Black female celebrities have truly proven that with care, black skin really does age. From Lupita to Beyoncé to Gabrielle Union to Halle Berry, it seems black celebrities have found the fountain of youth.
Unlike many others in Hollywood, these icons of dark skinned beauty lack the visible tension that is characteristic of those who have opted for cosmetic surgery and Botox treatments. Instead, they have the fresh skin and flawless complexion often associated with youth.
You may have looked at them and asked, “What’s her secret?” Well, you don’t have to wonder anymore. I scoured the internet to find out the secrets behind each of these celebrity beauty secrets.
Kenyan Lupita Nyong’o has taken the world by storm since winning an Oscar for her role in 12 Years a Slave. She continued to amaze us with her glowing, ageless skin – even though she’s 39, Lupita could easily pass for 20-something.
Lupita keeps her beauty routine simple. She is very partial to natural oils such as calendula and avocado oils. “Calendula is very, very soothing and has been really good for my skin when it’s been out in the sun a lot,” she told Elle magazine in 2018.
Before she started using calendula oil, her favorite was avocado oil. “Avocado oil is a big thing for me. At first I only used it on my body, but I realized it works on my face and my hair too for that matter! This is a single window. Especially in the winter when my skin is drier, it really soaks in and makes it nice and plump,” she told Bazaar magazine.
She’s still a big fan of the avocado oil she uses to remove makeup. “I have a very dry complexion, so I use avocado oil to remove my makeup. It’s soft and doesn’t rub off on my skin,” Lupita told Elle.
As a skincare routine, Lupita applies Lancôme Génifique Serum to hydrate her skin overnight. To avoid dehydration, the actress does not wash her face in the morning.
Gabrielle Union, who turns 50 in October, doesn’t look a day older than 35. She attributes her youthful appearance in part to naturally oily skin.
“When you’re a teenager and it’s wreaking havoc on your skin, it seems like the worst thing in the world. But as you get older, that oil becomes like an embalming fluid, if you will. It keeps you looking young,” she said in an interview with US Weekly.
In addition, Gabriel understands the importance of healthy habits in slowing down the aging process. She drinks a lot of water, avoids sugary drinks, sleeps at least 8 hours every night and doesn’t smoke. She also exercises regularly.
But what skin care products does she use? Since she’s been Neutrogena’s brand ambassador for 10 years, it stands to reason that she’s a huge fan of their products. She cleanses with Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser and exfoliates with Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub. To protect herself from the sun, the actress uses Neutrogena Age Shield Face Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 110.
At 40, Beyoncé is as gorgeous and youthful as ever. It’s no secret that Beyoncé puts as much effort into taking care of herself as she does into her music. Realizing that beauty starts with nutrition, Beyoncé invested in hiring a full-time chef to prepare healthy meals for her and her family.
She also attributes her beautiful skin to drinking plenty of water. “I try to take care of myself by drinking at least a gallon of lemon water a day,” she told Vogue.
Unlike most celebrities, Beyoncé is quite discreet about her skin care. However, she has revealed some of her favorite beauty products in various interviews. The singer applies Aquaphor all over her face before going to bed. “I go to bed looking absolutely fat, it’s not glamorous all the time,” she told Elle. Another must-have for Beyoncé is Smith’s Rosebud Salve, which she uses as a lip balm and to prime her lashes before curling.
According to her longtime makeup artist, Beyoncé also never takes her makeup off before bed.
At 55, Halle Berry certainly looks great, but she attributes her youthful skin to regular skin care. “My skincare routine is always the same. I use a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, then I use an eye cream,” she told InStyle.
From various interviews, it’s clear that Holly is constantly switching up the products in her skincare regimen, which is understandable since she’s been an ambassador for various skincare brands. Her current favorite products include Ole Henriksen Pore-Balance Sauna Facial Scrub, SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Mask, and Olga Lorencin Lactic Acid Hydrating Serum.