It’s not easy to stop a group of beauty editors and influencers in their tracks, but when Jennifer Aniston walked into the room at 1 Hotel in West Hollywood on a Thursday afternoon, everyone looked up from their phones in awe. There’s something magnetic about her. Even in the Instagram age, when it’s easier than ever for us to track every move our favorite celebrities make, Aniston is much more private and elusive. But in person, she’s warm and, dare I say, normal. And she still has that Friends wit about her. “I’m so excited to be here with Aveeno, my best friend since I was a teenager,” Aniston says, making the room laugh along with her. “And I’m so excited because my favorite things are scientists and dermatologists.”
We were invited by Aveeno to learn about the microbiome — or healthy bacteria — in our skin. Dermatologist and author Jessica Wu and Johnson & Johnson research and development scientist Kim Capone schooled us on skin and gut health while Aniston took questions from the audience. (She could absolutely have a career as a talk show host if she gets tired of this acting and producing thing.) After the panel, I sat down with Aniston to talk Los Angeles wellness trends, her new Apple TV+ series, and owning your power.
On her current wellness routine:
“In the last year, I’ve been doing celery juice first thing in the morning,” Aniston tells Allure. “But you have to wait a half hour , so that’s when the meditation happens. I have to force myself not to go right to my coffee.” She follows up the celery with a shot of apple cider vinegar diluted in water, which is said to help lower your blood sugar and cholesterol. “I also take a probiotic, obviously,” she adds.
On her simple skin-care routine:
Less is more when it comes to her skin. “I don’t overwash my face because you don’t want to strip away too much,” Aniston says. “And then I just put on nourishing things I feel are as organic as possible.”
On how the conversation around aging is changing:
Aniston isn’t offended by talk of “anti-aging” in the beauty world, but she does feel there are better ways to get the message across. “Very little offends me, but what I do think is becoming dated are things like, ‘Oh, you look great for your age,'” she says. “Because at a certain point, you should start to look like shit? Because that’s what that is implying. Like, ‘You should look like hell right now!'”
AveenoOn the Aveeno products she’s been using for years:
One of the main reasons Aniston wanted to get involved with Aveeno is because she’s been using the brand’s simple, effective products for decades. “The Aveeno moisturizer is the one I’ve been using since I was a teenager,” she says. But she didn’t always make great beauty decisions back then. “You didn’t really know anything else but to put on moisturizer and to over-pancake your face. That’s what the ’80s were.”
On how what goes into your body matters:
We’re learning more about aging, she explains, so of course we’re going to look great later in life. “Science is expanding, and technology is incredible, and there are all of these things that we’re learning that our parents’ generation and their parents’ generation didn’t know,” she says. “They were smoking or putting all sorts of preservatives in their body they didn’t know about. We understand now that what you put in your body affects what you look like on the outside. We’re becoming more conscious of that cycle.”
On what she wishes publications would stop doing:
Aniston doesn’t have social media, and she’s not easily offended by what she sees online. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have feelings about certain editorial practices. “We have to stop naming someone’s name and putting their name next to it,” she says, laughing. “I also think we need to take away comment sections. When people say, ‘Don’t read the comments,’ well, I’ve read comments. I’m not an idiot. But it’s a horrible, horrible thing to do, which creates stress, which raises your cortisol, and then you break out.”
On her new Apple TV+ series, The Morning Show:
Aniston stars alongside Reese Witherspoon, and they both act as co-executive producers on Apple TV+’s first series. Aniston plays Alex Levy, a TV journalist who is told she’s passed her “sell-by date.” The show features themes such as aging and the #MeToo movement, all things Aniston feels strongly about. “We tackle a lot of stuff that is of the old guard: the sexism, the ageism, the racism, the lack of diversity, the competition,” she says. “In a very unapologetic way, we address a lot of messy things, which is why it’s so fun and exciting.”
On how society is starting to change:
“Women are really finding their voices, realizing that it’s all a charade,” she says of the bosses and executives at the top of companies. “They don’t have the power. We all have the power. It’s just about taking it. And it doesn’t mean screaming about it or beating people down. It’s just owning it. Because then people can be receptive to it instead of wanting to cower from it. And not be called a bitch. But it’s like, ‘No. I’m just strong. I’m not a bitch.’ Men in those positions of power are considered incredible, powerful men, and women are not, but I think it’s really shifting and changing, and I’m excited to be a part of that.”
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- 1. First, don’t take good skin for granted.
- 2. Slather on the moisturizer and SPF.
- 3. Treat yourself to fancy facials, but don’t overdo it.
- 4. Get scientific with your skincare.
- 5. Eat antioxidant-rich foods.
- 6. Challenge your body with exercise.
- 7. De-stress however and whenever you can.
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Jennifer Aniston Has Basically Had the Same Skincare Routine Since She Was 15
In her latest cover interview with InStyle, Aniston explained that when she was a teenager, her mom was already extolling the virtues of moisturizer. Even the brand of moisturizer hasn’t changed since then.
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“I think it’s because my mom told me to start moisturizing when I turned 15,” she said. “I’ve been using Aveeno since I was a teenager.” It just so happens that in 2013, Aveeno came looking for a spokesperson and Aniston admittedly had plenty of experience with the line.
