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The Ladies of "Couples Retreat" Dish on Feeling Beautiful

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Sep. 17 2009, Published 6:08 a.m. ET

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In the new issue of Self, three lovely stars of new movie Couples Retreat -- Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell and Malin Akerman -- reveal how they stay beautiful from the inside out. “The best beauty gift I’ve ever given myself is not smoking," shares Kristin. "I get so upset when I see girls in their 20s smoking. When you’re young, you think you’re never going to get wrinkles or cancer. I am in my 40s, and I’ve seen a lot. It’s not fun to watch your friends go through cancer.”

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Beyond taking care of what you put into your body, Kristin says it's all about feeding your self-esteem.

“If you want to summon confidence, go to yoga," she advises. "It’s about tuning in to yourself on the inside. If you start thinking, I’m not thin enough or whatever enough, you can tune back into that powerful place. It gives you a sense of your self.”

Kristen is a beauty product connoisseur, but the current voice of Gossip Girl says she feels beautiful when she puts down the mascara and picks up the phone to call her funny friends.

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"I’m blessed with a comedy troupe of hysterically funny friends," reveals Kristen. "They can make you laugh all day. As I grow older, I’m learning that if you’re happy on the inside, it will show.”

For Malin, telling someone else they look good is what gives her a glow.

“Give a person a compliment," advises Malin. "If you see a beautiful woman, tell her! Say, ‘You look beautiful tonight!’ It’s incredible coming from another woman. Then you feel good because you’ve made someone else feel good. I don’t know why there’s this competition among women. Why tear each other down when we can be supporting each other and wanting each and every one of us to be our best? I wish women could just cut it out and feel like we have each other’s back instead. It would be such an amazing world.”

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