This article was originally published on Kueez
It’s not easy being a celebrity. Sure, there’s the glitz and glamor, not to mention accolades and countless adoring fans. But there are also plenty of expectations that often mean the rich and famous invest a lot in preserving their youthful good looks. Are these celebrities' youthful looks a product of good genes, good docs, or simply thanks to them being immortal vampires? Whatever the reason, read on to witness which celebrities seem to never age.
Reese Witherspoon - 1996 Vs. 2018 (22 Year Difference)
Back in the 90s and early 2000s, Reese Witherspoon was the face of romantic comedies. Yet, her defining film was arguably Legally Blonde, a movie that followed a very glamorous woman who decides to become a lawyer. That was over two decades ago, but Witherspoon doesn’t seem to have aged since. While there has been much speculation that that might be the result of cosmetic surgery, Witherspoon has freely given her own explanation.
So, what’s the source of her youthfulness? Well, Witherspoon attributes her youthful looks to a vigorous workout regimen that includes lots of high-intensity training and cardio. We have no reason to disbelieve her.
Paul Rudd - 2000 Vs. 2018 (18 Year Difference)
Paul Rudd’s appearance has been a running meme online for years. Even his Marvel co-star, Scarlett Johannsson, joked that he has to be constantly using Botox or even the Time Stone. The truth is a little more mundane: he works out, has a skincare regimen, and practically maintains a lifestyle (including no carbs) that’s more akin to being an athlete than a veteran actor. And, of course, Rudd has likely won the genetic lottery!
Rudd has even given tips to co-stars about keeping their skin fresh, such as using concealer, $49 eye therapy patches made by Talika, and an abundance of sunscreen whenever going out.
Halle Berry - 1998 Vs. 2018 (20 Year Difference)
While Berry has considered surgery, she remains adamant that she hasn’t had any work done. How does she keep her skin looking so youthful? She’s discussed a four-step routine that includes using a Philips facial cleansing brush (retails at over $170), followed by a scrub, a hydrating mask, and, finally, a moisturizing serum. All in all, these steps likely set Berry back a couple of hundred dollars a month (if not weekly, depending on size and usage!).
Of course, it isn’t just a skincare routine that keeps Berry looking (and feeling) youthful. She is also committed to intensive workouts, including boxing and weightlifting. That’s alongside yoga and daily meditation sessions.
Elijah Wood - 1997 Vs. 2018 (21 Year Difference)
Truth be told, Elijah Wood doesn’t discuss his appearance much. However, there’s no question that he’s aged like a fine wine. Indeed, he was even able to reprise his role of Frodo over a decade after the Lord of the Rings! What he has talked about is that he tries to strike a balance between enjoying life and being responsible with his health. He doesn’t drink much, but he also doesn’t go on diets.
Given his apparent relaxed attitude towards matters that Hollywood uses obsesses about, we have to come to the conclusion that his hobbit-esque youthfulness owes itself to good genes more than anything else.
Sandra Bullock - 1999 Vs. 2018 (19 Year Difference)
Like many celebrities, Sandra Bullock has been subject to a flurry of surgery rumors that she had vigorously denied. What is verifiable is that the Demolition Man star has gotten a Hollywood EGF Facial, usually priced in the region of $650, that’s designed to boost collagen. Her diet emphasizes lean proteins while she uses fruit slices to wipe her face and anti-aging products to address fine lines and dark circles around the eyes.
Besides skincare, Bullock has a lifestyle (she gets up at 5 am!) that’s more in keeping with that of an action star: she kickboxes, takes Pilates sessions, runs, rides bikes, and does weight training.
Jennifer Lopez - 1999 Vs. 2018 (19 Year Difference)
Since bursting onto the music scene, Lopez has wowed fans with her ageless appearance, but it does come with a significant price tag. As a passionate fitness advocate, Lopez has multiple personal trainers who each typically charge over $300 per session. She also invests heavily in her skin, so much so that she even bought her own CACI Synergy system (valued at over $15,000) as an alternative to botox.
Overall, if you wanted to look like Lopez, consider her likely (rough) annual costs: over $8,000 on tanning, $3,000 on skincare products, more than $7,000 on her hair, $10,000 on makeup and facials, and countless other expenses.
