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Celebrity anti-aging secrets

Have you ever noticed how some celebrities never seem to age? Stars like Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Aniston, Christy Brinkley and Raquel Welch look like they have stopped the hands of time — or maybe they just have secrets that the rest of us don’t know about.

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They anti-age head to toe


Most of us just focus on the wrinkles and tone of our faces — but in reality, we should be looking at our hair, hands, neck and entire body! Celebrities like Demi Moore make sure to moisturize, protect and treat every nook and cranny of their bodies. Most important, celebrities make sure to apply sunscreen from head to toe, including their hair. It’s second nature for them to walk out the door with SPF 30+, a wide-brimmed hat and oversize sunglasses. Make sure this becomes your uniform, too!

They use multiple exfoliators


Beyond professional treatments like microdermabrasion, facials and peels, youthful-looking stars take it up a notch at home by using a cleansing brush on their face and body, allowing treatments to absorb better. Next, exfoliating with either a scrub or retinol serum (or both) is their nightly protocol! They switch things up so that their skin never gets lazy!

Every product fights the battle

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Not only do celebrities have an anti-aging arsenal that includes retinol, antioxidants and peptide serums, but they also make sure that their makeup has anti-aging properties. They look for sunscreens, primers, foundations, concealers and lip products that are moisturizing and that also contain active levels of skin care ingredients such as antioxidants, collagen or peptides. Every product should hydrate, firm, plump or protect. Celebrities also choose creamy or silky formulas because they won’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles (which makes skin look older).

They eat, breathe and live anti-aging


Stars know that their bodies and looks can make or break their career, so everything they do is focused on maintaining their image. Celebrities like Gywneth Paltrow and Salma Hayek make sure to sleep at least eight hours a night, drink plenty of water, eat healthy (including drinking green juices and detoxing) and exercise on a regular basis. Another common denominator is yoga — most gorgeous stars over the age of 40, including Jennifer Aniston, practice yoga on a weekly, if not daily, basis. Every action is directly related to staying youthful. It might sound easy, but many of us probably know that it is harder than it looks.

They fake it

Being on camera all the time teaches celebrities the importance of lighting and illusions. Stars who defy the aging process learn how to “fake it till you make it.” Many stars have a professional glam squad helping them get gorgeous on a regular basis, but they also learn techniques from their team. From self-tanning for a golden glow to whitening their teeth or adding subtle highlights to frame their face, they know how to create radiance. They also learn to use the right tools: an eyelash curler to open up the eyes, a primer applied with a brush to smooth wrinkles or a professional sponge to stipple (a quick, patting motion used by makeup artists) foundation into the skin so it disappears. Young-looking stars use eye-brightening concealers and lip glosses with shine in natural colors. Finally, stars like Naomi Watts know that the key to maintaining a youthful glow is to look as natural as possible!

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