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Sarandon: Tobacco is a recipe for bad skin

Susan Sarandon warns that too much of anything will take its toll on your looks.

The 67-year-old actress is used to people quizzing her on her beauty secrets as she looks so youthful for her age. She insists there is no one major thing she does to boost her appearance, instead trying to take into consideration the impact all her life choices will have on her body.

"Well, number one, these days there's a lot of women who don't' look like you thought 67 was going to look so I'm not so unusual. A lot of it is down to being happy and staying curious and keeping a sense of humour," she told British magazine Hello!. "But my main advice would be, first of all, don't smoke - or rather, don't smoke cigarettes. I'm down with cannabis but tobacco is the worst for the skin. And apart from that, just practice moderation because too much of anything takes its toll. Not too much sun, not too much alcohol, not too much food..."

Drinking has never held that much interest for the star, so keeping an eye on her alcohol intake isn't that an issue. Even when she is feeling stressed out she doesn't reach for the bottle, preferring to channel those negative feelings into something more positive.

"Alcohol doesn't really help me. I find the next morning I'm in worse shape than before," she laughed. "What I have had in my time is a lot of midnight walks down the West Side Highway of New York City. There have been times when I was stressed when I'd go out there and walk and walk and come back physically exhausted, if nothing else."

Susan has previously said she concentrates on the positive aspects of ageing rather than the number of years which have gone by. Generosity and empathy are what she concerns herself with, with the star previously stating that those who continually try to look younger are only ever going to make themselves sad.

"It's a losing battle if you're trying to still look 22. You're going to be so disappointed," she said.

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