Salma Hayek is 55 years old. I repeat: 55 years old. Looking at her firm, flawless skin and natural glow, it’s hard to believe. If she hadn’t been a fixture on the big screen for the past 20 years, I’d have guessed that she was only in her 30s!
So what’s her secret? Well, despite being a famous actress (and married to one of the wealthiest men in the world), she has sworn off interventions like Botox.
“Listen, I never say never. Have I done it? No, still no. And I’m going to tell you why: It’s just logic. When you exercise, do you notice a difference in your skin and the muscle tone? Because oxygenation and circulation helps immediately rejuvenate your body when you exercise. If you kill the muscle, if you paralyze it and your face is not moving, this is going to affect all the other [muscles] around it. So maybe do [Botox], but wait as long as you can because you’re going to age faster with it. You’re going to look better [in the short term], but you have to do more and more and more, and the whole face is going to start falling apart!”
But that doesn’t mean that she relies on a complex skincare routine, either. In fact, she won’t cleanse or exfoliate too much, embraces natural ingredients like coconut oil, and believes in the power of good old-fashioned facial massage.
“I think that my beauty routine, and how I see beauty is from what I’ve learned from my grandmother. It made me realize that there are things that were not out there because [most brands] go by trends. There are things that are really good that are pushed to the side just because they’re trying too hard to sell you the new thing to always create some kind of event.”
Instead, she switches things up depending on how her skin looks and feels each day. “My routine changes, it depends on how my skin wakes up. I don’t do it like a machine. I look at it, I pay attention. I talk to it. Like, ‘What do we need today?’”
Keep reading to find out how Salma takes care of her enviable complexion.
Salma Hayek’s Skincare Routine (At a Glance)
Her Morning Skincare Routine
“I never cleanse my skin in the morning. 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? It’s for companies to have you use more products.”
2. Face Mist
“I spritz rose water—it’s so gentle and wakes the skin up.”
“I use an ingredient called tepezcohuite that’s used in Mexico for burn victims because it completely regenerates the skin.... This is why I have no Botox, no peels, no fillings.”
“I am completely against SPF, completely. SPF on its own is good, but I’m sorry, SPF in creams and makeup is a big mistake. It’s a lot of chemicals that can affect the formula of the cream. Ninety percent of the time, you don’t need it because you are working in an office indoors. Or you are going out at night.”
5. Lip Balm
Sisley Paris Nutritive Lip Balm: “I also... throw a Sisley lip balm in my purse.”
Her Nighttime Skincare Routine
1. Makeup Remover
“At night I take off my makeup with coconut oil.”
2. Face Mist
“Then I use rose water to take off the residuals. You can use a hot towel with the rose water—you put a wet towel in the microwave—to do a little steam. I believe that sometimes it’s good at night to do not a lot of [skincare products]. I will tell you why: Your skin, it’s going to do an amazing job. It’s going to repair itself... the most important thing is to clean it super well.”
3. Face Mask/Exfoliator
Juice Generation Watermelon Hibiscus Superfood Smoothie: “I have an edible mask with Juice Generation that has hibiscus in it that I might use. I have a lot of problems with swelling because I travel a lot. When I apply the smoothie on my face, it calms irritation and continues to work after I take it off—you can instantly feel the smoothness, texture and tightening. Or you can use a little bit of oatmeal and then some water or almond milk, and a little bit of honey. You let it soak, and it’s a great cleanser that makes your skin very soft. But I don’t 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.”
Biologique Recherche Sérum Grand Millésime Youth Elixir: “I’ll use a mix of serums and oils depending on my skin that day. I love the Biologique Recherche Grand Millésime serum.”
5. Face Oil
Anne Semonin Precious Serum: “Or I use the Anne Semonin Sérum Précieux.”
Her Skincare Treatments
La Mer The Hydrating Facial: “Traveling can dry out my skin. This mask is amazing for moisturizing and conditioning, especially after a night flight.”
“My grandmother was into natural ingredients. She was like a witch doctor, a cosmetologist. We’d be having breakfast and she would take the leftovers—papaya, yogurt, honey, nuts—and blend them all together, then she’d start putting them on her face. I grew up like that and as I got older I realized that wasn’t normal. I thought everyone just took the leftovers and made a mask!”
LED Light Therapy
Cynthia Franco Aesthetics: “No, this is not an alien. This is me with an... LED face mask that my facialist Cynthia made me try. When you close to 50, you are open to try sci-fi.”
“Do you know what is the best thing for your face, to keep it toned? Massage. I have a [massage therapist], but she lives in Japan. She only comes to London every once in a while. But when she comes, she’s my secret weapon. I really believe in massage, and the way she does it is with two people. You have to take out your tongue and make sounds and all these crazy things. One person moves your leg while the other person is pulling your ear. I don’t know, but it’s really extraordinary! Massage oxygenates, activates the circulation, and keeps the muscles healthy and firm. I cannot tell you, even just for the lymphatic [system], what the massage does for the face.”
Her Diet, Exercise and Lifestyle
“I am on the limit of chubbiness because I love my food and my wine. It’s not the best for fashion, but it’s good for my mood. I am happy because I eat... I will not have Botox. You know why? Because I eat! I eat the fat, I eat the vegetables, I eat everything. If you exercise too much and you don’t eat enough, it takes its toll on the skin. Everything starts aging. If you don’t eat carbs, you slow your metabolism down. And you know what? You look miserable. The truth is I just don’t have the drive to be the prettiest and the thinnest. I can be happy for other people for their beauty. Learn to be happy for others and you can never run out of happiness.”
“Right now I am doing something that I’m really loving. It is called bone broth! It’s full of gelatin and fat and has bone marrow and I think it is very good to keep yourself young. It helps to restructure the tissues for your skin, your hair and your nails. It’s full of collagen.”
“Some people have the discipline to exercise in the morning, and I didn’t develop that. I work with a woman in London who taught me how to hold my body in a way where the muscles are activated all day long. So even when you brush your teeth, you’re working the muscles. It’s restorative yoga. She taught me to tone [my muscles] without clenching them. You relax them and focus on the parts that need to be used, but never with tension. If you’re aware of your body, you’d be surprised by the effect it can have.”
“When I started my career, I saw beauty more as a goal. Now I just see beauty as part of life—of everyday life. When I was younger I was always trying to figure out, ‘Oh my God, what would look good on me? Is this my best or should I be like that? What hair colour I should have?’ But it’s more about finding your identity. As you get older, if you’re lucky, you can pay attention to life. You sort of settle, you’re more comfortable, and you understand much better who you are.”
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