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- Jennifer Aniston’s skin-care routine involves moisturizer and some pricey procedures.
- The actress drinks a ton of water.
- She tries to eat less fast-food and fried foods.
Jennifer Aniston has been asked dozens of times over the years about her beauty secrets, and it’s not a big surprise why. Aside from being named the World’s Most Beautiful Woman by People magazine in 2016, Aniston consistently has glowing, seemingly flawless skin, and the rest of us are merely trying to figure out how to bottle up that Aniston glow for ourselves.
Though she maintains the importance of drinking a ton of water – she’s been a SmartWater spokesperson for more than a decade – she also admits that her diet and exercise routine also play a major part in keeping her skin in great shape, too.
And while she’s not afraid to try out trendy (and expensive!) spa treatments, her at-home skin care routine is surprisingly simple. Here are some of the top tips she’s shared over the years.
She knows that skin care is of the utmost importance.
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Aniston is realistic about the power of good genes when it comes to her skin, telling Yahoo! Beauty in 2014, “My dad is 100% Greek; he turned 81 and he barely has a wrinkle. And neither does my grandmother, who was 95 when she died.”
In 2017, the star told Allure magazine that she hates societal attitudes surrounding aging, sharing, “I really wish we could shift our perspective on [aging] as a negative, because it’s happening to every single one of us. 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.”
And for her, skin care starts from the inside out.
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In 2016, she told Vogue magazine about her overall philosophy on beauty, “Emotionally and mentally, I would say it’s just about loving yourself and loving what you’ve been given – to really appreciate it and take care of it. Because this is the only body we’re given, we need to be really good and mindful of what we eat and how we take care of our skin – getting a good night’s sleep is extremely important, as is hydrating with water, water, water. It’s so important to getting that extra glow.”
Yes, this woman drinks a ton of water.
Aniston told Shape magazine in 2010 that she drinks 100 ounces of SmartWater every single day, and as the brand’s longtime spokesperson, it makes sense that she’d always have her fridge stocked with it. But she doubles down on the importance of hydration for your skin, telling InStyle magazine in 2016 that “water, sleep, and sunscreen” are her “top three anti-aging tips.”
She also adheres to a very healthy diet.
Aside from remaining insanely hydrated, Aniston relies on a healthy diet to keep her skin looking great. “I think just eating really good fruits and vegetables, less fried food, of course – fried food is terrible, soda is terrible. Just fruits and vegetables and healthy lean proteins and water. Of course, alcohol tends to dry up your skin,” she told Women’s Health in 2014.
She does love a pricey spa treatment and procedure.
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Being an A-list celebrity certainly has its perks, including access to top skin care pros all over the world. The star has tried all kinds of things over the years, opening up about her favorite treatments and procedures.
Aniston loves microcurrent facials, which she describes as “like a little workout for your face,” according to InStyle. This treatment involves an aesthetician placing electrically charged pads on the face to stimulate facial muscles, which immediately tightens and tones the skin.
“I love Clear and Brilliant laser treatments,” says Aniston, who told InStyle that she loves this 30-minute, non-invasive resurfacing laser treatment because it “is a great refresher and there’s very little downtime.” And she assures that “it won’t make you look like a peeled tomato.” She’s also a big fan of Thermage, an equally non-invasive treatment that stimulates collagen production in the skin by using radiofrequency waves, helping to smooth and tighten skin in 45 minutes.
She’s also a fan of infrared saunas, which she has in her home, as she told Shape in 2017. “I have an infrared sauna that I fell in love with. My friend Courteney Cox – you may know her – had a portable infrared sauna that you go into. It kind of looks like a little igloo. It’s such a game changer in terms of your skin detoxification and cell rejuvenation. So that I do a couple times a week right after I do the gym. I’ve noticed a real change in my energy, and my sleep, and my skin.”
She’s never afraid to try some wacky stuff in the name of beauty.
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In 2014, she told Women’s Health magazine she’s been loving “royal jelly,” adding, “It’s from beehives. I got it in France, but you can get it anywhere. I noticed if you take a spoon of that a day, it helps.”
