Kerry Washington has seemingly found the secret to stopping the signs of aging, so when the Scandal actor talks about her beauty routine, we listen. She’s recently teamed up with Neutrogena and launched a line of every day makeup products, including cheek, eye and lip palettes. But for makeup to look its best, it’s important to nourish the skin and Washington is sharing her secret ingredient — hyaluronic acid.
Speaking with The Cut about her latest rollout of products for Neutrogena, Washington says “I love to play with makeup. I’m obsessed with every one of these lip colors. I’m super SPF focused. I think a lot of that dewy look comes from our Hydro Boost line. Hyaluronic acid is our friend. I love it and I use and I’m so grateful for it. We have a new mascara that I really love that has hyaluronic in it too. When I’m not working my ritual is mostly about hydration, protection, and health.”
Admittedly, we’ll pretty much do whatever Kerry Washington says, because slay. But there is a science behind Washington’s decision to include hyaluronic acid in her products and we totally get the hype.
Our skin naturally produces hyaluronic acid, but between aging and the impact of our environment, the health of our face often takes a hit. That’s why products like Washington’s new line with Neutrogena helps to boost our hyaluronic acid levels, which means moisturizing our skin (one gram can hold SIX litres of water). When our skin is hydrated, it looks plumper and makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. And just when you thought this wonder ingredient couldn’t get any better, it works on all skin types, including oily and dry.
Washington isn’t the only famous face showing off the impressive effects of this super ingredient. Supermodel Rosie Huntingon-Whiteley, actors Kate Beckinsale and Emma Watson, and reality star Kim Kardashian-West all use products that contain the stuff.
Many skincare companies, including Clinique, Lancome, Erborian, and Shiseido are all on the hyaluronic acid train, but where Washington’s line differs from most is that it’s more affordable. Like we said, slay.