The Secret To Anne Hathaway’s Amazing Skin

You can’t turn back time, but you can age well – and this A-list actor is doing it with aplomb. Here, Anne Hathaway’s go-to facialist, SU-MAN, shares her sought-after advice for fresh, clear, glowing skin at any age

Good to glow: Anne Hathaway at Michael Kors’ SS23 show

When Anne Hathaway took her seat on the front row of Michael Kors’ SS23 show, her whole look channeled Andrea Sachs, the iconic character she brought to life in The Devil Wears Prada. But it wasn’t just because Hathaway was wearing an outfit strikingly similar to a look she wore in the movie – her flawless porcelain skin had us wondering whether she’d done a Dorian Gray and locked away a painting of herself in the attic. It was as if a month had passed since shooting the film, not 17 years.

“Anne is incredibly disciplined when it comes to her skin,” says Su-Man, a renowned celebrity facialist who has counted Hathaway as a client for years. The good news? Some of this industry insider’s hacks are reassuringly easy to master. Here, Su-Man shares her six key lessons for achieving a youthful, beautifully maintained complexion.

Massage while you cleanse

“Incorporate daily facial massage into your skincare regimen. It can be short – just two and a half minutes in the morning and another two and a half minutes in the evening is all you need. If you have time, you can apply an oil before massaging, but I like to do it while I’m cleansing. The texture of your cleanser is important, too – it has to glide over your skin without dragging. I like to use my gua sha at this point, and then rinse and follow with toner, serum, eye cream, and one last massage as I apply my moisturizer.”

Get moving

“As far as I am concerned, the key to looking great is movement. It’s one of the most powerful ways to restore and heal your body. It’s not just about calories – movement balances and stimulates our physiology. We know that physical activity can reduce chronic, aging diseases, but it also helps to improve physical and mental health and general wellbeing. I’m a former dancer, so my movement of choice is qigong and tai chi, but you can do anything that makes you feel good.”

Combine exfoliation with hydration

“To brighten and renew skin, use an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells, and apply toner and serum before sealing them in with a hydrating sheet mask. Then, wait 15 minutes before removing the mask and applying eye cream and moisturizer. Do this at least once a week. I follow this routine twice a week because I’m almost 60, and the older you get, the more you have to look after your skin.”

SPF is non-negotiable

“My clients who avoid the sun have flawless skin. That said, we do need the sun, not least because it makes us happy. Choose the time you spend in the sun carefully and always wear SPF. I recommend SPF30 to my clients – anything higher is unnecessary. Don’t forget the skin below your neck, too: taking your SPF down onto your chest and the tops of your hands [is crucial].”

Mask up in the morning

“So many people make the mistake of masking before going to bed. You want to glow and go out, not glow and go to bed! Masks are best in the morning, when you want to leave the house looking your best; combine them with a facial massage to wake up lethargic skin and reduce puffiness.”

Consistency is key

“My clients see me weekly, fortnightly or monthly, but between their appointments it’s up to them to take care of their skin at home, so I advocate that consistency is essential if you want beautiful skin for longer. You can’t expect to exercise once a month and feel great, can you? The same is true for your skin. You get out what you put in, and a little bit of care every day will make all the difference. There is no magic when it comes to skin, only discipline.”

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