Pharrell - 2002 Vs. 2018 (16 Year Difference)
Looking at Pharrell these days, you could be mistaken for thinking you still lived in the early 2000s. So just how has the singer aged so well? A solid skincare regime! He’s maintained one for over 20 years, which involves a lot of exfoliation. For his daily ritual, he uses a glytone self-foaming cleanser before using a moisturizer and clearing toner. On top of that, Pharrell stays hydrated, drinking plenty of water.
Pharrell has channeled this deep commitment into releasing his own range of skincare products, called “Humanrace,” that he developed in consultation with his personal dermatologist, Dr. Elena Jones.
Demi Moore - 2002 Vs. 2017 (15 Year Difference)
Moore has appeared to acknowledge having cosmetic surgery in the past but was coy about the specific procedures (only that it didn’t involve her face). Media speculation had previously suggested that she had spent many thousands on her looks, which Moore criticized and expressed her deep frustration about. However, she has been candid about her health practices and skincare routines. These include a “master cleanse,” which entails cleansing oneself of various toxins.
What’s more, she’s a raw diet advocate and regularly sees LA-based facialist Terri Lawton (a popular specialist in Hollywood known as the “Skin Whisperer”), whose prices are in excess of $285.
Christina Ricci - 2006 Vs. 2019 (13 Year Difference)
Ricci practically grew up on the big screen, but the Addams Family star still gets asked how she keeps looking so young. Essentially, it’s good skincare, which she partly credits her mother, a former model, with instilling its importance in her. She uses Clé de Peau Beauté daily, a repairing oil priced at over $130, and washes her face with Kate Somerville's Goat Milk. At night, she uses Clé de Peau Brightening Serum.
Ricci has a balanced approach to diet and exercise: she eats what she wants, albeit in moderation, and works out whenever she has the time. That includes Pilates, yoga, and lunges.
Jennifer Aniston - 2005 Vs. 2018 (13 Year Difference)
There’s no doubt that Jennifer Aniston influenced the 90s. After all, the Rachel haircut seemed to be sported by everyone. While she no longer sports that cut herself, Aniston hasn’t changed much since her starring role in Friends. According to Aniston, there’s a lot of work that goes into her appearance. For starters, she makes a habit to avoid the sun, which helps her skin stay safe from any damage.
Of course, she also has a healthy diet and a meticulous skincare regime. It sounds like hard work, but it means that she is still easily recognizable as the iconic Rachel.
Julianne Moore - 1999 Vs. 2018 (19 Year Difference)
The Hannibal star is another famous name who’s steadfastly opposed to getting cosmetic surgery. So much so that she’s gone on record to condemn its extent in Hollywood. Then, what’re her techniques for keeping her skin looking young? Avoiding the sun, not eating foods in high sodium (at least before a red carpet event), and practicing a consistent skincare routine before she goes to bed! She doesn’t have a favorite SPF, and will happily buy one from a drugstore.
Two products she’s expressed a fondness for, L'Oréal's Age Perfect Cell Renewal Day Cream and Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, will only set her back over $50 combined depending on usage.
Naomi Campbell - 1994 Vs. 2018 (24 Year Difference)
Naomi Campbell has been an ever-steady presence on catwalks since she first went down the runway at just 15. Somehow, that was three decades ago, but the legendary supermodel doesn’t seem to have aged at all. Rumors have abounded about surgery, but Campbell has repeatedly dismissed it. What’s her secret then? Having a consistent beauty routine that emphasizes skincare. She credits her mother for this, who always stressed the importance of moisturizing when Campbell was a child.
Moreover, Campbell always takes makeup off before bed, uses a zinc toner for oily skin from La Roche-Posay, and uses a facial roller before she applies serums to her face.
Keanu Reeves - 2008 Vs. 2017 (9 Year Difference)
There is a running joke (and occasional online theory) that Keane Reeves is an immortal. While that would be apt for someone who has starred in otherworldly films like Constantine, it’s unlikely to be the explanation for his unchanged looks. In reality, Reeves sticks to a consistently healthy diet and isn’t averse to grueling workouts. While he hasn’t cut out alcohol, he typically sticks to clean foods, with a high vegetable to meat ratio.
