Cindy Crawford’s 9 skincare secrets for everyday radiance

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Photo credit: Instagram/cindycrawford
Photo credit: Instagram/cindycrawford

Cindy Crawford is an icon. She is probably one of the most recognisable supermodels to exist and, 40 years deep into the spotlight, still has the same glowing skin that made her famous in the first place.

Of course, it helps that Crawford has had her skincare and make-up done by some of the most famous hands in the business: Kevyn Aucoin, Sonia Kashuk, and Hollywood aesthetician Cristina Radu to name a few. She's such a skincare pro, in fact, that she founded and developed her own skincare line, Meaningful Beauty, with Dr. Jean Louis-Sebagh in 2005.

When talking to Byrdie in 2020, Crawford stated, "I have learned that [skincare is] like working out. You work out once—you don't really see a big difference. But if you work out regularly for years, you do. I think skincare [works in] the same way. So I've made taking care of my skin part of my routine." And according to the model, it’s "never too early, and never too late, to start taking care of your skin."

Want to know more about how she cares for hers, and the products that keep her face looking radiant? Keep reading, because as Crawford shared with W, "I never keep good beauty secrets to myself—I love sharing what works for me with other women!"

She takes care of her body from the inside out

"Looking good is about eating right, getting enough sleep and drinking lots of water," Cindy said to CR. "Also, you have to get moving. I work out several times a week, and I hike and ride bikes."

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She believes that skincare is an investment

"I've also learned that's where you want to spend the money — anything that goes on your skin. So, skincare and foundation. You can get a less expensive mascara, you can get a less expensive lip gloss or nail polish, but anything that's actually on your skin is worth investing in," Crawford told Byrdie. Some of her favourite splurge products include By Terry Light-Expert Click Brush Liquid Foundation and Crème de la Mer lip balm.

She never over-plucks her eyebrows

In a Vogue video, Crawford praised her younger self for not over-plucking her eyebrows, and shares how she passed this tip along to her daughter. She reveals, "one of my lessons that I’ve said to Kaia is don’t over-tweeze your eyebrows – you will regret it later!"

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Every morning, she reaches for a serum

In a 2020 interview with Byrdie, Cindy shared how Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh "taught [her that] the daytime is about protecting your skin and the nighttime is about restoring it."

So what does her morning regime look like? When speaking to CR, Crawford remarked, "for my skin, it really is three to five products in the morning and about the same at night."

Every single day, at a minimum, she told Byrdie, she 'cleanses' her skin in the shower, and "loves serums because you can get more potency." She particularly likes to apply her serum while her skin is still a bit damp, so that it penetrates more effectively.

Her current favourite serum is none other than one from her Meaningful Beauty collection. "The newest [serum] in Meaningful Beauty is called the Youth Activating Melon Serum; the key ingredient is the melon leaf stem cells, and it has hyaluronic acid and peptides. So I definitely use a serum and put my day cream on," she told Byrdie.

Her nighttime routine always involves retinol

"At night, I always take my make-up off. And now [Meaningful Beauty has] a new night cream with retinol in it. And for cell turnover, especially as you get older, I think that becomes more and more important," she told Byrdie.

She uses a special tool to de-puff her eyes

When recording her morning beauty routine with Vogue, Crawford shared a trick for reducing puffy eyes: "I’ll show you a little secret that a make-up artist taught me, which are these [Glycelene Golden Ice Globes]. They are these little golden balls. And I like to put them in a glass of ice water. They are so soothing," she said.

She hasn’t skipped a day of sunscreen since she was 19

"I showed up tan to a photo shoot when I was 19, and was told that they couldn’t cover up a sunburn — I’ve protected my skin from the sun ever since," she told Redbook.

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She cares for her hair just as meticulously as she does her skin

When Byrdie asked Crawford what she considers to be a good hair day, she replied with "clean, moisturised hair." In a separate video interview with Byrdie, she continued, "who knew that hair ages? Of course I knew I was going to have to colour my hair as I got older, but the texture changed too. Now, I just have to give my hair a little bit more love. I'm loving Kevyn Murphy products right now. I use the shampoo and conditioner, but even if I try other shampoo and conditioners, I always [use] the leave-in conditioner.'

Sleeping with a silk pillowcase helps both her hair and skin stay healthy

"Lately I’ve discovered Slip silk pillowcases for sleeping. They keep my hair from getting frizzy at night and I definitely have less wrinkle lines from my pillow when I wake up!" Crawford told CR.

And most importantly, she stays humble about the process of caring for her skin

When being interviewed by Redbook in 2009, the model poked fun at herself and said "I always say even I don't wake up looking like Cindy Crawford! What people see on magazine covers is one moment that was perfect — the wind, the light, the hair, the makeup. That's a two-hour process. It's good to have an awareness of that outside pressure, but I can't let it get to my core," she said.

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