Salma Hayek is the epitome of beauty goals. So when the 50-year-old actress admitted she never—we repeat, never—washes her face in the morning, we were immediately intrigued as to how she keeps her skin so flawless without the usual arsenal of scrubs, exfoliators, and face washes.
The Emmy winner recently broke down her skin care regimen to The New York Times, revealing that she doesn’t wash her face in the morning because of a tip her grandmother gave her while she was growing up. Hayek explained that her grandmother told her that her skin naturally rejuvenates overnight, leaving morning face washes practically useless and really just for the gain of the companies that produce them.
“I never cleanse my skin in the morning. My grandmother taught me that at night your skin replenishes all the things you lost during the day,” Hayek said. “Also, if I cleanse very well at night, why would it be dirty when I wake up? It’s for companies to have you use more products.”
However, Hayek doesn’t go entirely skin care-free in the morning. Instead of face wash, Hayek opts for a spritz of rose water to kickstart her day. “I spritz rose water—it’s so gentle and wakes the skin up,” she said.
From a skin care standpoint, Hayek’s tip makes a lot of sense. Over the years, there have been several reports arguing that morning face wash can do more harm than good by stripping your skin of the natural oils it produces overnight. Instead, experts are recommending rose water—water literally infused with roses—as a way to hydrate, sooth the skin, and combat damage.
Along with spritzing water, Hayek also revealed that she keeps her skin smooth and supple by traveling to London and Paris four times a year to receive a face massage by a Japanese masseuse. But this isn’t just any masseuse. Hayek claims that her masseuse can literally shape a person’s face with a single massage.
“Once she asked me, ‘Do you like your jaw more square or more round?’ After she was done, you could see the difference! I always get the round. My face is square enough,” Hayek said.
If you can’t shell out a few grand a year to fly to Europe to get your face re-shaped (ha), maybe you can try out Hayek’s rose water tip with our roundup of our favorite rose waters, below.