kelly ripaWe know that plenty of Hollywood stars rely on plastic surgery, injections or at the very least spray tans to look so perfect all the time. So it’s refreshing to have a celeb actually admit it out loud (instead of pretending those forehead lines just erased themselves).

In the February issue of Elle mag, Kelly Ripa reveals all on how she manages to stay looking young and lets us in on a Botox secret even we didn’t know:

The actress regularly works out, which she says has had a massive impact on how she feels and looks. “The spin class is punishing”, says Ripa but she seems to outperform the twentysomethings manically pedaling around her and emerges looking almost like she did when she arrived. “It’s the Botox,” she says, adding that she sometimes gets it in her armpits to avoid sweating.

kelly-ripa-elle-picRipa has never had plastic surgery, but she every 4-6 months, the actress visits her doctor for non-surgical alternatives to rejuvenate her skin. Top of her list of treatments is Botox.

“Every seven months or so my eyelid skin rests on my eyelashes. So I feel like it makes my makeup artist’s life easier, and it makes my eyes look a little more open on TV, which is where I happen to work right now,” she said.

Without the makeup, she says, she’s a transformed woman.

“Once I leave the building, I can walk out to the street and never be noticed. It’s my superpower: I’m invisible. I just look very normal and totally unremarkable.”

Ripa is aware of her appearance perhaps more so than other women who appear on television, simply because she’s so small that any changes in her body are immediately recognized by viewers and called out.

“I feel like as long as you take ownership over your own flaws, it doesn’t hurt if someone else points them out,” she said.