Since she started modelling at the age of 16, Cindy Crawford has been a mainstay of the fashion world.

The retired supermodel now runs Meaningful Beauty, the skincare range she often credits for her ageless skin. But it’s not just quality beauty products Cindy relies on to look her best. In an interview with The Cut, she revealed the wellness rules she’s followed since her 20s, and judging by the 51-year-old’s flawless appearance, we’d say they definitely work!

“I started working out when I was 20 years old because I needed to get fit. When I was 28, I started thinking about really taking care of my skin and knowing that I’m not going to have 20-year-old skin forever.

“In a weird way, it’s been great for me because working out, having a trainer, getting a facial once a month — those things never felt extravagant because they felt like part of my job. They just felt like me taking care of my instrument.”

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“I try to get 20 minutes of cardio at least three times a week. Then I do anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour of old school lunges, weights, squats, and bicep curls — it’s just stuff that I learned 30 years ago. Once a week, I try to go on a hike with a friend so I combine exercise and girlfriend time — it’s the best multitasking.”

Cindy passes down her wisdom to her 16-year-old daughter, Kaia Gerber, who also models.

“The good thing is that she’s grown up with seeing how I take care of myself, so I don’t really have to say that much to her. She’s seen me going to bed early if I have an early call the next day or waking up early to squeeze in a workout.

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“Maybe it’s just my kids, but they act like they’re not listening to what you say, so I have to live by example. I just went with her on her first fashion season and I think the only advice I gave her was that you can only sleep five or six hours one night or two nights in a row.”

While Cindy sticks to her exercise and simple beauty routine, she isn’t harsh on herself when it comes to how she looks.

“You feel a little apologetic that you can’t deliver in the same way that you could when you were 20 or 25. Everything changes: your skin, your hair, and your body,” she says.

“I take care of myself but I know that I’m a 51-year-old woman. There are times when that’s hard and I’m also sure it’s hard for my sisters who aren’t models.

“I want to do my job well, and I want to deliver but I also know that what I have to offer now is different from what I had to offer at 25.”