Celebs Over 40 Swear By These Holy-Grail Skincare Products

No matter how opulent your lifestyle or full your bank account, everybody ages—even celebrities. It's a wonderful thing, really. After all, there is nothing inherently more "beautiful" about skin without lines and spots—all evidence of a magnificent, expressive life well-lived. However, having healthy, protected skin that radiates the youthful energy you feel on the inside is important. Plus, treating your skin well is a healing self-care practice.

Celebrities are at a slight advantage in the skincare department simply because they have access to some of the best estheticians, dermatologists, and skincare products on the market. So over time, they become more knowledgeable and selective about the products they choose to use on their skin than your average consumer.

In order to absorb a little bit of that skincare wisdom from celebrities over 40, we did some digging to find an assortment of products they admittedly swear by—cleansers, moisturizers, masks, and more beloved by glowy-skinned famous people like J.Lo and Nicole Kidman. Keep scrolling to shop nine skincare recommendations from celebs with gorgeous, mature skin.

Tracee Ellis Ross's Nourishing Face Cream


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Tracee Ellis Ross relies on celeb-beloved luxury brand Retrouvé for her radiant complexion, especially its face cream, which is packed with nourishing, skin-protecting ingredients vitamin C, E, and B5. She also always makes sure to use an extra application of product on her neck.

Victoria Beckham's Antioxidant Cleansing Oil


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Victoria Beckham's facialist recently revealed the designer's entire skincare routine, which includes this luxurious cleansing oil, formulated with antioxidant-rich argan, moringa, and olive oils. Beckham uses this product in the morning and at night, followed by an exfoliating water-based cleanser (which targets dark spots and breakouts).

Sofía Vergara's Pre–Red Carpet Mask


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Sofía Vergara's skincare routine is gentle and no-frills. As she told Shape in a recent interview, "I have rosacea—it's redness and sensitivity. If you put on too much stuff, there is irritation, so I have to keep it very simple." But on special occasions, she'll get a little fancier, like before this year's Oscars, when she prepped her skin with Charlotte Tilbury’s Goddess Clay Mask, a gentle, nutrient-rich mask that leaves skin decongested and super soft.

J.Lo's Exfoliating Moisturizer


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Jennifer Lopez is notoriously secretive about her skincare routine, but we know from an interview with People that she swears by glycolic acid "to get that healthy glow and clear skin." We also have the inside scoop that she goes to Beverly Hills dermatologist Harold Lancer for treatments. We're willing to bet this glycolic acid–infused moisturizer from Lancer's line has a place in J.Lo's routine.

Nicole Kidman's Drugstore Retinol


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Nicole Kidman has an amazing under-$25 retinol recommendation: "I believe in using retinol at night, so I use the Neutrogena Night Repair," Kidman (whose skin is upsettingly flawless) recently told Byrdie. "I know people go, 'Retinol! It'll make your skin dry,' but [this one] doesn't."

Salma Hayek's Holistic Soothing Cream


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A few years ago, Salma Hayek revealed to Elle that she owes her wrinkle-free complexion to a plant indigenous to Mexico. "I use an ingredient called Tepezcohuite that's used in Mexico for burn victims because it completely regenerates the skin," she said. "This is why I have no Botox, no peels, no fillings."

Sarah Jessica Parker's French Pharmacy Staple


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SJP told Today last fall that this ultra-lightweight daily moisturizer by La Roche-Posay is her longtime holy grail. "It's the only moisturizer I've used forever," she said. "It's amazing. It's very thin, so you can use it to touch yourself up. It's great."

Padma Lakshmi's Pore-Unclogging Mask


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Padma Lakshmi is low-key a major skincare guru, and celebrity esthetician Tracie Martyn's line has been one of her favorites for years. The exfoliating mask is an essential from the brand. "Tracie … has an enzyme mask that’s fantastic," Lakshmi told Into the Gloss. "In my work, I have to wear makeup every day for TV, so this just sucks everything out of it."

Kate Middleton's Calming Face Oil


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For her sensitive skin, Kate Middleton swears by this 98% organic face oil, which contains soothing ingredients like camellia oil, bitter cherry seed oil, and seabuckthorn oil, according to People magazine. 

Amanda Montell
Features Editor
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