Gisele Bundchen: ‘I feel better at 40 than I felt at 30, I can tell you that much’

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Gisele Bundchen did a virtual discussion with some Dior people to support Dior’s Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum. If you watch the video (at the end of the post), you can see that it seems to be applied straight from the tube, and there’s a smooth, metal dispenser thing which probably acts as some kind of eye-bag massager. I’ve been using night cream and eye cream since my late twenties although I’ve been experimenting more with brands in recent years. Currently, I’m using L’Oreal Age Perfect cell-renewal night cream and L’Oreal Age Perfect eye cream. I need to learn to stick with this eye cream, because I really notice a difference and the Olay eye cream I used a few months ago was doing next to nothing for me. I’ll admit that I’m curious about this Dior eye cream but the price tag – $75 retail – makes it something I won’t f–k with. Anyway, Gisele chatted about the serum, ageing and more:

Nearly a year after turning 40, Gisele Bündchen is fully embracing her new decade. The supermodel got candid about beauty and aging during a Dior Skincare Digital Talk in celebration of the brand’s new Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum. “With age comes wisdom, don’t you feel that? I feel better at 40 than I felt at 30, I can tell you that much,” Bündchen said. “I think the 40s are going to be awesome. The 20s were a little challenging, I’m not going to lie. The 30s, I was getting a grip on stuff. Now the 40s, I’m like, ‘Let’s go!'”

While she’s excited for this new chapter, Bündchen does admit it comes with some physical changes. “I feel like the eyes are definitely the most sensitive part of the face. As I’m maturing, I will say [it] is where I definitely notice that is where I want to have the most care,” the model said.

When Bündchen was in her 20s, she didn’t “really care so much” about her eyes, but now, it’s one of her top skincare priorities. “I’m like, ‘Okay let me remove my makeup,'” she said. “I feel like the eyes are the window of the soul. I’m more aware of it than ever.”

In addition to maintaining a well-rounded skincare regimen, Bündchen believes that beauty begins with a healthy diet.

“I always say let thy food be your medicine because I also think food is very important. If you eat a bunch of greasy food, it’s going be hard to have really good skin,” the model said. “The more you eat your vegetables, that’s going to reflect in your skin.”

[From People]

“I feel better at 40 than I felt at 30, I can tell you that much.” Nope. I mean, mentally I’m fine. I’m older and wiser and more chill. But I “felt” better overall when I was 30. I was physically stronger and I didn’t feel like wizened ass most of the time. As for what she says about diet and skin… she’s right and she’s not right. Food does affect your skin and you should eat your veggies and drink lots of water and take care of your skin. But jeez, so much is genetic too. Some people can eat garbage all day and still be thin with great skin, you know?


Screencaps courtesy of Dior video, additional photos courtesy of Gisele’s IG.

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  1. Tom says:

    Too much tinkering with from under her nose to her chin

  2. Gil says:

    I’m in my early thirties and feel better than when I was in my early twenties. I eat better and exercise more. Maybe is not age but lifestyle? Who knows everybody is different.

  3. SusanRagain says:

    I’m more interested in Tom Brady and his anti inflammation diet ideas.
    Arthritis is coming at me like a freight train as I age.

    I no longer worry about what others think of me or my looks.
    I am clean, well groomed and almost everything I wear is 100% cotton and comfy.

    Everybody, you do you.

  4. Tulipworthy says:

    All of the women I know including myself have felt the same way she does. Our 40’s were much better than our 30’s. We felt more secure, were in better shape, and stopped worrying about stupid things. So mentally and physically we were in a much better place.

    • ME says:

      Did Perimenopause not affect you or your friends in your late 30’s or in your 40’s? Count yourself lucky then.

  5. SarahCS says:

    I’m 42 now and I have really noticed physical changes since my 40th, it’s crazy. From my eye bags (thanks mum) to all the other various aches pains and the rest. I exercise regularly, eat pretty well, try to sleep enough, drink lots of water, and I’m just getting older!

    So yes, (pandemic aside), I’m feeling good about who I am at this point in my life but no way am I physically better off.

