Salma Hayek: ‘I don’t want to spend what’s left of my youth pretending I’m younger’

-Oct 16, Hannah Hargrave , Living -

Salma Hayek is turning 53 and wants to spread the word that age is irrelevant when it comes to beauty!

Just as the Lumity has turned it’s back on the term anti-ageing, so has Salma who follows our brand’s mantra of believing in the power of now and enjoying life at every age. 

So the fact she’s about to dive head first into her 53rd year on this planet makes absolutely no difference to the successful, passionate actress and mother-of-one. 

While she may be working within an age obsessed Hollywood culture the Oscar-nominated Mexican star has never bought into it and has made healthy waves within the business whether she’s 20 or 50.

‘I don’t dye my hair’

Salma is unabashedly straight forward, fearless in her natural approach to her beauty, and is embracing every year wholeheartedly.

From grey hairs to wrinkles, her curls and her curves Salma knows exactly how to make the most of her features without going under the knife and without trying to turn back the hands of time.

Related: How to go grey gracefully and rock your age

“One of the reasons I don’t dye my hair is because I don’t have the patience to sit through it,” says the star who has been parading her white and grey hairs on her Instagram page.  “I don’t want to spend what’s left of my youth pretending I’m younger and then not enjoying life.”

‘I use a mix of serums and oils’

Of course there’s no denying Salma has also been blessed with exotic good looks which compliment her fresh and fiery approach to life. But she swears to look her best age she adopts the ‘less is more’ method and refuses to overload her beauty regime with layer upon layer of products.

Related: How to use Lumity’s Skin Nutrients Facial Oil and when

In spite of being a multi-millionaire she even makes her own DIY face cleanser.

“You can use a little bit of oatmeal and then some water or almond milk, and a little bit of honey,” she adds. “You let it soak, and it’s a great cleanser that makes your skin very soft.”

To reduce the amount of products she needs she’s also a fan of ones which have multiple purposes like “a lipstick to double as a cheek tint,” she explains.

‘I love dry brushing’

To keep her olive toned skin smooth she doesn’t just rely on moisturising but on another simple, but effective beauty measure too.

“I love dry-brushing before showers,” she says. ”It’s a great way to stimulate blood circulation and get rid of dead skin cells.”

Not that she’s a fan of over exfoliating though. She insists: “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. I’ll use a mix of serums and oils depending on my skin that day.”

Related: Is exfoliating causing your skin to age prematurely?

‘I don’t believe in Botox’

And don’t expect to see her wondering into a plastic surgeon’s office either.

“I don’t believe in Botox, especially when [people] do it so young,” Salma declares. “They destroy themselves. They keep telling young girls, ‘Do it young, so you never get wrinkles.’ No, your face is going to fall.”

As honest as she is about accepting the ageing process she will admit there’s one downfall she’s struggling to get her head around.

‘Body confidence is a rollercoaster’

“The worst part of the aging process has been my eyes,” she says. “Not the wrinkles — the eyes themselves. I’m such a visual person and now I cannot read without depending on glasses.

“The eyes, for me, that’s worse than the menopause.”

She’ll admit she doesn’t have time to work out as regularly as she should and says body confidence is a rollercoaster. Just like any woman it depends on the day as to how you feel about yourself. 

‘Perfection can damage beauty’

Fortunately her husband, luxury brand tycoon Francois-Henri Pinault – father to her 11-year-old-daughter, Valentina – adores her the ways she is. And even though she’s happily married she’s clear that there is no place for perfection in her life.

“Perfection is a mirage,” she says. “If you have a vision of perfection, when you take the road to get there, if you learn in the road, then when you arrive you will see it’s not perfection. Perfection can damage beauty, it can damage art, it can damage growth. Happiness cannot have this title of perfection.”

For other inspiring women embracing getting older meet the women who have started an age revolution and read why Jennifer Aniston says it’s time women stopped being insecure.

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