Salma Hayek: Eat Fat to Look Young

by Sarah Celebrity HealthComments: 48

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, gorgeous 48 year old actress Salma Hayek credits eating fat with helping her avoid Botox and look young..

The Oscar and Golden Globe nominated actress is married to Francois-Henri Pinault, the French billionaire who is the CEO of the fashion conglomerate that owns Gucci.

She is also the proud and attentive mother of 7 year old Valentina Paloma Pinault.

“I am 46 – I will not have Botox. You know why? Because I eat! I eat the fat, I eat the vegetables, I eat everything.”

Despite her marital ties to the fashion industry, Hayek is critical of bone thin models.

“In recent years, we have had to fight against our genetic nature to look like something we are not, to look like little boys.” 

Ms. Hayek’s beauty is no doubt partly the result of the nutrient dense diet she consumed as a young girl in Mexico which provided exceptional facial bone structure.

Her favorite traditional food known to be loaded with those healthy, wholesome fats that support beautiful skin well into old age?


“We have crickets, and then the ant’s eggs and then we have these worms. . . you fry them. You don’t eat them together, you eat them separately and they go in seasons. You fry them and then you put them in a tortilla and you put some guacamole in the tortilla. . . . If you fry anything, it tastes good, but they’re really delicious. The bugs are incredible.”

Fortunately, you don’t have to eat bugs to achieve the flawless, Botox-free skin the beautiful actress enjoys at middle age.

Other traditional fats like butter, tallow, coconut oil, lard, cream, and egg yolks included generously in the diet will give similar age defying results.


Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


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  • Sharon

    I noticed that many times really thin people have large moons or cuticle beds on their fingernails. From what I’ve been told this means that their thyroids are working really well or either they could be hyperthyroid. I am hypothyroid and have a lot of trouble with keeping my weight down. I also have bad knees due a doctor messing up my right knee in a surgery when I was young and so excercise is difficult for me.

    October 3rd, 2013 8:47 pm Reply
  • veggihead

    it doesn’t work.. i’m older than her and look 20 yrs younger than her.

    i don’t eat fats.. i eat raw veggies. some folks are just to stupid for words. this system is going to fail her big time in another 10 yrs. (if that.)

    December 2nd, 2012 3:10 am Reply
    • Wade

      Spare us your vain and hateful nonsense, veggihead. Besides, having the teaming intellect of a vegetable-fueled brain, you probably should know the difference between ‘too’ and ‘to’. Beginning sentences with capital letters is also recommended. And try not to abuse parenthesis. But thanks for not calling us “Morans”.

      October 25th, 2014 3:09 am Reply
  • Payton

    She is so beautiful. Love this article! :)

    October 15th, 2012 3:25 pm Reply
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  • wendell

    She looks healthy, which is beautiful in it’s on way and common sense are not always seen in people from hollywood. My definition of pretty came from my maternal grandmother in the late 1950’s. “Pretty is as pretty does.”

    October 8th, 2012 11:19 am Reply
  • Muah

    I love your articles!

    October 7th, 2012 10:08 am Reply
  • aimee

    I was recently at the Weston A Price regional conference in Buffalo and I can attest to the fantastic skin of everyone there! Fats are the fountain of youth – take that Oil of Olay!!

    October 6th, 2012 7:43 pm Reply
  • Joyce

    I love her even more now! I was in Mexico and they have bugs in their diet. I actually saw – “escamoles” (ant eggs) on the menu, but I didn’t order it. Maybe I will next time I’m South of the Border. :)

    October 6th, 2012 6:02 pm Reply
  • Raine Irving Saunders via Facebook

    Good fats both inside our bodies and used on the outside (topically) are really healing and beneficial for every aspect of health. I use cod liver oil, coconut oil, olive oil, high vitamin butter oil, and shea butter in food and on my skin and it works wonders. :)

    October 6th, 2012 4:10 pm Reply
  • Debra

    Ohh come on guys if I had that kind of money or even a fraction of it I would look like that to no matter what I ate! money buys you the best of every thing!

    October 6th, 2012 2:39 pm Reply
    • Linda

      Not true. Have you seen some of these actors and actresses without makeup?? They look horrible, unrecognizable! Make up and photo shop does miracles, but natural beauty is a different story. My husband’s family is Cuban and they seem to age really well. I thought it was genetics but even the members who marry into the family also age well. Well gaining recipes I have a strong suspicion that is the secret. Example: one of their absolute favorite meals is ox tail stew. When I cooled the broth, that thing was solid!! Incredibly full of gelatin!!

      February 9th, 2015 12:55 pm Reply
  • David

    In the second picture of Hayek attached to this article, she bears a striking resemblance to her close friend Penelope Cruz.

    October 6th, 2012 1:21 pm Reply
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    October 6th, 2012 11:04 am Reply
    • veggihead


      December 2nd, 2012 3:12 am Reply
  • Cristina Marzullo via Facebook

    totally agree w Selma there are good fats and they do keep skin and hair young….nothing will age you quicker than low fat foods, no yolk eggs and all the other ridiculous fads of the moment….BRAVO SELMA

    October 6th, 2012 10:58 am Reply
  • Kristin

    Wow, that’s amazing given the fact she is also a smoker (or was). I read an article that she gave it up when she was pregnant but there have been photos taken since then of her lighting up.

