Salma Hayek, 56, continues to blow us away with her gorgeous, ageless skin. Her most recent Instagram post celebrating World Wellbeing Week is no exception, showing Hayek relaxing in a dry sauna with only two white towels for privacy.
Hayek has recently drawn praise for posting a makeup-free selfie that highlighted her wrinkles (the few that are actually there) and grey hair. Embracing aging and her body at 56, this more recent post shows how incredible she, and especially her glowing skin, looks.
Indicating time in the sauna is all about mental health, Hayek notes in the caption that she’s “sweating out the stress.” For World Wellbeing Week, it’s the perfect way to take care of you, both inside and out.
What Does She Do to Look So Young?
It’s no secret that she looks amazing. With glowing skin and nary a wrinkle in sight, it almost seems like magic. But instead of a wild skincare secret, Hayek is well-known for her simple, long-standing routines.
“I have always been very conservative with what I have done to my face,” Hayek tells us. “I’ve never done any peels or microdermabrasion, and because of that and the products that I use….I think I just take care of my skin.”
Hayek doesn’t typically fall for quick-fixes, either.
“I don’t believe in abandoning my skin and then trying to fix it with something really drastic really fast,” she says. “I want to be consistent the basics.”
And that all started before Hayek even entered her 20s.
“When I was quite young, I started taking care of my skin,” Hayek says. “It was my grandmother telling me no matter how tired you are, no matter how tired you are, you never go to sleep without cleaning your skin.”
That meant staying consistent, even when she didn’t want to.
“There were many nights in my early 20s when I would go out dancing and come home super tired and I just wanted to go to sleep,” Hayek explains. “And I would hear her voice, And I would crawl myself to the sink and deeply clean my face up.”
What Can a Sauna Do for Me?
Used for hundreds of years the world over, saunas are a therapeutic experience that use either steam or dry heat to push the body to sweat. Saunas are a bit understudied clinically, but early data shows increases in cardiovascular function, pain relief in those with rheumatoid arthritis, as well mental and emotional benefits.
The increase in circulation a dry or steam sauna can provide is also beneficial to your skin. Inside a sauna, your pulse will jump as much as 30%, and most of this extra blood flow is directed to the skin which also means your skin is also receiving more nutrients, according to Harvard Health Publishing.