Rachel Green? More like Rachel Evergreen, as Jennifer Aniston has kept her skin nearly as youthful as the day she appeared on our screens as her character in Friends. If you ask most women who’d they like to age like the most, tenner bets the answer is Jennifer Aniston.
She has, as they say, “aged gracefully” and it’s possible this is down to her more holistic approach to taking care of her skin. At The Skin Nerd, we cannot talk enough about how your lifestyle, diet and environment affect your skin. And even if you are reluctant to do a complete overhaul of how you live for the sake of your skin, you have to admit the results speak for themselves.
The most well-rounded, yet perhaps not accessible for all, skincare routine will include looking after your diet to a T, exercising your facial muscles, results-driven skincare, avoiding and protecting yourself from external damage, reducing stress, working out, getting enough sleep and professional guidance. Honestly, anyone would be tired after reading it but it’s the only surefire way to have skin like Jennifer’s.
In terms of diet, Aniston opts for a clean diet sans the obsession that often comes with it, prioritising getting in nutrients over keeping out “baddies”. She admits that although she tries to be dairy-free and gluten-free, she will sneak in a bit of cheese or Mexican food the odd time, and who doesn’t like the sound of that? All in all, from my research, she opts for veggies, salads, healthy carbs and protein, day in, day out.
Protein is more important than you may think when it comes to skin, because it is the building block that helps to actually make our skin. Its very own proteins, collagen and elastin, are what keep our skin plump and give it structure. Jennifer seems to get as much protein in as possible, even adding an egg white to her porridge. I may suggest skipping that particular piece of advice.
Jen keeps it current with microcurrent facials, and let me tell you, am I a fan of electricity for the ‘aul face! Microcurrent is essentially a skin treatment that involves sending waves of electrical energy into the skin down to the facial muscles, stimulating them and essentially helping to sculpt them. It’s the equivalent of a skin workout, and professional microcurrent treatments work to prompt the skin to create collagen, the protein that gives your skin firmness.
The fabulous thing about the 21st century is that it is bringing the salon to our homes. The NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device (€357, selfridges.com) is a handheld device that allows you to microcurrent yourself from the comfort of your couch so that you and Jennifer Aniston have one more thing in common. If that’s a bit out of your price range, you can opt for the RIO 60 Second Face Lift (€120, www.theskinnerd.com), which uses faradic rather than microcurrent technology for similar effects.
There’s one particular part of Jennifer’s routine that you can incorporate incredibly easily without spending a cent, and that is going anti-tan. After spending years of her youth trying to burn her skin in want of being bronze, she has taken a step back and focuses on protecting her skin with an Aveeno SPF 50 SPF, which doesn’t appear to be available on our side of the pond, unfortunately. Nevertheless, whichever SPF you choose, you’re still protecting your skin from those same harmful rays that damage it, and you can always get golden limbs from a bottle anyway.
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Jennifer also admits to adoring collagen peptide supplements and ZENii ProCollagen is one of my faves, as it contains a whopping 2000mg of hydrolysed marine collagen.
On top of that, the brand has clinical evidence on their claims that the supplement improves the skin’s elasticity, reduces the visible signs of ageing and support the body’s own collagen.
Take two in the morning and two at night, with water, to reap the rewards.
Do note that the vast, vast majority of collagen supplements are not vegetarian-friendly!