It sounds crazy, but it seems like the older these stars get, the more beautiful they look. Seriously—Eva Longoria glows at every red carpet event she attends, Sofia Vergara was recently ranked one of the hottest women of the year, and Jennifer Lopez manages to look more and more stunning with each passing American Idol episode. Even the ever youthful Cameron Diaz is turning 39 this weekend (Happy Birthday chica!) and she is in better shape than most women we know in their twenties!
The list goes on and on of Latinas over 35 who look incredible. Here are the top ten—and the celeb-proven skincare routines to follow so you’ll look just as spectacular.
1. 35 & Over: Eva Longoria
Skincare Secret: Exfoliate! Every week gently massage your skin with an exfoliator (like Biore SkinPreservation Even Smoother Microderm Exfoliator, $13.99, drugstore.com) to slough off dull skin cells and increase circulation. Both make your complexion instantly more radiant.
2. 35 & Over: Sofia Vergara
Skincare Secret: The star has said she doesn’t think a woman should have plastic surgery to look younger. The #1 anti-aging product she and every one of these stars must use: sunscreen. Wear a broad-spectrum SPF 15 every day and you’ll prevent wrinkles and brown spots from showing up in the first place.
3. 35 & Over: Jennifer Lopez
Skincare Secret: When asked what she does for her skin, Jennifer told us that she drinks tons of water, eats healthy, and never smokes. Water hydrates skin and keeps it plump, while fruits and vegetables give your skin cells the vitamins and antioxidants they need to stay healthy.
4. 35 & Over: Salma Hayek
Skincare Secret: The most-proven anti-aging ingredient is a vitamin-A derivative called a retinoid, which you can get from your dermatologist. Retinoids increase cell turnover, smooth fine lines, even help with pigmentation. The over-the-counter version of a retinoid is called retinol, which you can find in the Olay Pro X line (pgestore.com).
5. 35 & Over: Daisy Fuentes
Skincare Secret: Don’t wear too much makeup, Daisy advises in her book Unforgettable You. Powders get trapped in fine lines and wrinkles, which highlights them more. Stick to a lightweight liquid foundation (like Lancome Teint Miracle, $37, lancome-usa.com).
6. 35 & Over: Penelope Cruz
Skincare Secret: When it comes to looking youthful, super skinny isn’t good. Starving yourself will make your skin look sallow and your cheeks hollow, and your skin saggy. Brows should also stay full: thick, dark brows define your brow structure and lift your face.
7. 35 & Over: Mariah Carey
Skincare Secret: Free radicals—which come from the sun, pollution, and smoke—are everywhere and they’re the most likely reason our skin ages. But antioxidants, like vitamin C and E, black tea, pomegranate, coffeeberry, and resveratrol fight free radicals. Make sure to apply one every night (try Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Face Serum, $80, fresh.com).
8. 35 & Over: Sara Ramirez
Skincare Secret: Never forget the basics. Don’t fall into bed without washing your face (makeup clogs pores, then causes acne!), don’t pick any pimples (you’ll stretch the pore and make it more likely for a zit to form there again!), and always moisturize (hydrated skin stays plumper, brighter, and smoother!).
9. 35 & Over: Judy Reyes
Skincare Secret: Banish manchas with glycolic acid peels (like Brazilian Peel, $78, advancedhomeactives.com). They remove the top, dead layer of skin cells, which makes your skin tone more even, lightens dark spots, and reveals new, brighter skin cells.
10. 35 & Over: Gina Torres
Skincare Secret: No matter your skin color, too much sun exposure will cause damage. Always wear sunglasses and a hat outside and stay inside mid-day, when the sun’s rays are the strongest.