Kerry Washington, Neutrogena, Brittany Cooper
The Scandal actor shares what she's reading and listening to, the most important step in her beauty routine and how she takes care of herself.
When Kerry Washington—Scandal actor, red carpet pro and Neutrogena spokesperson—shares a little beauty advice, you listen. This is partly because she's stunning, but also because the advice she shares is surprisingly down to earth. When speaking to us about the latest launch from Neutrogena (a line of body products focusing on moisture and substantial care for the skin below your neck), she touched on hydration, self-care and most importantly, considering your beauty routine as something just for yourself.
What does your beauty routine look like?
My ritual might change a lot depending on where I am working and what I am doing, but it always includes moisturizers, because I feel like I have to give myself at least that. I have to at least take care of this outer layer. I grew up with eczema, so moisturizing became a really important ritual early on in my life.
Has your approach to your beauty routine changed as you’ve gotten older?
I think about it more consciously. You know one of the things I really love about the Hydro Boost line is that it really is a moisturizer for your whole body. The skin that I tend to think about most, or that we as a culture tend to think about most, is just the part that the world sees—your face—but I feel like taking care of myself should be for me and not just for other people. I think we live in a society, where sometimes, unfortunately, we care more about how other people see us and treat us than we care about how we see ourselves, and treat ourselves. I should be taking care of all of my skin in the way that I take care of my face. To have this new line that delivers face level skin care for the whole body, it's like upgrading my self care.
What are the things you do to stay grounded or to practice self-care while you travel?
I usually travel with my supplements. I like to take Vitamin C, Calcium and Fish oil and sometimes different supplements to support whatever I am going through or working on. And I like to travel with something great to read, and to travel with people I love. That’s always the best. But I also like podcasts and music. And then incorporating those little rituals that can make me feel like I am whole and taking care of myself wherever I am. Things like a cup of green tea and using the whipped body balm. No matter where I am, those rituals make me feel like I have a way to take care of myself.
Olivia Pope, your character in Scandal, is known as a style icon. Are there any similarities between your style and her style?
I really developed her style with our costume designer, Lynn Powell, so a lot of the stuff she wore came out of the relationship we had with designers through the years. But Lynn and I work together to make sure that she felt different from me. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t just coming to work and playing myself all day, but that I was growing and feeling that I could step into the clothes and become someone else. So a lot of her aesthetic kind of came out of mine and Lynn’s fashion awareness and fashion relationship. But she definitely has a more conservative, professional look than I have. Clothes really help to define the character.
Make sure that your commitment and excitement about beauty is not just for other people but for yourself. That when you wake up in the morning and you decide to be your best, you’re doing it from a place of self-love and not just wanting to impress other people.
What is some of the best beauty advice that you’ve been given?
Drink a lot of water. Try to get enough rest. Those were two that my mom was always big on, and I feel like I have come to understand more and more why those things matter. I think I would add that you should also make sure that your commitment and excitement about beauty is not just for other people but for yourself. That when you wake up in the morning and you decide to be your best, you’re doing it from a place of self-love and not just wanting to impress other people.
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