The JLo glow is real. And while the 51-year-old actress and singer has plenty to be glowing about—we're still thinking about her 2020 Super Bowl performance—she says the key to her good skin is actually sleep.
'The number one tip is to always get enough sleep. I can’t stress this enough. Ideally, I would love to get nine or 10 hours of sleep, but either way, I always make sure I get at least eight,' Lopez told InStyle.
In fact, sleep is so important to her that it's the number one pillar in her 'Five S’s'' beauty mantra for her brand new JLo Beauty line (sleep, sunscreen, serum, supplements and sano, the Spanish word describing a healthy lifestyle). She's bottled her signature glow in products like a brightening and hydrating serum, a 'wonder cream,' a moisturising sunscreen, plumping sheet masks, and even a skincare supplement—you're welcome, world.
At a recent press event for the launch, she shared some of her ageless skin secrets along the way. Read on for a window into J.Lo's perspective of beauty from the inside out.
She's used SPF daily since she was a teen
JLo has been applying sun protection to her skin literally since she started dancing as a fly girl. 'I've been using sunscreen since I was about 18 years old as a moisturiser,' Jennifer told WH in a Zoom interview.
One dermatologist she visited around that time shared this sunscreen tip with her, while another just suggested Botox, and she went with the sunscreen recommendation instead. 'That is one of the biggest, biggest secrets I can tell everybody that they do not take seriously enough, because every single day our skin goes through not just sun damage, but environmental damage. And just having a sunscreen on every day will make the difference,' JLo said.
Olive oil is her family's all-time favorite beauty ingredient
The entire JLo Beauty collection is based off of a family secret of Lopez's mother and aunt: olive oil. 'It's kind of like nature's secret ingredient that we just don't use enough of, but also we don't want to smell like a salad, so you don't want to be using straight olive oil on yourself,' Lopez said.
The hero ingredient for the entire product line is a combination of olive-derived squalene, fermented olive oil, olive leaf extract, and extra Virgin olive oil. She recommends using it for skin hydration, hair, and antioxidant protection, too. 'It's a kind of modernised version of a secret beauty ingredient. It was a favorite of everyone in my family for delivering glow,' the singer shared.
She loves a sheet mask
Before a big event, JLo can be seen pampering with a mask on her face. 'It just makes me feel like I've gone to get a facial or something,' she said.
Supplements are key for her skin
In JLo's opinion, you can't have great, ageless skin and hair if you don't treat beauty as part of your internal health. That means including a vitamin or supplement in your daily beauty routine. 'It's the inflammation that causes the problem,' she told WH. Her new supplement uses the same olive complex that's in the rest of her JLo Beauty line to pack hair and skin cells with nourishing healthy fats.
She eats a lot of fresh produce
Like many other celebs, she also gives her glowing skin credit to a clean diet and good old H2O. 'Sorry, it’s true! I think drinking lots of water and fresh foods with lots of fruits and vegetables all play into the quality of skin’s appearance,' Lopez told People.
She avoids smoking and alcohol
JLo's former fiancé, Alex Rodriguez, confirmed this, telling Harper's Bazaar: 'She really leans in to the big fundamentals, like getting her rest, eight to 10 hours. She doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke. She lives a very clean life.'
She practices mindfulness
Okay, we get it, she's got good will power—something we could've probably guessed considering all of the success she's accomplished in her career; but you may be surprised to find out that Lopez also believes beauty is a state of mind.
'I definitely think beauty comes from within—you have to keep your mind, soul, body and spirit in sync. I am a firm believer in meditating and when you are happy and feel joy and love, you radiate beauty,' Lopez told InStyle.
But the holistic side of JLo doesn't stop there; she also told Harper's Bazaar that she lives by affirmations. "I am youthful and timeless. I tell myself that every day, a few times a day. It sounds like clichéd bullshit, but it’s not: Age is all in your mind. Look at Jane Fonda.”
But don't discount the fact that she's #blessed
If you're starting to think that maybe JLo was just born with glowing skin, you're not wrong. She told Today, 'I have to say I have good genes. My mom and my grandma had beautiful skin, so I was blessed with that. I'm fortunate in that way.'
Though she does have a few tricks
But she has shared some of her tried and true beauty rituals that don't require overhauling your whole lifestyle—like washing your face after you sweat. 'I always, always wash my face after a workout. That helps keep my pores clean and my skin feeling healthy,' she told Hello!
She also never hits the sheets without cleansing first. 'I never go to bed without taking my makeup off, [and I use] night creams to keep my skin hydrated. As for daytime, SPF is k-e-y. You have to protect your skin,' she told People. Another staple: Glycolic acid. She told People she uses it to 'get that healthy glow and clear skin.'
And while you may think of JLo all glammed up, she tends to go makeup free when she's off duty. 'I am pretty low-key when it comes to my day to day beauty routine. I have to wear a lot of makeup for work, so when I am not working, I tend to wear little to no makeup,' Jennifer told InStyle.
She has a few product staples, too
Though JLo doesn't tend to share the exact products she uses, her glam squad does. According to Hello!, some of Lopez's favorites include Lancer The Method: Cleanse, and Lancer Eye Contour Lifting Cream. In an interview with Popsugar, Lopez's longtime makeup artist Scott Barnes said that she also swears by La Mer Cream. As for that bronzed glow, she swears by Serge Lutens Blusher.
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