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Helen Mirren doesn't splurge on skincare

Published 06/06/2016

Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren

Hellen Mirren looks to young people for beauty advice rather than women her own age.

Helen Mirren doesn't approve of expensive, "miracle" products.

The British actress is still glamorous at 70 and her youthful looks have seen her appointed as an ambassador for L'Oreal. Rather than forking out on costly skincare, Helen sticks to reasonably priced offerings

"I love beauty products and I'm always trying new ones," she said, according to Britain's Daily Express newspaper. "But I don't approve of those insane expensive 'miracle, black, black' (creams) - things that have 'pure gold' or caviar in them or whatever it is and cost £200 for a little thing. I think that is terrible."

She insists she isn't "obsessed" with looking after her skin and has a simple routine in place consisting of moisturising in the mornings and evenings. Helen does wear make-up every day, but has a different reaction than one may expect when she sees herself all dolled up.

"I love putting it on but then I stand back and look in the mirror and it's awful! So I take it all off," she laughed. "It’s absolutely true that as you get older, you have to wear less and less make-up."

Helen is so laidback that she's even happy to sunbathe a little, despite knowing she shouldn't. The Red star also indulges in wine and French fries, and very rarely takes vitamins. So how does she manage to look so fabulous with this free rein lifestyle?

“I’ve done everything but I haven’t done too much of anything,” she noted. "Really look at what young people are doing and copy them – don’t copy what old people are doing... I also have to have my eight hours of sleep a night.”

Helen's mother Kitty also gave her some pearls of wisdom over the years, with one having a big impression.

"She told me that when I was 20 I would dread the idea of being 40. But that when I was 40 I would never want to be 20 again," the actress smiled.

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