But it would be a stretch to say that absolutely nothing’s changed. Now, in addition to that mom-approved moisturizer, Aniston has an army of pros that help her keep her glow, no matter where she happens to be. She’s got them all over the country, so if she’s away from home, she knows she has someone she can trust. There’s Georgia Louise in New York, Lupita at Mila Moursi Skin Care Institute in Los Angeles, Joanna Czech with locations in Dallas and New York, and Melanie Simon in Montecito, Calif.
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And mom’s not the one doling out advice these days, either. Aniston says that her pal Jillian Dempsey offered up a tool to keep things looking as bright and tight as possible: a vibrating 24-karat-gold sculpting bar.
“It feels so damn good to put oil on your face and just roll,” Aniston explained. Maybe one of these days, Aniston and her pal and former Friends co-star Courtney Cox will let us all in on more self-care secrets, like how it’s never a bad time to pull out a jade roller.
Jennifer Aniston’s top tips for improving your skin’s health
Jennifer Aniston, left, and Reese Witherspoon in a scene from “The Morning Show” on Apple TV+. (Hilary B. Gayle / Apple) Advertisement
3. Find a daily moisturizer that’s right for you. (Naturally, Aniston recommends Aveeno’s Daily Moisturizing Lotion, which includes prebiotic oat, and she said she has been using it since her teen years.) It’s what my mom bought, and that’s what I used on my body. I’m such a creature of habit. When I went out on my own, that was a staple in my bathroom. I just love it. I have a bottle in my car. It’s in all of my bathrooms. Put it on right out of the shower before you get too dry. My mom was very concerned with her skin, but she was also of the generation where it wasn’t about internal health. It was about external health. But one of the positives that came out of that was, ‘Moisturize your skin.’
4. Be adventurous with skin trends but know your limits. Is there any trend I won’t do? Well, I won’t put leeches on my face because that’s terrifying. I don’t know how that can be great for you. I mean, I don’t know and I don’t care. What else would I never do? I’m not a fan of retinols. They strip the strength of your skin. I stay away from them.
Matt LeBlanc, clockwise, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry in a photo from their days on the NBC sitcom “Friends.” (NBC)
5. Healthy living shouldn’t be a crash diet. It’s a lifestyle. I do believe when you are eating sugar and bad food, your face, body and energy levels will show you the results of that. Eating healthy is a way of life. I don’t feel deprived by it because I also will indulge 100%. It’s like 70/30 in everything. Your body listens to you. It’s like talking to a plant. It really will thrive if you’re treating it well.
6. Avocado, ginger and asparagus — antioxidants, oh my! I love avocado. Avocado used to be like, ‘No! It’s fattening!’ years ago, but it’s one of the best things you can put in your body. You can even eat a whole avocado for lunch. Put a little olive oil on that, a little salt and pepper. It’s so delicious and it’s good for us. Ginger is great for antioxidants, asparagus too. Even though it makes your pee smell weird, which is something I just do not understand. Somebody will be able to break that down for me one day. I would love to know. The same person will tell me why lemons have seeds and limes don’t. These are the questions in life that I want answered.
Jennifer Aniston, right, and Reese Witherspoon at the 18th Elle Women in Hollywood celebration in 2011. The two now star in the new Apple TV+ series “The Morning Show.” (Matt Sayles / AP)
7. Find a workout routine that motivates you. I was boxing but I broke my wrist a couple of years ago. So then I had to get creative. Leyon and I were doing other things . Find something to do that shocks your body a little bit. I see people in a gym, and they’re on an elliptical and they’re mindlessly moving and they think, ‘Oh, I just finished an hour. Check.’ It’s not going to do it. Stressing the body is what allows our NAD to reinvent itself in our bodies.
8. Enjoy a daily digital detox to combat stress. Don’t touch your phone for a good hour if possible. It makes such a difference. You don’t really need it — unless it’s your job. But if you don’t have anything that’s pressing, an hour is not going to hurt to not look at it.
9. Meditate every morning — and evening if possible. I do 20 minutes in the morning and at night. I don’t usually get that 5 o’clock time that I would love to, but I’ve been doing it right before I go to bed, and that actually really has helped with my sleep. But usually if I can’t get two in, I always will get the one in in the morning. When I’ve fallen off because ‘Oh, I’m too busy or I’ve got to get up at 5 and I don’t have time,’ I notice a difference. It’s very important to get back on that.
As easy as it is to believe, and as convincing as her Aveeno ads might be, Jennifer Aniston’s timeless skin didn’t come from magic in a bottle. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times at a skin health summit in October, The Morning Show actress (who turned 50 in February) admitted that its resilience comes from a combination of things: lifestyle choices, skincare, and of course, good genes. In the interview, she broke it all down in detail, and even provided some tried-and-true tips along the way.
1. First, don’t take good skin for granted.
Ansiton has good skin now, but she had really good skin when she was trotting around Central Perk on Friends as Rachel Green. She said she wishes she would’ve maintained it better then. “I inherited good skin from my dad,” she said. “But one thing I would have to say to my younger self is, ‘Don’t take that for granted,’ because you do have to maintain that. It does have a shelf life.”
