Sure, she's been serving up amazing hair looks for over 25 years, but Jennifer Aniston is actually one of my most-followed celebs for another reason: her incredible skin. The Friends star turned 50 this year, but her glowing skin looks just as amazing as it did when she first graced our screens as Rachel Green back in 1994. Yes, I might be 20 years her junior, but my skin could do with taking a complexion lesson out of Jennifer Aniston's book. Luckily, over the years, Aniston has spilt the beans on everything from her favourite products to the weekly routines that she relies on to keep her skin looking its best. And with the A-lister on everyone's radar right now after she (finally) joined Instagram this week, I thought it was about time I collated all of her skincare advice into one place.
Keep scrolling for the inside scoop on Jennifer Aniston's skincare routine and to shop the products that she swears by for luminous skin.
#1. She's obsessed with skincare gadgets
After being put off more extreme in-salon facials, Jennifer prefers to opt for at-home skincare gadgets to keep her complexion glowing, she revealed in Vogue. "I'm obsessed with the science bit," Aniston says of her skincare leanings. "I had a laser treatment about 10 years ago that just bloodied my face for about a month. It was way too aggressive, and that's when I realised that what might work in the short term can be damaging in the long run."
Jen swears by this 24-karat-gold–plated facial sculpting tool from celebrity makeup artist Jillian Dempsey for its smoothing, toning and tightening abilities. It's great to use first thing in the morning too thanks to the way it reduces puffiness and signs of tiredness around the eyes.
"I've never seen such a result from a little machine like that," Aniston says of this high-tech tool from celebrity facialist Melanie Simon. (FYI, she's the lady behind Eva Mendes's amazing skin too.) This facial tool delivers small electrical currents to your skin that encourage cell regeneration and collagen production for more radiant-looking skin.
When asked how she looks so damn good at the crack of dawn, Aniston credited one high-tech tool: "cryo sticks," she said. Pop these in the freezer overnight, and then use them to massage in your skincare products in the morning. The cold temperature helps to firm and tighten the skin, reduce inflammation and de-puff any areas of congestion for more wide-awake skin.
#2: She indulges in a weekly pamper day
#3: She has an infrared sauna in her house
Okay, so this might not be one for us normal folk, but it turns out that Aniston was converted to the skin benefits of using an infrared sauna by a Friends co-star. "I have an infrared sauna that I fell in love with. My friend Courteney Cox—you may know her—had a portable infrared sauna that you go into," Aniston told Shape. "It kind of looks like a little igloo. It's such a game changer in terms of your skin detoxification and cell rejuvenation. So that I do a couple times a week right after I do the gym. I've noticed a real change in my energy, and my sleep, and my skin."
If you haven't got room for an infrared sauna in your one-bedroom flat, this beauty editor favourite delivers similar results—and takes up ways less space. It uses red and blue LED lights to penetrate the skin to fight acne-causing bacteria and stimulate collagen to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Alternatively, if you're in London, you can head to Glow Bar and live like Jennifer Aniston with a 45-minute infrared sauna session for £40.
#4: She swears by SPF
Despite being a California girl, Jennifer Aniston told Forbes she's been spending less time in the sun recently. "I've been taking a break from the sun for the last couple years, and that might be a permanent one," she said. To protect her skin from the L.A. sunshine when she is out and about, though, she applies not one but two SPFs.
#5: She uses self-tan for a safe glow
Jen's skin always looks amazingly radiant and she credits the sun with providing "that vitamin D for a glow and your mood." However, talking to Vogue, Aniston revealed that she's definitely shifted her habits. "I know I can't do it [sit in the sun] all year round, and I have become a fan of body bronzers and spray tans."
Aniston previously revealed to Redbook that she loved the (now discontinued) L'Oréal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes. However, these glow pads from Dr. Dennis Gross make a great alternative. Not only do they exfoliate skin and speed up cell renewal, but they also give the skin with a golden glow in just three to four hours.
#6: Her magic skincare formula = sleep + water
#7: She has vitamin C for breakfast
I'm a big fan of applying vitamin C to my skin, but Jennifer swears by sprinkling it onto her breakfast to help create her glow from the inside out. "I make a quick shake with protein powder, spinach, maca powder, berries, and vitamin C powder I put in there. That's pretty good," Aniston told Shape.