Dwayne Johnson’s career is on fire—The Rock successfully transferred from the WWE ring to the silver screen, becoming the highest paid actor in 2016, according to Forbes. And while you’ve been watching his acting career blossom over the past decade, you might have noticed something particularly alluring about him: his perfect skin.
You’re not alone: Ali Drucker, a senior editor at Cosmopolitan.com retweeted a picture from @HistoryPixs of Johnson at 16, commenting on how he seems to have gotten younger overtime and asking for his skincare routine.
The 45-year-old actor replied to her tweet, citing a bare bones routine (drugstore cleanser, cult-classic moisturizer) with a special twist—shots of tequila.
Though the Neutrogena cream cleanser clocks in at less than $5, the moisturizers are little pricier: La Mer Moisturizing Cream starts at $85 for a mere half-ounce, and while Lancer's The Method: Nourish moisturizer is more affordable than the French cream, it still costs $125 for 1.7 ounces. It’s not surprising that the Moana actor uses these expensive creams, as they’re considered the gold standard in skincare with intensely devoted fans.
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But you don’t need to be an A-list actor to have great skin. Proper moisturizing is a crucial step for both men and women, according to Chelsea Traber Burns, Real Simple beauty editor. No matter the gender, skin gets dry and loses collagen, quickening the aging process. “Think of [your skin] like a sponge or a piece of paper,” Burns says, “If it’s dry, you can fold it in half and it will leave a deep crease. But if it’s moist, it’s more flexible and will bounce right back.”
Men, too, are more likely than women to forget or forego wearing sunscreen every day, says Burns, so it’s likely they need to replenish their skin even more.
Looking for affordable substitutes for yourself or the Rock in your life? Burns recommends Pond’s Cold Cream ($5; target.com) or Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream ($26; jet.com) for a thick texture comparable to La Mer.
And, of course, if you’re looking for inventive ways to sneak just a little more tequila in your diet—for the purported skin benefits, of course—might we suggest these spicy watermelon margarita ice pops?