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Gwyneth Paltrow Is at Peace with Aging: 'I Feel More Beautiful Now Than I Did 20 Years Ago'

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If there’s one five-letter word that probably sends stars running for the Hollywood Hills, it’s: aging. But not only is Gwyneth Paltrow brushing the notion of getting older off her shoulders, she’s happy to leave her youth behind.

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“I was a mess in my 20s! I would never want to go back,” the actress, 43, tells PeopleStyle. “I’m so thankful to be where I am.”

Calling her 40s “incredible,” Paltrow adds she would have loved it if her friends had informed her the best was yet to come. “I wish more women had told me that at 40 you sort of stop worrying about what other people think about you, and you come into yourself in the most phenomenal way. I think the 40s are such a gift, and I feel more beautiful now than I did 10 years ago or 20 years ago.”

The mother of two’s positive outlook is probably the result of feeling comfortable in her own skin. “I think even though physically I don’t look like I did when I was 25, I feel beautiful because I feel like myself.” And having great skin helps, too. The star, whose goop Skincare line launches on March 1. says the combination of her Exfoliating Instant Facial and Replenishing Night Cream makes her “wake up feeling like my skin is alright!”

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While her hair is a larger struggle (she has bad hair days “all the time”), Paltrow is OK with her “crazy” mane and even uses one of friend Beyoncé’s famous phrases as her hair mantra. “My hair is like three different textures. I usually just leave it, and I’m like, ‘Whatever. I woke up like this. I don’t know what to tell you.'”

What is your beauty mantra? Share in the comments below!

–Jackie Fields