Salma Hayek's beauty secrets are mostly about what not to do

Salma Hayek’s renowned beauty seems to benefit from things she doesn’t do in her beauty routine, according to a recent interview. (Photo: Getty Images)

Salma Hayek’s beauty is indisputable and has been so since she first came upon the Hollywood scene. At 50 years old, she’s no less stunning than when she launched her career in her 20s. The Mexican model, actress, entrepreneur, and producer recently spoke with the New York Times, revealing a number of her beauty secrets — many of which are more about what she doesn’t do.

When it comes to skin care, Hayek eschews sunscreen, unless she knows she will be in the sun for long stretches. “I don’t think the chemicals in sunscreen are good for your skin,” she says. “I believe in using it when you need it.”

Hayek also does not exfoliate. “Exfoliating a lot may make you look good in the short term,” says Hayek, but she believes that the long-term effects may not warrant the quick fix. Instead she uses serums and oils, depending on how her skin feels on a particular day.

Another beauty practice Hayek does not participate in is coloring her hair. From her vantage point, coloring her hair is a waste of time: “I don’t want to spend what’s left of my youth pretending I’m younger and then not enjoying life,” she says.

Will following Hayek’s to-don’t list grant you her particular beauty and grace? Perhaps — but if anything, you’ll certainly find some ways to save some time every day and maybe, like Hayek, discover some new moments to enjoy life.

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