Still, she thinks the conversation around aging needs a shift. “Very little offends me, but what I do think is becoming dated are things like, ‘Oh, you look great for your age,’” Aniston recently told Allure. “Because at a certain point, you should start to look like shit? Because that’s what that is implying.”
2. Slather on the moisturizer and SPF.
Naturally, Aniston recommends Aveeno’s Daily Moisturizing lotion for the body, which she has used since she was a teen, thanks to her mom (She’s also been a spokesperson for the brand for roughly six years). “I’m such a creature of habit. When I went out on my own, that was a staple in my bathroom. I just love it. I have a bottle in my car. It’s in all of my bathrooms. Put it on right out of the shower before you get too dry,” she said.
She’s also been using the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer since she was a teen, and loves the brand’s SPF 30. “My biggest beauty regret is the amount of sunbathing I used to do without sunscreen. I mean, baby oil? What was I thinking?” she told Allure. While she still loves getting plenty of vitamin D “for a glow and your mood,” she has now relies on body bronzers and spray tans for the sun-kissed look.
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3. Treat yourself to fancy facials, but don’t overdo it.
They’re basically like exercise for your face. “It’s good to mix it up,” Aniston said. She sees several skincare pros, depending on where she’s staying for work including Georgia Louise, Melanie Simon, and Joanna Czech.
Aniston loves embracing buzzy at-home skincare trends, too. In October, she told Vogue she swears by two vibrating facial massagers that sculpt and de-puff—Jillian Dempsey’s Gold Sculpting Bar and Simon’s ZIIP Beauty Device. Fancy (and pricey) facial devices aside, though, there has to be a limit in place.
“Is there any trend I won’t do? Well, I won’t put leeches on my face because that’s terrifying,” she told The Times. She also admitted to opposing one effective (albeit often drying and irritating) anti-aging ingredient: retinol. “I stay away from them,” she said.
4. Get scientific with your skincare.
Aniston loves taking probiotics to keep her healthy bacteria levels balanced, and she told Allure that she takes a supplement every day. Why? She’s “obsessed with skin health,” and has studied up on it. (Research suggests that probiotics have “great potential” in helping to treat and prevent skin diseases like eczema, acne, UV damage, and inflammation caused by allergic reactions.) “The whole thing is fascinating to me,” she said.
5. Eat antioxidant-rich foods.
“I do believe when you are eating sugar and bad food, your face, body, and energy levels will show you the results of that,” Aniston told The Times. She does fully indulge every once in a while, but she tries to treat her body with respect and care.
Luckily, that includes eating lots of avocado. “Avocado used to be like, ‘No! It’s fattening!’ years ago, but it’s one of the best things you can put in your body,” she said. “Ginger is great for antioxidants, asparagus too. Even though it makes your pee smell weird.”
6. Challenge your body with exercise.
Step out of your comfort zone to keep your skin engaged and fresh (something even the pros behind J.Lo’s glow swear by.) “Find something to do that shocks your body a little bit,” Aniston said, who loves to do boxing with a trainer, Body by Simone workouts, and yoga.
7. De-stress however and whenever you can.
Aniston recommends daily digital detox and meditation to keep stress levels in check. It all counts in the long run. “I do 20 minutes in the morning and at night. I don’t usually get that five o’clock time that I would love to, but I’ve been doing it right before I go to bed, and that actually really has helped with my sleep,” she said. “But usually if I can’t get two in, I always will get the one in in the morning.”
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Kayla Blanton Kayla Blanton is a freelance writer who reports on all things health and nutrition for Men’s Health, Women’s Health, and Prevention.
On the phone, Jennifer Aniston is so familiar and available that it’s easy to forget her level of fame (the actress topped even Kim Kardashian on Forbes’ Most Powerful Celebrity list last year). Naturally, with stratospheric fame comes formidable selling power, and especially in the beauty and wellness arena: Whether you’re seeking softer skin, shinier hair, or better hydration, it’s possible to choose Aniston-endorsed (or Aniston-owned) brands for all of the above. While Aniston is known for her gym-sculpted, juice-drinking California aesthetic, she is more accepting of her body now than ever before. “When we’re kids, we’re constantly working out for smaller arms, a leaner butt, a flat tummy,” she says. “Don’t beat it up so hard. Let it be. It can be a little soft.”
Here, the lowkey lifestyle guru tells us about her eye drop addiction and the products she shares (and the one she doesn’t) with fiancé Justin Theroux.
On waking up:
I usally have warm water with lemon first thing in the morning if I can remember. Otherwise I’ll have a cup of coffee, feed the dogs, then a shake, eggs and a little avocado and a little coconut oil on Ezekiel whole wheat toast. Then I usually read the paper and hit the gym. I have the Smart Water bottle that’s 23 ounces. I make sure I get three or four in of those a day. It’s such a habit for me now. So many people are water lazy; it’s such an important thing.
It’s different every day. I’ve been doing barre method because I have a hip flexor injury. I can’t do yoga. I do 20-30 minutes of cardio and then an hour with barre method. I’ve been in constant pain for three weeks straight. The kind where you’re not sure you’ll walk again!
