If there's anything that we learned from this year's "glow-up" challenge, it's that some people just never seem to age. As social media users and celebrities shared countless side-by-sides, we legit began to suspect that some of them time-traveled and fooled us all because they look so young. But of course, this isn't the only time we've caught a glimpse of celebrities defying the clock. Even as stars continue to share their pics today, we still have our moments where we confuse them for throwbacks (if you've seen that selfie of Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd at the Oscars, you'll understand).
What amazes us, though, is the fact that some of them appear to be even more youthful than they did over a decade ago. Perhaps it's their healthy lifestyle, their awesome genes, or the fact that they're secretly vampires (kidding). But at this rate, it's safe to say that they will forever be ageless. See which celebrities seem to be Benjamin Buttoning.
Year difference: 13 years (2005 vs 2018)
The actress looked so stunning at the New York Premiere of her 2005 thriller, Derailed. But more than a decade later, at 50 years old, she looks like she could pass for 25. As for how she maintains her youthful looks, Jennifer once mentioned that she avoids fattening foods, drinks tons of water, keeps a simple skin-care routine and uses collagen peptide supplements. One thing she'll never see her try, though, is Botox.
She said: "I think what I have been witness to, is seeing women trying to stay ageless with what they are doing to themselves. I am grateful to learn from their mistakes because I am not injecting sh*t into my face."
Year difference: 14 years (2005 vs 2019)
Jenny from the Block has always been open about taking her health seriously - and it still shows! At 49 years old, she works out consistently, keeps a clean diet, and never consumes alcohol or coffee (now that takes discipline). But you'd be surprised to know that her secrets to staying ageless aren't limited to workouts and strict dietary practices. The singer also mentioned that repeating positive affirmations go a long way.
She said: “Affirmations are so important. I am youthful and timeless. I tell myself that every day, a few times a day. It sounds like clichéd bullshit, but it’s not: Age is all in your mind. Look at Jane Fonda.”
Year difference: 11 years (2007 vs 2018)
It's honestly no surprise why she was named People's 'Most Beautiful Woman.' The Pretty Woman actress is now 51 years old, although she looks at least two decades younger. When asked about how she stays looking so ageless, she chalked it up to her healthy diet (which includes carbs!), her workouts, and her awesome beauty regimen.
With regards to staying in shape, she explained: "I don't love exercise, but I do love how I feel afterwards. Accomplishment, clarity, energy, strength, joy... these are all things I give myself through working out, and I can feel it in everything I do."
Doesn't she look exactly like she did during her Charlie's Angels days? It's almost eerie! The actress has admitted to being a SoulCycle addict, which definitely helps her stay in shape. But aside from that, she sticks to only organic foods and keeps her skin routine simple to look her best.
She said: "I've really minimized my skin-care routine over the years. I used to do a lot of different things, but now I put coconut oil and Avène cream on my face and call it a night. And if you drink a lot of water, that helps, too."
Year difference: 10 years (2008 vs 2018)
The gorgeous songstress has no shame in hoarding tons of guilty-pleasure snacks on her tour buses. And yet, to this day, she is as radiant and youthful as ever. She has a simple, all-natural skin-care routine, consumes lots of water, and works out regularly. But of course, this doesn't mean that she plans on giving up the food she loves so much.
In 2015, Rihanna admitted: "Legit, I have been in the gym every day this week because I am not willing to give up my food. But I will sacrifice an hour for the gym." She is literally all of us.
Year difference: 13 years (2006 vs 2019)
Only a few months ago, the 37-year-old actress once shared a makeup-free selfie on Instagram and she honestly looked like a fresh-faced 21-year-old. But considering her skincare regimen and regular workouts, it's no wonder why she walks the red carpet looking like she time-traveled from the early '00s.
As for how she keeps her youthful glow, she said: "I think [the secret is] hydration and taking care of yourself and making sure you're internally balanced, because that shows on the outside – especially the dehydration. As you get older, you really see it on your face. So staying well-hydrated is a good one. And getting moving. So sort of blood circulation, movement, and exercise helps."
Right now, the "Happy" singer is essentially a 45-year-old in a young adult's body. He hasn't aged a day since he hit his 20s! But Pharrell once mentioned that the key to maintaining his dewy, glowing skin is exfoliating to get rid of all the dead skin cells. Still, we get the feeling that a lot of it has to do with his genes...
He said: "I exfoliate like a madman. When you exfoliate and you drink a lot of water, that does good for you." Excuse us while we go exfoliate.
Can you believe that Meagan is 37?? The Deception actress stays active, working out with her trainer for roughly five times a week. Plus, she's more careful about what she eats. But it seems like the real secret to her radiant look is adequate rest and hydration.
She said: "My best beauty secrets are rest, water, moisturizer, and a really great eye cream. Also, an antioxidant hygienist for when you travel, so that the elements that get in the plane don’t suck the moisture from your face." Good to know!
Year difference: 12 years (2006 vs 2018)
The actress once shared that people always ask her how she manages to stay looking so young, and honestly, we don't blame them. Rather than resorting to Botox, she sticks to lean meats, drinks plenty of water, and eats at least two servings of greens a day. Even more importantly, though, she tries to minimize stress.
The Being Mary Jane star said: "My best anti-aging tip is the ability to say no, no, and hell, no. We run ourselves ragged saying yes to every freaking thing, whether it's to our family, spouses, or careers. I sleep eight hours a day and don't let myself stress out. A lot of people call it selfish, but I don't have any wrinkles."
