Actress Gillian Anderson, 52, has beautiful skin. She's been acting now for over three decades - from The X Files through to The Crown and Sex Education - and has maintained radiant, glowing skin throughout her life in the public eye.
Turns out, her secret is to keep her skincare relatively simple, including a mix of affordable and luxury brands in her day-to-day routine. Keep reading for the top five ways Anderson maintains her healthy skin. Your complexion will thank you.
1. She prioritises moisturising products
Hydration is key. "Even with all the fancy creams I’ve been gifted over the years, once I started seeing that my skin was suffering, I began to pay more attention to it," the actress told New Beauty in 2016. "There’s a Clinique Moisture Surge Gel, which is kind of extraordinary for application in the afternoon, if you’re starting to feel like you’re drying up and need some hydration." The light gel cream contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid, caffeine, and humectants to keep your face looking plump and radiant, without feeling heavy on the skin.
2. She considers tinted moisturiser another staple
Anderson says the key to her glowing visage comes courtesy of Laura Mercier's tinted moisturiser. "It's a big part of my life," the actress told Harper's Bazaar UK in 2017 when speaking of the product. "Every day I'm grateful for it." With ingredients like macadamia and kukui seed oils for hydration and solid dose of SPF 30, it's no wonder the formula makes her glow. "It feels natural, moisturising, smooth and silky and gives great coverage without making it feel like I’m wearing anything," she told New Beauty. "That’s a pretty big statement for me." Plus, the pigment gives skin a blurred, pore-free look without making you appear shiny or oily over time.
3. She isn't obsessed with anti-ageing
"I think in Europe, in general, there’s a sense that women who age naturally can be beautiful, whereas I’m not so sure that’s the perception in America, specifically in LA," she said in 2016. "I think that it’s seen as a flaw, somehow—like wrinkles are a flaw." That said, her healthy perspective about getting older doesn't mean she neglects her skincare regimen. "I started using a mixture over the years of Clinique and Estée Lauder. It’s not a huge part of my life, but I’ve began making an attempt to use some of the stuff that’s out there. And you know, I think it works. I think my skin definitely feels better," she told New Beauty.
4. She takes care of her skin on set
Since fans were curious about her skincare situation, Anderson detailed her Sex Education on-set routine in a 2019 Instagram post. "All the products necessary to cleanse, tone, moisturise, prime, and polish [are] from Sarah Chapman’s luxurious range," she wrote in the post.
The actress also gave a shout-out to the brand Bali Balm for her hydrated lips. Additionally, she credits Dr. Organic for keeping her body soft and smooth, saying her favourite from the line is an "amazingly hydrating skin lotion for all-over body moisturising".
5. She pays attention to wellness
Not only does the actress meditate every morning to keep her calm, but Anderson is also a fan of squeezing in exercise (when she can!), she said in an interview with New Beauty. "I don’t try that hard to stay in shape," Gillian told The Daily Mail. "I go through stages of yoga a few times a week and throw in some running." She'll hire a personal trainer if she's taking on a new role, but for the most part she works out when she feels like it.
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