Nia Long, 49, Doesn't Seem To Have Aged In 25 Years—Here's Her Skincare Routine

Chelsea Burns
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Photo credit: Nia Long/@iamnialong
Photo credit: Nia Long/@iamnialong

From Women's Health

Actress Nia Long became notable in the '90s with her roles in Boyz in the Hood, Friday, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Now she's back on the scene as the star of Netflix's new hit Fatal Affair, a psychological thriller that quickly takes a dangerous turn for Nia's character, Ellie. And while it's been 25 years since the actress played Lisa Wilkes on Fresh Prince, you'd never know it by her ageless complexion.

The 49-year-old star has admitted to a love of facials and a particular moisturizer (more on that later), but she also credits her beauty inspiration: her mom. “She blessed me with good skin," the actress told NewBeauty. "She's in her late 60s and looks amazing—I hope to look as good as her.” Another factor that could be contributing to her glowing skin is her healthy lifestyle.

"I eat healthy, organic foods and keep the weight off with a lot of yoga, Pilates, and jump rope, which I try and do every day for the length of at least one song,” she told NewBeauty. And no, she's never had Botox. While she says she's not against "anything that makes you feel and look good," she says she believes you should only do what's needed and for her the time hasn't come yet.

Luckily, Nia has shared a few things she is doing to help freeze time when it comes to her skin—keep scrolling to find out for yourself, and get ready to take notes.

She uses this one-two punch for glowy skin on set.

"What happens is when you're under the lights all day, whether you have oily or dry skin, you start to feel dry," Nia explained in an interview with Glamour. "And what I've learned over the years is—Chantecaille has this amazing rosewater—and I spray the rosewater on my face, and then I dab a little bit of moisturizer in the areas where I see the foundation or powder is cakey. It just instantly brightens your skin. But the key is you can't wipe, you have to dab."

She says this moisturizer is like botox in a bottle.

"I love Chantecaille's moisturizer. It was designed with the idea of making Botox last—I personally don't have Botox— but it moisturizes and tightens at the same time and you don't feel like you're really greasy. It's really hydrating. You should try it. You're going to go, 'Oh, my gosh, Nia was right!'" Nia told Glamour.

She sticks with natural formulas.

Nia shared with NewBeauty that she thinks “natural is better" and that natural-based products "just work better" for her skin.

She views beauty from a 360 approach.

"I was raised a vegetarian and have always eaten pretty healthy," Nia told NewBeauty. "When you feel good on the inside, you feel good on the outside, too—I’m all about a full mind, body, soul, and wellness connection.”

She swears by facials.

The star told NewBeauty that she's been going to the same esthetician in Los Angeles for 17 (!) years and credits her for making her skin look lifted and healthy, saying, "she takes really good care of my skin and even though she thoroughly cleans my pores; she knows how to not leave me with dark marks that women of color often get." Psst: The name of the spa is Olympic Spa.

She likes in-office treatments as well.

Nia shared with NewBeauty that exfoliating is one of the keys she's found to maintaining beautiful skin. She shared that she does it at home in the shower but she also regularly goes to Dr. Harold Lancer’s for microdermabrasion treatments and follows that with an LED and oxygen treatment.

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