    With the eye bags I’ve not found a huge difference between different creams but I have been using the metal roller that came with some crazy expensive stuff I bought early on in my 40’s when the problem really started. It’s fluid retention so makes sense that a lovely cold metal roller thing will help with drainage. My neighbour also introduced me to ‘face yoga’ and there’s some exercises from a lady called Danielle Collins which I need to build into my routine more regularly.

    • ME says:

      I’ve heard a lot of good things about Gua sha. Maybe you can look into it?

    • Becks says:

      I use a Kitsch ice roller for my eye puffiness every morning and it really helps. You can get in on Amazon but make sure to keep it in the freezer. The ice cold roller gets rid of the eye bags and feels so good when you massage your whole face.

    • Escondista says:

      I don’t have bags, I have sunken eyes and to be very honest, aside from extra water, fillers are where it’s at for my issue. There is no cream that has even come close.

  6. AmyB says:

    I very much understand where Giselle is coming from. As we grow older, as women, I feel we let go of a lot of the insecurities we had as younger women, and embrace ourselves more fully. That has been my experience. I have always taken pretty good care of myself (besides the decade of my eating disorder). However, the way I feel now (I am 52) is largely due to my therapy, self love and embracing all of my self, flaws and all! And no offense, it irks me to no end, to hear these kinds of messages, from celebrities/women who clearly have had cosmetic surgery, etc., done. When Giselle says –

    “I always say let thy food be your medicine because I also think food is very important. If you eat a bunch of greasy food, it’s going be hard to have really good skin,” the model said. “The more you eat your vegetables, that’s going to reflect in your skin.”

    Let us not pretend that diet is the only thing perfecting her skin and face – PLEASE!

    This is my point!! I just wish if they were going to promote these types of messages, they would be more honest, that is all. That’s great if she is feeling wonderful in her 40s, but just be real!

    • mel says:

      Yes! Why not say, hey, my vanity and industry meant I did some tweaking but as I age I realise what’s more important is how I feel vs look etc.

      Honesty and being real with yourself and others (admitting wrong doings, areas where you may need help etc) for me has been a huge part of ageing, particularly in my 40s. I used to be very stoic and stubborn. Assuming all I did was “right”. Now when I mess up, I just say it. I acknowledge things I’m not good at cause I know it doesn’t make me ‘bad’ but actually gives me more freedom.

      It’s sad that she still hangs onto what she feels she “should” say vs how she actually feels and who she is.

  7. EllenOlenska says:

    I’m truly happy she’s enjoying her forties. Get back to me after menopause and let me know what cream works…

    • AmyB says:

      @EllenOlenska LMAO – Exactly! Basically what I was saying in my above comment ^^^

      Like please, Giselle, just be real! Let us not pretend your face is the product of serums, and a diet of vegetables (or whatever other diet she and Tom Brady adhere to). We all have two eyes, and are not idiots.

    • Nikki* says:

      I LOVE your comment.

  8. Joanna says:

    I’m 45 and my eye area is saggy now! Sob. I’m scared to get an eye lift though. I will say eyelash extensions help with that. They make my eyes look more open. However I can’t afford to keep them up. Has anyone had an eye lift? How was your experience?

    • BeanieBean says:

      I want a brow lift myself. My forehead is sitting on top of my nose. I just don’t want to end up looking perpetually surprised.
      It’s good to feel better about yourself & life as one ages, but let’s not kid ourselves, our bodies age & do hit a point of no return. In no way was my 45yo self as fit & fabulous as my 25yo self. I was as fit & fabulous as I could be at 45, but it wasn’t the same.

    • manda says:

      I never know what the procedures are, but someone (on this site, I believe) said there is a thing they do now with threads (thread lift?), and it lasts like a few years, and it is probably less invasive than a lift. The person who mentioned it said she was very happy. This procedure does sound less invasive than a full lift, but also not something that I really want to do.

    • Boomboom says:

      My mum, some friends of mine and I are all using something called lashcocaine. It’s a serum that you put on your eyelids once a day, that really makes our lashes grow. It works really well for us and it even helps my mum with her drooping eyelids.
      I know it’s nothing major, but maybe for only 30 quid (here in Germany) it would be worth a try seeing whether you can get it somewhere if you’re scared of surgery?

