Salma Hayek
Leah Berenson
Leah Berenson
October 13, 2023 ·  5 min read

Salma Hayek Reveals What She Thinks Is The Secret To Aging Gracefully – And It’s Not Exercise

Salma Hayek is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful women in the world, seemingly becoming more beautiful as she ages. While many celebrities swear the secret to looking so great is exercise, dieting, and lots of water, she has a more calming approach to maintaining her beauty.

Salma Hayek Both Beautiful and Ambitious

Salma Hayek was born in Mexico on September 2, 1966. Having recently celebrated her 57th birthday, the beloved actress shared a bikini photo shoot on social media, and fans couldn’t help but swoon. She was raised in a devout catholic home by a Spanish mother and Lebanese father prior to moving to Houston as a teen to live with her aunt in Texas. Ultimately, she returned home to Mexico, making her way to fame through a telenovela called ‘Teresa,

However, she set her sights on Hollywood and came to LA in 1991. She co-starred alongside big names like Antonio Banderas, Jordana Brewster, Usher, Will Smith, and more recently comedian, Tiffany Haddish. However, her presence on screen along with her beauty always appeared to steal the show.

Nearly 20 years ago, Salma Hayek made Hollywood history as the first Latina to be nominated in the category of “best actress”, for her iconic role as the female artist from Mexico, Frida Khalo. Interestingly, Hayek was nominated for a total of 6 awards for the performance. Eventually, working her way to producer, there’s no question the Salma has an impressive resume.

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Taking Note of Her Secrets

Although fans have loved her for years, her Hollywood presence isn’t the only one that has caught their attention. She still looks incredibly youthful and stunning. Most people know that celebrities invest time and money in spa treatments and procedures to enhance certain features, physical fitness, and cosmetics. In contrast, Salma Hayek credits her youthful glow to something much more affordable, simplistic, and possible for anyone to achieve, no matter how limited their resources may be.

She disclosed that meditation is her secret. “I really believe it is. People say it’s exercising. I think it’s meditation.” Hayek exclaimed. “You have to find your way. For me, exercising is hard… It’s really, really difficult to have the discipline to do it. But meditation is a walk in the park, because it’s my own form of it.”

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Salma Hayek Suggests Meditation

For many, meditation can take time and practice, but with enough practice, it’s easy to calm the mind eventually. Salma Hayek explained, “You sit in a moment with yourself, that’s already meditation. But I do it every day.” However, some may still find meditation difficult to master. Know that you’re not alone, it takes years for people to master the art of meditation. Additionally, there are plenty of methods that one can try, to see which feels and works best.

For example, learning different breathing techniques can help slow down heart rate during moments of high anxiety. They can help one feel grounded and a sense of serenity when everything else piles on, and so on. One method, known as the 4-7-8 method, was introduced by Doctor Andrew Weil and can be done in 4 simple steps.

  1. Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds.
  2. Hold your breath for 7 seconds.
  3. Exhale firmly through your mouth, pursing the lips, for 8 seconds
  4. You may repeat this breathing cycle up to 4 times.

It’s important to note that some health conditions may cause dizziness, in which case, stop this method immediately and seek professional medical guidance, particularly if symptoms persist. Furthermore, some adaptations of this practice have been made, such as 5-5-4. Other meditative practices include walking in nature. It’s believed to help reset the mind both by providing the body with the health benefits from fresh air, as well as, connecting one to the world around themself.

Lastly, the Progressive Muscle Relaxation Meditation is just tensing and relaxing various muscle groups for a few minutes. This practice will help one feel more connected with their body and aware of the sensations felt in each muscle group. Alternatively, one can try doing a full-body scan. Essentially, it focuses attention on different parts of the body and the sensations felt during that time.

Most Current Projects

Salma Hayek is getting older but seemingly has no plans to slow her life down. In celebration of her 57th birthday, the actress posted a series of bikini photos on the beach, only accented by a straw hat and sunglasses. The photos were captioned with “I’m so happy to be alive and so profoundly grateful for all the blessings!!!!” And, “My beloved family, my precious friends, my health, my work that keeps me going, my empowering team, my relationship with animals & nature, and the love of all my loyal fans. Happy 57th birthday to me!!!”

Most recently, she was at the Toronto International Film Festival to promote her latest project ‘El Sabor de la Navidad’. Despite the current writers and actors strike, she was granted special permission by Sag-Aftra to make the appearance. On the other hand, another recent project brought to the actress’ life, a dear dear friend. Angelina Jolie worked with Salma Hayek on ‘Without Blood’ and the pair became “closer and closer“, “It’s just natural. It’s just something that flows.” Hayek said of her new gal pal. “She’s been very, very enriching in my life, in so many ways – as mothers, you know. Most of all, as artists.” And, “She is the best director I’ve ever worked with… I absolutely loved working with her; enjoyed every second of it.” Hayek gushed over Jolie.

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