Some ugly ducklings turn into swans, but when it comes to celebrities who look better in their 40s than their 20s, it’s simply a process of aging well, with the right help. Staying out of the sun or using the right sunscreen is just a first step, but makeup and expensive treatments also play a huge part in the Hollywood stars keep looking better with age.

See a few celebrities who look better in their 40s than their 20s, whether they just joined the club or are on their way to look gorgeous even in their 50s.

Kate Beckinsale

The British beauty recently turned 40 and she’s looking better than ever. After starting out in the UK with small television roles, Kate Beckinsale moved to Hollywood and became a huge box office attraction as an action star in the past decade. Staying in shape for her role in the “Underworld” movies played a big part in her gorgeous looks.

Jennifer Aniston Then And Now

Jennifer Aniston

After becoming a household name in the ‘90s thanks to the incredible success of the sitcom “Friends”, Jennifer Aniston moved on to date Brad Pitt and start a film career. The 44 year old has steadily improved her looks since leaving TV. Aniston wins her place among celebrities who looks better in their 40s than their 20s and she’s likely to stay gorgeous in her 50s as well.

Halle Berry Then And Now

Halle Berry

Starting her career in modeling, Halle Berry was the first African-American Miss World entrant (in 1986). At 47, she’s looking better than ever, and part of her secret is avoiding makeup when she doesn’t have to wear it. Asked to describe real beauty, Halle explained: “I think it means being comfortable with who I am, my authentic self. I find that kind of confidence beautiful in people."

Courteney Cox Then And Now

Courteney Cox

On the verge of turning 50, Courteney Cox is definitely one of the celebrities who look better in their 40s than their 20s. Landing her first campaign with Pantene at 49, Courteney claims the best ways to stay youthful are sleep and drinking a lot of water. “The beauty secrets that are so important for me to pass on to my daughter now are to protect your skin from the sun, moisturize your skin and hair, and drink a lot of water,” she explained to the Daily Mail.

Gwen Stefani Then And Now

Gwen Stefani

The 44 year old singer who’s also a mother of two and expecting a third child looks much better than she did in her No Doubt days. "There is no secret: You just  have to eat healthy, work out, and torture yourself!” she told Harper’s Bazaar.

Liz Hurley Then And Now

Elizabeth Hurley

One of the most photographed women in the world, British star Elizabeth Hurley is looking gorgeous at 48. Starting the day with a glass water is part of her youthful looks that landed her on the list of celebrities who look better in their 40s, but the actress also claims exercise helps her out: 30 minutes  of brisk walking and 5 minutes of situps every day.

Sarah Jessica Parker Then And Now

Sarah Jessica Parker

At 48, mother of three Sarah Jessica Parker has managed to look better and better over the years. After playing Carrie in the HBO show “Sex and the City” and two subsequent movies, the actress is renowned for her sense of style, but she’s also had to keep up with more and more exercise. “I don’t think I’m in that great shape these days. I have to workout a lot harder. The body just doesn’t snap back in the way it used to when I was in my twenties!”, she told the Daily Express.

Salma Hayek Then And Now

Salma Hayek

Looking stunning at 47, Salma Hayek is one of the biggest celebrities who look better in their 40s than their 20s. He main secret is... not washing her face in the morning. After thoroughly cleaning her skin at night, she gives her skin a break, with just a little splash of water.

Sandra Bullock Then And Now

Sandra Bullock

Riding a high wave in her career, Sandra Bullock is 49, but she still looks amazing. Keeping in shape by mixing different workouts, including kickboxing, Pilates, running, biking and weight training, Sandra Bullock has matured but still remained one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood.

Queen Latifah Then And Now

Queen Latifah

Glowing skin at 43 isn’t easy to achieve, but rapper turned actress Queen Latifah has a little help from a tip her grandmother gave her. Exfoliating with baking soda is a natural way to remove dead cells and helped on her way to become one of the celebrities who look better in their 40s than their 20s.

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