69-Year-Old Model And Dietitian Shares Her Secrets To Looking—And Feeling—Young
Model Maye Musk might be turning the corner to 70, but she certainly doesn’t look like it. (That smooth, porcelain skin! That lustrous hair!) After modeling for five decades and working as a registered dietitian, the and grandmother of six has learned a thing or two about finding the fountain of youth. And it’s way less complicated than you might expect.
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According to Musk, healthy aging and looking great isn’t about restrictive eating plans, brutal exercise routines, or expensive skincare products. It’s just about making commonsense behaviors a part of your routine, so they become your default. Here, the ones that she swears by—that anyone can start doing today.
Eat real foods—and steer clear of fad diets.
No foods are off limits for Musk, as long as they’re wholesome and minimally processed. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains make up the base of her diet, along with lean proteins like low-fat yogurt and eggs. Chicken, fish, and meat are occasional players, but Musk usually saves them for when she’s dining out. She’ll eat butter once in a while, too, but tries to stick mostly with other sources of fats like olive oil, avocado, and nuts.
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What isn’t Musk into? Processed foods and trendy diets. “I don’t like gluten-free foods—they’re processed and unnecessary,” she says. Neither juicing (Musk isn’t a fan of kale) nor smoothies with expensive powders get her thumbs up, either. “Get your nutritional information from registered dieticians, not miracle healers. You’ll be happier, and it’s less expensive,” she explains.
The main way she keeps her weight in check is plain old portion control. “I know it seems simple, but a lot of people don’t do this anymore,” she says. For Musk, sticking with real, unprocessed foods makes it easier to avoid overeating, since they tend to be more filling than stuff like cookies or crackers. One simple way to keep your portions in check: Aim to fill your plate with 50% veggies and fruit, 25% lean protein, and 25% complex carbohydrates (quinoa, sweet potatoes, etc.). You can also enjoy a golf-ball sized serving of healthy fats. And don’t go back for seconds unless you’re truly still hungry. (Psst! Don’t miss these 5 portion control tips you’ve never heard before.)
Treat yourself, don’t tempt yourself.
Musk loves chocolate, cookies, and rich, soft cheeses like brie. She’ll enjoy them once in awhile but nixes the temptation to indulge every day by keeping those treats out of the house. The concept is simple but effective: If you don’t have it, you can’t eat it!
“You have to keep trigger foods out of the home,” Musk says. “So I have a policy that I won’t buy dessert myself. But if someone orders dessert when we’re out, I’ll have some. Same if friends bring over cookies or chocolate.”
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Stay hydrated, but don’t obsess.
We’ve all read about a gorgeous celeb who swears by drinking 852 gallons of water a day. But Musk isn’t one of them. (You’re welcome, bladder.) Instead, she just drinks when she’s thirsty.
Unless you really want to, “you don’t have to walk around with a water bottle all the time,” she says. In other words, if your body needs water, it’ll tell you. Not thirsty? That’s a sign that you’re already drinking enough. Permission to stop obsessing over your fluid intake? Granted. (Speaking of misconceptions about H20, don’t miss these 5 myths about lemon water you need to know.)
Exercise for energy.
Musk readily admits that she’s not a big fan of working out. “I do it because it makes my body feel good and because it helps me maintain my strength,” she says. After all, when you’ve got six grandkids, you need to be in decent shape to keep up with them.
Walking is an everyday activity for Musk, who takes her dog for four 15-minute strolls every day. She also hits the gym a few times a week, where she bikes for 30 minutes and does resistance exercises with light weights. But she avoids pushing herself to extremes. “If it hurts, I stop,” she says.
Follow along with this video to sneak in a quick, 15-minute walking workout:
Stick with the skincare basics.
Namely, regular cleansing and stringent sun protection. Musk washes her face with simple soap and water. But she’s obsessive about minimizing her exposure to UV rays, which speed up the skin’s aging process. “I don’t go in the sun, and I wear SPF daily. I’ll wear a hat and cover my hands too,” she says. (How high of an SPF do you actually need? Find out here.)
As for products? Moisturizer, eye cream, and night cream all play a role in Musk’s skincare routine, but she doesn’t see them as foundational. “Products are supplements to the healthy things I’m already doing,” she says.
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Prioritize sleep, always.
Logging 8 to 9 hours is important to Musk. (Except when her grandkids, who love waking up extra early, stay over. But she makes up for it the next night after they go home.) She’ll even plan her schedule to prioritize sleep when she’s traveling. “I’ll fly in the day before and give myself a day to catch up, instead of working the day that I arrive,” she says.
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