    • Deb says:

      Joanna, I had an upper and lower eye lift almost 20 yrs ago. I had huge bags under my eyes and a lot of sagging skin on the upper eyelid. It was all genetic. I have a pic of myself at age 5 with those under eye bags. Having those under eye bags removed and that upper skin lifted and tightened made such an amazing difference I couldn’t believe it. For the first time in my life I didn’t look asleep and hungover!

      I had a really great experience. I put that down mostly to the doctor. Recovery was a breeze. And the techniques are even more advanced now than when I had mine done. Mine is still holding all of these years later. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.

    • Becks says:

      Grandelash MD is the best eyelash serum! I’ve tried them all, including Latisse, which is kind of expensive. I buy grandelash at sephora or Ulta, it is very affordable and my lashes have never looked better. People always think I have extensions, ha. Try it, I think serums are the way to go because extensions cause so much damage to your natural lashes.

    • Jaded says:

      I’ve been using Liaison Lash Bond and holy eyelashes does it work. I’ve had to back off using it daily because they were banging up against my glasses. It’s also very affordable.

    • Lex says:

      Be careful with lash serums… they can change the colour of your eyes permanently…..

  9. Roo says:

    Yes, eye creams can help, but let’s be honest here. She’s also had face work and, in the top photo, I see fillers and eye work. No cream will achieve those looks.

  10. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    I feel and look better at 40-41 than I did 10 years ago. I made a significant change in my career by starting my own home-based business, which got me out of the 8-5 grind. I have more time for exercise and self-care. These things improved my mental health and improved my overall health. Also, I’ve learned a great deal from this site and commenters about skin care. It’s been the best education I’ve received!

  11. My3cents says:

    Well , getting rid of Leo and getting quick fixes at a certain Parisian clinic will do wonders for you I would imagine.

  12. Amando says:

    I’m 40 too and I think I have aged well so far. I could probably pass for 35. Genetics, sun exposure, life style, etc play much more of a role than food/diet IMO. I also think because I’m single with no kids , that has helped as well. Not having that stress LOL One regret is cigarette smoking…I quit 3 years ago, but if I hadn’t smoked, I’d probably look even younger.

    Mentally, I am in a stronger place than I was at 30. Much more responsible and level headed and I also care a lot less about what people think about me. But…I’m also much more cynical now and that’s not good.

    I think the hardest part of starting a new decade, for me, is watching most of my friends get married and having families and…well…moving on with life. I’m happy for them, of course, but I have been going through that mid-life thing of feeling left behind or questioning what I want the 2nd half of my life to look like. Anyone else in that boat?

  13. Mette says:

    that is brandi granville, whatever her name is. potent eye serum my ass.

    • Jaded says:

      Ya…she’s had some major eye tweaking done. I really, REALLY hate these women who pontificate about serums, diet, water, exercise, etc. when they have clearly had cosmetic surgeries. I remember a few years back she got seriously dragged for entering a plastic surgery clinic in Paris wearing a burka. We have receipts Gisele.

  14. TIFFANY says:

    It blows my mind these face cream companies are signing people who clearly have had plastic surgery.

    Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of having a face sell your product ?

    • Betsy says:

      I find it offensive, frankly. That no longer looks like Giselle Bundchen and she looks borderline clown-y; she went too far. I don’t like that they keep paying people who have wrecked their face of their own accord to represent “skin care.” How stupid do they think we are?

    • Robin says:

      I know. They must be mad for thinking we believe it. I sometimes wonder whether it falls foul of the trade descriptions act. Is it misleading to sell eye creams by using someone who’s had cosmetic surgery?

      Thing is, it’s proven that people actively buy beauty products, including clothing, when it’s presented using edited imagery. There was some research that found women bought more clothing from a site using high levels of editing compared to a site using not much at all, despite the items being identical. The women said they knew the images were fake but that they were buying the products because they hoped to look like that. They said buying from the more realistic site was admitting what you actually looked like. It’s a sad time when realistic means feeling ugly. But, hey, advertising has always worked on this concept by and large.

      The best example of “give me a break” was Nicole Kidman in The Undoing, when she kept getting ready for bed and putting a teeny teaspoon of moisturiser on her face. As if that’s all she used!

