Kate Hudson Reveals Her Skincare Routine for a Makeup-Free Glow at 42

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Kate Hudson Reveals Her Skincare Routine for a Makeup-Free Glow at 42
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At 42, Kate Hudson’s skin is looking more radiant than ever. The actress and Fabletics founder is always sharing makeup-free photos to Instagram, and every time, she’s glowing. So what’s her secret?

Hudson previously opened up about her skincare routine to InStyle, and revealed it was her mom Goldie Hawn who originally inspired her to take care of her skin.

“She whips out a face in five seconds,” she said of her mom. “She’s more into health than beauty. For her, it’s all about eating right, detoxifying, energizing your body, drinking water. But we do love our makeup and creams.”

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Like her mom, Hudson aims for beauty from the inside out, but she also has a few go-to tips that leave her with smooth, dewy skin—even when it likes to act up.

1. She never skips her nightly cleanse.

Hudson says her skincare routine has gotten stricter with age. “I get hormonal breakouts. My skin clears up, and then, boom, a pimple pop ups,” she told InStyle in 2018. “But if I’m not lazy, which I can be, it will get better.”

“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that washing my face every night and using toner is a game changer,” she said. In the mornings, she typically just rinses her face with water.

For regular cleanser, she told Instagram in April that she enjoys Symbiome’s The Renewal Daily Cleanser, and for exfoliating, she said Tata Harper’s Regenerating Cleanser and Juice Beauty’s Resurfacing Micro-Exfoliant are two of her “favorites” when she needs some exfoliation.

2. Moisturizer and SPF are staples.

In the a.m., Hudson never goes without moisturizer and sunscreen. Her long-time favorite moisturizer is La Mer’s Moisturizing Cream, a luxurious pick but a cult favorite—and she’s recently found love for the newer, light-weight formula known as The Moisturizing Soft Cream. (It’s worth noting that she is a partner of the brand.)

“When I was a kid, there was always a La Mer cream on my mom’s vanity. One day she found me in her bathroom putting some on, and she was like, ‘Hold on, this is not the product you get to use,’” Hudson told InStyle. “So La Mer has always been the cream on the pedestal with the halo around it.”

She loves it for the “light consistency and cooling sensation that soothes and calms my skin,” she also told People.

The brand’s Hydrating Facial Masks are also in her carry-on. “When I’m on a plane, I always apply one of these masks. People think you’re crazy, but who cares? Just enjoy it,” she said.

Lately, she’s also been loving another hydrating mask by The Things We Do called the Liquid Lift Sleeping Mask, per Instagram, which she called “crazy good.” And for extra moisture, she turns to African Botanics’ Rose Treatment Essence. Its unique gel to liquid formula moisturizes and balances the skin’s pH levels—Hudson says it’s “the best.”

3. A budget face cream has been her favorite for years, too.

Hudson has repeatedly shared her love for the Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream. “I’ve always loved this balm,” she told People. “I put it on myself, my kids, and my boyfriend!”

Made with just six natural ingredients—beeswax, honey, propolis, royal jelly, olive oil, and bee pollen—this hydrator works double duty on skin and hair.

4. She uses an at-home peel and treats her self to fancy facials.

To keep her skin soft and smooth, Hudson regularly uses an at-home chemical peel: the Glow Exfoliating Soft Peel by Aloisia Beauty. It contains papaya fruit enzymes and plant-based microcrystalline cellulose that work to buff away impurities and polish the complexion.

When the actress needs to take the face up a notch for a gig or event like the Golden Globes, she gets laser treatments done with L.A.-based skin expert Nurse Jamie. “That is like the greatest thing on the planet,” the actress told Women’s Health. “It just makes my skin gets really excited.”

And of course, she loves a good facial. “Sometimes I’ll get good about getting facials,” she says. “And I’ll do it like once a month for a couple months.” An herb peel is her go-to, specifically. “We have this facialist that I’ve used for years, and she has this natural peeling mask. They are just these herbs activated with some kind of acid. It feels like she’s putting a sandpaper on your skin,” she explained. “Acne and any kind of sun damage stuff just peels away.”

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5. Meditation helps her manage stress.

“To me it starts with the inside out,” Hudson told The Skincare Edit. “I think number one is managing your stress, because when we’re stressed out, it shows all over. And if you are stressed, there are all sorts of things you can do. But I think for me that’s sort of where the beauty regimen starts, with health—mental and physical health—and then the fun stuff.”

That’s why she practices meditation. “I think it’s important to do a type of meditation, to take a couple minutes away from life—where you’re alone and mindful and connect with yourself and let all of the stressful things in life go for a couple minutes,” Hudson said.

She also stays active to help her body unwind. “When you’re stressed or things are going on that might not be motivating for you, that physically starts to take over,” she said. “When you’re active, all those endorphins get going and it lifts serotonin. And it does bring more energy and activity into the pleasure parts of the brain.”

6. Hydration is key.

Hudson’s final skin secret is to stay hydrated. “I’m literally just keeping my fingers crossed that my skin’s going to be good,” she told Women’s Health. “So I usually drink just a ton of water.” To boost surface hydration when she needs it, she also uses Omorovicza’s Queen of Hungary Face Mist.

Still, the actress called water “the great kind of healer,” adding that when she drinks enough of it, her skin looks its best.

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