How to Do Padma Lakshmi's Skincare Routine

Her age-defying beauty secrets.
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Padma Lakshmi skincare routine

Padma Lakshmi is 48 years old. I repeat: 48 years old!

With her glowing, lineless skin, it's hard to believe that the Top Shelf host, cookbook author and former model is pushing 50.

She says her diet, not skincare, is responsible for her youthful good looks. "I think the reason people don't believe I am the age that I am is because I always ate well in my 20s," she told People. "What you eat shows up on your skin, on your hair, on your nails [and] on the whites of your eyes. And people don't realize that!"

Maybe that's why she can get away with not washing her face before bed (gasp!). "I have no beauty routines," Padma revealed to The New Potato. "I'm lucky if I manage to wash my makeup off at night!"

In the mornings, she avoids "big-brand skincare" and mostly sticks to products created by her two trusted facialists. 

Padma Lakshmi skincare routine

Close-up of Padma Lakshmi's skin.

Here's what keeps Padma's skin looking flawless:

Padma's Morning Skincare Routine

1. Cleansers:

Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser

Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser

Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser: "I'll use Tracie's Amla Cleanser."

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser: "Cetaphil cleanser is gentle and good to use."

2. Exfoliators:

Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant

Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant

Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant: "Tracie also has an enzyme mask that's fantastic. In my work, I have to wear makeup every day for TV, so this just sucks everything out of it. I'm really good about exfoliating; I exfoliate almost every day... in the shower."

St. Ives Acne Control Apricot Scrub

St. Ives Acne Control Apricot Scrub

St. Ives Acne Control Apricot Scrub: "I also love the St. Ives blemish control apricot scrub."

3. Toner:

Christine Chin Hydrating Toner

Christine Chin Hydrating Toner

Christine Chin Toner: "And then Christine's toner. I never used toner after cleansing but have started and this has been really helpful."

4. Serums:

Christine Chin Daily Renewal Refinishing Serum

Christine Chin Daily Renewal Refinishing Serum

Christine Chin Daily Renewal Refinishing Serum: "And then I would use serums that Christine has given me. I like [her] products, specifically the Daily Renewal Refinishing Serum. You put it on right after you get out of the shower or after you wash your face. It just tightens your pores immediately."

Christine Chin Herbal Blemish Gel

Christine Chin Herbal Blemish Gel

Christine Chin Herbal Blemish Gel: "Christine Chin has a blemish control herbal gel I like."

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum: "I love this vitamin C serum by Mad Hippie—my dermatologist gave it to me."

5. Moisturizer: 

Tracie Martyn Face Resculpting Cream

Tracie Martyn Face Resculpting Cream

Tracie Martyn Face Resculpting Cream: "And then moisturizer depending on how I'm feeling. I love Tracie Martyn's products—she has this face and body resculpting cream that is the bomb. It's kind of expensive but it really works."

Christine Chin Intensive Bio-Moisture Repair Creme

Christine Chin Intensive Bio-Moisture Repair Creme

Christine Chin Intensive Bio-Moisture Repair Creme: "[After] Christine Chin's daily renewal serum, then I put on her moisturizer."

6. Sunscreen:

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46: "I never go in the sun without sunblock and a hat. I wear an SPF called EltaMD, which I love. My doctor gave it to me. I use the 46 SPF because I have hyperpigmentation issues." 

7. Foundation with SPF:

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 in Warm Honey

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 in Warm Honey

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15: "And as far as actual foundation, I really just do it in spots where I need it. I use Bobbi Brown Honey or Warm Honey."

Padma's Nighttime Skincare Routine

1. Cleanser:

"I should probably wash my makeup off at night. I just don't wash my face. Often, I'll go to the gym the next morning with the same mascara, eyeliner that I had on the night before. It's a little gross."

2. Retinol:

Christine Chin Retinol Smoothing Fluid

Christine Chin Retinol Smoothing Fluid

Christine Chin Retinol Smoothing Fluid

Padma's Skincare Treatments

Facials:

Christine Chin and Tracie Martyn: "I use a combination of two facialists that I'm very loyal to here in New York City. They serve different purposes. I get facials every six weeks from Christine Chin and I splurge on Tracie Martyn too around Emmy time."

Light Therapy:

Tracie Martyn: "If I have a big event like the Emmys or something, then I'll get a Red Carpet Facial from Tracie, and I'll also use her red light. I don't know what she does, but it's great." 

Face Masks:

Christine Chin Soothing Hydration Masque

Christine Chin Soothing Hydration Masque

Christine Chin Soothing Hydration Masque: "Her moisturizing mask is amazing. Especially when you're tired. I do that, like, twice a week when I'm on Top Chef. I keep it in the fridge then just put it on (it's super gooey), lie down for 20 minutes, and listen to a podcast. You don't even have to wash it off actually—just sleep with it."

