Whether you know her from Girl, Interrupted, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, or simply the countless 2000s tabloid articles, Angelina Jolie is undeniably one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. Despite the 23 years that have passed since Jolie’s rise to fame in the biopic, Gia, Jolie is as strikingly beautiful as ever, and much like the rest of the internet, we’re desperate to know-how. Let’s take a look into the Maleficent star’s lifestyle and habits to see if her ageless beauty is attainable, or if it’s simply magic.
Having been with the same dermatologist, Dr. Rhonda Rand, since the age of 11, it comes as no surprise that skincare is one of the primary elements of Jolie’s healthy-aging regimen. The actress sticks to a routine that is simple but effective, and as natural as possible.
In an interview with Refinery29, Dr. Rand revealed Jolie’s low-maintenance routine:
“…really just sunscreen, proper cleansing with a mild, gentle cleanser, antioxidants, sometimes glycolic [acids], and natural products.
Some alpha hydroxy [acids] are good too, and they’re very natural. She doesn’t need major scrubs or products with lots of chemicals.”
Loving The Laser
Jolie implements Laser Treatments in the form of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy to help with hormonal hyperpigmentation and sun damage, as well as improve skin texture by reducing the visibility of wrinkles and fine lines. However, this is the only anti-aging procedure that Jolie utilizes, remaining completely Botox- and filler-free, despite many replicating her iconic plump lips with filler and injections.
Another of the Hollywood actress’s top tips is to dial back the makeup. Jolie goes makeup-free as much as possible, and always takes her makeup off before bed to prevent pore-clogging.
The most notable feature of the Oscar-winning actress’s approach to aging is her acceptance of it: “I look in the mirror and I see that I look like my mother, and that warms me,” she says in an interview with InStyle.
“I also see myself aging, and I love it because it means I’m alive—I’m living and getting older. Don’t love having a random dark spot from a pregnancy, for sure. I see my flaws. But what I see that I like isn’t about a structure or appearance. It’s more that I see my family in my face. I see my age.”
Diet & Fitness:
Having played various action characters throughout the years, with the role of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider perhaps being the most physically iconic, it comes as no surprise that Jolie’s diet and fitness routine is a heavily Googled topic.
At the age of 46, the actress maintains a slim physique, despite being a mother of 6. Jolie’s lean figure can be accounted for by a standard combination of circuit-style weight training and cardio. Jolie’s trainer, Gunnar Peterson, revealed that her workouts typically consist of a series of exercises, such as squats, lunges, bicep curls, and various other weight-based movements.
These are typically performed in a low-weight/high-rep style, in order to sculpt and tone without adding muscle bulk. The actress typically uses 5-10 lb. dumbbells for 10-12 rep exercises. Peterson also incorporated a series of ab exercises and cardio to keep the actress trim and slim.
However, a large part of Jolie’s figure can be accredited to her healthy diet. The UN ambassador’s diet consists of a combination of clean, healthy foods that are high in protein and nutrient-rich. Jolie revealed that she had been vegan for a long time, but this diet did not provide her with the necessary nutrients to be healthy.
“I was a vegan for a long time, and it nearly killed me.”
Bring On The Bugs:
Although the Salt actress consumes a fairly standard diet, there is one notable element that sets her and her kids apart from the average snacker: bugs. Yup, you read it correctly.
Jolie and her kids frequently snack on scorpions, spiders, and crickets, and it’s actually a fairly good source of protein! Maybe next time we’ll swap out the Cheetos for a bag of crispy critters instead if it’ll bring us closer to aging like Jolie…
More Than Aesthetics:
Despite being the beauty standard for many women, even at the age of 46, Jolie feels that beauty is only skin-deep and that it is through the development of the mind that one becomes truly exceptional:
“I often tell my daughters that the most important thing they can do is to develop their minds. You can always put on a pretty dress, but it doesn’t matter what you wear on the outside of your mind isn’t strong.
There is nothing more attractive—you might even say enchanting—than a woman with an independent will and her own opinions.”
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