She’s been entertaining audiences for more than 20 years after being hand-picked by Ricky Martin to be join him on the Living La Vida Loca tour as a back up singer at just 15 years old. Today, Adrienne Bailon Houghton continues to captivate audiences as co-host of the daily talk show The Real. She brings the same spunk and honesty she displays on the show to to everything she does, and as she teams up with Olay Body on the expansion of their body-care line, we also ask the 37-year-old to spill the details of her whole routine. After all, to us, she still looks as youthful as she did at 15.
You’re one of those people who come across as eternally youthful. Maybe because we grew up with you watching The Cheetah Girls, but it seems like you haven’t aged a bit.
You know, I would think it would be the opposite way because they saw me when I was younger, and now it’s like, who is this? But now there’s a whole new generation that’s just getting introduced to The Cheetah Girls on Disney Plus now. I actually was really happy when Kim Kardashian called me and said, “North is obsessed with The Cheetah Girls and she wants to meet you!” When we met, I kept thinking I hope she’ll recognize me, and she did! So, I’m great. Wow!
What is one anti-aging tip you would give your younger self if you could?
The main thing is obviously, moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize. Staying hydrated from the inside out is super important, obviously, so drink tons of water. One of the things that I definitely neglected was moisturizing my body, so I would moisturize my face getting out of the shower— growing up my mom always taught me to moisturize right when you get out of the shower so you’re not rushing when you’re doing everything else. I would barely moisturize my face and just keep going, but now I’ve really made it a point to also remember my body. That’s why I’m obsessed with Olay’s new body lotion collection, they have the new Firming & Hydrating Body Lotion with Collagen ($10). Bam!
It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and you’re half Puerto Rican and half Ecuadorian. How has your culture influenced your approach to beauty?
I feel like beauty regimens are a major thing for us. I grew up with a mom who had a vanity with tons of creams and perfumes, and I saw that was a huge part of being a Latina woman. I will never forget, I used some of my grandmother’s really expensive body lotion once. I was only two and I just poured it all over myself (laughs). Because it was so expensive, they came after me with a spoon and put back into the jar. I think culturally, we’re just raised to really put an emphasis on taking care of ourselves. There’s an old saying that translates to, “When you look great, you feel good.” I do believe that that is true and goes back to the idea of making an effort to love on yourself a little bit and ultimately just pull yourself together. That cultural influence has definitely benefited me in a lot of ways.
I read that you got some good Poosh advice at their recent event. Did you walk away with any new products or take anything away from day?
I know it sounds it sounds insane, because I am that person that is always cold, always freezing, but the best thing was when I got into an ice bath for six minutes. It’s cryotherapy and it was the dopest, most natural high I’ve ever felt. They actually say it’s incredible for your immunity. I did it and I loved it. It also increases your circulation, and I’m on a fertility journey, so it really has been beneficial and it’s a new thing I’m obsessed with. There’s a place here in LA called The Remedy Place, and they make it a social, fun thing you can do with your girlfriends. I was introduced to it with that approach and that made it so much fun.
You film The Real three days a week and are always on the go. What does your morning and nighttime routine look like?
In the morning I am a hot water and lemon kind of gal. I’ve heard that it’s like a little bubble bath for your tummy. I also have heard that it does great things for your skin as well. Then I shower and head to work, I’m up at 4:30 every morning and it’s usually a quick rinse, because I go to sleep with no makeup on. At work is where all the makeup begins, which makes my nighttime routine were more complicated. I use the Shani Darden Serum ($88) and Cleansing Serum ($38). I have really sensitive skin, because I suffer from a little bit of rosacea on my cheeks, so I love Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer ($32). I use the Olay Vitamin B3 + Hyaluronic Acid Body Wash ($11) and the Cleansing and Firming ($11) collagen one as well. I’m also someone that brushes my teeth in the shower—I know that’s random.
Night is a little bit more intense, because now I’ve got to take off the makeup I’ve been wearing for all day, and you know they change the looks for the second and third shows we shoot. So, I’ve been wearing three different looks of makeup on my face since six o’clock in the morning. As soon as I get home, I remove the eyelashes right away and use a cleansing balm. It’s, it’s the Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm ($64). It takes everything off. I follow that with my Shani Darden again and then at night I’m obsessed with the Sio Chest Mask ($50). I wear it over the Olay Collagen Firming cream. It’s a double whammy because it kind of seals in the moisture, specifically for us ladies were busty and sleep on our sides.
How do you self-care?
The moments that I get to just be quiet, silent and alone are the most valuable to me because I think when we’re constantly around other people, we are considerate of them, but not so much ourselves. You may not watch the show that you really want to watch or eat the food or listen to the music that you want to. But once you get that alone time, there is no better time to be authentically who you are and just be. Sometimes it’s the only time you hear the sound of your inner voice, and I think that that’s really important. I love to stay in tune with that voice that’s inside of me and kind of block out everyone else.
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