Susan Sarandon might be in her 70s but she says she certainly doesn’t feel it. The Hollywood star’s down-to-earth approach to ageing and beauty makes us want to jump for joy.
There’s no denying the striking septuagenarian has been blessed with good genes but there are plenty of other factors in her life that keep her eternally youthful and apparently a good sex life is one of them.
“Sex, that’s good for your skin, right?” said the star who advocates feeling sexy in your 70s.
Susan – who split from her partner of 23-years, Tim Robbins, in 2009 – has been frank about her sexuality, admitting that after decades of monogamy, she’s now “open” and her “sexual orientation is up for grabs”.
Her obvious talent, zest for life and honesty about herself has earned her legions of fans. She’s been gracing our screens for almost 50 years and she says that experience has only made her more confident.
“It has never crossed my mind that my age would hold me back from anything,” she said. “What makes you beautiful is being awake in your life and being confident, and that becomes easier as you get older and care less what others think.”
Susan is not a fan of cosmetic surgery although she admits to some work: “I had under my chin sucked out once.”
She says a woman has the right to do whatever she wants with her body but struggles to accept when they go overboard because she worries that it’s a decision that’s rooted in fear of getting older – rather than confidence.
“When I see people who have had massive work done, to me that isn’t beauty – it is the personification of fear. It’s so unattractive and proves someone is not at one with what’s happening naturally.”
So how does she remain so naturally gorgeous? Sunscreen, a good diet and no smoking apparently.
“The secret, I mean, honestly, I think staying engaged and staying curious and having a good time is really a lot of it. And not smoking is really important. I think that staying hydrated and not doing anything too extreme, too. Also I’m not really a drinker. I think a little bit of wine in moderation is probably good, but I think really if you drink heavily it’s not great. But I guess good genes. I thank my mother.”
Susan doesn’t leave the house without sunscreen but says she’s not fanatical about her health regime, she’s just sensible.
Susan – who has three adult children – is also not just about surrounding yourself with the right diet and exercise regime but with people who bring out the best in her too.
“You have to take care of yourself,” Susan admitted. “I just got my daughter a Kangen water machine to filter out toxins. To stay young and healthy, you need to weed out toxic things and toxic people!”
Do not expect the outspoken ‘Thelma and Louise’ legend to moan about getting older either.
“As for ageing, it is a number and I have never given it much thought,” she added. “Just get on with it and enjoy the years as much as you can. I look forward rather than back.”