Cindy Crawford; "I'm not perfect, but this is who I am"

Beauty Cred on 3 Aug 2006 at 6:20am

“You can't turn 40 and say: 'Screw it!'” says supermodel Cindy Crawford. “[Especially] in Los Angeles, because you look around at everyone else who is 40 and they all look good so there is a lot of pressure. You see women here in their fifties and sixties who still look great because they take care of themselves.”
At 41, Mrs. Rande Gerber is one of those L.A. denizens who looks great. "Because of the job I have always taken care of myself. I don't do a ton of different things but I do have regular facials, exercise, drink lots of water and eat right. They are the best beauty secrets there are."
Thanks Cindy, but can you be more specific?
Three 25-minute cardio workouts a week, generally walking followed by half an hour of weights. She also does yoga once a week and tries to go on a bike ride or hiking with her husband. “I'm actually happier with my body now than I was then, because the body I have now is the body I've worked for. I have a better relationship with it. From a purely aesthetic point of view, my body was better when I was 22, 23. But I didn't enjoy it. I was too busy comparing it to everyone else's.”
Food? “Three main meals a day and plenty of protein. Egg whites for breakfast, with fruit and a piece of sprouted-wheat toast. For lunch I have chicken and salad, and for dinner grilled fish or meat and a salad, with a glass of wine. I ear carbs; mostly rice and whole grains.”
What about Botox or plastic surgery? “I don't feel the need for it personally, but I have no problem with anyone who does. Maybe it's because you only notice the bad stuff but it scares me. You don't notice good surgery. But thankfully I am not there yet and I have to wait until I am to know if I will or not because everything I want to deal with now I can do so through facials, exercise or things like that."
“Things like that” include skin care – and she’s got that covered. Last year, the mom of two, released a line, Meaningful Beauty Cindy Crawford with noted French dermatologist/plastic surgeon, Jean-Louis Sebagh. The products contain "an exclusive age maintenance formulation which Cindy says has been her secret to flawless skin for 10 years -- she began a vitamin therapy injections with him and has never stopped.
The Malibu resident also recently became the face of SAFE [Skin Awareness for Everyone] Superdrug, a new campaign to raise research funds and awareness about skin cancer and sun protection. “Sun protection is so important for everyone. I wear a hat and SPF every day.
A tan isn't good for a model - once you start peeling it's hard to put makeup on. But protection is most important for children, because most damage happens before you're 18. I keep an SPF stick in the car so I can put it on the kids if we're out,” says Cindy, whose brother died at age 4 of Leukemia.
"At 41, you can't blame anyone else for your problems. You have to take responsibility. You have to say, "I'm not perfect, but this is who I am."