He boxes, weight lifts, surfs, and rides horses on the regular. And, thanks to his action-packed film roles, has picked up martial arts like judo and kung fu.
Julia Roberts - 1999 Vs. 2016 (17 Year Difference)
In the 1990s, there was perhaps no other actress who shaped the decade’s glut of rom-com films. While that was two decades ago, Roberts doesn’t seem to have aged accordingly. However, the actress herself denies having had any surgery and even claimed that her unyielding stance almost cost her a Hollywood career. Like a lot of celebrities, she instead credits her youthfulness to a consistent skincare routine and mindful eating.
On top of that, Roberts exercises four times a week, never fails to apply sunscreen when heading out, and always takes her makeup off before she heads to bed.
John Stamos - 2007 Vs. 2019 (12 Year Difference)
John Stamos has been ever-present on television since he made a name for himself in the 90s. Yet, while co-stars may have aged, Stamos has seemingly stood the test of time. He credits this to a full head of hair, even if a few grays have broken through over the years. Stamos is also a devotee to self-care and considers Bioxidea’s Miracle24 Face Mask for Men to be his secret weapon.
On the fitness front, Stamos swims, hill runs, and does Pilates three times a week. Alongside that, he maintains a balanced, Mediterranean-style diet that includes an abundance of fruits and vegetables.
Sharon Stone - 1996 Vs. 2018 (22 Year Difference)
Sharon Stone has revealed that she’s undergone a breast enlargement procedure, but she says that her doctor performed this without her approval (she had actually been expecting reconstructive surgery after the removal of benign tumors!). Given that it was not consensual, we don’t know if she was charged, but the surgery typically costs over $5,000, though that varies by doctor and location. Otherwise, Stone says she hasn’t gotten any fillers or surgery.
Rather, Stone eats healthily, avoids caffeine and alcohol, and works out up to five times a week. She switches up her activities to include yoga, strength training, and dance, and credits her routine to Arnold Schwarzenegger!
Will Smith - 2010 Vs. 2019 (9 Year Difference)
Once the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith still looks as if he could reprise his iconic role at the drop of a hat. While there’s never been any speculation about cosmetic surgery, he’s been candid about his passion for fitness that involves a lot of strength training, a healthy diet, and, sometimes, fasting. Besides that, he’s an avowed teetotaler and hasn’t touched a drop of alcohol for a decade.
Besides his lifestyle, Smith has taken selfies suggesting he has a skincare regimen that includes reusable eye therapy patches from Talika that retails for $49. His wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, is passionate about skincare, so it’d be surprising if that’s the only product he uses.
Jamie Foxx - 2007 Vs. 2020 (13 Year Difference)
While he’s not discussed having any kind of surgery, Foxx has been widely reported to have undergone a hair transplant. This treatment can vary in cost depending on location and complexity but is typically over $4,000 (and often requires multiple sessions). What he has shared is his nutritional and fitness regimen. He doesn’t hold back with exercise and has a particular preference for working out with bands and using pull-up bars.
Foxx avoids dieting and fasting. Rather, he focuses on a balanced approach to food, with an emphasis on eating smart and clean while offsetting any unhealthy things he indulges in.
Susan Sarandon - 1978 Vs. 2018 (40 Year Difference)
It’s not surprising that Sarandon, who is an outspoken activist, would be candid about the procedures she’s had. In particular, she revealed that she’d had liposuction under a chin. That treatment typically costs more than $1,200. As an ambassador for L’Oréal Paris, Sarandon makes extensive use of their products. She has both a morning and nighttime routine that includes a cleanser, a protective serum, a hydrating moisturizer, and an anti-aging night cream.
Otherwise, Sarandon tries to stay simple, with a focus on tinted sunscreen and skin oil, as well as a healthy lifestyle that includes fitness and a balanced diet.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - 2006 Vs. 2018 (12 Year Difference)
As an actor, Gordon-Levitt has often had to change his entire appearance to meet a role’s demands. However, away from the camera, he hasn’t been that forthcoming about the steps he takes to stay in good shape (besides biking and playing basketball with friends). Still, for the movie Don Jon, he endured five-day workouts filled with heavy weight training and a nutrition plan that required eating up to eight meals a day (as well as protein whey).