I love the smell of coffee, coffee beans, the ocean, ocean air, mornings when I go out and walk my dogs. Freshly cut green grass. I wear the fragrance that I made.
On pimple SOS:
First I roll my eyes and get annoyed, and usually I will put some sort of a drying lotion on. I don’t pick it, although I used to. Mario Badescu has a great drying lotion that I used for years and years. I had a facial there in like 1995 and I’ve been using it ever since. I switch it up though. It’s like switching up your exercise.
is just a perfect product and they’ve just come out with a humidity shield, and for me it’s incredible. Also the Night Cap, that is something that you put on at night or just around the house, it smells so good. You put it in your hair and it absorbs it. And the new Blowout which you spray in right before you blow dry. It has UV protection and chlorine protection. I do my color once a month, just a touch-up every four weeks. But I’m trying not to color it right now and give it a break.
On her in-flight regimen:
I do take my makeup off. There are great makeup removers from Aveeno, so you just wipe it off. And a little spray bottle of Evian, and wipe your face down with a toner, and put on your moisturizer, and do a mask, especially on a European flight. I’m a lip balm and eye drops addict. I have terrible allergies. I use Alcon Naphcon A. I really enjoy the sensation of eyes burning. Dr. Hauschka great lip balm and By Terry Rose Balm in the pot; it’s really gooey for bee stung lips.
The one look she’ll never repeat:
Bleach out my eyebrows, I will never do that again. It was my first Cosmopolitan cover and Kevyn Aucoin was doing my makeup, and all of a sudden I had white foam on my eyebrows. It was a real look in the 90s, and it looks gorgeous if you’re Linda Evangelista. I was so new and naïve in the business, I didn’t know that I could say ‘no.’ I had to paint in my eyebrows for three months with brown shadow.
I just finished reading Girl on the Train, which was ridiculously suspenseful and amazing. Thrillers are really fun. I’m excited to read Killing Monica and Primates of Park Avenue next.
On Justin’s beauty essentials:
We share everything. He uses all Living Proof and Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. Guys are lazy. They use what’s in front of them. He has his own toothbrush, of course, and in an emergency then we’ll share. I like my toothbrush.
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When asked how she looks so damn good at the crack of dawn, Aniston credited one hi-tech tool: “cryo sticks,” she said. Pop these in the freezer overnight and then use them to massage in your skincare products in the morning. The cold temperature helps to firm and tighten the skin, reduce inflammation, and de-puff any areas of congestion for more wide-awake skin.
#2: She indulges in a weekly pamper day.
Yes, it turns out that even celebrities need a little self-care sometimes. “Sunday is my spa day,” Aniston told Shape. “I usually do a little mini facial time where I just give myself a good scrub, use a mask, and then the new Aveeno Hydrating Facial.”
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“I leave it on overnight and when I wake up I have that dewy, glowing, twinkling skin,” said Aniston of this hydrating moisturizer.
#3: She has an infrared sauna in her house.
Okay, so this might not be one for us normal folk, but it turns out that Aniston was converted to the skin benefits of using an infrared sauna by her Friends co-starCourtney Cox.
“I have an infrared sauna that I fell in love with. My friend Courteney Cox—you may know her—had a portable infrared sauna that you go into,” Aniston told Shape. “It kind of looks like a little igloo. It’s such a game changer in terms of your skin detoxification and cell rejuvenation. So that I do a couple times a week right after I do the gym. I’ve noticed a real change in my energy, and my sleep, and my skin.”
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If you haven’t got space for an infrared sauna in your one-bedroom apartment, then this beauty-editor favorite delivers similar results—and takes up way less space. It uses red and blue LED lights to penetrate the skin to fight acne-causing bacteria and stimulate collagen to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
#4: She swears by SPF.
Despite being a self-confessed California girl, Jennifer Aniston told Forbes that she’s been spending less time in the sun recently. “I’ve been taking a break from the sun for the last couple years, and that might be a permanent one,” she said.
To protect her skin from the L.A. sunshine when she is out and about though, she applies not one but two SPFs.
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“I use my Aveeno Daily Radiance Moisturizer, which has SPF 15—I usually mix into that the Aveeno sunscreen 30,” Aniston explained.
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“So I mix them together and put them on my face; psychologically, it doesn’t make me feel like I’m loading on layers and layers of cream. That’s about it,” said Aniston of her SPF routine.
#5: She uses self-tan for a safe glow.
Jen’s skin always looks amazingly radiant and she credits the sun with providing “that vitamin D for a glow and your mood.” However, talking to Vogue, Aniston revealed that she’s definitely shifted her habits. “I know I can’t do it all year round, and I have become a fan of body bronzers and spray tans.”
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Aniston previously revealed to Redbook that she loved the (now discontinued) L’Oréal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes. However, these glow pads from Dr Dennis Gross make a great alternative. Not only do they exfoliate skin and speed up cell renewal, but they imbue skin with a golden glow in just three to four hours.
#6: Her magic skincare formula = sleep + water.
Read any interview with Jennifer Aniston on her beauty secrets and she’ll likely credit her A-list glow with two things—sleep and water. “Honestly, and I’ve said it: it’s sleep, and water water water water water,” she told Forbes. “Those are the two key ingredients.”
