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Beauty Highlight of the Week: Gabrielle Union

by - October 30, 2018

This weeks' beauty highlight of the week is a freshly turned 46 year old actress and model by the name of Gabrielle Union. Most will recognize Gabrielle from the hit film, Bring It On

PHOTO: @gabunion [Instagram]
Gabby was 28 when she starred in the film. I along with many others agree that she hasn't aged much since then! Below is a photo that she posted on Instagram of herself in honor of her birthday. Doesn't she look amazing?

PHOTO: @gabunion [Instagram]

So how does Gabby stay looking so young? Well there are a couple of reasons I think. Though genetics is a huge factor, Gabby also has a naturally youthful appearance due to her round, baby face.  For instance, I don't think many people knew that she was 28 when she played a teenager in the aforementioned film. Round faces likes hers and, for example, Selena Gomez, will typically look very young, but there are a few things I've noticed Gabby do consistently to help maintain her youth.

Moisture, Moisture, Moisture! 

Gabby has talked about drinking a gallon of water each day for years. This means that she reaps the benefits of moisturizing from the inside out. Most people, Americans especially, do not drink enough water. Scientist even say that we often confuse thirst with hunger. Drinking water is a great way to nourish and cleanse your body and skin. Considering that our bodies our made up of roughly 70% water, it definitely plays a factor into our health and appearance.

Gabby also uses a newly popular skincare item, camellia oil on her skin. It has been said to do wonders for the skin, however I have yet to try it personally.

Gabby also uses the ever-so popular, Mario Badescu toner, which I have recently tried and absolutely LOVE! I have been using the product for about two weeks and I like that it tones, moisturizes and gives my skin a nice finish. I can easily see why it has made its' way into Gabby's skincare routine.

Gabby also accepts her oily skin as a natural moisturizer and attributes it to her looking so young. As a fellow oily-skinned girl, sometimes I am guilty of trying to removing all of the oil out of my skin, but Gabby says to embrace it. Lastly, she makes sure to protect her skin by using sunscreen. Yes ladies, brown girls need the sunscreen too!

Fitness Like a Boss 

Most people realize that extra weight can generally make people look older. Think about what happens during adolescence. This is a period where kids typically have the most growth (aka aging). Boys get taller and bigger typically and girls begin gaining weight to develop curves. We naturally associate bigger with older, so maintaining a healthy, and let's face it, thinner weight can make for a more youthful look. 

For Gabby, fitness is very important and has been a constant in her life. I have watched many of her workout routines and they are intense. Being that Gabby is a celebrity, of course she has a personal trainer. She posts many snippets of her workouts during the week and it appears that she does a mix of cardio and weights. Many of her workouts look similar to HIIT (high-intensity interval training). 

She does a lot active things like dancing as well. It also probably helps that she is married to the NBA professional basketball player, Dwayne Wade. They live in Miami (since Dwayne plays for the Miami Heat), so they are often at the beach. She used to play basketball during high school, so I imagine she still plays sometimes as well with D-Wade and his boys. One great thing about Gabby is that she even sticks to her workout during vacations. Because of her, I started to bring workout clothes with me whenever I travel. It really helps to keep you accountable and motivated. 

Keeping It Simple

Gabby keeps very simple, clean looks. She does not over complicate her skincare routine, makeup looks or her fashion. In fact, for skincare she has mentioned using Nuetrogena products. I think sticking to what works and staying consistent keeps her looking so young. If it ain't broke don't fix it, right? Over exfoliating and using excessive skincare procedures can actually be more damaging to your skin. Makeup trends like heavy contouring can make skin look older as it takes away the roundness in the face which attributes to youth. Applying too foundation can also sometimes seep into the skin and highlight wrinkles over time.

Relaxation and Fun

Lastly, everyone knows that stress causes a number of medical issues including premature signs of aging. Gabby has always portrayed a very natural and light demeanor. She typically stays out of drama and doesn't seem to take on more than she can handle. We can all learn from her to live life well, take good care of yourself and smile. 

PHOTO: @gabunion [Instagram]

Happy birthday Gabby! 


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