Since he clearly isn’t the fitness fanatic that he portrayed on film, it goes without saying that Gordon-Levitt owes his relatively unchanged look to being blessed with good genes.
Rob Lowe - 2002 Vs. 2018 (16 Year Difference)
Much has been made of Lowe’s ageless visage, to the extent that his character in Parks and Recreation seemed to parody his reputation for a vitality that defies the passage of time. His explanation? He let go of his bad habits, such as drinking and having sugar. He’s since become a spokesperson for the Atkins diet, which has led him to limit foods like pizza and pasta to treats for special occasions.
Further, Lowe is very active and even takes inspiration from other celebrities like Dwayne Johnson. He surfs, uses a Peloton bike, does circuit training, and takes runs.
Jennifer Connelly - 2005 Vs. 2018 (13 Year Difference)
Jennifer Connelly has been gracing screens since her breakout role in 1985’s Labyrinth. Though she still looks much the same, Connelly has repeatedly insisted she’s never considered surgery to preserve her looks. Still, it doesn’t come cheap to be Connelly. As the face of Shiseido, she uses their Future Solution LX products (sets for which are priced at over $400) alongside sometimes seeing facialists like Aida Bicaj (sessions average at $595).
Besides her commitment to skincare, Connelly maintains a balanced diet and exercises regularly. These physical activities include daily runs, as well as frequent yoga, jump rope, and pilates sessions.
Jared Leto - 2013 Vs. 2019 (6 Year Difference)
If Jared Leto is known for one thing, other than his countless acting roles, it’s his impressive physical condition. Leto credits two things with keeping him in shape and staving off the years: veganism and sleeping well. Sure, it might sound simple, but Leto cuts no corners (including no alcohol). He’s been a vegetarian/vegan for some two decades, with a focus on foods that are low fat and contain high carbs.
Of course, he works out, too, and has even uploaded videos giving insight into his exercise routine. Specifically, Leto hikes, cycles, does yoga, rock climbs, and tries to hit 10,000 steps daily.
Liv Tyler - 2011 Vs. 2019 (8 Year Difference)
Tyler is another celebrity who insists she’s never had any surgery. We’re not here to speculate, so let’s focus on what she credits her youthful glow to a 25-step skincare regimen (which she conveniently shared with Vogue magazine). It’s a lengthy process, and likely sets Tyler back hundreds of dollars. But, it must be working as she seems to be aging as slowly as the elves from Lord of the Rings.
Besides the active daily steps that she takes, she also happens to be blessed with good genes as her biological parents, Bebe Buell and Steven Tyler, have both aged well, too.
Angelina Jolie - 2005 Vs. 2019 (14 Year Difference)
Jolie has built a reputation out of looking unchanged, despite starring on the screens for over 30 years. That’s led to many people wondering if she has had cosmetic enhancements, but the only surgery that Jolie has acknowledged is reconstructive work that followed a mastectomy. However, she has been open about her skincare regime. For example, she revealed that she keeps makeup to a minimum while using high-quality products (like a “perfection cream” that averages $50).
One treatment Jolie has admitted to getting is intense pulsed light therapy for dark areas on her face. That typically costs over 700$. No one ever said it was cheap being famous!
Kate Winslet - 2004 Vs. 2017 (13 Year Difference)
Since starring in Titanic all the way back in 1996, Winslet has clearly stood the test of time (unlike the RMS Titanic!). She’s actively denied ever getting cosmetic procedures (going so far as to say that it goes “against her morals.” Instead, she credits her youthfulness on regular facials and a skincare regimen that includes Lancôme Tonique Confort and Advanced Genefique Sensitive. These usually retail for over $30 and $56, respectively.
She emphasizes the importance of consistent moisturizing, positive sleep habits, and staying hydrated. In fact, she swears by the importance of constant water, remarking that a healthy body is bound to also have healthy skin.
Kate Hudson - 2008 Vs. 2019 (11 Year Difference)
Kate Hudson made a name for herself some two decades ago, but she hasn’t seemed to age since Almost Famous came out in 2000. While the rom-com star was widely reported to have had rhinoplasty and breast enlargement in 2010, Hudson has nevertheless been reticent about whether or not the rumors are true. If they happen to be, then those procedures would likely have cost somewhere in the region of $8,000.