Tracie Martyn Lotusculpt Quick Fix Eye Pads

Tracie Martyn LotuSculpt Quick Fix Eye Pads

Tracie Martyn LotuSculpt Quick Fix Eye Pads and Activator: "I love the LotuSculpt Quick Fix Eye Pads—you just activate them with the Quick Fix Eye Pad Activator, and if you've got something like a big event, it just gets rid of your tired eyes."

Tracie Martyn Complexion Savior

Tracie Martyn Complexion Savior

Tracie Martyn Complexion Savior

Beekeeper's Naturals Wildflower Raw Honey

Beekeeper's Naturals Wildflower Raw Honey

Honey: "The biggest thing for skin, and it doesn't cost a lot of money, is honey. You just wash and cleanse your skin, take all the makeup off, pat your skin dry, and then slather honey all over your face, avoiding the delicate eye area. And then you just tap your fingers on your face, almost like you're playing piano on your skin. And what that does is pull out the impurities in your pores without upsetting the pH balance. There are those strips you can use to get the pores in your nose clean, but a lot of times, what they do is make your pores bigger because they are so powerful and have a lot of strong chemicals. That can be worse in the long run. But the honey is really gentle. And the suction of pulling the honey away with your fingers, which it sticks to, actually removes the impurities. Honey is also antibacterial and antimicrobial. And then you just rinse your face."

Steaming:

Neal's Yard Remedies Tea Tree Organic Essential Oil

Neal's Yard Remedies Tea Tree Organic Essential Oil

Tea tree oil: "You know, when I'm doing Top Chef, I'm putting on TV makeup every day, and all day they're adding powder, so my skin can get clogged and I can break out. So I always just ask for a big bowl of boiling water (you can just make it with a kettle), and I put five or six drops of tea tree oil in that boiling water. Then I take a big towel, put it over my head, and I steam my face. It's really good because it gets that antiseptic in there gently. I find that just steaming your face like that once or twice a week, if you're under stress, have worn a lot of makeup a lot of days in a row, or haven't been eating well, is just another way to keep your skin clean. It doesn't cost a lot of money. If I can't get to my facialist, sometimes I will do that."

Padma's Diet, Exercise and Lifestyle

Diet:

"The best thing you can do for your appearance is to eat well. Your skin needs nutrients to glow and be healthy. People think being as thin as possible is all that matters, but that is totally wrong. Being well nourished, hydrated and rested is what makes you healthy and attractive."

"I eat 50 percent fruits and vegetables of all colours. That really makes a difference. And try to cut down on processed foods as much as possible. I also don't eat too much red meat or sugar. I think everyone can benefit from eating more vegetables and fruits and less meat."

Water:

"I drink a copious amount of water and I think this helps my skin immensely."

Supplements:

Nutrafol Men Dietary Supplement

Nutrafol Men Dietary Supplement

Nutrafol Men Dietary Supplement: "I take a supplement called Nutrafol. Actually I use the men's formula because it's better for [hair growth]."

"I do take vitamin B and vitamin C. I also will do extra biotin."

Exercise:

Risha Dell: "I box with my coach, his name is Dell and he meets me three times a week for one hour. It's a great workout—nothing works the body like boxing—but I also think that it’s great for you mentally. It makes you focus in a way that is unlike most other exercise, you know? I've always found that whether I want to go to the gym or not, when I walk out of the boxing gym, I'm always thankful and happy."

"Or I lift weights—just old-school weights, lunges, crunches, squats and leg-presses."

The Space Pilates: "I have scoliosis, and [Pilates] is really good for my back. Also, I have a butt at 47 years old that I've never had, because of Pilates. It literally changed the structure of my body."

Acupuncture:

Dr. Maryanne Travaglione: "She’s been my acupuncturist, gosh, I would say for at least a dozen years. It is not a substitute for something that is chemically imbalanced—it's not going to revolutionize your life. But it can help something like a stiff back, or menstrual cramps, or insomnia. It can help if you have a headache—things like that."

Massage:

"I try to get massages as often as I can, about twice a month. [For shoots] I get a lymphatic drainage massage that's really great if you're preparing for an event and a dress that has a high slit, or being in a bikini, and things like that."

Lifestyle:

"The most important beauty tip I've learnt is to really try to reduce stress. I don't want to look like someone else, I just want to look like the best version of me, and most of that comes from your mental attitude and emotional wellbeing."

Thanks to Padma LakshmiInto The Gloss, Byrdie, Vogue Indiamindbodygreen, NewBeautyPeople, Travel + Leisure, Town & CountryHealthThe Cut, Coveteur, The New Potato and Canadian Living.

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