But even if you’re not working with a Hollywood budget, you can try her at-home skin tips too.
Aniston’s self-care doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag. The Aveeno spokesperson told Shape in 2017, “Sunday is my spa day. I usually do a little mini facial time where I just give myself a good scrub, use a mask, and then the new Aveeno Positively Radiant Hydrating Facial. I leave it on overnight and when I wake up I have that dewy, glowing, twinkling skin.”
She’s also a fan of an at-home face scrub, telling Women’s Health in 2014, “I would say do a scrub (she likes the Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub) three times a week to really get your skin clean.”
She keeps her everyday routine equally simple and inexpensive.
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The star told Forbes in 2015 that her skincare routine is “actually quite simple – and it’s been pretty much the same routine for a long time since I’m a creature of habit. I wash my face with my Neutrogena Facial Cleansing Bar, and then I usually use a toner, whatever toner of the month I’m using. And serum, depending on what serum I’m using at the time.” She told the Daily Mail in 2010 that she’s been using the $3 Neutrogena soap bar since high school.
A daily moisturizer is also a must, with the star telling Forbes: “Then I use my Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer, which has SPF 15 – I usually mix that into Aveeno sunscreen [with SPF] 30. So I mix them together and put them on my face; psychologically, it doesn’t make me feel like I’m loading on layers and layers of cream. That’s about it!”
Her skin care simplicity has come with time.
Of her beauty routine, Aniston told Vogue magazine in 2017, “I think over the years, everything’s just continued to get simpler. Less is more, less makeup, less fuss, and just more natural, which I kind of prefer. My skin care treatment is very simple. I’ve found that anytime I try to do some kind of fancy hair or makeup routine or skin care routine, it gets more complicated.”
She used to worship the sun.
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In 2017, she told Australia’s Now to Love about her “biggest beauty regret” and sun worshippers will want to listen up. She said, “the amount of sunbathing I used to do without sunscreen. I mean, baby oil? What was I thinking? … I loved being brown – I loved it, I loved it, I loved it.”
“When I was younger, I would slather myself in baby oil and do everything in my power to get a burn. I was just completely uneducated,” she told InStyle. But now, “with all the steps we’ve taken to get our skin healthy, it really doesn’t make sense to tan.”Though she still loves to catch some of the sun’s rays “there’s nothing like that vitamin D boost!” – now she’s smarter about protecting her skin. She’s “addicted to” Aveeno’s SPF 50 sunscreen when she’s outside, telling Refinery29 in 2017, “it’s in my car, it’s by the pool, it’s in the kitchen, it’s in the bathroom, it’s everywhere. I go through it like crazy.”
She added to InStyle, “It’s not too heavy, and it’s extremely moisturizing. It also smells great…”
This affordable product keeps the skin on her body soft.
In 2016, she told Marie Claire UK her go-to body moisturizer, revealing, “The product I’ve been using for years and years and I just love is Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. I send it to everyone I know – like my manicurists who love it for massage and for feet – it’s absolutely fabulous. It’s so hydrating and helps my skin feel soft all day. Sometimes I use a lotion and my skin ends up feeling dry in an hours’ time.”
She uses downtime on a flight to step up her beauty game.
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Aniston makes skin care a priority, even on long flights. “I do take my makeup off. There are great makeup removers from Aveeno, so you just wipe it off. And a little spray bottle of Evian, and wipe your face down with a toner, and put on your moisturizer, and do a mask, especially on a European flight,” she told Elle magazine in 2015.
But don’t worry — Aniston gets zits too.
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Even though her skin may look perfect, Aniston assures us that she’s no stranger to waking up to a huge zit on her face.
Her top beauty secret when a pimple rears its ugly head? “First I roll my eyes and get annoyed, and usually I will put some sort of a drying lotion on. I don’t pick it, although I used to. Mario Badescu has a great drying lotion that I used for years and years,” as she told Elle magazine.
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