Disclaimer: I have a major soft spot for Jennifer Lopez. In fact, 13-year-old me was a serious fangirl, and I bet any teenager who lived through 2002 was also one. With Maid in Manhattan, "Jenny from the Block," and Glow by J.Lo eau de toilette all launching that year, she firmly cemented herself as a box-office hit, R&B star, and beauty guru in a mere 12 months—and I was hooked. Since then, I've continued to admire Lopez's career from a distance, but it was only when faced with her up close when I went to watch Hustlers at the cinema this week that I realized how damn amazing she looks. And since she has two decades on me, I was keen to find out exactly how J.Lo is still stepping out with that trademark glow at 50 years old.
Lopez is notoriously tight-lipped about the ways she keeps her skin looking so incredible, but with a bit of beauty-editor detective work (and a little help from the internet), I've managed to uncover a few key beauty tips that J.Lo swears by for achieving that radiant glow. Keep scrolling for five reasons Jennifer Lopez's skin looks so incredible at 50.
1. Regular Exfoliation
In an interview with People, Lopez spilled the beans on how she gets her skin looking so radiant, and it's down to chemical exfoliation. Her product of choice? "Glycolic acid to get that healthy glow and clear skin," J.Lo revealed.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel Original Formula ($88)
This 30-day facial peel delivers five alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids, including J.Lo's favorite glycolic acid, to smooth, refine, and protect the skin. The closest you can get to a pro treatment at home (in my opinion), these do a seriously good job at replacing a tired, dull complexion with bright, glowing skin in a month.
Pixi Glow Tonic ($29)
A cult product for achieving the kind of glow that only supermodels usually step out with (case in point: Jourdan Dunn loves this stuff), the Pixi Glow Tonic is a 5% glycolic acid that exfoliates, brightens, and smooths the skin.
2. Sun Protection
Much like every dermatologist ever, Lopez confirms that protecting her skin from the sun is one of the key factors behind her youthful glow. "I don't wear a lot of makeup when not working and am a firm believer in SPF," she told InStyle. "I try not to stay out in the sun too long."
Shiseido Essential Energy Day Cream SPF 20 ($48)
A nourishing sun-protection formula infused with hydrating hyaluronic acid, glow-boosting pearl extract, and detoxifying Assam tea so you can protect your complexion from UV rays while improving radiance.
Paula's Choice Clear Moisturiser SPF 30 ($33)
My pick for acne-prone skin comes in the form of this lightweight moisturizer, which minimizes shine and the appearance of pores for fresh, healthy-looking skin.
3. Sleeping Beauty
A woman after my own heart, J.Lo swears by a solid eight hours of sleep each night for maintaining her natural radiance. "The number one tip is to always get enough sleep," Lopez told InStyle. "I can't stress this enough. Ideally, I would love to get nine or 10 hours of sleep, but either way, I always make sure I get at least eight."
Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask ($50)
Made from 100% pure mulberry silk, I didn't even know that I needed a sleep mask until I discovered this. It's incredibly soft and luxurious and helps to block out light if you struggle to drift off.
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Kit ($15)
This is my favorite pillow spray. It's a calming blend of lavender, chamomile, and vetivert that helps to calm your mind and body. This mini version is great for taking with you on your travels.
4. Cleansing Is Key
Lopez is a big advocate of working out for keeping both her body and mind healthy, but she's religious about cleansing post-exercise to keep her complexion looking fresh: "I always, always wash my face after a workout," Lopez told Hello. "That helps keep my pores clean and my skin feeling healthy."
Lancer Skincare The Method: Cleanse ($55)
From the skincare line of Beverly Hills–based dermatologist Harold Lancer, this regenerating cleanser is one of J.Lo's favorites.
Herbivore Blue Clay Cleansing Bar Soap ($12)
I've been looking for cleansing options that are more sustainable, and this low-packaging, vegan soap from Herbivore ticks the boxes. It uses purifying blue clay and calming lavender to deeply cleanse the face and body for a fresh, clarified complexion.
5. Self-Acceptance and Moisturizer
When asked what beauty advice she would give her teenage self, Lopez's charming reply was, "Love yourself. Stop spending so much time worrying about what others think. Because when you love yourself and you're happy it is reflected in your whole body—and that's what makes you truly beautiful." Her last tip? "Use a good moisturizer."
Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream ($45)
The natural moisturizer that J.Lo uses on a daily basis for that trademark glow.
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream—Mini ($15)
Lock in moisture for up to 24 hours with this intensely hydrating (and affordable) moisturizer. Bonus points for its soothing, cooling texture. This is ideal for sensitive skin types.
Psst: Now that your skin is as glowy as J.Lo's…
Jennifer Lopez Promise ($55)
Now you're channeling your inner Jenny from the block, why not opt for a fragrance created by the lady herself? Trust me—her new perfume is decidedly more grown-up than Glow and contains some of J.Lo's favorite ingredients. With notes of Italian tangerine, fruity berries, floral hits of jasmine, and honeysuckle, it has a fragrant, almost woodsy aroma that dries down into sweet, heady amber. I'm a fan.
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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