The actress, who says she wants to hold off on Botox for as long as possible, is all about prevention and maintenance products.

By By Marietta Alessi
April 18, 2019
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There are two types of people in the world: Those who have a multi-step, strategic skin-care routine and those who are lucky if they get cleanser and sunscreen on their face before they are out the door. Vanessa Hudgens falls squarely in the first group. "I have 10 steps, which seems like a lot, but it's really nice to give yourself that time because life can get hectic and when you know you have time set aside for yourself, I think it's a really important thing," she tells Shape. (Psst have you seen her new athleisure collection with Avia?)

What got the former High School Musical star to adopt such an involved regimen? Well, realizing she's not in high school anymore. "Turning 30, I've realized that I don't have the skin that I had when I was 18," she says. "I love the natural route. I want to hold off on Botox and fillers until I really, really, really need it." (Related: These Botox Alternatives Are *Almost* As Good As the Real Thing)

The triple-threat shares that her a.m. and p.m. skin-care routine consists of using a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, face mask, eye cream, and plenty of serums-because "serums do different things." Preach. Two brands she can't get enough of layering: Joanna Vargas and Drunk Elephant. "They sink into your skin," she says. (Here are 11 of the best anti-aging serums picked by dermatologists.)

Not sure where to start? Try Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum (Buy It, $100,, which helps brighten and protect skin from environmental aggressors with vitamin C and jojoba oil. Pair with it the Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel to fight dryness with ultra-hydrating vitamin B5 (Buy It, $52, In the evening, opt for the brand's best-selling T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum (Buy It, $90,, which contains a blend of glycolic, lactic, citric, and salicylic acids. (FYI, A-listers aren't the only ones obsessed with Drunk Elephant; the brand has a strong fan base, and it's easy to understand why when you see this woman's transformation photo.)

Once she's layered her skin-care products, Hudgens finishes off with two handheld devices-the LightStim (Buy It, $249, uses LED light therapy to help stimulate collagen production-and NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device (Buy It, $325, may help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. (Related: The Best At-Home Skin-Care Gadgets and Tech, According to the Pros)

Oh, and in case you're keeping count, the remaining two steps to round-out the 10 are steaming her skin (which you can do at home over a sink of hot water or by using a hot towel) and using a high-frequency facial machine. "After all of that I feel confident and glowing," she says. (And, for perspective, here are 4 Signs You're Using Too Many Beauty Products.)

On the fence about adopting a skin-care routine that intense? Hudgens says it's actually quite meditative. "It has been a really amazing way for me to connect with myself," she says. "Having those 15 minutes in the morning and at night, I feel is an act of self-love." Ready to show yourself some TLC? This is the exact order to apply skin-care products to get the best results.