Year difference: 9 years (2009 vs 2018)
Throughout How I Met Your Mother's entire run, it seemed like Alyson wasn't aging a bit. We could've sworn she discovered a way to stop the clock, but really, the 44-year-old actress has just been keeping a healthy diet and working out a ton. Alyson usually opts for fruits and nuts when craving a snack and tries to incorporate fun activities that don't feel like workouts. We'd say it's definitely paying off.
Year difference: 15 years (2004 vs 2019)
The actor is mere weeks away from turning 50, but he looks like he's been in his 20s for the past three decades. Best known for his roles in Clueless, Romeo + Juliet, and Marvel's recent Antman films, Paul revealed that he had to keep up with intense workouts and a strict diet for Antman. But he actually continued to do these things on his own, which definitely helps him appear so young.
He once explained that for over a year, he "didn’t drink any alcohol" and he "had no carbs,” which was almost "impossible to sustain." But even so, he admitted: “I’m still doing all the workouts, I’m still eating pretty well.”
In 2011, Conan O'Brien admitted on his show that in all the years he'd spoken with Elijah, he noticed that he simply did NOT age. At the time of his interview, when Elijah was 30, he said: "I freak people out constantly about this. I look like I'm 18 still, believe me, I look in the mirror every day. I try and grow my facial hair... It doesn't grow out fast enough. It's pitiful." And now, at 38, we can confirm that he still looks like he hasn't aged. As Conan said, perhaps it could be that he's secretly a vampire...
There's a reason why the soulful singer has countless baby doppelgängers. Though he's 40 years old, he has the face of an adorable toddler. Even his wife Chrissy Teigen confirmed this on Twitter (it's no wonder why she practically begged people to quit sending her "John babies"). However, we've always suspected that there was a secret regimen or diet behind his glowing, wrinkle-free skin. And it turns out we were right.
He shared: "I have a regimen. It’s not for any real reason — I’m not superstitious. Once I kind of settled on what I liked before my show I just kept eating it every time. It’s just a roasted chicken with some vegetables. It’s very simple." And after his shows, he winds down with a cup of tea.
Not many people know this, but the actress was diagnosed with diabetes when she was just 19 years old. However, at 52, she now looks as young as ever and is perfectly managing her condition with a clean diet and exercise. Though her regimen definitely helps her keep her youthful glow, there's another little health secret that keeps her looking so flawlwess.
In one interview, she revealed that bone broth works wonders: "You can go to the butcher and get all the bones they're going to throw away and he'll give them to you for free. Take the bones, boil them up for 24 hours… and you drink the broth. It's so full of collagen that it's crazy."
We always assumed that the Suicide Squad actor had secret access to the fountain of youth. At 47, this guy can easily still pass for more than two decades younger. But as for how he does it, he once revealed that it all comes down to avoiding alcohol, keeping a vegetarian diet, and getting enough rest.
He explained: "I still have plenty of vices, but alcohol isn’t one of them. It’s probably just down to sleep and diet. If you travel long haul a lot or don’t sleep much, it’s not going to last very long, that’s for sure. I’m pretty healthy so I think that helps a lot. I’ve been that way for a long time – 20 solid years of eating vegetarian/vegan and taking care of myself. That probably helps the preservation process."
Did he even age since he starred on Saved by the Bell?? The TV personality is now 45 years old and in the best shape ever — but of course, maintaining his looks takes hard work. He has revealed that while he isn't a fan of diets, he's still mindful of portion sizes and he always makes sure to have a healthy snack nearby. He also works out on a daily basis and loves to engage in outdoor activities to stay in shape. If you're wondering how he's managed to keep his face glowing, the actor also swears by Ole Henriksen Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser.
Year difference: 10 years (2009 vs 2019)
She has flawless skin that continues to defy gravity and we are just in awe. Had we not known that the gorgeous actress was 60, we'd have assumed that she was in her 30s. She currently works with a trainer four to five times a week and steers clear of alcohol, bread, and too much sugar. She also loads up on healthy fats that conatin a lot of omega-3 fatty acids, which can actually help prevent acne and delay the aging process. What it really boils down to, though (according to Angela) is "keeping the stress down and the attitude hot." YAS!
Gwyneth puts a lot of hard work into keeping her skin so radiant. For one, she only uses chemical-free mineral sunscreens, wears little-to-no makeup, and does facials every single day to keep her skin "clean and plump." Also (not surprisingly), she works up a sweat every morning. She said: "I do an hour of dancing every day. It's key to get a good sweat every day. I think that's an important foundation for a skincare routine."
When Will & Grace returned for its reboot, we were legit stunned because Debra didn't look a day older than when she filmed the show's finale years ago. At 50, she looks more like 30, and we imagine that her dietary changes have a lot to do with it. At age 40, she decided to cut dairy, gluten, sugar, fried foods, coffee, and alcohol from her diet. She said: "I feel so much better. I have so much more energy and my skin is better, my hair is better, and I just feel like my body heals more quickly. There is a direct correlation between making healthy choices and feeling and looking better."
Year difference: 11 years (2008 vs 2019)
He looks almost exactly like the Sheldon Cooper we all met during the premiere of The Big Bang Theory, doesn't he?? He's now 45 years old (!!!!) but can easily pass for a young college student in their 20s. The actor hasn't shared the science behind his ability to stay forever young, but here's hoping he'll let us in on the secret soon...