Exclusive: Kelly Ripa on Turning 50 and Her Secret to Camera-Ready Skin

Kelly Ripa

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Kelly Ripa—an actress, talk show host, and television legend—is using this time to up the ante on her approach to health and wellness. Not only does she feel better, she tells us over Zoom, but she also laments how she looks better (her words, not ours), is getting better sleep, and has energy she "didn't think possible at her age." As a newly-minted member of the "50 Club" (her birthday was October 2), Ripa has kept up a dedicated regimen of clean eating and daily workouts, but she noticed gaps in her nutritional intake. Enter: Persona, the personalized supplement brand that had some pretty major effects on her overall wellbeing.

The brand’s assessment (there's an easy questionnaire to fill out when you get started) and customized recommendations combine medical expertise, nutritional research, and factors like lifestyle, age, diet, and health conditions. Then, the brand's proprietary algorithm spits out personalized daily and nighttime supplements. Persona subscriptions start at $30 a month, which isn't a bad deal considering the level of customization the brand takes.

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At the top of the pandemic, Kelly offered transparency about her diet. Some of her meals include hearty salads with plant-based proteins, avocado toast, nuts like raw cashews and almonds, and lots of greens. “I am such a lover of greens,” she says of the food that makes her body feel best. “If it were more well balanced, I would just eat spinach all day. I love microgreens and avocados, as well.”

One of her go-to remedies for inflammation (which she, and the rest of us, experience from time to time) involves two things you already have in your pantry. “I love olive oils and lemon juice on everything and anything. [They act as] sort of internal cleanser. I’ll take the juice of a lemon and a tablespoon of olive oil and take a shot of that,” she explains. “Keeping your body alkaline is the most important thing you can do. With the right nutrition and the right supplements, it’s very easy to do. A lot of people don’t realize how damaging inflammation can be. I really try to avoid anything that causes inflammation."

That said, her understanding of food and healthy habits is paying off in more ways than one. “I’ve been taking the supplements, and [my husband] said my 'skin looks shiny'—and I understand what that means. I love an internal glow.” Kelly's personalized supplement recommendations include CBD and hemp extract for hydration and more restful sleep, as well as anti-inflammatories like omega-3 with curcumin, vitamin D, and the brand's foundational multi-vitamin, which also helps to fill nutrient gaps.

It’s about skin prep, diet and exercise, taking my supplements, maintaining my health, and just knowing at the end of the day I did the best I could.

This new consciousness extends beyond diet and supplements as well. Ripa is learning more about a proper skincare routine as the cherry on top of her wellness habits. “When I was in my 30s and my mid-40s, I would maybe wash my makeup off, [or] maybe not. I would always say I’ll keep it on until I shower. I did not have the discipline I have now.” Now, she's all about skin preparation. "[When] getting ready for work—the less makeup I wear, the better. The less pore-clogging stuff I have on my face, [the better]. Even though I work on camera and decide to wear some makeup, as soon as the cameras are off and we’re off the air, I wash my face and apply sunscreen,” Ripa says.

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When she’s not working, Ripa opts for products like natural deodorant from Each & Every ($15), as well as La Roche-Posay's Anthelios Tinted Mineral Ultra-Light Fluid ($33), and Uma Oils' Absolute Anti-Aging Face Oil ($175). Though, she tells us, her best-kept beauty secret isn't a product at all. “The best part of getting ready in the morning is soaking my jade roller and rose quartz roller in ice and applying them to my face. The facial massage gets everything. The muscles in your face are warmed up and it brings the blood flow to the surface,” she explains. Ripa continues, "When I have enough time in the morning to do a really great, slow, gentle facial massage, I can look like I’m wearing makeup without wearing anything at all.” 

With her jade roller and Gold Sculpting Bar ($195), Ripa uses 2 Note Renewal Face Serum ($30) and says those little changes make a big difference the older you get. "The less makeup I have on, the less can fall into my fine lines. It’s really more about skin prep, diet and exercise, taking my supplements, maintaining my health, and just knowing at the end of the day I did the best I could."

Editor's note: Quotes have been edited for clarity.

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