Green Is Good
On a daily basis, Sarandon makes sure she takes a calcium/vitamin D supplement for bone health, vitamin C, emu oil for arthritis in her knees, Co-Q10 (an antioxidant thought to boost brain power and heart health) and one or two tablespoons of "green stuff," as she calls it.
"Green stuff" is a powdered form of organically grown vegetables including broccoli, kale, parsley, wheat grass, flaxseed and root vegetables such as turnips and parsnips.
Sarandon gets her green fix from Gary Null, PhD, a New York City-based author of nutrition and aging books, including Power Aging. Null provides nutritional and health counsel to both Sarandon and her partner, actor Tim Robbins, whom she met 16 years ago on the set of the film Bull Durham. They have two children together, 13-year-old Miles Guthrie and 15-year-old Jack Henry. Sarandon also has a 20-year-old daughter, Eva, with director Franco Amurri.
Susan "is the real McCoy," says Null. "A model of health that an entire generation of baby boomers can pay attention to because she has done it right," he says.
The secret to her enviably smooth complexion lies more in what she doesn't do than what she does. Smoking, for instance. "I kind of tried it at one point around The Hunger," she says, referring to a 1983 vampire film she made with David Bowie, then admits, "If I had a boyfriend who smoked, I'd pick one up. But I never got hooked. I smoke in films when it's called for, but it's always a prop, [not] a chemical addiction."
Sarandon favors regular dermabrasion treatments to remove skin cells and keep her face looking young and fresh. So far, she's refused to consider plastic surgery, Botox injections or soft-tissue fillers.
"I really need my face to move, so I've never been tempted to get Botox," she insists. With many Hollywood directors lamenting that Botox has made it impossible to find an actor who can express emotion, Sarandon's resistance is a bit unusual. "I am not saying that at some point I wouldn't mind my neck looking better, but I'm just so afraid of being unrecognizable, or to lose the shape of my eyes."
Even with Sarandon's hectic, spontaneous schedule, she always finds time to walk on her treadmill.
"I realized that I had to find time for myself and started going to the gym," she says. Her personal trainer spices things up to help stave off boredom. "We use exercise balls or play catch with a heavy ball, as opposed to just getting on machines." Sarandon also does Pilates when she can, and has unsuccessfully tried yoga. "I must have type-A personality," she laughs. "I got so competitive that I hurt myself!"