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#7: She has vitamin C for breakfast.
I’m a big fan of applying vitamin C to my skin but Jennifer swears by sprinkling it onto her breakfast to help create her glow from the inside out. “I make a quick shake with protein powder, spinach, maca powder, berries, and vitamin C powder I put in there that’s pretty good,” Aniston told Shape.
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Jennifer Aniston Was Into Self-Care Before It Was a Thing
It feels like the world has been trying to figure out the secret to Jennifer Aniston’s seemingly ageless skin/hair/bod for decades now. Yes, we know she does yoga and drinks a ton of Smartwater, but how does she look so damn glowy?! Well, we may have finally found the answer.
The actress and Aveeno global ambassador is all about prioritizing “me time,” which makes her the perfect girl to lead the beauty brand’s latest campaign #MomentForMe (which you may recognize from that “got a minute?” commercial). So naturally, we asked for her take on the recent ‘self-care’ craze. Her response? “Is that just happening currently? Because I feel like I’ve been conscious of self-care for many many years.” There you have it, people! Jen was going braless (at least in basically every episode of Friends) and practicing self-care way before it was even cool. (P.S. Here’s how to make time for self-care when you have none.)
Here, Jen shares all of her self-care secrets-including her current fitness, beauty, and wellness obsessions. (So go ahead and treat yo’ self-Jen says so!)
What “self-care” means to her: “I think it’s important. I think you have to have a nice amount of “me” time-whatever it is. Even back , I’d come home from work and-as corny as it sounds–I would always sit and watch the sunsets because they’re so beautiful and it would just be a nice little time to chill out. Now, the morning is my self-care time because it gears me up for the day ahead. For me, that’s meditation, which I do first thing when I wake up before I have my coffee, because if I get out of the room I won’t sit back down. So I’ll start with that to just kind of calm myself before I head out to exercise.”
Her current workout obsessions: “I still love yoga and cardio, but these days it’s been interval training. I think muscle confusion and switching it up is important. I work out at Rise Nation and with my trainer Jason who just has me carrying really heavy ropes around and throwing medicine balls against walls and stuff. I’d never really done anything like that before, but I love it. My girlfriend Emily Blunt was training for that Tom Cruise movie where she had to look like a ripped rock star and she recommended it to me. And then I take the class Taryn Toomey’s The Class, which I am in love with because it’s sort of a fantastic moving meditation. You get your emotions out, you get your psyche cleaned, you get your body sweating-it checks a lot of boxes. So that’s one I’m very into right now. You feel the power of the group energy-it’s kind of an extraordinary experience. Not to expose too much, but the first time I did it I was in tears!”
Her one can’t-miss wellness ritual: “I have an infrared sauna that I fell in love with. My friend Courteney Cox-you may know her-had a portable infrared sauna that you go into. It kind of looks like a little igloo. It’s such a game changer in terms of your skin detoxification and cell rejuvenation. So that I do a couple times a week right after I do the gym. I’ve noticed a real change in my energy, and my sleep, and my skin.”
Her weekly self-care beauty routine: “Sunday is my spa day. I usually do a little mini facial time where I just give myself a good scrub, use a mask, and then the new Aveeno hydrating facial. I leave it on overnight and when I wake up I have that dewy, glowing, twinkling skin.”
Her injury recovery secret: “I just tried cryotherapy recently when I was having some injuries and I was amazed. First of all, that three minutes feels like four years, but it did really help I have to say! I’ve had every injury you can imagine. When you beat your body as much as I have with all the running and down dogging, eventually it tells you to bug off!”
Her go-to energizing breakfast (and forcing herself to become a breakfast person): “I make a quick shake with protein powder, spinach, maca powder, berries, and vitamin C powder I put in there that’s pretty good. I’m not a big breakfast person, but I made myself become a breakfast person. I was always one of those people that just didn’t eat in the morning but, of course, you’re always hearing it’s the most important meal of the day so I find that the shake is really good. Sometimes I do a fasted workout and just have a cup of coffee and then go and work out. You actually have more energy than you expect and because you’re dipping into the reserves as opposed to using the food you’ve just processed and ingested.”
- By Kylie Gilbert @KylieMGilbert
Jennifer Aniston has revealed her beauty secrets and it’s more affordable than you think
Jennifer Aniston’s seemingly eternal good looks may be down to great genes, but a handful of beauty products have helped her along the way.
However, the 50-year-old Hollywood actress doesn’t have a bathroom cupboard packed with luxury products. In fact, she swears by one surprisingly affordable buy.
The former Friends star revealed that she has been using the same moisturiser since she was 15 – a £4.84 lotion by Aveeno.
She credits the budget skincare product as being down to her flawless complexion.
In an interview with InStyle, Aniston said: “I think it’s because my mom told me to start moisturising when I turned 15, I’ve been using Aveeno since I was a teenager.”
Aniston must be a huge fan of the brand: She’s been partnering with Aveeno since 2012.
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Aveeno’s Moisturising Lotion is a popular item among beauty lovers with many praising the product for its natural ingredients and non-greasy formula.