What she has discussed is her flexitarian lifestyle, skincare regimen, and devotion to Pilates, all of which she credits for her everlasting glow. It also doesn’t hurt to have the good genetics she’s inherited from her mother, Goldie Hawn.
Steve Martin - 1980 Vs. 2016 (36 Year Difference)
Okay, let’s face it: Steve Martin has never truly looked young since he achieved global fame over four decades ago. In fact, most of us have only ever known him to have a vivid shock of gray hair. While some might find it discouraging to go gray as young as Martin did, it paradoxically only benefited the Father of the Bride star as it helped make the aging process a more subtle experience for him.
He’s never discussed his youthful looks (or the reasons for it), but we’d like to think his sense of humor has played a part. After all, a laugh a day keeps the doctor away!
Ewan McGregor - 2007 Vs. 2018 (11 Year Difference)
Although the first of the Star Wars prequels was released two decades ago, McGegor hasn’t changed much since his padawan days. While he has a strong aversion to the gym, he is still very physically active. He just prefers the outdoors, and regularly takes five-mile runs (and sometimes longer jogs!). McGregor also skis, hikes, and bikes, so it’s little wonder that he was once in the running to be the next James Bond.
On the nutrition front, he often adapts to suit film roles. So, for instance, he might stop drinking alcohol and balance out his diet to either gain weight or lose it (or even buff up).
Michelle Pfeiffer - 2007 Vs. 2019 (12 Year Difference)
Since making her name in the 80s, Pfeiffer has defined countless roles, from Scarface to Batman. Now, she gets asked what her secrets are to looking much the same. For starters, she avoids any products that aren’t clean or organic (she goes so far as to check beauty ingredients) and has a fondness for the premium Sodashi skincare range. Otherwise, she keeps to a minimalist routine by simply moisturizing and cleansing.
Pfeiffer has also adopted a vegan lifestyle, which she considers to be invaluable to staying healthy and avoiding skin aging. As well, she does pilates, runs, bikes, and takes in yoga sessions.
Gillian Anderson - 2007 Vs. 2020 (13 Year Difference)
According to Gillian Anderson, her timeless quality is not a product of surgery, rumors of which have abounded for years. Surprisingly, Anderson herself takes a more relaxed approach to her appearance, stressing that she tries never to go overboard with it. She uses a $28 Tinted Moisturizer from Laura Mercier and a range of products from Sarah Chapman Skinesis that are pricier. As well, Anderson takes advantage of anti-aging creams from Clinique and Estee Lauder.
While she avoids high carbs, the X-Files star doesn’t have a restrictive diet or go extreme with exercise. She does occasionally hire a personal trainer, which can vary in cost depending on their profile and location.
Nicole Kidman - 1998 Vs. 2018 (20 Year Difference)
Kidman once confessed to trying Botox (which can cost upwards of $600), but now insists she’s entirely natural. So, what are her secrets? Well, she uses a $20 retinol cream from Neutrogena, never fails to take her vitamins, protects her skin with SPF, and even blends in La Mer The Concentrate and La Mer Crème into her foundation. Those two products combined likely set the Australian icon back at least over $500.
She also follows a diet that isn’t too restrictive (about 80% of what she eats is healthy) but is relentless with her physical activity. That includes spinning, yoga, and lots of running.
Madonna - 1990 Vs. 2012 (22 Year Difference)
The “Material Girl” has never denied getting any plastic surgery, but she’s never confirmed it, either. Instead, she’s emphasized bodily free agency. Back in 2010, it was estimated that maintaining her appearance likely cost over $500,000 annually. That included about $10,000 on anti-aging creams, $20,000 on Gyrotonic Expansion System sessions, over $30,000 on body cream, and more than $1,000 on high-factor creams to protect her skin from the sun.
As well, Madonna is passionate about fitness (even going so far as to open up her own gyms). She works out at least six days a week, including interval and circuit training.
Catherine Zeta-Jones - 2001 Vs. 2021 (20 Year Difference)
Catherine Zeta-Jones is another star who credits their timeless appearance to a variety of routines, including a rigorous skincare regimen, a balanced diet, lots of sunscreen, and absolutely no sodas. Moreover, when she was once asked to reveal her secrets to aging so well, Zeta-Jones quipped that it was the result of argan oil and water. Besides that, she exfoliates daily and has used the Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance (priced at $20) from Elizabeth Arden for decades.
