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Salma Hayek’s Skin Care Routine Is Surprisingly Affordable

Celebrity beauty and makeup routines can sound like something straight out of a chemistry class: mix a little bit of this for $1,000, a little of that for $500 and voila: magic. For most of us, that definitely isn’t happening so when I read the never-aging, always fabulous Salma Hayek shared her day and night skin care routine and it was actually doable and (mostly) affordable, I got super hyped.

Speaking to The New York Times, Hayek detailed how she keeps her skin glowing, including a tip from her abuela. “I never cleanse my skin in the morning. My grandmother taught me that at night your skin replenishes all the things you lost during the day. Also, if I cleanse very well at night, why would it be dirty when I wake up?” Instead, she uses a “spritz [of] rose water” since “it’s so gentle and wakes the skin up. Then I apply moisturizer. I have an oil from my line Nuance that I love.”

When it comes time for her to take off the day, Hayek makes sure she does a thorough job – especially since she’s so against washing her face in the morning. She always starts with a household favorite: coconut oil. That’s right, she uses coconut oil to take off her makeup and then uses rose water to “take off the residuals.” When using the rose water, Hayek suggests using it with a hot towel. “You put a wet towel in the microwave — to do a little steam.” She follows up with a chamomile cleanser from her line and splashes cold water on her face. When it comes to masks, she may apply one from Juice Generation or create her own “using a little bit of oatmeal and then some water or almond milk, and a little bit of honey. You let it soak, and it’s a great cleanser that makes your skin very soft.”

With all these do’s, Hayek does have some don’ts she abides by as well. “I don’t do sunscreen unless I’m going to be out in the sun all day… I don’t think the chemicals in sunscreen are good for your skin. I believe in using it when you need it.” And she’s also careful about exfoliating. “I don’t over-exfoliate. Exfoliating a lot may make you look good in the short term, but not I think in the long term.”

So considering Hayek looks flawless at 50, I’m pretty sure this is going to become my new regimen ASAP. You can get rose water for about $7, coconut oil from $6 – $8, and if you want the cleanser from her line, it’s just eight bucks at CVS. Salma, I’m so here for this!