- Jada Pinkett Smith, 49, opened up about her skincare routine in a new YouTube video.
- The Red Talk Table host swears by at-home facial steaming, going makeup-free, and staying hydrated for radiant skin.
- Jada previously revealed a few of her go-to beauty products, which include an affordable toner and hyaluronic acid serum.
At 49, Jada Pinkett Smith is serious goals, whether she’s wearing makeup or not. And in a new YouTube video, the Red Talk Table host finally opened up about the “home base” skincare routine responsible for her radiant complexion.
Jada explained that her skin type is normal to dry, but sometimes her T-zone can get oily. “I don’t have a regular aesthetician that I go to. I may go get a professional facial maybe once or twice a year. So I’ve really learned how to take care of my skin,” she said. “It’s really all experimentation until you find out what works for you.”
Jada uses a variety of products on her skin, but she also swears by drinking a ton of water daily for healthy skin. “Good skin is not just what you do to the outside of it,” the actress said. “What you put in your body is super important.”
Here are just a few of the things Jada does to keep her skin glowing in her late 40s.
1. First, she steams her face.
Steaming is Jada’s top skincare secret. “I do that at least three to four times a week,” she said in an Instagram video. The best part? You don’t need to go to a steam room to reap the benefits of facial steaming. Jada just boils water and pours it into a bowl at home. (Just make sure it’s not too hot!) Then, she puts her face over the bowl and throws a towel over her head. She stays put for a few minutes.
“This process helps to keep skin moist … to pull out impurities and to open [pores] to put nourishment into the skin,” she wrote in the caption of a recent Instagram.
2. Then, it’s on to gentle cleansing.
After steaming, Jada washes her face with the Tatcha Deep Cleanser. “This is a deep cleanser, but it’s really super gentle,” Jada said in the video while washing her face. “A lot of people don’t like to use their hands on their face, but I do. I like to touch my skin.”
Then, she steams again before going in with Dermatologica’s Precleanse. “This is like a really light oil that is going to help the microdermabrasion machine go over the skin easily,” Jada explained. She then gives herself a facial with the Kendra Professional HB-SF01, being extra careful around her eyes. “This removes dead skin off of your face,” Jada said. “You do every area of your skin.”
If you don’t want to splurge for the machine, she simply recommends using an exfoliating towel to gently buff away dead skin cells. Then, she cleanses again with Burt’s Bees Baby Soap around her eyes and brows. After, she steams gain.
The Deep Cleanse Exfoliating Cleanser
The Deep Cleanse Exfoliating Cleanser
Facial Emulsion Enzyme Moisturizer
3. She loves a good face mask.
If you thought Jada was done cleansing and ready for serums, think again: She cleanses one last time using the Neutrogena Clear Pore Acne Clay Mask, which she raves about. “When I tell you this baby right here clears them pores!” she said. She then followed with a homemade mask using simple kitchen ingredients: One avocado, two teaspoons of olive oil, and one tablespoon of honey. “For something like this, I would leave on for 20 minutes,” Jada said while applying the mask using a brush.
On days when she’s not using the Neutrogena or DIY mask, Jada goes for Tatcha’s Luminous Dewy Skin Sheet Mask for extra hydrating action.
4. Her go-to toner is from the drugstore.
Sure, celebrities can afford top of the line products, but Jada sang the praises of a $5 drugstore product on her Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk. The star said she uses Clean & Clear Essentials Deep Cleaning Astringent on her skin.
“It’s one of my favorite products,” she said on her show. “It is brilliant … It pulls all the stuff out, and it closes the pores as well. It’s awesome.” That’s because it contains salicylic acid, an acne-fighting ingredient that gently exfoliates the skin and unclogs pores.
5. She swears by serums and moisturizers.
Jada is a fan of Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Acid Ampoules, according to People. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning it acts like a tiny sponge to pull water to the skin’s surface. The formula, which you pour into your palm and pat onto your skin, is designed to help diminish fine lines, replace moisture, and firm up your skin. Jada apparently loves this treatment so much, she shared this testimonial on Sturm’s website: “Your face will radiate like you just got off a 2 week spa vacation.”
She also loves a retinol serum by Pro Derma Light. Jada said she “lives” by this serum, unless she’s spending a lot of time out in the sun. A couple of times a week, she also uses the ZO Skin Health + Wrinkle Texture Repair, which contains skin-smoothing retinol and sunflower oil.
To lock all that goodness in, she slathers on a moisturizer or oil. Her favorites include the Epicuren Facial Emulsion Enzyme Moisturizer and the Kreyol Essense Moringa Oil.
6. Sunscreen is a must.
Jada always applies sunscreen to her face. “I’m really careful in the sun,” she said in a recent Instagram video. “I use a lot of sunblock … and hats.” Although she didn’t reveal her go-to SPF, Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, previously told Prevention.com that those with dry skin should look for sunscreen with hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid or ceramides.
7. She lets her skin breathe.
Jada offered up even more tips during that Red Table Talk episode, and explained that she likes to let her skin do its natural thing. “Even on makeup days, I try go to light,” she said. “On days off, I use hardly anything. I try to give the skin a break. Less is more.”
If you’ve ever seen one of her makeup-free selfies on Instagram, you’d understand why she keeps it casual. Who needs makeup when you look like this?
Jada also switches up her product rotation. “You really have to keep switching up your routine,” she said on YouTube. She often feels like her skin gets used to certain products, so she eventually tries something new. “I have several different products that I use to always keep my skin surprised,” she said.
6. She drinks a lot of water.
Water is key to maintaining a hydrated complexion. “I drink so much water,” Jada said in an Instagram video—around eight or nine bottles a day. “Water is so essential.” She also cut down on alcohol and sugary drinks. “I don’t drink soda. I don’t drink a ton of juice or a lot of alcohol—I may have a glass of wine three times a year,” she said.
She shared that maintaining a healthy diet is vital to glowing skin, too. “Diet is so important! We’ll get more into that … later,” she wrote on Instagram. Well, we’ll certainly be on the lookout for all her tips. At 49, she looks as radiant as ever.
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