One customer on the John Lewis website, wrote: “My go to moisturiser. Use this all the time. Natural ingredients, smells lovely, non greasy. No nasty perfume smell. Use on face, hands and body.”
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And another wrote: “I like to cook and prepare food and as a result am always washing my hands and they get tight and dry which I relieve with this great cream. Rich enough to feel like it’s doing some good but lightweight and not greasy or pungent smelling. I love the fact that it’s natural ingredients and in a handy pump which doesn’t clog up. Perfect for me.”
Jennifer Aniston shows off her gorgeous complexion at the LA Premiere of Netflix’s Murder Mystery
It’s not the only product Aniston swears by. The actress told Shape in 2017 that she uses Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Hydrating Facial has an overnight treatment as part of her Sunday night skincare routine.
“Sunday is my spa day. I usually do a little mini facial time where I give myself a good scrub, use a mask and then the new Aveeno Positively Radiant Hydrating Facial. I leave it on overnight and when I take up I have that dewy, glowing, twinkling skin.”
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She also swears by her daily glass of celery juice and E3Live superfood supplements, as well as a series of complexion-friendly tools, such as the vibrating 24-karat-gold sculpting bar from her friend, the makeup artist Jillian Dempsey.
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The actress turned 50 in February and said, despite growing older, she feels “physically incredible”.
“I don’t feel any different. Things aren’t shutting down in any way. I feel physically incredible. So it’s weird that it’s all of a sudden telegraphed in a way that’s like, ‘You look amazing for your age.’ I think we need to establish some etiquette around that dialogue and verbiage.”
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“My toner is the Pixi Glow Tonic. Cult Beauty’s blog raved about it and Caroline Hirons’ raved about it, so I was like, ‘I’ve got to try it!’ Now I’m hooked! I just love the feeling that it leaves on my skin. It exfoliates as well, so I feel like it’s really doing its job.” Jourdan told IntoTheGloss.
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“When I’m travelling, I use Weleda Skin Food and I also love putting on those hand mitts when you’re on a plane – you go to sleep and just wake up feeling like a goddess with these soft hands. It’s fantastic.” Suki told Harper’s Bazaar. “I just really love anything that has a really lovely smell to it, which the rose oil particularly does.”
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“My skin can get very dry so I use E45 Moisturiser” she told The Telegraph. “You don’t have to use mega-expensive products, you just need to find the right products for skin type.”
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“It’s unscented, doesn’t dry your skin or sting, and gets rid of all your make-up with a few swipes. You’re left with soft, clean skin,” she told Harper’s Bazaar.
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Jennifer Aniston Has Found Her Power
“I’m sorry it’s not clearer,” says Jennifer Aniston. She is standing in the living room of her gorgeous hilltop home, looking at the epic view that spans all of Los Angeles — the skyline, the boulevards, the palm trees — and extends to the Pacific Ocean. Granted, there’s some smog, but the vista is spectacular by anyone’s standards. Not to mention the property’s lush green gardens, giant pool, and living-room bar. Just navigating the long, winding road that leads to Casa Jen gives the whole experience a James Bond feel. “Jane Bond,” corrects Aniston with a chuckle. “But I must admit it took me about a year and a half not to have to look at a map to get here.”
Fortunately for the rest of us, Aniston’s internal GPS has recently led her back to TV in a major way. She and her good friend Reese Witherspoon both star in and serve as executive producers of The Morning Show, a fierce drama débuting this fall on the highly anticipated Apple TV+ streaming service. It was among the first shows that the tech behemoth picked up under its new television division, and, yes, the two A-listers and their creative team had to personally pitch the idea to the heads of video at Apple. “This was something that didn’t even have walls yet. It’s so exciting to be a part of that,” Aniston says.
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Whereas her former television mainstay, the ’90s sitcom Friends, was as frothy as a Central Perk cappuccino, The Morning Show is more like a double espresso straight out of bed. Abrupt and to the point, it tackles the conversations currently happening in HR offices worldwide. “The show gives you a behind-the-curtain peek at a lot of things — what it takes to pull off a morning show, the unique lifestyle of these anchors, the obsession with celebrity culture, and humanity in the midst of corruption. Plus we’re addressing the ugly truths of how men have treated women in our society, particularly in the workplace, for all these years,” Aniston explains. “We’re looking at the ways in which we’ve all normalized this behavior and how we’re all by-products of our environment, having grown up with sexism encoded in our messaging, however extreme or subtle. This show looks at how a culture of silence can slowly evolve and how we sometimes participate without even realizing it.”
If that seems like a lot to unpack, that’s because it is. By Aniston’s own admission, her role on The Morning Show is her most complex to date. She plays Alex Levy, the ambitious co-host of a television news program who confronts the sexism, ageism, and other -isms foisted onto her by a troubled male co-host (Steve Carell), her network’s male executives, and, in some respects, herself. “Alex’s sell-by date expired long ago, and she’s trying to stay relevant,” says Aniston, whose research included going behind the scenes at Good Morning America at 5 a.m. to get a sense of the matrix.
Aniston in a B Sides jacket, a Levi’s shirt, and a Hat Attack hat. Photographed by Michael Thompson.