  15. L4frimaire says:

    I’m in my 40s and don’t have a lot of wrinkles, but definitely getting dark circles under the eyes, so need to work on that area.She definitely looks like she had some tweaks done to her face that’s not just creams or lasers. She does look really good and being fit makes a huge difference. Trying to get back in shape is not as easy as it was when I was in my 30s and is a bigger priority now.

  16. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I was always thankful for looking well under my age so…sure, 30s were great and I enjoyed turning 40. And the first half of that decade was superb. I still had compliments pouring in, shocked at my age — I was still me. But then around 47-48ish, the age tsunami drowned me. Shit hit the proverbial fan. I was no longer me. I was not in control of my body anymore, because it took the wheel away from me. I’m now a passenger of aging reacting to symptoms. It is what it is. Vitamins. Exercise. Veggie smoothies. And I’ve enjoyed the hell out of my makeup and skin care subscription. I have tons of serums, masks, lotions and potions which would’ve cost waaay more than I’d ever spend, and it helps me to meditate daily while I pull crap out of my bathroom fridge to roll, push, pat and tap away negativity. 👍

  17. nicegirl says:

    I feel like Miracle Max’s wife rn

  18. Elo says:

    I’m almost 39 and dreading 40. I think every decade people say “ oh this is just so much better than the last”. I don’t know what they are doing because that just hasn’t been my experience at all.

  19. Lola says:

    She has had so much plastic surgery that she and her sister were literally caught wearing burqa’s in Paris to try to sneak into a plastic surgeon’s office without being seen. So she can STFU about how this is all from vegetables or whatever orthorexic crap she’s trying to promote.

    • Robin says:

      Exactly, Lola. It’s just mind bending. It’s also really irresponsible. A woman on average income, without the time and money to employ facialists, stylists and surgeons, would soon start looking pretty bad (and ill) hoping to get the glow on a couple of green juices and a handful of quinoa. It really offends me that some of these models and celebrities pretend they look great because of their heavily restricted wellness diets, when in fact the fall out from those diets are hidden and diluted by never ending cosmetic interventions and photoshop. Take away those props and you’ve got disordered eating, which looks crap.

  20. Queen Meghan's Hand says:

    I’m just tired: These women who spend an entry-level admin assistant’s yearly salary on facials and skincare every month need to cool it with the cosmetic “advice”. And the journalists profilng them need to cool it with these questions. Giselle looks the way she looks because of expensive dermatological treatments and plastic surgery.

    • Robin says:

      Exactly. I am so BORED with these articles listing the products models use, when the truth is literally staring us in the face. I read so many fashion magazines and I’ve got to the point where I feel ready to cancel my subscriptions to Vogue, Elle etc because of this sort of rubbish. Magazines have become so dull. Even the interviews with actors are bland, because everything is off limits. Why have famous people on the cover when the interviews inside are so blah? And then these magazines pad out the pages with articles about what’s in a supermodel’s skin care regime, when we know full well it’s very expensive serums on top of serious amounts of cosmetic intervention.

  21. Yawnho says:

    I’m sure that eye lift in France a few years ago also helped, right G?

  22. Bobbie says:

    You can hang onto it until you hit perimenopause, which will do a number on you unless you are very lucky. My hair started falling, all kinds of weird growths appeared on my skin. The hormone changes are a bitch, which is making me dread menopause. I can’t see anything positive about getting older.

  23. Mia says:

    I worked in a well known jewelry store in Gisele’s neighborhood for a while. I met a lot of Gisele and Brady’s yard workers when they’d come in to get gifts around Christmas and valentine’s – and apparently they are both demanding assholes who change their minds a lot about what they want.
    That’s my gossip two cents lol.

  24. carol savesky says:

    That eye lift she got in Paris a few years ago probably helped a bit, too.

  25. Lindy says:

    I’m 44 and I definitely don’t feel better than I did 10 years ago. I mean, I eat pretty healthy foods, and until I broke my ankle last month I’ve been running, rowing, and generally working out for decades. But breaking my ankle meant a massive surgery with months of recovery, and some tests that show I have more brittle bones than I should for my age. Aging is kind of shitty, to be honest. I miss the feeling of being strong and fast on my runs, of not getting sore or stiff, of not being constantly aware of the encroaching wrinkles, grey hair, and eye circles.

