One of the greatest stars of the last quarter century has recently revealed that her most power weapon against aging is face peels. As Rachel Green on “Friends”, Jennifer Aniston became not just a household name, but also a trendsetter and something of a beauty icon. She even entered that most selective of small circles: celebrity spokesman for a major beauty line.
As her career has continued to blossom post-sitcom, and as she’s navigated a tricky personal life amidst a celeb-crazed media, she’s somehow managed to maintain a seemingly effortless beauty, looking remarkably similar to the girl we first met back in the 90’s.
The 45-year old has long relied on yoga along with a healthy diet to keep fit, and for skin beauty has used everything from oxygen facials and microdermabrasion. Now she’s revealing that when it comes to maintaining quality skin, she found the best results with face peels. She says they leave her skin “feeling baby soft,” but more importantly looking fantastic even under difficult situations.
Under the glare of the paparazzi’s lens, the smallest imperfections on an actress have been magnified and over-analyzed. The hyper-coverage becomes even more intense when it involves scandal. The focus becomes tighter, and the scrutiny becomes unimaginable, Aniston admits.
She famously told Vanity Fair of how the paparazzi (which she calls ‘Ratsies’) hounded her in the months surrounding her separation and eventual divorce from leading man Brad Pitt. This was complicated heavily by the presence of another woman in his life, specifically Angelina Jolie. The two reportedly became better acquainted while filming “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” as husband and wife assassins, while still of course married to Aniston.
It was during those turbulent times that Aniston’s unshakeable beauty first became iconic in its own right. As the world tuned in to discover how she was holding up, they discovered quite well, as it turns out. That’s when the beauty world began asking it’s favorite question: what’s her secret?
Her skin, it seems, was universally recognized as one of her best features: a fresh and natural glow that projects youth, vitality and - in her case- resilience in the face of adversity.
Face peels have long been one of her regular treatments, a quick and easy reboot that she says she prefers over the prospects of surgery. Seeing first-hand how the surgical route has faired not so well for many of her contemporaries, she admits, played a big role in forming her own beauty regimen.
“I am grateful to learn from their mistakes,” the actress explained. “I see them and my heart breaks.”
The actress admits she still finds great results with facials and other treatments like Guinot, but her personal preference is now the peel.
Different peels use different methods, each designed to essentially clear away damaged layers of outer skin while simultaneously treating the fresh skin below. Some methods rely on natural lactic acid to gently exfoliate, others use glycolic or even a directed laser.
Their impact is hard to miss. While completely safe for the skin, they powerfully rejuvenate not just the skin, but the natural glow and spirit hidden beneath.