, in my bag, in the pool, in the kitchen, in the bedroom, in the bathroom — it’s everywhere. As well as my hand lotion. Lotions and sunscreens all the time," Jen added.
Ditch your phone and just be present
While some celebrities have hundreds of millions of fans following them on Instagram, Jen chooses not to have a social media accounts and limits her tech time in a bid to find, and maintain, her inner-chill. “This business is stressful — and the world, in general, can be stressful!” she said. “Not only that, but we’re staring at all these different screens that used to just be a television screen." The Friends star continued to say, "Now it’s a computer screen and a phone and God knows what else! These things are like barnacles to us — technology just wraps itself around us.”
“It’s important to just have that time to be with yourself. Be in your home with your feet on the ground, taking in the earth we have — however long we may have it — and appreciate it and take care of it. And get outta your darn phone. My god!” she said.
This post was written by Ellie McDonald. It originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.