It’s not every day one of the world’s most famous celebrities gets your phone number and calls you at 9:08 a.m. on a Thursday morning. And it’s not every day (well ever) that said-cool-calm-and-collected celebrity lets you in on her age-embracing beauty hacks that are a) actually doable and b) surprisingly affordable — while also managing to compliment you within the first eight seconds of your conversation.
“The Australian accent is an accent I have always wanted to, but I can’t do it,” Jennifer Aniston told us, laughing into the other end of the phone. “It’s a tough one — it’s a really hard accent!”
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Although, you know what’s not tough for Jen? Being her happiest, healthiest self — because taking care of herself is far from a laborious chore for the 48-year-old. Put simply, it’s her way of life.
Here, Jen, who’s been a long-time Aveeno skincare spokesperson, exclusively let Now To Love in on her best-kept secrets for that year-round Californian glow, biggest beauty regret, and why it’s so important to love, celebrate, and take care of the skin we’re in.
Get over the fact you’re getting older — we all are.
PSA, everyone: Aging is inevitable, and as Jen explains, there’s nothing to not love about it.
“I really wish we could shift our perspective on it as negative, because it’s happening to every single one of us,” she said, adding that the key to aging gracefully comes down to nurturing your skin. “We just need to be very good to our skin — just take very good care of it. Keep it healthy, and keep it tended to — as we tend to our cars, our appliances, and everything else."
And that goes from the inside out, too. “Don’t eat processed foods, sugars, or high-saturated foods," she continued. “Like all those fried yummy foods we love to have (and that we should definitely indulge in once in a while, of course) — it’s pretty basic!”
Apply moisturizer in the steam of a hot shower for ultra-hydrated skin.
Aside from being devoted to her own mix of “lotions and potions,” post-morning meditation, and “a cup of coffee,” Jen hits the shower. And her beauty routine begins as soon as she turns those taps off.
“I keep my Aveeno moisturizing lotion in the shower so that I put it on before I towel off,” she explained. "This is an extra trick for extra hydration as your body is still warm. So, especially in the winter months, it’s really nice to get that extra bit of hydration. That’s it in a nutshell.”
Learn from your (beauty) mistakes
Hands up if you’ve laid on the beach a little longer than you know you should in pursuit of that summer glow? Jen feels you.
“I love the sun — I love it a lot!” she said, adding, “From the time of a babe — I mean, I was a brown berry! I loved being brown — I loved it, I loved it, I loved it.”
But she has since learned that screening your skin from the sun, not scorching it, will pay dividends for your health in the years that follow. “My biggest beauty regret is the amount of sun-bathing I used to do without sunscreen,” she confessed. “I mean, baby oil! What was I thinking?! It’s certainly a cautionary tale: Just wear sunscreen!”
Nourish and protect your skin. Every. Single. Day.
Sure, Jen has ditched the baby oil. But she can’t stress enough the importance of sunscreen, and moisturizer, in keeping her skin feeling fresh, supple, and safe from the sun’s dangerous rays.
“Still today, when I’m with my girlfriends, they’re trying to get sunscreen on their kids and the kids are screaming: ‘No, I don’t want to wear sunscreen!’ What do they say? ‘Ignorance is bliss? Youth is wasted on the young?'” she joked. “You know, they’re going to have to learn this, one way or the other.”
“For me, I’m all about Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 or SPF70. That’s actually in my car, in my bag, in the pool, in the kitchen, in the bedroom, in the bathroom; it’s everywhere, as well as my hand lotion — lotions and sunscreens all the time.
Ditch your phone and just… BE
While celebrities like Kim Kardashian West count as many as 102 million fans following them on Instagram, Jen chooses not to have social media accounts and limits her tech time in a bid to find and maintain her inner chill.
“This business is stressful — and the world, in general, can be stressful!” she said. “Not only that, but we’re staring at all these different screens that used to just be a television screen. Now it’s a computer screen and a phone and God knows what else! These things are like barnacles to us; technology just wraps itself around us.”
“It’s important to just have that time to be with yourself," she continued. "Be in your home with your feet on the ground, taking in the earth we have — however long we may have it [laughs] — and appreciate it and take care of it. And get outta your damn phone. My god!”
This post was written by Candice Mehta-Culjak. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.