The 4 Tricks Jennifer Beals Uses to Stay Youthful Looking (Or So I Imagine)

Posted 01/12/11 at 03:15PM by Audrey Fine

I hate Jennifer Beals. Wait. Let me re-phrase that. I am exceedingly jealous of Jennifer Beals. There, that's a more accurate assessment.

Forget that she graduated from Yale with honors and has had an extremely successful career and personal life, the woman is a freak of nature. She's 47 (47!)-years-old and looks every bit as dewy and nubile as she did in that ripped up gray sweatshirt a hundred years ago. (OK, 30, but still, "Flashdance" came out in 1983. Holy cow.) Why am I painfully aware of this now? Beals has a new cop show called "Chicago Code" premiering on FOX this month and has been doing a lot of press for it while looking fantastic.

My point is, she either made a deal with the devil or she's been taking much better care of herself than I have. The woman's got several years on me and looks like my baby sister. Furthermore, it's not because she's pumped her face full of fillers -- she told "More" magazine that plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments are "not what I wish for myself."

After consulting with a few in-the-know peeps, and doing a little reading up on her, here are the four things we think she must be doing to stay looking so great. (Unless, of course, there's an aging portrait of her hanging on a wall somewhere.)

No. 1: Wearing sunscreen: Duh. There's no way her skin would look this even-toned and youthful if she'd baked herself in the sun like ahem some of us did/do. She's obviously all about the SPF. (Check out the 11 best sunscreens for your face.)

No. 2: Eating well: JB probably never met a fruit, veggie or lean meat she didn't like. With skin like that, she has to be loading up on the antioxidants, vitamins C and E and those Omega-3s. (These are the 7 vitamins that'll make you look younger.) And, because she was diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr virus in the '90s, she shuns sugar, wheat and caffeine altogether.

No. 3: Exercising: Not surprisingly, her beautiful skin and spry body/svelte figure can be attributed to yoga, swimming and doing Pilates. Beals has also said that she hikes with her dogs and ice skates with her husband.

No. 4: Getting enough sleep: Despite the fact that she's shooting a new show and has a 5-year-old daughter to contend with, Beals must be clocking her requisite eight hours a night in bed. Bet she doesn't need these tips on how to look well-rested every morning.

What are YOUR tips for looking your most youthful? Do you use anti-aging products as a preventive measure? (This is my to-die-for favorite neck cream.) Is sunscreen your friend? Or are you just going to worry about it when it happens? (Kinda like Scarlett O'Hara...and me.)
And the survey says...
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  • Posted by janessa_leonski on 04/02/14 at 08:23pm

    I have seen all the above and an Aged face on many. It depends on genes not all the above always work. Just do what is best for you. Genes play a hugh role in aging also mixed races seem to have beautiful skin.

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  • Posted by EricaF123 on 12/30/12 at 09:04am

    All basic rules to follow

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  • Posted by 1time1time on 04/08/12 at 06:08pm

    what's sad here is that at 48 years, she is BAD!! but the epstein barr virus is a type IV herpes i did a lil digging & came up wit the truth i'm soooooo blown by that i was watching book of eli & found her to be very cute such a shame

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  • Posted by 1time1time on 04/08/12 at 06:07pm

    what's sad here is that at 48 years, she is BAD!! but the epstein barr virus is a type IV herpes i did a lil digging & came up wit the truth i'm soooooo blown by that i was watching book of eli & found her to be very cute such a shame

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  • Posted by powerwoman033 on 03/14/12 at 07:53pm

    It's all about the SPF for me. My mom was a sun goddess and at 63, she looks more like 80 (I'm so sorry mom) so I know what the sun does. I am also very fair so I've only ever burned and peeling skin is not attractive!

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 07/21/11 at 08:07pm

    I don't like articles that hypothesize about people's beauty or skincare routines. But Jennifer Beals looks AMAZING for 47. She looks much better than a lot of 20-somethings I know.

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