Exclusive: How 45-year-old Jared Leto looks half his age

Find out the unbelievable way the actor and singer still looks 25

By Kate Guest | Published: 26 Apr 2017

Jared's beauty tips
Photo: Courtesy of Gucci

As the face of Gucci Guilty Absolute, actor and musician Jared Leto is no stranger to looking (and smelling) good. Despite being almost middle-aged, the star puts everyone to shame with his wrinkle-free skin and flawless complexion. So, of course when we got the chance to sit down with Jared to discuss the new cologne, we had to ask him what everyone's dying to know: what's his secret to the fountain of youth? His answer might surprise (and mostly frustrate) you – clearly some people are just born with good genes.

Can you take us through your morning grooming routine, start to finish?
Yeah. This is going to be easy. I take a shower and shampoo and that's it.

There's no face wash, no moisturiser?
Absolutely nothing. And if I'm not making a film I don't shave, I just grow my beard as it grows. But I don't do anything, I don't – I honestly don't use anything. So, it's pretty boring.

Jared Leto in the Gucci Guilty Absolute campaign

Do you credit diet and lifestyle with the fact that your appearance has kept up so well?
I appreciate it, but I do credit, number one sleep. For a good solid 10 years, I've been really mindful of my sleep, because, as a singer, you can't skip on sleep because of your voice. You know, if you go out, the next day you wake up and your voice is an octave deep and you can't even sing at all. On tour, you know, you don't want to cancel a show, that's not a fun thing to do. So, that taught me to sleep. And I've always had a really good diet, eaten very healthy.

What was your first fragrance?
My grandfather gave my brother and I some, you know, drugstore cologne or something. It was like, 'Here, you're a man now. You get your aftershave.'

What is your favourite smell?
The smell of a campfire always brings me back [to] the outdoors, great wide open. It's evocative. That smell brings back a sense of nostalgia. It's really powerful. Popcorn is a good one, too. Great smell, popcorn. Maybe they should make a popcorn cologne.

This feature first appeared in the April 2017 issue of ELLE Malaysia.

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