    October 6th, 2012 10:38 am Reply
  • Karen

    I eat lots of ghee and real organic butter along with lots of good oils like coconut and olive oils and take Udo’s oil nightly it will not make you fat. so i told someone once about it and they told me they had to quit because they started gaining weight she also said she started taking synthetic hormones….geees humm lets see well yes that is the problem absolutely but you know people beleive what they want i certainly don’t try to make people beleive anything i simply tell them the information and they can beleive what they want. I will be healthy and they are still in bad shape just makes me sad

    October 6th, 2012 1:42 am Reply
  • Deb Holter via Facebook

    people peg me @ 28years old….i’m 45.

    October 6th, 2012 12:36 am Reply
  • Lauren

    Hi Sarah,

    Do you know of any other tips for great skin?? I eat plenty of good fats in my diet (pastured butter, tallow) as well as eat a WAPF based diet, eat around a tablespoon of coconut oil a day; moisturize with either coconut oil or tallow balm, and don’t wash my face very often. I’ve recently started trying baking soda + water once every 4 or 5 days as a scrub to even out my skin’s texture, but it’s still just not smooth. I’ve never really had issues with pimples or acne, just a lumpy texture of skin colored bumps (not very raised but noticeable to me). I’m really not sure what else to do! Any tips? Thanks!

    October 5th, 2012 6:26 pm Reply
    • Beth

      Check out Chris Kresser’s series on skin health.

      October 7th, 2012 11:33 am Reply
  • Angela Tebbe via Facebook

    I have fewer wrinkles now while eating a fair amount of fat than I did ten years ago while starving myself with lowfat foods!

    October 5th, 2012 5:37 pm Reply
  • Michelle

    She certainly does look fantastic! Makes me want to start eating coconut oil with a spoon!

    October 5th, 2012 4:16 pm Reply
  • Ursula

    Our church secretary does this diet thing year after year with a bunch of women, to lose weight and get closer to God. And yes, they restrict calories and eat low fat. I am overweight, but I refuse to join, as what they’re doing is unhealthy!

    She herself has lost lots of weight…….. and has aged ten years in two since doing this. She looks old and wrinkled. No thanks!

    I draw LOTS of criticism from my family for using lard and butter for cooking, and eating fat in general, as they all repeat that old myth of ‘fat making fat’, and that I am overweight because I eat too much fat!

    Actually, thanks to ignorant doctors, I had undiagnosed Celiac disease for 52 years, even though I had obvious symptoms. And eating what is poison for me all those years has caused my adrenal glands and thyroid to stop working, which is stopping me from losing weight.

    But in spite of being quite overweight, I look at least ten years younger than my age. People think I am in my forties, and I am 59. Everybody is astonished when I say I have 16 grandchildren, saying I look too young to have any!

    October 5th, 2012 3:56 pm Reply
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      December 9th, 2013 7:55 pm Reply
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  • Kami Fiechter-Bear via Facebook

    It’s a shame she does all those milk commercials :)

    October 5th, 2012 2:39 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    Let the lowfat crowd have those wrinkles :)

    October 5th, 2012 2:28 pm Reply
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    October 5th, 2012 2:21 pm Reply
  • Deb Holter via Facebook

    I know so many super skinny althetic women who are low fat veg and they look old….so old. thin, dry, greyish skin….

    October 5th, 2012 2:00 pm Reply
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    October 5th, 2012 1:59 pm Reply
  • Debbie Richards via Facebook

    Just had a conversation with a health food store clerk about the importance of healthy fats in our diet. So refreshing to meet someone who is already in the know. I exhaust myself trying to convince others that low-fat is not healthy.

    October 5th, 2012 1:44 pm Reply
    • veggihead

      excuse me? tell that to someone with arteriosclerosis deary.

      i eat a no fat diet. it works for me and i’m not going to listen to someone else’s dialog about something they’re clueless about.

      December 2nd, 2012 3:14 am Reply
      • bonita00

        @veggihead: You’re right …isn’t it amazing how we’re all different and we all have different needs? I’m myself a very skinny person…I’m 5’4 and weight 98lbs… Even my best friends as made rude comments …. like somebody mentioned how great I looked and wondered what I did to stay skinny…I said “it’s not on purpuse I tell you that” ..the reason I said that it’s because I struggle to put on weight ! And I definitively want to stear away from refined flours and sugar…though I do eat them once in a while… ..Anyways…my best friend referred to that comment like this “Yeah, that’s her, she thinks a walking stick it’s pretty” or something like that…that hurt me really bad… I know though that she says that stuff to make herself feel better as she struggles to lose weight, but it is NOT fair to talk about skinny people that way and assume they’re starving or have anorexia…. Sometimes we’re just built that way or have healthy issues…

        October 3rd, 2013 7:55 am Reply
  • Ashley Morales

    I couldn’t agree more that fats are essential and nourishing. I am a thin woman by nature. I have always been this way. I don’t starve myself to look the way I do. I am hurt though, by comments in the blog comparing thin women to little boys, and saying that it is unnatural. I am sure it makes larger people feel better, but it makes me feel pretty bad. People seem to think it’s okay to talk about your weight if you are thin. Saying things like skinny, rail, skin and bones, anorexic, etc. is not seen as being rude when indeed it is. And very hurtful. I have the problem of not being able to put on weight. I am tired of the constant focus on weight and why being built like me is wrong and unnatural.

