From her glory days in Friends to her latest role in Mother’s Day, Jennifer Aniston hardly looks to have aged a day throughout her entire career. She was called “the sexiest woman alive” by Men’s Health magazine and was named “the most beautiful woman alive” by People magazine. She continues gracing the covers of magazines with her flawless, glowing skin. If you’re interested in learning Jen’s aging secrets, follow these five easy, achievable tips.
1. Water, Water, Water
One of the most important steps to take when achieving great skin is staying hydrated. Instead of the outdated eight 8-ounce glasses per day, experts now say your water intake depends on your weight, your activity level and where you live. Generally speaking, however, you should try drinking between a half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh. Say, for example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should consume 75 to 150 ounces of water each day. This number should be higher if you live in a hot climate and exercise regularly. Want to know how to get more water into your day? Consider these tips:
- Carry an insulated sports bottle with you and fill it up throughout the day.
- Always keep a glass of water on your desk at work.
- Keep another glass next to your bed and drink it first thing in the morning.
- Sip small amounts of water throughout the day.
Not only does water help boost your metabolism and improve your digestive health, but it helps your skin stay hydrated, which improves its elasticity and reduces your chances of getting severe wrinkles.
2. Use Anti-Aging Skin Care
Instead of using harsh skincare products that are full of harmful chemicals, choose a skin care product that uses natural anti-aging materials. With all the different products available over the counter these days, you’ll want to find something that is healthy for your skin and backed by science. Harsh chemicals and toxins are the last thing a healthy face deserves. In recent skincare research performed by Appalachian State University, scientists are discovering the many benefits of redox signaling molecules and their effect on cellular renewal. As time goes on, you can bet you’ll see more redox anti-aging face care systems that activate cellular communication in your body for the renewal of healthy, beautiful skin. These scientifically validated products help tone and balance your skin through the support of healthy cell renewal — a huge scientific breakthrough and one of Jen’s key anti-aging secrets.
3. Wear Less Makeup and More Sunscreen
Jennifer always has lived by the mantra that, when it comes to wearing makeup, less is often more. Europe has banned more than 1,000 carcinogenic makeup products; the US has banned only nine. Furthermore, many common cosmetics have improved only regarding the chemicals that help make the products last longer. While this may seem appealing, these chemicals make the particles smaller and stronger, which means they are absorbed more easily into the skin and past the protective layers that should be fending off similar pollutants and toxins. Consider taking after Jennifer and, on days when you can, use only sheer-tinted moisturizer and make sure to follow up with oil-free sunscreen that has at least SPF 50.
4. Focus On Clean Eating
When it comes to aging like Jennifer, proper diet plays a major role. Instead of reaching for snacks that are high in sodium and carbohydrates, choose organic veggies, lean proteins and healthy fats. Here’s an example of a day of clean eating:
- Breakfast: Slice avocado on Ezekiel toast and accompany it with a slice of tomato. A smoothie and hard-boil eggs are also good protein-packed options.
- Lunch: Grab a lean turkey wrap and slices of celery, carrots and apples.
- Dinner: Go salad crazy with one of Jennifer’s favorite salads: bulgur, cucumbers, parsley, mint, red onion, garbanzo beans, feta cheese and pistachios.
5. Workouts For Your Mind, Body, and Face
Finally, a key to aging like Jennifer is staying active. The yoga-loving actor also gets in 30-minute cardio sessions at Barre Method or on her stationary bike and starts the day with a 20-minute meditation. Not only does staying active help your body stay in good shape, but sweat is actually great for your skin. Sweating opens up your pores and purges your body of the toxins that clog pores and result in pimples and blemishes. Note, however, that after every sweaty workout you should rinse your face with a gentle cleanser to help pores stay extra fresh and lock in some of that natural moisturizer.
There you go, the key to aging like Jennifer Aniston is as easy as sticking to these five tips. So grab that sunscreen and a healthy snack and settle in for a marathon Friends session!