Remarkably, the Aniston-Witherspoon pitch meeting occurred before #MeToo revelations rocked the entertainment industry. “The show was always about the abuse of power, and women and sexism. We sold it in the summer, and then Harvey happened in the fall,” Aniston says. The allegations against CBS This Morning anchor Charlie Rose and the Today show’s Matt Lauer came next. “Reese and I were like…‘The show is writing itself.’ It was as if the universe were begging for this patriarchal society to be exposed. It’s crazy.”
Aniston hopes that the show, which delves into the gray areas of #MeToo, will also inspire deeper conversation about the norms of the workplace. And the dialogue should not just be limited to men either. The reckoning affects all of us. “There’s a new playbook that’s being written in real time, and this show looks at how we’re finally taking steps to acknowledge and dismantle the old, dysfunctional ways of doing business so we can level the playing field.”
The role of Alex is made all the more interesting given Aniston’s most recent milestone. This past February she turned 50, an age that was once a career killer for even the biggest female stars. (Can you imagine banishing Aniston — or other 1969 babies like Gwen Stefani, Cate Blanchett, Ellen Pompeo, and Jennifer Lopez — just because of a birthday?)
“Fifty was the first time I thought, ‘Well, that number,’ ” Aniston says. “I don’t know what it is because I don’t feel any different. Things aren’t shutting down in any way. I feel physically incredible. So it’s weird that it’s all of a sudden getting telegraphed in a way that’s like, ‘You look amazing for your age.’ I think we need to establish some etiquette around that dialogue and verbiage.”
Aniston in a Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello jacket and trousers, a Giorgio Armani tie, a Chanel watch, and a Chanel Fine Jewelry ring. Photographed by Michael Thompson.
Aniston admits that, if anything, she feels more in control than ever. “Women were never allowed to have power,” she says bluntly. “Power feels sexy to me today, as does women’s intelligence and how capable and creative they are.”
Not surprisingly, The Morning Show crew has many cool ladies both in front of and behind the camera. “There are a lot of women running this show,” Aniston says of the team, “and it moves really smoothly.” They include showrunner Kerry Ehrin and trailblazing director Mimi Leder, both of whom are also executive producers. Still, the shift to Apple TV+ was an adjustment for Aniston. Friends, which débuted 25 years ago this fall, was a breeze in comparison. “To me, a TV series used to mean a studio audience and five cameras. I got in at 10 and was out by 5,” she recalls. “The Morning Show was like doing two films back-to-back over seven months. After a full day of shooting, I’d go home and keep working, looking at cuts, weighing in on casting for the next week, preparing for the next day’s work. When the show wrapped, I crawled into my bed for a solid week.”
Pushing herself out of her comfort zone wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Aniston’s loyal and supportive assistants, glam squad, and fashion aides, all of whom have been with her for 10 years or more. In shaping her character’s look, she brought in her secret weapons: twin-sister stylists Nina and Clare Hallworth. “We went with beautifully tailored men’s fabrics in shades of gray, blue, and brown. It was a conscious decision not to be in canary yellow or fuchsia or cobalt blue,” Aniston says. Her inspiration for Alex? None other than Diane Sawyer, the legendary TV journalist renowned for her skills and style. Aniston sighs just thinking about her. “I’ve known Diane for years, and I had the joy of getting to pick her brain when I was doing research for the show. Diane’s always been so elegant and classy.”
The Hallworths have an undeniable eye, having dressed Aniston in many a showstopping dress. Among her favorites are the custom Schiaparelli Haute Couture gown that she wore to the 2018 Golden Globes and a sequined cocktail frock by Stella McCartney that she wore to the première of her Netflix film Dumplin’. It’s no secret that Aniston gravitates toward black for the red carpet. It’s also her preferred hue for her T-shirts, jeans, and wedge heels. She’s a queen of consistency, whether she’s choosing her clothes or who’s in her inner circle. “Some people would call that playing it safe,” she says. “But I know when I’m comfortable with something , and I know when I’m not.”
Aniston in a DKNY bra, a Lalaounis necklace, Elizabeth Locke, John Hardy, and Reinstein Ross bracelets. Photographed by Michael Thompson.
From time to time the Hallworth sisters provide a glimpse of Aniston on their Instagram account, but the actress herself still maintains an aversion to social media. It’s not that she couldn’t be bothered with uploading her life — she worries about the damaging effects of social media on young people figuring out their identity. “They’re doing it through someone else’s lens, which has been filtered and changed…and then it’s ‘like me, don’t like me, did I get liked?’ There’s all this comparing and despairing.”
Could Aniston imagine that when she was a kid? “When I was younger, I was in hell,” she says, referring to her untamable curly hair. “I tried every product known to man.” By the time she was 25, Friends had launched, and Aniston was thrust into the spotlight, where she has remained ever since. “I was such a grown-up by then,” she says, shaking her head. “I had moved away from home. I had been on six failed television shows. I waitressed for years in New York before I got anything. And I was a telemarketer selling time-shares in the Poconos. I didn’t make one sale. I was terrible at it. I was like, ‘Why do we have to call people at dinnertime?’ ”
Other odd jobs: “I cut hair for 10 bucks a head in junior high. I could probably cut your hair,” she says. Her longtime hairstylist, Chris McMillan, her “brother from another mother” who created the Rachel style for her in the ’90s, might disagree. See also: her father, the actor John Aniston. “I cut my dad’s hair, and he was on a soap opera . But then he admitted to me 15 years ago that he would go in and have the hairdresser on set clean it up.”
