Ginny & Georgia ’s Brianne Howey Drops Her Skin Care Routine

Ginny & Georgia ’s Brianne Howey Drops Her Skin Care Routine

Ginny & Georgia, Netflix's hit dramedy that returns for season two on Thursday, January 5, is filmed in Toronto, which is a wonderful city but can wreak havoc on skin during winter months. No one knows that better than Brianne Howey, the Southern California native who plays the feisty and impulsive Georgia.

“I have combination skin, and it's tricky because in Toronto I needed so much more moisture,” she tells Glamour. On the other hand, having gone to college in New York and having worked in Chicago, London, and Atlanta, Howey is a pro at adjusting her skin care needs based on the city and the climate.

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On top of that, working 10-to-13-hour days means a lot of heavy makeup and touch-ups. “There's lots of emotional scenes, so you're taking makeup off, then reapplying,” she says. “That's where I feel like I have to take the most care of my skin.” So, during the holidays or on breaks between filming, the actor keeps her face bare, follows a dedicated skin care regimen, and gets facials every month.

“I go to Rita at Ava MD here in Los Angeles,” Howey says. “Her skin is remarkable. And that's how you know.” Among Howey's favorite treatment? Oxygen facials for “an automatic plumping effect.”

The extra TLC is much deserved, especially given the emotional wringer Howey's Georgia goes through in season two. “Secrets are exposed and there's no going back,” Howey previews. “Ginny certainly never looks at Georgia the same way—and it's brutal. But Georgia is also a woman who has a lot of willpower, and when Georgia puts her mind to something, she will get it done. And she knows that she's going to get Ginny back and that they're going to be okay.”

Antonia “Toni” Gentry (“Ginny”) and Brianne Howey (“Georgia”) in season two of Netflix's Ginny & Georgia

Ginny & Georgia on Netflix

Antonia “Toni” Gentry (“Ginny”) and Brianne Howey (“Georgia”) in season two of Netflix's Ginny & Georgia

Even so, Georgia changes a lot this season, which is a welcome development, given how dysfunctional her relationship with her kids can be. “One of my favorite parts about the season is that Ginny asks for help and it gets acknowledged that it's okay to not be okay,” Howey says. “And that is a tool that Georgia hasn't learned quite yet because her toolbox is very limited. She's never had parental figures or even adult figures that she could trust. And that's where Georgia starts to learn a lot from Ginny. We start to see Georgia have some seeds of self-awareness as to how she's controlling everyone and everything.”

Ahead, Howey walks us through her tried-and-true skin care routine that keeps her glowing and breakout-free, including the $5 lip balm that she swears by on- and offscreen. Read on for Glamour's latest edition of Drop the Routine.

My cleanser

I alternate between Revision Skincare Brightening Facial Wash and Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser. Revision's is a foaming cleanser that I just love. It's super clean and brightening. But when I'm breaking out a little bit more, I use the Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser. It's milkier. I don't know why that works if I'm more congested, but it's a dream. I leave it on for 30 seconds or a minute, and there's a slight cooling sensation. It just does wonders and I'm cleared up really fast. And I also use Burt's Bees towelettes for sensitive skin to help take off that first layer of makeup.

Revision Skincare Brightening Facial Wash

$40.00, Amazon

Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser

$38.00, Amazon

My toner/essence

I like using this HydroPeptide toner. It's just refreshing, and I feel like it balances everything. It gets rid of some redness, plus it's collagen boosting. A little goes a long way. And I have the Biologique Recherche P50 that says lotion, but I use it as a toner. Also, La Mer has one that it calls a lotion that is way heavier than the P50 and totally different, The Treatment Lotion La Mer. I don't always have to put something on after that. I use it more as a silky toner.

