If her ‘I woke up like this’ selfies are anything to go by, Gabrielle Union is definitely aging in reverse.
The queen with many hats – actress, activist, author, wife, and awesome mom to her kids, who’s now – count ’em – 49 years old, looks just as radiant and flawless as she did as Katie in She’s All That, 23 years ago.
What are her best-kept secrets to looking this ageless, you ask? A simple skincare routine and a mind-blowing life mantra. Keep reading to learn more.
Water’s Gabrielle’s Go-To Skincare Elixir
For Gabrielle, self-care revolves around two crucial entities – hydration and intentional relaxation. If you can replace your sodas and coffee with water, you’ll be ahead of the game. Wrinkles, smile lines, and fine lines won’t know what hit them.
And unlike others who chug eight glasses of water daily, the ageless goddess guzzles a gallon of H20 every day.
Yes, her co-workers probably think she had a drug problem because she’s in the bathroom a lot, but a refreshing gallon of water daily keeps your skin, nails, and hair looking so saucy.
Plus, it’s the easiest and cheapest anti-aging secret ever!
‘No’ & ‘Hell No’ Is Her Mantra
As evident in her book, ‘We’re Going to Need More Wine,’ Gabrielle aims to lead an intentional life. And her best advice for maintaining healthy, stress-free, younger-looking skin? Saying no, no, and hell, no!
“We run ourselves mad saying yes to every freaking thing, whether it’s to our spouses, careers, or family. I sleep eight hours a day and don’t allow myself to get stressed out. Many people call it selfish, but I don’t have wrinkles,” she told Women’s Health Magazine.
Getting rid of toxic people is also one of the best anti-aging practices you can do for yourself because an energy-draining crowd will age you like cigarettes.
She also swears that a deep tissue massage weekly does wonders for your soul!
She Values the Power of Exercise
Most people struggle to incorporate a fitness routine into their lifestyle because they view it as a chore that must be ticked off the day’s to-do list. Not Gabrielle Union.
The award-winning actress has a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. So, she purposes to work out every day not because she gets off on it but because she wants to lead a long, healthy life.
Her fitness routine? A solid combination of strength training, Pilates, and cardio. Her cardio exercises primarily involve jumping jacks, running up her driveway, side shuffles, leg lifts, lunges, and lots of squats.
Food Is Also Self-Care
In an interview with US Weekly, the ‘Being Mary Jane’ actress explained that her diet is consistently lean protein-based with at least two servings of green vegetables daily. Still, she doesn’t believe in being emaciated or cruising life without enjoying some guilty pleasures.
Want a burger? Get yourself the biggest. Been craving a nice juicy doughnut? Treat yourself, girl! Even some of the fittest persons in the world enjoy a good cheat day once in a while!
10 Step? No! A Simple Skincare Routine is A+
Gabrielle’s daily skincare routine is nothing but simple and affordable. First, she cleanses her face with the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Acne Wash Face Scrub ($11.99), followed by the Mario Badescu Witch Hazel & Rosewater Toner ($14).
She then applies Julie Hewett’s Camellia Oil Anti-Aging Facial Serum, $48 (which is ironic because she has oily skin, but in her own words, camellia oil is a godsend. The real-life version of fairy dust). It helps seal in moisture and acts like embalming fluid that keeps her skin looking so luscious and youthful.
Gabrielle doesn’t also mess around when it comes to SPF. She uses the Neutrogena Age Shield Face Oil-Free Sunscreen (14.99), which, unlike its counterparts, comes with SPF 110 –110!
Lastly, Mrs. Wade loves a good, body-soothing body wash. Her favorite go-to? Dove’s Body Wash.
Remarkably simple, right?