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Andie MacDowell’s Simple (and Affordable!) Secrets For Looking Stunning at 61

At 61, Andie MacDowell hasn’t seemed to age a bit since she appeared in iconic films like Four Weddings and a Funeral and Groundhog Day back in the ‘90s. Even her curly locks haven’t lost their signature bounce. Luckily for the rest of us, the actress has shared some of her favorite beauty tips over the years. 

As a spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris, she credits one of their products for helping maintain her perfect curls. “I’ve used L’Oréal’s conditioning pack called Nature’s Therapy forever and it’s very inexpensive ($12.96, Amazon),” she divulged to Southern Living. She likes to use it as a leave-in conditioner at least once a week. “I just put it up in a bun and go to the grocery store or go anywhere and nobody knows it.” MacDowell also makes sure not to shampoo her strands every day. “With curly hair, you don’t have a lot of oil so you don’t want to over shampoo. I use maybe five conditioners to every one shampoo.” 

When it comes to keeping fit, she told W magazine that she’s a “big believer” in fresh vegetable juice. “I was growing my own wheatgrass 30 years ago,” she admitted. On top of that, MacDowell avoids pre-packaged food. “Anything that grows out of the ground, I eat. I do eat meat and chicken, but never with any added hormones, that’s a huge no-no!” She even relies on some of her favorite food to keep her skin healthy. MacDowell not only eats healthy fats and oils like avocado and olive oil, she uses them to moisturize. “You have to nurture your body inside and out.” 

As for exercise, she hits the gym occasionally, but prefers hiking and yoga. “Hiking does more for you than just exercise — your cortisol levels are balanced by walking in nature,” MacDowell claimed. She feels the same about yoga, which helps to strengthen her muscles while balancing her hormones. “Yoga makes you less stressful and when you’re less stressed, you look more beautiful. It shows on your face.” It shows on her gorgeous face, that’s for sure!

Above any product or workout routine, MacDowell claimed her “best-kept beauty secret” is working on her “interior life” — her mind and thoughts. Part of that is ditching the belief that you have to be young to be beautiful. “Finding beauty as mature women in a culture that glorifies youth can be challenging, but we don’t have any other choice if we want to be happy.” Like other famous ladies over 50, she’s setting an amazing example for aging gracefully. 

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