Don't tell Jen Aniston she looks good for her age

Mar 24, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. ET

It's clear to all that Jennifer Aniston is a natural beauty and she's comfortable in her own skin, but the gorgeous actress recently opened up about why it irks her that age has to be a factor in the equation.

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Backhanded compliments: They're everywhere. And if you tell Jennifer Aniston that she's looking good and then qualify the statement with "for your age," don't be surprised if the American national treasure is less than thrilled.

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In a recent interview with Women's Wear Daily, Aniston, who just turned 45 in February, shared her views about aging in contemporary times and how people are taking care of themselves better now than ever.

"Your age always has to be mentioned," she lamented. "And men don't really get that for some reason. It's not like you see Joe Schmoe, 37. Women and men today in their 40s are so much healthier now than they were thirty years ago in their 40s. It was a different time. We know how to take care of ourselves. We know what to put in our bodies to fuel us that's healthy and organic and not processed, and the importance of drinking water and cutting out sugars and bad fats. Before, we just didn't know that, and we didn't have the technology with skin care that we have today."

Interestingly enough, even with all of the skin technology we have today, Aniston has previously made it known that she likes to keep her skin care regimen cheap and simple. Two of her favorite products are Vaseline and Preparation H.

"Put Vaseline on your eyes at night — all over. It helps condition your lashes," she said. "And my girlfriend told me years ago that if you wake up with puffy eyes, you can put Preparation H underneath them. It's amazing."

And although Aniston seems perfectly comfortable to be the age she is now, she has admitted before that her most awkward years were in her early 30s, when she was married to Brad Pitt. Ouch.

"That all started in my 30s, my awkward phase," she explained. "I'm a little bit of a late bloomer! But it doesn't matter to me because it just gets better."

With a wedding in the works and an awesome career still going strong, it's easy to see why she feels that way.