Celebrity The Secret Behind Angela Bassett’s Flawless Skin? “My Mom" By Jonathan Borge Jonathan Borge Instagram Twitter Jonathan Borge is a writer and editor living in New York City. His writing has appeared in Glamour, Refinery29, Forbes, and PAPER, among other publications. Plus, he's held staff positions at Marie Claire, InStyle, and OprahDaily.com. Currently, he's the Senior Entertainment Editor at Bustle Digital Group's Elite Daily, where he oversees digital covers, features and profiles, freelance essays, and strategy for the site's TV/Movies and Celebrity and Music sub-verticals.He primarily writes about pop culture and style, and has a passion for telling LGBTQ+ and Latinx stories. When he's not working, he's likely waiting for Lady Gaga to announce her next tour. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on November 20, 2015 @ 06:30PM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for National Geographic Channels Angela Bassett repeatedly delivers award-winning performances on screen, but there’s another thing we can’t help but marvel over each time she makes an appearance: her skin. The 57-year-old actress's complexion belies her age—and covering up in cosmetics isn't part of the magic. “I’m not a person that wears a lot of makeup other than when I have to, when you’ve gotta amp it up, so I just like to keep the skin clean and in good shape so you can just go without it,” she tells InStyle. The American Horror Story: Hotel star, who moisturizes daily and avoids laser treatments, credits one person in particular for showing her the skincare ropes: “My mom," she says. "At a very young age she was taking me to the dermatologist, so it became just a part of who I was, of an awareness from the ninth grade up,” she adds. “She would take me out of school and we’d go to the dermatologist—in ninth grade! This is a woman who only made like $13,000 annually, but it was important to her.” Bassett says her mom began taking her to the dermatologist because of her family’s poor history with skincare. “When she saw I had a problem, which is probably what every little teenager goes through, it was like, ‘Uh-uh! No chocolate! No chips!’ That’s what they thought at the time.” Find Out Which "Talented and Cute" Star Angela Bassett Would Like at Her Next Dinner Party So is the star using her know-how to help others? “I’m working on a line, so hopefully it’ll be out next year,” she told us. “[It’s] just skin care, whether it’s the creams and night creams and the day cream and the cleanser. We’re working with a doctor who’s became a friend—still in the works.” Bassett may be been tight-lipped about the project, but we’re eagerly waiting to see what’s next.