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Jenna Ortega admits she’s struggled with a skin-care routine in the past, so when she says she’s been using a product every day for years, you (a) immediately believe her, and (b) know it must work. “I’ve been using Neutrogena’s Pink Grapefruit Acne Wash since I was 13,” says the actor. “I have combination skin, but it doesn’t dry out my skin, and it smells amazing.”
That’s the reason Ortega was super excited when the brand approached her to be one of their ambassadors. “It was definitely a pinch-me moment,” she shares. “To have grown up with their products and loved them for so long, it’s just really cool.”
Ortega’s been working since she was nine years old, so she’s picked up plenty of skin-care and makeup tips along the way. From starring in the Disney Channel series Stuck in the Middle to a major role on Netflix’s dramatic thriller, You, we asked Ortega—currently starring opposite Jennifer Garner in the Netflix movie Yes Day—to share what she’s learned. Time for another round of Glamour’s Big Beauty Questions!
What is one beauty rule you swear by?
My best friend told me to wash my pillowcases and sheets once a week, and it changed my life. Little things like that make such a difference for your skin. And always wear sunscreen. I love Neutrogena’s new Ultra Sheer 55 Face Mist. It’s not too thick, and it’s literally two spritzes before I walk out the door. I keep it in my car as well so I never forget.
What is one beauty rule you think is B.S.?
Everyone feeling like they have to draw on or fill in their eyebrows the same way. Social media has impacted how we view certain trends, and we’re always thinking about our image, but beauty is subjective. Your face is your canvas and place to play, so don’t feel like you have to style yourself a certain way or look a certain way just because it will get you the most likes.
What is the best beauty advice your mom ever gave you?
Consistency and routine. I’ll become super obsessed with something and then drop it, especially with my work hours. So my mom has taught me to commit to a routine. I’ve noticed that if I don’t, my skin will often break out more.
Fill in the blank: I love my hair…
When my baby hairs don’t try to crawl to the other side of my face. [Laughs.] I have like three different cowlicks in my hair, and a bunch of baby hairs, so my baby hairs on my left side will stray to my right side, and vice versa. I can never just have a perfect middle part unless my hair is professionally done because my baby hairs like to fight me!
If you can only use three products for the rest of your life, what would they be?
A hair brush for sure. And if I do wear makeup, I’m obsessed with lashes, so I love the Neutrogena HydroBoost mascara. And a jade roller. When I get stressed out, I don’t sleep very well, and then my face tends to get very puffy in the morning, so that helps soothe my skin.
Do you have a perfume or fragrance that you love?
$108.00, Marc Jacobs
What is your favorite way to take a moment for yourself?
I love to read and write. I’ve been driving to the beach and reading and listening to some good music. Right now I’m reading Ralph Waldo Emerson. He has an essay called “Self Reliance” that has always been one of my favorite essays.
Originally Appeared on Glamour