Jessica Alba Has Tattoo Regrets: ‘I’m Not Into Them Now’

Jessica Alba attends the premiere of Summit Entertainment's "Mechanic: Resurrection" at ArcLight Hollywood on August 22, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
Jessica Alba attends the premiere of Summit Entertainment's 'Mechanic: Resurrection' at ArcLight Hollywood on Aug. 22, 2016. David Livingston/Getty Images


If only she had a time machine. Jessica Alba revealed in a new interview that she has tattoo regrets and opened up about the beauty mistakes she made in her younger years, such as frequent visits to the tanning salon.

The actress turned entrepreneur, 35, admitted in her cover story for the September issue of Allure that she should have held off on getting inked when she was 18 years old.

“You’re never going to be in the same place emotionally and mentally at 18 that you are at 20 or 25 or 30. Something that’s meaningful to you when you’re younger is not going to be meaningful to you five years later,” the Honest Beauty cofounder — whose tats include flowers on her neck and Sanskrit on her wrist — told the magazine. “I have a few tattoos. I’m not into them now the way that I was.”

Just like her body art, Alba is also no longer a fan of fake-and-baking, a bad habit she fell into during her high school days.

“I did a little bit as a teenager and a young adult,” the mom of two — she shares daughters Honor, 8, and Haven, 5, with husband Cash Warren — said. “I remember, it was a trend, and we all used to do it. You put the sticker on to see how dark you got. I would go to my cousins’ dances, like the Sadie Hawkins dance, and we would get a fake tan before. I would never do a tanning bed ever [now].”

Jessica Alba on the cover of Allure
Jessica Alba on the cover of ‘Allure.’ Allure

Not only is the Honey star over having a faux glow, she is also no longer interested in wearing too much makeup. Alba, who admits to caking on cosmetics in her adolescence, told Allure that she now likes to sport a less-is-more look. “I actually wore too much makeup when I was a teenager,” she shared. “I wore a full face, and I probably [should have] worn a lot less.”

The Honest Life author explained that discovering the “no-makeup makeup look” was a game changer.

“I didn’t know that there was the no-makeup makeup look until I was in my twenties. I used to use a foundation stick and just rub it all over my face and then I would break out. Then, I would wear more makeup to cover the breakout,” she said. “The most important foundation is great skin.”

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