Zeta-Jones is also very active and is a keen tennis player, tap dancer, and swimmer. She also has a home gym and Peloton, treadmills from which can cost upwards of $4,300.
Elizabeth Hurley - 1994 Vs. 2021 (27 Year Difference)
Considered an “English Rose,” Elizabeth Hurley has aged so well that there’s been the usual speculation about cosmetic procedures. However, Hurley has discussed her aversion to surgery, believing that it too often leaves a person looking older. She credits her unchanged appearance to habitual moisturizing (up to six times a day on her face and ten for her neck!) and mindful eating practices. That entails eschewing processed foods and candy while making half of her diet plant-based.
What’s more, Hurley walks at least 10,000 steps a day and makes extensive use of Estée Lauder products, particularly their Advanced Night Repair Serum (usually priced at $75).
Sally Field - 1965 Vs. 2018 (53 Year Difference)
Sally Field has been acting since the 1960s, but that hasn’t meant looking like a veteran actor. However, she does take pride in aging gracefully and credits not getting plastic surgery for still being recognizable as she was two decades ago. That hasn’t meant she wasn’t tempted, but the Smokey and the Bandit icon felt discouraged by others of a similar age whose cosmetic surgery had radically changed their appearance.
Her personal health (she was diagnosed with osteoporosis) has also driven her to maintain an active lifestyle. She makes a keen effort to practice yoga, alongside hiking, weight training, and biking.
Gwen Stefani - 1999 Vs. 2016 (17 Year Difference)
Over the past decade, it’s seemed like the 90s icon has been aging in reverse. Of course, there’s been the standard speculation about surgery, but Stefani has never discussed whether she’s had anything done. Instead, she’s talked about the importance of fitness, staying hydrated, removing every bit of makeup, and staying out of the sun as much as possible. Stefani is also a vegan and makes sure to be rested but never sleeps without following her skincare routine.
Given her passion for exercise, it isn’t surprising that she has a personal trainer. Her preferred choice is Gunnar Peterson, who can cost upwards of $15,000 for a six-week fitness program.
Angela Bassett - 2010 Vs. 2020 (10 Year Difference)
Angela Bassett has been a star for decades, but her commitment to skincare started early Her mother took her to a dermatologist while Bassett regularly booked facials at the beginning of her career. She’s gone so far as to launch her own range of skincare products to support people of color in collaboration with dermatologist Barbara Sturm. What’s more, Basset has acknowledged getting Botox (which can cost upwards of $600).
She doesn’t stop at skincare. Bassett has a personal trainer she sees up to five times a week (which could cost thousands depending on the trainer and location) and follows an organic diet free of sugar and alcohol.
Gabrielle Union - 2010 Vs. 2021 (11 Year Difference)
In interviews, Gabrielle Union has revealed that her youthful glow is heavily discussed. She’s dismissed any talk of cosmetic procedures and has said that her best anti-aging tip is to not run oneself ragged on the day-to-day to the point of being stressed out and physically exhausted. Nevertheless, she does use skincare products, such as Neutrogena cleansers and scrubs, and uses high-factor sunscreen. She also uses more premium products, especially from the Luzern Laboratories line.
Union’s fitness regimen is intense, involving multiple daily training sessions that include strength training, Pilates. She is also virtually vegan and recommends staying hydrated to nourish a healthy glow.
Christie Brinkley - 1990 Vs. 2015 (25 Year Difference)
Despite being a professional model for decades, Christie Brinkley has seemingly slowed down the aging process. She’s admitted to non-surgical cosmetic procedures, such as Ultherapy. It’s designed to tighten and lift skin, but a full face and neck treatment can cost in the region of $5,000. In addition, Brinkley gets Xeomin injections, priced at about $400 a session. The effects, reducing fine lines between the eyebrows, last for about four months.
Alongside her treatments, the former supermodel has a strict nutritional plan that emphasizes fruits and vegetables while excluding added sugars, artificial ingredients, excessive amounts of salt, and processed flour.