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When you’re famously one of the most beautiful women in the world, that’s a lot of pressure to look good. But like everything else thrown at Angelina Jolie, 46, that doesn’t seem to phase her. The actress and filmmaker is equally known for her philanthropic work, which explains her belief that the best way to be beautiful is through your intellect. “I often tell my daughters that the most important thing they can do is to develop their minds,” Angelina wrote in an essay for ELLE. “You can always put on a pretty dress, but it doesn’t matter what you wear on the outside if your mind isn’t strong. There is nothing more attractive—you might even say enchanting—than a woman with an independent will and her own opinions.”
Angelina doesn’t shy away from aging—in fact, she embraces it. “I look in the mirror and I see that I look like my mother, and that warms me,” she told In Style. “I also see myself aging, and I love it because it means I’m alive—I’m living and getting older. Don’t love having a random dark spot from a pregnancy, sure. I see my flaws. But what I see that I like isn’t about a structure or an appearance. It’s more that I see my family in my face. I see my age.” And we see a stunner who gets more beautiful with time—here’s how she does it.
She started seeing a derm young.
At 11-years-old, to be exact. “I’ve had the same dermatologist since I was 11; her name is Rhonda Rand,” Angelina has said. “It’s who my mother brought me to when I was little with my first scar. To have somebody who is very encouraging of being as natural as possible has really helped me, I think.” Those lessons have stuck with her, since she still keeps her routine as simple and natural as possible.
She never skips sunscreen.
Angelina has always practiced sun safety, which is key to eternal youth. “She’s been so good about using sunscreen from such an early age to protect her skin,” Angelina’s dermatologist, Dr. Rand, told Refinery29. “She knew that the sun is not good for skin in general—in terms of pigmentation problems and that sort of thing. She’s also good about wearing hats, which is so important. She hydrates a lot and does a lot of good moisturizing, but again, it’s the sun protection that’s going to stop you from aging more than anything.”
She knows how to balance her makeup.
We’ve all heard that rule before—pick one feature and play it up. That’s something Angelina follows. “I do either dark eyes or red lips,” she has said. “I have very full, big features, so if I did everything, I’d look a bit like a clown. It’d be just… a lot.”
Angelina isn’t afraid of doing her own makeup, either, and can do so when duty calls. “I don’t want to have to depend on a makeup artist,” she has said. “I’m much more comfortable with just a little concealer for my dark circles. That’s my main thing.”
She doesn’t go overboard with treatments.
Though her pillowy lips and perfect nose may have inspired plenty of people to seek out cosmetic surgeons, Angelina hasn’t been to one herself—but she isn’t judging those who have. “I haven’t had anything done and I don’t think I will,” she told the UK’s Daily Mail. “But if it makes somebody happy then that’s up to them. I’m not in somebody else’s skin to know what makes them feel better about themselves. But I don’t plan to do it myself.”
However, she has used laser treatments. “When I got pregnant, I had darker areas [on my face] that got darker. So I do IPL [intense pulsed light] every once in a while,” Angelina has said.
She’s a makeup minimalist.
“The thing about [Angelina] is she never wears makeup unless she’s working— it’s probably another reason her skin looks good,” Dr. Rand has said. “She’s also good about removing makeup. I know her makeup artist is super careful about what she puts on her skin and takes good care of it when she’s working.”
She keeps her skincare routine simple—and sticks to it.
“She’s lucky she has her mom’s beautiful, olive skin,” Dr. Rand has said. “She’s always been such a natural beauty, so she didn’t ever have to do much. It was really just sunscreen, proper cleansing with a mild, gentle cleanser, antioxidants, sometimes glycolic [acids], and natural products. Some alpha hydroxy [acids] are good too, and they’re very natural. She doesn’t need major scrubs or products with lots of chemicals.
“When she travels, she takes a good skin care regimen with her [including] alpha hydroxys or antioxidants,” Dr. Rand has said. “There’s a product of mine that she loves: Dermbasics RR Perfection Cream. It’s a chemical-free antioxidant sunscreen and that’s a good thing to travel with. We also have another product she likes and takes with her: Dermbasics Glycolic Acid Pads 20%. They remove the stratum corneum, increase collagen and elastin, keep pores clean and appearing small, and even out discoloration.”
She has her own definition of beauty.
“The people I see as beautiful are those who don’t bend to somebody else’s opinion of what is appropriate or beautiful,” Angelina has said. “I’ve always been drawn to people who are unique, different, and just simply themselves. It makes me a bit sad when I see somebody unable to live in their own skin and not feeling comfortable in it. There are a lot of things in society that make people feel that way.”
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