What does Julia Robert do to make 49 look like 39?

It was no shock when People magazine revealed that its Most Beautiful Woman of the year was the now-five-time honouree Julia Roberts. The world knows she’s beautiful, yes, but everyone is always curious to know exactly what she’s done to keep that title over the years.

The first time she got the honour she was 23, and, honestly, there’s no difference between her physical appearance, then and now! Compiled from Good Housekeeping, here is a list of things Roberts does to stay pretty.

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1. She’s cool with carbs. Yes, really!

Back in 2012, Roberts revealed to The Independent that she can’t stick to carb-free diets, simply because she couldn’t give up bread. So, with the help of nutritionist Carrie Wiatt, Roberts decided to take a balanced eating approach to most meals. And, lucky for us, Wiatt gave a full breakdown of what the star likes to eat on an average day.

For breakfast, it’s homemade granola, seasonal berries, and yogurt, or a carrot and banana muffin, and fresh papaya with yogurt. Lunch is baked artichoke polenta or spinach filo pie with a wheat pilaf. And dinner is often ginger-crusted salmon with quinoa and Chinese veggies, or sea bass with black-bean salsa and asparagus. We can totally get on board with that!

Other favorites for the Oscar winner? Roberts loves avocado and adds it to both her breakfast and dinner, according to E! Online. Then, for dessert, it’s a cookie, “Because I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like,” Roberts told Vanity Fair in 2008.

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2. She makes eating well a family affair

You might think of her as an Oscar-winning actor, but the low-key star told CBS This Morning she prefers to be called a “stay-at-home mom” to her three kids, Phinnaeus, Hazel, and Henry. She’s making sure she passes on a few healthy lessons she’s picked up over the years. “We definitely try to eat mindfully,” she told In Style. “As I always say to my kids, ‘you have to eat the good stuff to get the good stuff’.”

3. She trains four times a week for an hour

Roberts studies yoga to keep up her fitness but she also enjoys plyometrics (aka jump training), pilates, and aquatic workouts. “I don’t love exercise, but I do love how I feel afterwards,” Roberts said. “Accomplishment, clarity, energy, strength, joy… these are all things I give myself through working out, and I can feel it in everything I do.”

Roberts’ trainer Kathy Kaehler spoke to ELLE in 2010 about how the star managed to travel around the globe for Eat Pray Love while remaining committed to staying in shape. “We currently do 20 to 40 minutes of step aerobics and up to 40 minutes of body work — lunges, crunches, planks, push-ups — after.”

4. She brushes her teeth with baking soda

Obviously, dental hygiene is important for a woman with such a famous smile. So how does Roberts maintain her trademark grin? “I brush [my teeth] with baking soda,” Roberts said. “[My grandfather] would put a big heaping mound of it on his toothbrush. He had only one cavity in his entire life.”

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5. She’s very minimalistic about her beauty regimen

Her teeth-cleaning method isn’t the only thing she keeps simple. “Look, I’m happy if I have on moisturiser and ChapStick! When you’re dressing three people besides yourself, something has to fall away,” she stated. “On a regular day, I’ll just brush my teeth, wash my face, and apply sunblock. I’m a busy mom, and sometimes I just sunblock my kids and run outside and get my nose burned. So I’ve made a stronger effort to take care of myself.”

In her efforts to take better care of herself, Roberts has started using extra-virgin olive oil to rejuvenate her skin.

6. She realises she’s going to age whether she wants to or not

Roberts turns 50 this October. And, because she’s Julia Roberts, when she was asked about how she ages so naturally and gracefully, she had the best response. “Trying to have some peace with the ageing process. Just realising that it’s going to happen whether I like it or not,” she said. That’s why she’s one of our favourite natural beauties.

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