Gwyneth Paltrow's New Makeup-Free Selfie Actually Makes Us Excited About Aging

Amanda Montell

Our of all the things we have to look forward to in life, aging isn't exactly at the top of our list. But Gwyneth Paltrow's latest Instagram post has us feeling exponentially more optimistic about gravity (and, you know, all the dozens of other aging factors) taking its effects.

Paltrow is never shy about posting her makeup-free face—and if we looked anything like her, we'd probably feel pretty confident about it, too. But what makes Paltrow unique in Hollywood is that instead of fearing the aging process, she embraces it and avoids using fillers, plastic surgery, and harsh chemicals to mask the fact that she's getting older.

"One of the most interesting things about being a woman is that around the time you turn 40, you get what I like to call a software upgrade," Paltrow said. "Along with it comes some amazing new features, the roadmap to true self-acceptance, real insight into you are, and kind of not giving a s#*t about the things that are unimportant. This is what I look like, this is where I am in time, and I embrace it." Talk about epic aging advice. 

To celebrate Paltrow's 44th birthday, she posted this fresh-faced selfie. "#nomakeup for my 44th birthday, embracing my past and future," she wrote in the caption. She also included #goopgoesmakeupfree in an effort to encourage her followers to revel in their natural beauty as well.

The other week, we had the pleasure of interviewing Paltrow about her skincare routine, and she owes her glowy complexion to the products she developed with Goop and Juice Beauty. Treat yourself to a present for Paltrow's birthday by shopping some of her skincare favorites below!

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