    October 5th, 2012 1:29 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I’m thin too … the only way I can put on weight is to eat tons of refined carbs (which I don’t do). I can eat fat until the cows come home and not put on much weight at all. Don’t take it personally! :)

      What she’s talking about is people who are UNNATURALLY THIN so that its actually unhealthy. If you are just slim by genetics, no worries .. still eat those fats though as it will definitely help keep the face young looking!

      October 5th, 2012 1:49 pm Reply
      • Beth

        Yes, like Kelly Ripa who does the Electrolux appliance commercials. She is shaped like an underweight teenage boy with no hips whatsoever. Every time I see those commercials, I think of how unhealthy it looks, especially knowing what I know now about our fat-starved, nutritionally vacant Standard American Diet and its negative impact on health, fertility, etc. It’s interesting how fashion trends shift along with the thinning faces, narrow jaw/dental arch, narrow hips, etc.

        It’s helpful to learn from these observations objectively and not take it personally. We can’t change the shape of our bones as adults but we can certainly switch to natural fats that improve our organs, skin and other soft tissues… and we can ensure our children get the copious natural fats they need without the harmful manmade ones.

        October 6th, 2012 1:02 pm Reply
        • Mmom

          I worked in fashion industry and I know why it’s all about skinny boy like looking girls. It’s not about beauty. Public view it as idolization and glamorous look, but it has nothing to do with it. It’s all about fit of the garment. Models have to be basically the same size and look like rails. It’s easier for designers. If they all were natural with curves, it would be time consuming to get those outfits to fit well for a fashion show. Designers and their help don’t sleep night before the show getting clothing ready. Naturally, especially women, fluctuate their weight all the time. Imaging that. Now you have to fit and adjust every outfit before the show. What if few models don’t show up, which happens, and they are all different. It’s not healthy, period. But it also unhealthy to be professional gymnast or athlete. They use their bodies in unnatural way and pay with heavy healthy issues latter on.

          October 5th, 2013 11:12 am Reply
      • Teresa

        I came totally off refined carbs and still have a hard time loosing weight. Any suggestions? I eat healthy fats, butter, coconut oil.

        October 6th, 2012 4:10 pm Reply
        • Mmom

          Do you eat lots of fruits? That will put on weight. I loose weight in the winter since there are not many fruits and I stay away from too many sticky dried fruits, which is sugar as well. I gain some weight in the summer because I love fresh fruits and I have to watch myself not overeating them. But I still pretty thin even when I gain weight. I noticed some people who does not eat processed food and eat not much trying to loose weight, but they go crazy on fruits. You might think that you eat just small amount of it, but they are probably high on sugar. If you want to loose weight, you should eat something like: 1 medium size apple, few big strawberries, and 1 medium size banana a day, not more then that. Fruits are good, but modern (selected and cultivated) fruits are loaded with sugar.

          You might also have food allergy to something. If you eat wheat, for example, you might be allergic to it or have intolerance to gluten. That will make you gain weight as well. This is something you have to investigate yourself or get tested.

          October 5th, 2013 10:53 am Reply
      • Jen

        Ashley, I completely feel the same way. I don’t starve myself at all. I’m 5’7 and 115lbs. I do eat very well , but so I feel well. The focus is NOT on looks! Thin is the way God made me. And I do find this kind of comment from people offensive. People should not make assumptions period! I have had to listen to too many rude comments on my thinness. I once sat through a church talk to young Moms pointing to models that were all thin and the speaker assumed all had eating disorders. The grass is not always greener on the other side either. I’d love to add a few pounds in a few areas so I didn’t look like a young boy :)

        October 7th, 2012 11:12 pm Reply
  • Candice

    Hopefully they made the make the distinction that you do about the type of fat being important. Eating more fat if it is high in Omega 6 will certainly not keep you looking young – in fact the opposite!

    October 5th, 2012 1:14 pm Reply
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  • Lorri Salcido Navarette via Facebook

    no bugs for me, but I will eat the other fats!

    October 5th, 2012 1:10 pm Reply
    • Tiffany

      I am totally with you there Lorri. :o)

      October 5th, 2012 2:31 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    Yes she is. Absolutely fabulous almost fifty!!

    October 5th, 2012 1:01 pm Reply
  • Rachel Perry Hanses via Facebook

    She is GORGEOUS!

    October 5th, 2012 1:00 pm Reply

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