Disclaimer: I have a major soft spot for Jennifer Lopez. In fact, 13-year-old me was a serious fangirl, and I bet any teenager who lived through 2002 was also one. With Maid in Manhattan, "Jenny from the Block" and Glow by J.Lo eau de toilette all launching that year, she firmly cemented herself as a box-office hit, R&B star and beauty guru in a mere 12 months—and I was hooked. Since then, I've continued to admire Lopez's career from a distance, but it was only when faced with her up close when I went to watch Hustlers at the cinema this week that I realised how damn amazing she looks. And with two decades on me, I was keen to find out exactly how J.Lo is still stepping out with that trademark glow at 50 years old.
Lopez is notoriously tight-lipped about ways that she keeps her skin looking so incredible, but with a bit of beauty-editor detective work (and a little help from the internet), I've managed to uncover a few key beauty tips that J.Lo swears by for achieving that radiant glow. Keep scrolling for five reasons why Jennifer Lopez's skin looks so incredible at 50.
In an interview with People, Lopez spilt the beans on how she gets her skin looking so radiant and it's down to chemical exfoliation. Her product of choice? "Glycolic acid to get that healthy glow and clear skin," J.Lo revealed.
This 30-day facial peel delivers five alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids, including J.Lo's favourite glycolic acid, to smooth, refine and protect the skin. The closest you can get to a pro treatment at home (in my opinion), these do a seriously good job at replacing a tired, dull complexion with bright, glowing skin in a month.
A cult product for achieving the kind of glow that only supermodels usually step out with (case in point: Jourdan Dunn loves this stuff), the Pixi Glow Tonic is a 5% glycolic acid that exfoliates, brightens and smooths the skin.
Much like every dermatologist ever, Lopez confirms that protecting her skin from the sun is one of the key factors behind her youthful glow. "I don't wear a lot of makeup when not working and am a firm believer in SPF," she told InStyle. "I try not to stay out in the sun too long."
A nourishing sun-protection formula infused with hydrating hyaluronic acid, glow-boosting pearl extract and detoxifying Assam tea so you can protect your complexion from UV rays alongside improving radiance.
A woman after my own heart, J.Lo swears by a solid eight hours of sleep each night for maintaining her natural radiance. "The number one tip is to always get enough sleep," Lopez told InStyle. "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."
This is my favourite pillow spray of all time. It's a calming blend of lavender, chamomile and vetivert that helps to calm your mind and body. This mini version is great for taking with you on your travels.
Lopez is a big advocate of working out for keeping both her body and mind healthy, but she's religious about cleansing post-exercise to keep her complexion looking fresh: "I always, always wash my face after a workout," Lopez told Hello. "That helps keep my pores clean and my skin feeling healthy."
I've been looking for cleansing options that are more sustainable and this low-packaging, vegan soap from Herbivore ticks the boxes. It uses purifying blue clay and calming lavender to deeply cleanse face and body for a fresh, clarified complexion.
When asked what beauty advice she would give her teenage self, Lopez's charming reply was "Love yourself. Stop spending so much time worrying about what others think. Because when you love yourself and you're happy it is reflected in your whole body—and that's what makes you truly beautiful." Her last tip? "Use a good moisturiser."
Now you're channelling your inner Jenny from the block, why not opt for a fragrance created by the lady herself? Trust me—her new perfume is decidedly more grown-up than Glow and contains some of J.Lo's favourite ingredients. With notes of Italian tangerine and fruity berries and floral hits of jasmine and honeysuckly, it has a fragrant, almost woodsy aroma that dries down into sweet, heady amber. I'm a fan.