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Unveiling the Workout Secrets That Keep Anya Taylor-Joy in Star Shape

She received acclaim for her role in the Netflix miniseries, The Queen’s Gambit.

Anya Taylor-Joy is an extremely successful actress. She first came into prominence with her role in the 2015 film, The Witch. She then appeared in the 2017 film Split, and reprised her role in the 2019 sequel Glass. Joy received acclaim for her role in the Netflix miniseries, The Queen's Gambit. She won a Golden Globe, Critics Choice Award, and SAG Award for it. How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 7 ways Anya Taylor-Joy stays in shape and the photos that prove they work.


She's Efficient

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Joy shared some of her wellness secrets in an interview with Tatler. She says that she lives her life efficiently. "I don't have time to be a 25-year-old with a hangover. But I'm not someone who needs a drink to dance. Basically I've become very efficient at everything. I'm like 'What do I need out of this situation?"


She Dances

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Joy loves to dance to stay in shape. She said to Tatler, "I need to dance for a couple of hours, see my friends and have a good time', so I'm like 'Right, let's bang it out.' Then it's: go home, have a bath, get up for work. I sound mental, but that's what's working for me right now."


She Cleanses Her Skin

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Joy has amazing skin, and she makes sure to take care of it. She shared her favorite products with Harper's Bazaar. Joy makes sure to cleanse her skin. "My favourite cleanser to use is the gentle Chanel Sublimage Essential Comfort Cleanser. It's just so comforting, like you're giving yourself a massage when you use it, and when you wash it off it feels like it's moisturised your skin."


She Makes Face Masks

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Joy likes to make her own facial masks. She shared her recipe with Harper's Bazaar. "I also make a really cheap, easy mask that really works. It's Bio-Oil combined with Egyptian Magic cream, I coat it on my skin before bed. Your skin looks so much better the next day, it literally feels like you've had 14 hours of sleep. Something else I've recently got into because it makes my skin look good–but also because I love the shock value of it–is wearing sheet masks on flights. It scares people, but they then leave you alone! I use the 111Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask – it's so, so good. I'm quite an impatient person so the fact it dries on your skin telling you to take it off, is helpful."


She Wears SPF

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Joy tells Harper's Bazaar that she makes sure to wear an SPF. "I was a very big tom boy growing up before the acting, so the fashion and beauty has been a bit of a crash course, but I am learning. There's a SkinCeuticals SPF50 which is fab because it's really lightweight. As somebody that doesn't wear foundation, I like the feeling of natural bare skin – so I don't want to cake on the sunscreen, but the SkinCeuticals one is really light and sheer, but I know that it's protecting my face."


She Takes Care Of Her Hair

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In her Harper's Bazaar interview, Joy revealed how she takes care of her hair. "I am the biggest believer in leave-in conditioner and serums. Karine Jackson who does my hair has a really nice vegan serum which is nice and light, but protective. David Mallet has one too, which is fab, and I like to work that into wet hair because it dries really nicely without having to use a hairdryer. Philip Kingsley's Elasticizer mask is heaven. It really, really works."


She Doesn't Pressure Herself

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Joy doesn't like to pressure herself to do things. "We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be calm, but I think you just need to accept where you are at this moment in time and be generous with yourself," she said in an interview with Vogue. "I think that's definitely easier said than done. People are quite disconnected from their bodies. They think about the thinking mind and the body as two separate entities. I think it is important to honour your body and be grateful that you have a body, as it allows you to experience this world, which is where self-care came in for me. I'm so grateful for my feet because they allow me to walk through all of these spaces, and grateful for my eyes as they allow me to see. Rather than thinking about the ways in which your body is (in your mind) deficient, think about the way that your body allows you to be in this crazy world, and be grateful for it."

Anna Bechtel
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