    It didn’t help that I got pregnant with my second child and delivered at 41. He’s 3 now and I’ve never really recovered my sense of being comfortable in my own body since then. I wish life had conspired to allow me to be done having kids before 35. It was very hard on my older body.

    It also doesn’t help that I work in tech, at a startup. My boss is 22. The industry chews up women over 30, so it always feels a bit like having a sell-by date stamped on my forehead.

    I suppose that if you’re a supermodel with bottomless funds to outsource most of the everyday stressors that most working mothers have on their shoulders, and you can pay for trainers and chefs and the leisure time to sleep well and exercise anytime you wish, it probably would be easier to feel fantastic at 40.

    I hope I don’t sound too bitter. My girlfriends and I have both laughed and nearly cried over that SNL skit about women’s “last fu*kable day,” because we all sort of feel like our society doesn’t have much room for older women to take up space or feel/be valued.

    • Bobbie says:

      “My girlfriends and I have both laughed and nearly cried over that SNL skit about women’s “last fu*kable day,””
      Yep. Welcome to middle age. And actually it was an Amy Schumer sketch.

  26. Jax says:

    Interesting titbit, I was reading about 90s heroin chic the other day. Gia Carangi was attributed with ushering it in and Gisele Bundchen was credited with ushering it out.

  27. Justwastingtime says:

    I am afraid that the only thing for bags and hollows is an lower eye lift. I get kind of tired hearing about celebrity diets and creams. Retin A, Botox, lasers and early good work is why celebrities look so young. If you can’t afford the last three Retin A and a good sunscreen used early and religiously is your best bet.. either that or lucky genes but most of us are not lucky

  28. Justwastingtime says:

    I am afraid that the only thing for bags and hollows is an lower eye lift. I get kind of tired hearing about celebrity diets and creams. Retin A, Botox, lasers and early good work is why celebrities look so young. If you can’t afford the last three Retin A and a good sunscreen used early and religiously is your best bet.. either that or lucky genes but most of us are not lucky

  29. Watson says:

    I’m cool with tweaking your face, but she looks nothing like she originally did in that photo. In the other photos she looks less pulled and surprised but it’s still obvious work. Sort of shocking considering she has so much money to get the best work done.

    Her reported boob job looks good though. If i was to get mine done, I’d request her dr as they look natural.

  30. Surferrosa says:

    Please, someone tell Gisell to stop tweeking her face before its too late. A little help from a plastic surgeon is ok, but she has crossed the line and is heading straight for the deformed face-look. Such a shame, too. I used to find her a naturally beautiful woman and she still would be if she would stop ruining her face in search of eternal youth.

    • Robin says:

      They won’t listen, Surferrosa. I think once they’re on this track they find it very hard to come back. I don’t know whether it’s fear of what will appear without more cosmetic input, or whether having done it in steps they don’t notice how far they’ve gone.

  31. Robin says:

    The other great myth is when models and celebrities say they tried botox a few times but it didn’t agree with them, and their appearance at this current point is reliant on diet not interventions. It’s obvious they are packed full of botox.

    Didn’t Nicole Kidman use this “I tried it once or twice but no more” load of nonsense? She is actually used by plastic surgeons as an example of what not to do and how going too far can backfire. People were calling her out for her immobile face on The Undoing, but I thought that particular amount of over-intervention fitted her class and character. What was disconcerting was how much the camera had to focus up close on her eyeballs to read emotions such as fear and alarm. Heaven help her when she tries to act beyond the context of a rich American; she has done her wider career no favours.

  32. Hello Kitty says:

    im glad she feels better but she doesnt look better with that eyelid surgery and whatever fillers shes getting. she looks bizarre IMO.

    Also i know someone who works for them and they both contracted covid, but filled the prescription in the employees name– because it doesnt vibe with their personas to have gotten covid. which is of course SUPER illegal. this is after the Superbowl e where they were all over the place maskless bc they DGAF about anyone but themselves.

    • Robin says:

      That is truly awful.

    • ME says:

      Wow. I remember a few weeks after the Superbowl lots of news outlets raving how no one caught Covid who attended. I knew that was a lie ! All maskless and in each other’s faces.