Drew Barrymore’s Preteen Daughters Are ‘Really Into Skincare’ & She Has an Interesting Take on This Trend

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Over the holidays, many parents realized just how into skincare their teens and tweens were. Thanks to TikTok beauty tutorials, Gen Z and Gen A have become obsessed with Drunk Elephant, Bubble Skincare, and other prestigious brands — that parents can barely afford for themselves! — and Drew Barrymore’s preteen daughters are no different. The Drew Barrymore Show host opened up about her thoughts on skincare for the younger generations and what she thinks true beauty is about.

Safe Skincare

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 19: Drew Barrymore attends the 24th Annual Mark Twain Prize For American Humor at The Kennedy Center on March 19, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 19: Drew Barrymore attends the 24th Annual Mark Twain Prize For American Humor at The Kennedy Center on March 19, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

Barrymore partnered with Dove on #TheFaceof10 campaign to bring awareness of the skincare trend that causes “premature appearance anxiety in young girls.” She knows about this firsthand because her daughters Frankie, 9, and Olive, 11, love skincare products, too. “They’re really into skincare because that’s really a lot of what they see and what their friends are into. So I’m just always trying to keep track of what products are age-appropriate and not too active for their skin,” Barrymore told PEOPLE.

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The Charlie’s Angels alum shared that she wants to make sure her daughters are checking the ingredients and being sure not to use anti-aging products. “I just want to make sure that young girls, while they’re really invested and in love with skincare — and there are many things that they could be interested in that would be far more perilous — are making sure that their skin is safe and the messages they’re receiving are healthy,” she continued.

Inner Beauty

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Drew Barrymore attends the Harper's BAZAAR and Bloomingdale's Fête Celebrating Harper's BAZAAR Global ICONS Portfolio and Bloomingdale's 150th Anniversary at Bloomingdale's 59th Street Store on September 09, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Udo Salters/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 09: Drew Barrymore attends the Harper’s BAZAAR and Bloomingdale’s Fête Celebrating Harper’s BAZAAR Global ICONS Portfolio and Bloomingdale’s 150th Anniversary at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street Store on September 09, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Udo Salters/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

However, the most important thing for the Flower Beauty founder is to help kids focus on “the mental gym and what’s inside our heads” rather than outside beauty.

“That, to me, is more important than what’s in our beauty routine,” she said. “I think the things we tell ourselves inside our minds should remind us that beauty is for everyone. We can make sure the ingredients are age-appropriate, and the messages are really about the joy of it rather than worrying about anti-aging.” Yes, girl! It is so important to indulge your children’s interests while also making sure they are staying safe and keeping their focus on what really matters. Self-love is crucial.

The E.T. alum started wearing makeup when she was “8 or 9.”

“I had so much fun playing with color,” she told PEOPLE. “I think there are so many things girls can do to express themselves, but I’ve definitely seen how the trends, through social media, are so bullish on skincare. For me, beauty has always been about positive messaging at any age. I’m such a Dove girl, and they’re so ahead of the curve on talking about how we see ourselves versus how we think we should be seen, and the cause and effect of that. I think that’s a great responsibility that companies have, and I think Dove does it in a way that’s just so much more impactful.”

She also shared how much she doesn’t like the “anti-aging message” in general. “There’s no such thing as anti-aging. Aging is a privilege,” she said. Barrymore added, “I want every female at every age to know that with every single day and year, you tend to get better, a little wiser, a little more knowing, and a little more calm. Aging is such a beautiful thing.”

Esthetician’s Advice

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Dermatologist-trained esthetician Shani Darden of Shani Darden Facial Studio, who’s worked with stars like Jessica Alba and Shay Mitchell, told SheKnows recently that your teens and tweens only need three skincare products. “A gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen is sufficient,” Darden told us. “I recommend keeping it simple.”

“A great skincare routine doesn’t need to be complicated for young kids,” Darden added. “It can be as simple as washing your face in the morning and at night, wearing sunscreen everyday, and finding a great moisturizer for your skin type!” (And if you’re looking for great skincare products for your teens, check out our handy list HERE.)

Challenges of Motherhood

AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 19: Drew Barrymore poses for a photo in the Red Bull Racing garage during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of United States at Circuit of The Americas on October 19, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TEXAS – OCTOBER 19: Drew Barrymore poses for a photo in the Red Bull Racing garage during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of United States at Circuit of The Americas on October 19, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Beauty is just one area where Barrymore is protective over her kids. The 50 First Dates star told Us Weekly last month, “[Motherhood is] so surreal [for me],” she said. “When I see one of my kids going through something that reminds me of something I went through, I just go straight to fear, and then I have to talk myself off the ledge and get proactive and empathetic and [focus on] discipline and boundaries and guidance.”

She often asks herself, “How am I going to handle this? Do I have the skill set to fix this?” which is something many moms can relate to (including me!).

“I have no blueprint, a crazy track record, and there’s nothing I’ve ever wanted to get more right in my life,” Barrymore continued. “But it isn’t a matter of right and wrong. It’s a matter of doing your best.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Before you go, check out every celeb parent who took their kids to Taylor Swift’s Eras tour.

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