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Don’t tell Oscar nominated actor Sharon Stone she doesn’t look a day over 40 — because that wouldn’t be a compliment in her book. At 63 years old, the legendary leading lady, who rocketed to sex symbol status after starring alongside Michael Douglas in Basic Instinct in 1992, has fully embraced the process of aging, down to every last line and wrinkle on her face. “This idea that being youthful is the only thing that’s beautiful or attractive simply isn’t true,” the actress told Shape at her last cover shoot for the magazine. “I don’t want to be an ‘ageless beauty.’”

All that aside, it’s hard for Sharon to shake the “beauty” part of that moniker because she continues to stun with her signature pixie cut, megawatt smile, and statuesque figure she attributes to Pilates; it’s all part of the reason she was chosen, at the age of 47, as a face of Dior. Her perspective on everything, including her appearance, changed though after suffering a brain hemorrhage and stroke that nearly took her life back in 2001. She had to relearn how to walk and talk — and is now finally fully processing the effect her upbringing and Hollywood had on her entire life in her recent memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice.

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For the star, beauty’s no longer about chasing an unrealistic standard but about enjoying the benefits of taking good care of your skin and yourself. In her opinion, that’s the sexiest thing you can do at any age. If you want to follow in Sharon’s footsteps to get her gorgeous glow, these are the skincare and hair rules she abides by.

She loves an old-school, inexpensive beauty buy to stay hydrated.

Moisturizing has been a big part of the celeb’s beauty regimen since her early years, and even though she’s added new all-star products to her lineup over the years (La Mer, for one), she never strays too far from her tried-and-true favorites. “My mom was an Avon lady, and she gave me a jar of Avon Rich Moisture cream, and she said, ‘Put this on morning and night and you’ll thank me for the rest of your life,’” she told Allure in 2019. She continues to use this classic $25 cream, even though she has access to the fanciest, most expensive products on the market.

Avon cream isn’t her only down to earth beauty staple either. She’s also a fan of drugstore and grocery finds like Eucerin lotion and Weleda Skin Food, which she always keeps in her bag. “It’s a really great cream that you can buy at Whole Foods — terrific for the face and body,” she told Allure in that same interview.

She only washes her hair once or twice a week.

Though she’s mostly left behind the hair extensions of yesteryears and even cut her own mane pre-pandemic, her signature short ‘do does benefit from her practice of switching up her hair products — and giving her strands a consistent break when it comes to cleansing. “I think it’s important to change your shampoos and conditioners,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “I keep at least four different brands going in the shower. Right now, I like John Frieda and PureOlogy. But I don’t wash my hair every day, only every three to four days.”

Her makeup matches her mood — and her activity for the day.

The star doesn’t just keep her hair guessing; she also has a trio of foundations in rotation, too, each of which is tailored to whether it’s a camera day or not. “I use different foundations depending on the day,” she told The New York Times in 2018. “I like Chantecaille Future Skin, but my usual day to day is IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream, which is like a heavily tinted moisturizer with sunblock. I also have very spotty skin. For appearances, I might use the Koh Gen Do water foundation. It’s just a fantastic product.”

Scrubbing is key to her simple self-care practice.

You won’t find this low-key star performing any over-complicated morning or nighttime beauty routines. The one thing she does believe in doing though? Scrubbing to exfoliate. “I’m very Scandinavian in that I think it’s important to scrub your skin,” she told Allure. “I’m not a person who believes in a ton of different steps — just clean your face well with hot water and scrub.” When it comes to cleansing, sometimes less truly is more, all things considered.

She kicks her skincare up a notch when she’s traveling.

When Stone has a long haul flight, whether for work or for play, she ups her beauty game with under-eye masks and a bevy of essential oil blends. “If I need it, especially if I’m traveling, the Chantecaille Gold Energizing Eye Recovery Mask is amazing,” she told The New York Times. “And I love my H. Gillerman essential oils for the plane.” One thing’s for sure: She knows offsetting dry plane air with a hydrating product or two can make all the difference on the flip side.

She’s non-judgemental about cosmetic procedures.

Things like Botox, injections, and other cosmetic procedures might not be for this star, but that doesn’t mean she judges anyone that chooses to go under the knife or needle for any reason. “If you want to have plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery, live it up; go ahead and have it,” Stone told Harper’s Bazaar. “But if you don’t want to have it, don’t have it.”

Has she ever gone under the knife herself? After lip injections that she said made her look “like a trout” back in 2004, she’s sworn off procedures since. Still, she believes beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and everyone is entitled to do what’s best for themselves.

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