I’ve gotta say I think Sara and Erin Foster are among the most entertaining people to follow on Instagram. From Sara’s hilarious “Real Moms of TikTok” videos to Erin’s self-deprecating humor about marriage, they’re definitely never boring. But one of the most memorable posts (to me, anyway) was when Erin shared a video of her maternal grandmother, Anita Marshall, last year and the comment section was inundated with messages of disbelief that she was in her late 80s. “Holy shit! What’s her secret there’s no way she’s 87!” read one comment. “She is not 87. My word. She looks incroyable!” read another.
Naturally, I did what any skincare-obsessed editor would do: go straight to the source and find out what she’s been using on her skin. “I’ve never had Botox or filler in my life,” the now-89-year-old told Who What Wear. As for Nita’s daily routine, it starts out with an incredibly affordable secret weapon she’s been using for 40 years: the Buf-Puf Facial Sponge ($8). “I get up in the morning and wash my face with cleanser and a Buf-Puf, which will make most people say ‘Oh my word!’ Well, [my daughter Rebecca] was dating a doctor, and he told me this was the thing to use, and I just never stopped. I gently exfoliate with it. I use it religiously and have been for over 40 years.” You can bet I already purchased one from Amazon before even sitting down to write this story.
I’ve listed her entire skincare collection below, but I also had to ask her what else she attributes her youthful appearance to, other than products. “My mom made me wear a straw hat from the time I was very little to protect me from the sun,” she told us. “I swam every day only early in the morning so that I was never in the sun.” She also thinks other additions to her daily beauty routine have helped. “I’ve been doing acupuncture for a while and love it. There is a French facial I get [using Rothys products], and it’s really tightened my pores. Less is more. I don’t do masks. I’ve never had Botox or filler in my life. Years ago, I did some microdermabrasion, and it wasn’t good for me.” She also says she keeps spoons in her freezer to put them under her eyes when they start to sag.
Plus, Nita says you should never underestimate the power of positivity. “I’ve just always had a fairly good attitude; I don’t like a frown. I wake up every day with a good attitude. That smile on your face gets rid of wrinkles. It brightens up your day and someone else’s day.” Words to live by. Scroll down to shop the exact skincare items she uses.
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