From Victoria Beckham to Drew Barrymore, there's a whole lot of A-listers who are proving that age really is just a number when it comes to their beauty routines. In fact, I recently realised I almost exclusively follow over-40 celebrities for skincare recommendations. And it's not surprising, really. With access to the best facialists and beauty products, it's the women who have been in the industry for the longest that have managed to reap the benefits of amazing skin. After all, when I recently caught up with Kate Moss's facialist to chat all things skin, she made it clear that creating a good routine in your 20s and 30s was the best path to enjoying amazing skin once you hit 40.
Keep scrolling for 10 over-40 celebrities that I follow on Instagram for not only their incredible complexions but also their tried-and-tested skincare recommendations. Plus, shop their product picks below.
Seriously, Liv Tyler might have the most perfect skin of any celebrity—over 40 or not. And its no surprise, really. Tyler recently revealed her rather impressive 25-step beauty and self-care routine to Vogue, and it's clear that this is a lady that likes to take care of her skin. From a Smurf-coloured purifying face mask to a lymph-draining massage tool, Tyler often takes to Instagram Stories to share snippets of her latest skincare loves, so she's well worth a follow.
I follow Halle Berry for two things: her natural beauty looks and her book recommendations. (Seriously, if you're a bookworm, then give her a follow.) Plus, she's no stranger to sharing a selfie while wearing a face mask or a product tip or two. If my skin even looks a quarter of how good hers does at 53 years old, I'll be a very happy woman.
"I think that women always look better, no matter what age they are, when their skin is a little dewy and not too powdery," Berry told Condé Nast Traveller. "So after I've done my makeup, I spray my face with Australian brand Jurlique's Rosewater and let that sink in. Even if I don't have any makeup on, it's really refreshing. It makes my skin glow.
It's no surprise that with a whole wellness and lifestyle brand at her fingertips, Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow is a fountain of good skin vibes on her Instagram too. She's renowned as saying she'll try anything in the quest for good skin (a girl after my own heart), so I always trust that Gwynnie's skincare recommendations have been truly tried and tested.
"I've gotten much better with my skincare since I turned 40," Paltrow told Vogue." I used to just splash water and stick on some moisturiser. Now I exfoliate regularly. I love how [this one] tingles and feels active as you massage it into your skin and the plant-based beads dissolve and release vitamin B5."
I've made no secret of my all-around obsession with Victoria Beckham (heck, I even spent a week doing VB's entire skincare routine in place of my own), but this lady is basically a beauty influencer in her own right. Honestly, if you're ever in need of some serious skincare advice, then check out Beckham's beauty highlight reel, which is full of the products that she swears by. Now, I'm just waiting with bated breath for Victoria Beckham Beauty to see what skincare products she churns out.
After exfoliating, VB loves using these moisture-rich sheet masks from her facialist Sarah Chapman. "My skin really does eat this stuff up, so I do it a few times a week," she told Into the Gloss. "It's one of those things where you see an immediate difference right after you use it. The actual mask comes wrapped in gauze, which I use to mask my neck, too."
Along with amazing makeup looks and the cutest photos with her daughter, Nico, I follow Thandie Newton for major skin inspiration. Newton manages to exude the kind of glow I only get after a fortnight off work in the sun (which, as it happens, I've only enjoyed once in my life), so any product recommendations I can decipher from her Instagram, I will happily rush out to purchase.
It was this bathroom selfie of 46-year-old Kate Beckinsale that made me sit up and take notice of just how incredible her skin is. Honestly, I could only ever have dreamed of such a clear complexion—even as a teenager. Turns out that it's all down to her love of SPF.
"It was fashionable to be tan when I was growing up. I would get freckles in the shape of a military moustache," she told Today. "So I was obsessed with sunscreen. I didn't get sun damage. Now I use La Roche-Posay. It doesn't make me break out."
J.Lo has pretty much trademarked glow, so it's really no surprise that her skin is as luminous at 50 as it was at 30. Lopez remains famously tight-lipped about her skincare routine, but every now and then, she lets slip a product that she swears by. (And I rush out to purchase it, of course.)
The original pretty woman, 51-year-old Julia Roberts is one of my favourite celebrities to follow on Instagram, particularly for behind-the-scenes peeks of her award season looks. As a Lancôme ambassador, Roberts swears by many of its skincare products for retaining her youthful glow.
Roberts told Hollywood Life that she always removes her makeup at night: "Bi-Facil eye-makeup remover was my first-ever Lancôme purchase. I walked up to the makeup counter at Richards department store back in the '80s, took a deep swallow and bought it," she said.
When I think of actor Tracee Ellis Ross, I think of two things: dewy skin and standout makeup looks. She recently revealed on Instagram that she will be launching her very own hair brand called Pattern "for curly, coily and tight textured hair," so I reckon I'll be bookmarking her hair looks soon too.
Ross took to Instagram Stories to reveal that she uses this classic French pharmacy skincare favourite to cleanse her skin twice each evening. It's a staple in basically every makeup artists kit and is incredible at breaking down and dissolving makeup and grime without any need for rinsing.