Impressive acting chops may have earned Naomi Watts, Helen Hunt, Sally Field and Amy Adams Oscar nominations, but their skin regimens are award-winning in their own right. From their even complexions to their wrinkle-freeness, these megastars look much younger than they actually are. How do they do it? Click through to discover what experts think keeps them and other Academy Award contenders so fresh-faced, and learn how you can apply their tricks to your beauty routine.
Twenty years older than her character, Mary Todd Lincoln, Field, 66, had to convince director Steven Spielberg to keep her in Lincoln—no easy feat considering Abraham Lincoln was actually 10 years older than his wife, and Daniel Day-Lewis, the actor playing the president, is Field’s junior by 11 years! Thanks to her talent and youthful appearance, Field not only passed for the 46-year-old first lady but also got nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role. Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Skincare Collection, believes sun protection has kept Field ageless. “Sally's skin has maintained elasticity despite her years, and the only way to do that is to avoid harmful environmental factors that lead to damage.” Field’s other possible skin secret—a twice-a-day moisturizing routine packed with antioxidants and anti-aging peptides, says Karen Asquith, Director of Education at G.M. Collin Skincare in Paris, France.
Another Lincoln cast member who looks years younger is the movie’s star, who won for Best Actor for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. Day-Lewis made history for winning the honor three times, his first trophy being for 1989’s My Left Foot. Since then, the 55-year-old English thespian has maintained a healthy diet, but his high cheekbones and thin stature really shave years off his appearance, says Gary Goldenberg, MD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pathology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. His bright complexion also hints that daily moisturizer with SPF 15 is part of his regimen. Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, co-founder of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, suspects he’s used laser treatments to stimulate collagen and remove age spots too.
The Australian beauty, who's up for Best Actress for her work in The Impossible, is known for her perfect porcelain skin as much as for her talents on the silver screen. Even though Watts was born in the 1960s, the 44-year-old looks closer to 34. Applying sunscreen is likely a must-do for the blonde bombshell. To achieve her flawless look, Patti Pao, founder of , an anti-aging skincare line, recommends removing makeup nightly and exercising three times a week to promote circulation, which strengthens skin’s ability to fight off bacteria, quickens scar healing and improves complexion. Watts’s picture-perfect skin also could be credited to regular exfoliation and a veggie-packed diet. “Eating greens oxygenates your skin, encourages lymphatic drainage and keeps you de-puffed and glowing from within,” says Vargas.
The French movie veteran, 85, got noticed for her riveting role in Amour, making her the oldest woman ever to be nominated for Best Actress. But her uniform complexion makes fans think she’s merely in her 70s. What's her secret? The lack of sun damage suggests to Asquith that Riva applies SPF 15 or higher every day. Daily moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, aquaxyl and ceramides keeps her skin soft, and anti-aging night cream evens the tone. Riva’s defined jaw line could be the work of a skin-tightening procedure, according to Paul Jarrod Frank, MD, PC, founder and director of the Fifth Avenue Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center in New York City.
In the mid-90s, Hunt was a household name with her hit show Mad About You and blockbuster films Twister and As Good As It Gets. She’s only gotten better with age, scoring her second Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in The Sessions. A year away from 50, Hunt also has been praised for her timeless glow. Asquith thinks a multi-peptide eye cream and an anti-aging serum are some of Hunt’s beauty must-haves. To minimize crow's feet, try Dr. Frank’s tip—refrigerate your eye cream to up its cooling and de-puffing properties.
The Australian Academy Award nominee may be relatively new to American moviegoers, but she’s now on everyone's radar, thanks to her superb supporting role in Silver Linings Playbook. What’s (almost) more impressive than her unforgettable performance? The fact she’s 66! Dr. Goldenberg says her radiant skin is likely connected to a moisturizing routine rich in Vitamin E, with a water-based cream in the morning and an oil-based moisturizer and multi-vitamin skin serum at night. Dr. Goldenberg also suspects Weaver uses Botox or fillers. Whatever her secret, it's definitely working!
Now nominated for her fourth Oscar, for her supporting role in The Master, Adams, 38, has also mastered a very different skill—looking 10 years younger. The red-carpet regular’s youthful glow is definitely linked to staying out of the sun, says Dr. Tanzi. Pao’s advice that Adams clearly follows when she’s exposed to rays: “Wear moisturizer with sun-blocking properties, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, to ensure full UVA/UVB protection.”
Whether he's playing the coach from Remember the Titans or a pilot in Flight, for which Washington scored a Best Actor nod, the living movie legend has over 30 years of show business under his belt. His boyish look, though, hardly reveals that, much less his age of 58. While Hollywood starlets perfect their skincare regimen to keep them looking young, men opt for eating well and exercise, says Dr. Frank. That doesn’t mean Washington doesn’t turn to products to protect his famous face. Glycolic acid and retinol are most likely found in his anti-aging go-to items, says Dr. Tanzi. Dr. Goldenberg also thinks Washington owes thanks to “genetics, natural skin oiliness and sun protection.”