By Macaela Mackenzie.Photo by: Getty Images.
Listen up, youths — Earth goddess Salma Hayek is talking beauty. Of course, we know that age is irrelevant to beauty — which is why we’re no longer using the term “anti-aging.” In kind, we’re feeling extra appreciative of women who have defied antiquated beauty rules and broken beauty barriers at every age. Case in point: Salma Hayek.
At 50-years-old, Hayek’s status as a siren of the silver screen is stronger than ever. The most impressive part? The bombshell does it by keeping au natural wherever she can. In an interview with the New York Times, the actress spilled a bevvy of timeless beauty knowledge. We're eating it up.
Philosophy #1: Don’t over-cleanse.
Forget lengthy morning beauty routines — rule number one for Hayek is to only cleanse skin at night. “I never cleanse my skin in the morning,” she told the NYT. “My grandmother taught me that at night your skin replenishes all the things you lost during the day. Also, if I cleanse very well at night, why would it be dirty when I wake up?”
Philosopy #2: Less is more.
According to Hayek’s beauty philosophy, a push for more products is really just a result of better marketing by beauty companies. In her beauty regimen, less is always more. When she does use products, she keeps it natural. In the mornings, she spritzes rose water on her face (“It’s so gentle and wakes the skin up”) before applying moisturizer. “At night I take off my makeup with coconut oil. Then I use rose water to take off the residuals,” she said. “You can use a hot towel with the rose water — you put a wet towel in the microwave — to do a little steam.”
Finally she’ll dip into some of her own products: Chamomile Facial Cream Cleanser ($12) from her skincare line Nuance or an edible Watermelon Hybiscus Mask from her new blend-it-yourself line with Juice Generation. “Or you can use a little bit of oatmeal and then some water or almond milk, and a little bit of honey,” she added. “You let it soak, and it’s a great cleanser that makes your skin very soft.”
Philosophy #3: Take it easy with exfoliators.
One thing Hayek will never do? Over-exfoliate. “Exfoliating a lot may make you look good in the short term, but not I think in the long term. I see many women in L.A. who have exfoliated so much they look shiny,” she said. “I’ll use a mix of serums and oils depending on my skin that day.” She loves Biologique Recherche Grand Millésime Serum ($74) and Anne Semonin Sérum Précieux ($140).
Philosophy #4: Multitask with makeup.
Given her laid-back approach to skincare, its no wonder Hayek has a super chill makeup routine. On a typical day, she usually dots on a touch of foundation and uses her lipstick to double as a cheek tint. When she gets red carpet ready, the star has her go-to’s. “I love the lip colors and textures of the Clinique Pop line. I just discovered them. I also use a lot of Charlotte Tilbury and throw a Sisley lip balm in my purse. Kevyn Aucoin has beautiful blushes,” she told the NYT.
Philosophy #5: Let your hair just be itself.
The reason Hayek’s hair always looks so damn healthy and lush is probably because she rarely does anything to it. “My hair is curly and wild when I’m not working,” she said. To tame frizz, she reaches for Nuance Healthy Shine Nourishing Oil ($20) and a hair tie.
Philosophy #6: Embrace your age.
Hayek also doesn’t dye her hair. “It’s my natural color, and it’s my natural white hairs,” she said. “One of the reasons I don’t dye my hair is because I don’t have the patience to sit through it. I don’t want to spend what’s left of my youth pretending I’m younger and then not enjoying life.” Amen to that.
This story originally appeared on Allure.
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