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Lupita Nyong'o in Bathing Suit Shows "How I Trained to Swim in Wakanda Forever"

Here’s how she stays in shape.

Lupita Nyong'o just reprised her role as Nakia in the Black Panther sequel, Wakanda Forever. In a recent Instagram video, Nyong'o revealed how she got in shape for the movie. One thing she did was swim laps and other water exercises. Nyong'o posted a video of herself in the pool doing different exercises. She wore a blue one piece swimsuit. She captioned the video, "Swimming down to Talokan was not as easy as it looked!" Read on to see 5 ways Lupita Nyong'o stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!



She Changes Her Skincare Based On The Day


Nyong'o has amazing skin. She revealed some of her tips to Vogue. Nyong'o says that she doesn't have one set routine. She adjusts based on her skin's condition.  "Mostly, I listen to my skin. In the morning I'll check and see: 'Does my skin feel overly dry? Is it irritated?' And then I will adjust my routine based on that."


She Keeps Her Skincare Simple

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When it comes to skincare, Nyong'o doesn't over-complicate it.  "I try – I need – to keep it simple," she says to Vogue. "I sometimes do a facial massage just to get the blood going. Then I do a soapless wash or a cleansing wash depending on how my skin feels. The cleanser I like is Lancôme's Miel-en-Mousse foaming cleanser. I like it because it has this warming effect. I have no idea how it happens, but it kind of warms as it lathers and as you rub it into your skin. Then I will use a Génifique mask or serum, depending on how thirsty my skin is. I'll finish it off with calendula ointment…it's something that is therapeutic for my skin, and a moisturizer like Lancôme's Absolue Precious Cells or Rénergie Day, if I want an added layer of moisture.


She's All About Self-Care


Nyong'o has a busy schedule, however, she always makes time for herself. She revealed her favorite self-care routines to Vogue. "I do love full body treatments—massages and baths, like a Moroccan hammam bath. I like soaking in bathing salts as well. For massage, I love a head and face massage to help with circulation. And I do enjoy an at-home moisturizing face mask. I really like the Génifique Hydrogel Melting Face Mask; it's very, very good. I use it on planes a lot because that's where you get really dry. It really helps to replenish moisture."


She Has A Good Attitude

Nyong'o opened up about the best advice she's received to Vogue. "My friend Liesl Tommy told me this wisdom from her grandmother: 'Begin as you intend to proceed.'," she says. "And that has really resonated with me over the last year in terms of checking in with myself at the beginning of the day, or when considering a new project or a new relationship of any kind, professional or personal. It's a reminder to set an intention and consider what attitude I would like to have at the end of whatever activity it is, and ensure that I start with that attitude."


She Uses A Balance Ball

Nyong'o revealed some of her favorite workouts on Instagram. One thing she likes to do is use a ball to work out on. In this Instagram video, she is seen balancing on it. She captioned the video, "Workout challenge: start your week off with a 1-minute #GhanaBounce & Balance!"

Anna Bechtel
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