Venus William Shared Her Top 3 Serums for Youthful Skin—and They Cost $35 Total

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Venus William Shared Her Top 3 Serums for Youthful Skin—and They Cost $35 Total
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From Prevention

Venus Williams works hard on and off the court. When the tennis champion isn’t hitting the gym or playing back-to-back matches, she’s juggling calls and meetings for her activewear and lifestyle brand EleVen or her design firm V Starr.

A hectic schedule can a do number on anyone’s skin, and Williams is the first to admit that hers isn’t perfect. “I have oily skin, which means I’m always breaking out,” she said in a video for Vogue in June. “I’ve had acne since my teens until now.”

But you’d never be able to tell when looking at the 40-year-old athlete’s glowing complexion. After all, she’s now a self-proclaimed skincare expert. “I pay attention to what ingredients are being used, what promotes cell renewal, and what works best for my skin type,” Williams recently told NewBeauty. “So, I’m the one now buying everyone the creams and moisturizers I love to use. When I get obsessed with something, I end up ordering more boxes of it because I want to share it with everyone else.”

Curious about the products she’s truly in love with? Read on to find out how Williams keeps her skin smooth, clear, and radiant in her 40s.

1. She gives her skin a thorough cleanse.

Williams always removes her makeup before bed, often with Tom Ford’s Makeup Remover or Dior’s Hydra Life Micellar Water. She loves those options for “how they leave your skin feeling”—free of makeup, oil, and dirt but never dry or irritated, she told Harper’s Bazaar.

Then, she washes her face with Caribbean Blue’s Tea Tree Grapeseed Facial Cleanser. “It’s really helpful for clearing out your skin. It’s a cream cleanser so it’s not stripping,” Williams told Vogue, adding that it leaves behind a nice glow.

After cleansing, she applies a few spritzes of Trilogy’s Hydrating Mist Toner, which is infused with rose, lavender, and geranium oils. “I can’t ever stop spraying this toner because it feels so good,” she said.

2. Then, it’s on to serums and oils.

Williams’ mom instilled a lesson in her routine: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. “She used to do it so much that we would always tease her about it, but now we see that it really does work,” she told NewBeauty. “Now, I moisturize like crazy, too.”

Her skin is sensitive, so she prefers products with a simple ingredients list. She was such a big fan of Asutra, a skincare brand that uses naturally-sourced, eco-friendly ingredients, she became part-owner and chief brand officer of the company.

“For anti-aging, I love the vitamin C serum from Asutra because it doesn’t make me break out,” she said. “My skin is so sensitive, but any time I can use antioxidants, I’m all about it.” She also slathers on Asutra’s retinol serum to help minimize fine lines and hyperpigmentation and hyaluronic acid serum for an extra dose of moisture. “Those are my favorite skincare products that I use all of the time.” She also raves about the brand’s rose oil.

3. She wears SPF on and off the court.

The tennis pro admits that, while she has “really good genes,” wearing SPF is a must in her routine. “I was very naughty not wearing sunscreen for pretty much the first 35 years of my life,” she told NewBeauty. “I actually learned from my sister Serena. I would see her using SPF all the time and wearing long sleeves on the court, and there I was, never wearing any.”

She didn’t start wearing SPF regularly until her 30s, but “now, I know it’s essential, especially for anti-aging, so I’m very diligent about applying it,” she said. “I’ll apply one layer and let it dry, and then apply another one ... I also reapply while I’m playing.” Her go-to is EleVen’ Unrivaled Sun Serum SPF 35, which has an invisible finish on deeper skin tones.

4. She treats herself to professional peels.

“I’m all about prevention,” Williams told NewBeauty. So, she opts for in-office treatments like Laser Genesis, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, large pores, texture, and redness. Williams also turns to professional red light therapy and chemical peels.

“My dermatologist in New York has incredible peels for the face and body, and the hands and feet peel so beautifully,” she said. “And honestly, the butt peels so nicely, too. I love a good treatment.”

For some pampering at home, she’ll apply the occasional face mask to give her skin “bonus love.” One of her favorite picks? Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask, which she’ll use about once a week.

6. Finally, getting enough sleep is crucial.

For Williams, recovery is key. “When I’m competing, I’m often jumping between time zones so it can be a struggle to get a decent night’s sleep,” she told Prevention in November. But she insists that “self-care isn’t selfish,” so she makes winding down a priority.

“Especially now during such unprecedented and uncertain times, making time to take care of yourself is critical,” she said. “If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of everything—and everyone—else in your life.”

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