Think celebrities are born with perfect skin? Think again. Bombshell Salma Hayek has a flawless face these days, but admits she struggled with bad acne in her 20s.
Today, the 46-year-old actress credits her camera-ready complexion to religious use of her Nuance Salma Hayek product line, which is formulated with ingredients used in her native Mexico.
"I knew I had herbs and things that nobody was using in the States or Europe," Salma tells SheKnows. "There is a key ingredient that is in a lot of my things. It's called tepezcohuite."
Tepezcohuite was commonly used in hospitals in Mexico on burn victims to regenerate cells, according to Salma, who's currently starring in Here Comes the Boom. "It's not a myth," the actress adds, "It's been proven for years and years!"
"I have the most sensitive skin you can imagine," she tells SheKnows. "My Wild Lime Exfoliator is one of my favorite products because it doesn't irritate your skin. You can go out into the sun without any hesitation and you see results with one application. Immediately, your skin looks softer and brighter."
Salma's Nuance line, which is available at CVS, was actually inspired by her grandmother. "My grandmother was an alchemist," she explains. "She would mix her beauty knowledge and make her own creams in the kitchen. I wanted to make sure that every woman could afford to look and feel beautiful and that their cream was as good or better than [the creams of] the ones who had a lot of money."
One of Salma's main priorities these days is making sure her own 4-year-old daughter Valentina feels beautiful, too. "It's funny because she is getting into this thing where she looks into the mirror and says 'I'm not beautiful today.' Out of desperation, I came up with something that I think everyone can use."
"I said to her, 'You have got to stop saying that because beauty is getting really sad. If she (beauty) doesn't feel loved and appreciated for what she does for you, one day she is going to go. You have to apologize to your beauty for being rude to her. It made so much sense to think of beauty as somebody that lives inside of you that is just trying her best. You have to help her feel good."
Good advice no matter what your age, right?
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