HydroPeptide Toner

$44.00, Dermstore

Biologique Recherche Lotion P50

$145.00, Amazon

La Mer the Treatment Lotion

$180.00, Sephora

My serum

Under Skin's Desire Sculpt Serum. They sell it at Ava MD. And then also SkinCeuticals Blemish and Age Defense Serum; if I am also feeling congested, I pop her on too. And also the La Mer Concentrate. I love using her. It feels very luxurious and a little goes so far.

Under Skin Desire Sculpt Serum

$209.00, Ava M.D.

SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense

$96.00, Dermstore

La Mer the Concentrate Serum

$425.00, Sephora

My moisturizer

I'm all about the Eminence Organic right now. They're really working. I see the results really fast. They have a really simple Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer that's just really light, which I use during the day. And then I'll use La Mer at nighttime for something thicker and heavier.

Eminence Organics Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer

$69.00, Dermstore

La Mer Créme de la Mer

$200.00, Sephora

My face oil

Drunk Elephant oil. She's just an amazing go-to. I feel like I can even use it in the summer when it's hot and I don't feel like I'm overly oily or overly moist.

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil

$68.00, Sephora

My eye cream

Under Skin has that duo that I love for morning and night. The results are just so fast. But then, if I'm drier, I use La Mer the Eye Concentrate. I love the little wand. Also, Skyn Iceland has those micro patches and I use them all the time. But they have these microneedle ones that help with dark circles. And Chantecaille's eye patches. They feel so good.

Under Skin Advanced Care Dual Eyes

$169.00, Under Skin

La Mer the Eye Concentrate

$260.00, Sephora

Skyn Iceland Dissolving Microneedle Eye Patches

$16.00, Ulta

Chantecaille Gold Energizing Eye Recovery Mask

$195.00, Saks Fifth Avenue

My face mask

I like the Drunk Elephant hydro mask, the blue one. I was using that nonstop in Toronto and now that it's colder. And then the Eminence Organic Probiotic Face Masque, that kind of goes with the face wash. I've been using that almost every night just to help keep my skin clear.

Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask

$50.00, Sephora

Eminence Organic Clear Skin Probiotic Masque

$62.00, Dermstore

My spot treatment

It's very simple. Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion, and the Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion. I take them everywhere with me. I probably use them every day. I probably use it too much. I love it.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

$17.00, Sephora

Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion

$19.00, Sephora

My face mist

I didn't discover Caudalie until I was in Paris this summer. Obsessed. I use it too much. I go through a bottle every two weeks. She smells so good. My girlfriend also swears by it for hangovers.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir Face Mist

$49.00, Sephora

My sunscreen

I love the Drunk Elephant Tinted Sunscreen because I don't like putting makeup on after I have the sunscreen on. So a tinted sunscreen is always my favorite. I'm also fair, so I love anything that can help. And then Supergoop!'s Unseen Sunscreen. I've never had a bad reaction.

Drunk Elephant Umbre Tint Daily Defense SPF 30

$36.00, Sephora

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

$44.00, Sephora

My lip balm

Very simple. Burt's Bees, again tinted. I used the color ones, especially Daisy. We actually do use them a lot for Georgia, because she always has so much color on all the time. But I was using them before that anyway. I also feel like I don't have to reapply as much as I would with some other [lip balms]. And also Dr. Pawpaw, which is just phenomenal and easy. I discovered that in Australia, which is also here. I love it. And you can put anywhere.

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Daisy

$5.00, Target

Dr. Pawpaw Multipurpose Soothing Balm

$11.00, Ulta

My devices

I have a Clarisonic that I use all the time. It helps cut my routine down. And a facial steamer. I have a Vanity Planet one. After five minutes it really reduces fine lines. You're just plumper, smoother. It's like living somewhere humid without having to live somewhere humid. And it has a cold mist option to help close the pores too.

Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Facial Skin Cleansing Brush System

$140.00, Amazon

Vanity Planet steamer


Jessica Radloff is the Glamour senior West Coast editor and author of the New York Times best-selling book The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series.

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