Speaking of hair, I mention I couldn’t help but notice that her character Alex had perfectly highlighted tresses while Carell’s coif was fully gray. Women might have more power today, but they still often choose to color their hair. Aniston confides that she plans to keep her monthly colorist appointments until the bitter end. “I’m not gonna lie — I don’t want gray hair,” she says.
Skin care, however, is her real obsession. “I think it’s because my mom told me to start moisturizing when I turned 15,” she says. “I’ve been using Aveeno since I was a teenager.” (And, in a lovely kismet twist, she became the face of the Aveeno brand in 2013.) Aniston is a facial aficionada and rattles off the names of her go-to pros: Georgia Louise in New York, Lupita at Mila Moursi in Beverly Hills, Joanna Czech in Dallas and New York, and Melanie Simon in Montecito, Calif. She also swears by her daily glass of celery juice and E3Live superfood supplements, as well as a series of complexion-friendly tools, like the vibrating 24-karat-gold sculpting bar from her friend, the makeup artist Jillian Dempsey. “It feels so damn good to put oil on your face and just roll,” she says.
Aniston in a Solid & Striped swimsuit, Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello shorts, a Claire’s headband, Elizabeth Locke hoops, a Chanel belt and watch, and an Irene Neuwirth ring. Photographed by Michael Thompson.
One of Aniston’s beauty regrets is not using sunscreen when she was younger, but she hopes her good genes will prevail. “My grandmother, at 98, had the most stunningly soft, gorgeous skin, and she would just put olive oil on her body.”
Would Aniston like to live as long? “I am all about living to whatever age I’m supposed to,” she says. “As long as I’m thriving.”
When you think about the arc of Aniston’s career, she is gaining momentum rather than slowing down. So, yes, thriving seems to be a pretty apt descriptor. With Season 1 of The Morning Show completed and Apple committed to a second season, even Aniston is allowing herself to experience a rare moment of pride. “When we found out that we were among one of the first shows to be bought by Apple, Reese and I both had this pinch-me moment,” she says. “The first women to help launch a network as actors and producers, having a beautiful piece of that pie that we really earned and deserved. We had a big toast to that.”
And, of course, the Genius Bar perks aren’t bad either. “I have to get those Apple guys on my speed dial,” she jokes. “When we went to Cupertino for the launch of the show, I was chatting with one of them and said, ‘You know, I have a couple of things I’d like to talk to you about.’ ”
Photographed by Michael Thompson. Styling: Julia von Boehm. Hair: Chris McMillan. Makeup: Nina Park. Manicure: Miwa Kobayshi.
For more stories like this, pick up the October issue of InStyle, available on newsstands, on Amazon, and for Sept. 20.
It should be illegal to look as good as Jennifer Aniston. Maybe that’s dramatic, but it seems as though she’s miraculously stopped the aging process. Luckily for us, she dished her beauty secrets and even listed a few of her go-to skin products. Not surprisingly, the key is hydration.
“I think it’s because my mom told me to start moisturizing when I turned 15. I’ve been using Aveeno since I was a teenager,” the 50-year-old A-lister explained about her flawless skin during an interview with InStyle that published on September 4. It turns out, diligent skincare is genetic … at least in Jen’s family. “My grandmother, at 98, had the most stunningly soft, gorgeous skin, and she would just put olive oil on her body,” she noted.
In addition to topical products, the Murder Mystery star drinks a daily glass of celery juice and takes E3Live superfood supplements. Keep in mind: What goes into your body is just as important as what goes on it.
To de-puff and keep her youthful appearance, the former Friends actress also swears by the vibrating 24-karat-gold sculpting bar, which was created by her pal and makeup artist Jillian Dempsey. “It feels so damn good to put oil on your face and just roll,” she noted about her nighttime ritual. Jennifer didn’t keep fans hanging when it comes to who she recruits help from. She rattled off a slew of her favorite professionals (most of whom have their own product lines) in the industry which include: Georgia Louise in New York, Lupita at Mila Moursi in Beverly Hills, Joanna Czech in Dallas and New York and Melanie Simon in Montecito, California. New life goal: To have a beauty expert in every corner of the country.
Finally, when it comes to her luscious locks, the actress admitted, “I’m not gonna lie — I don’t want gray hair.” Celebrity colorist Michael Canalé, who worked with Jen for years, divulged some tricks for a healthy mane exclusively to Life & Style. “Paper thin highlights. You still have to have a graduation of color. I mean, you have to have the lighter ends and the blend out from the base that goes into that, so it has to be more of a flow,” he explained. “This over-bleached ends that are all over the place right now, they’re so damaged on people and it’s not my favorite look, but if you look two years into Jennifer Aniston’s hair when we had it long and you can see that perfect graduation of dark collider, that’s always the prettiest. It’s more youthful.”
BRB, going to stock up on moisturizer.