Kerry Washington Swears by a $6 Cleanser To Keep Her Eczema-Prone Skin Glowing at 43

Jake Smith
·2 min read
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Photo credit: Instagram

From Good Housekeeping

  • Kerry Washington opened up about her skincare routine in a new video.

  • The 43-year-old actress explained that she has eczema, which can make her skin dry, itchy and cracked if she uses irritating products.

  • To keep her skin hydrated, Washington uses Neutrogena’s Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser as her first step.

Thanks to face masks, constant stress and being stuck inside all day, pretty much everyone has had some trouble with their skin this year. But Little Fires Everywhere star Kerry Washington says you don’t need to shell out the big bucks to find products that keep your complexion in check. In fact, her favorite drugstore face wash is made specifically for sensitive skin and leaves her looking like, well, Kerry Washington.

In a recent Vogue Beauty Secrets video, the 43-year-old actress revealed that she’s long dealt with skin issues. “I’ve always had to think a lot about my skin because I have eczema,” she said. “I started going to dermatologists when I was a kid and really paying attention to what works and what doesn’t.”

The first product in her skincare routine — and the one she credits with helping keep her eczema in check — is Neutrogena’s Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser. And unlike most other celeb skincare picks, this one only costs $6.

“I’m really obsessed with this Ultra Gentle Cleanser,” Washington said in the video. “For me, it’s not just about looking cute; it’s also really about being able to have skin that’s healthy and not too itchy and cracked, and all that stuff that happens with eczema.” (Worth mentioning: She’s been a Neutrogena spokesperson for years, but we’re inclined to take her word for it — especially since the product is so beloved by online reviewers and dermatologists alike.)

The Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser has nearly 7,000 reviews on Amazon, where shoppers rave that it lives up to its name. “I have dry, sensitive skin and am allergic to many facial products, including many labeled hypoallergenic and for sensitive skin,” one reviewer wrote. “This cleanser is fantastic. It removes make-up, but leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. Best of all, I’m not allergic to it.”

After cleansing, Washington follows up with a moisturizer she’s “addicted” to: Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel — which also goes for just $16. The product is packed with hyaluronic acid, which attracts water to the skin to plump and hydrate. “Moisture, for me, is the key to it all,” she said.

Well, she’s clearly doing something right!

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