Tracee Ellis Ross Believes Aging Is an Honor

Among the many talents of Tracee Ellis Ross, the actor is particularly proud of her packing skills. “I’m a very organized person, so I don’t forget to bring something,” she tells Glamour. 

It’s not a surprising fact, given that Ross has been in the industry basically her whole life. The daughter of singer Diana Ross, Tracee Ellis Ross began her career at a young age before carving out her own legacy with shows like Girlfriends and Black-ish. And her work keeps her constantly on the go and plenty busy—aside from acting, Ross is the founder of hair care brand Pattern Beauty. Just this week she teamed up with DoorDash and Sephora to launch a new partnership to bring your favorite beauty products straight to your door. Ross insists that she never forgets her favorite skin care and makeup when she packs, but she loves the new DoorDash feature for its pure instant gratification. 

“I flew to New York and didn’t want to check a large moisturizer, like my favorite new one from Dr. Barbara Sturm,” she says. “It’s a great moisturizer that really hydrates your skin but also doesn’t leave you shiny and greasy. You can just order it and it ends up at your hotel.”

Her other favorite products at the moment? “There are a couple of products that I can’t function without, like the Pattern Leave-In Conditioner or the Pattern Styling Cream. I’m also not a person who can take a shower without putting body moisturizer on. Hydration for me is my beauty secret. I am also addicted to the lip mask from Tatcha; it’s called Kissu.” 

Ahead, Ross shares her best beauty advice, her favorite hype music, and the secret to happy hair for Glamour’s Big Beauty Questions.

Glamour: What is one beauty trend right now that you’re obsessed with?

Tracee Ellis Ross: Lymphatic drainage and dry brushing. I’ve always been a dry brusher, but now I feel like there is so much more really good information out there for how to dry-brush and the benefits of it. I’m a person who doesn’t drink coffee. If I’m extra tired in the morning, a nice little quick dry-brush in the right order is fantastic.

I have a lymphatic-drainage massage therapist that I go to in Paris. Her name is Olfa. I have been looking for someone in LA, but I follow two different people on Instagram that teach me lymphatic drainage things to do. As a menopausal, 50-year-old woman, I’m like, “Yes, lymphatic drainage.” Especially because I don’t do any fillers or Botox or Morpheus or all these things. I prefer hand touch. I don’t know if you call that a trend, but I’ll take it. I wish you could order that on DoorDash and Sephora, so a lymphatic-drainage massage therapist could come to my door.

What was the first beauty product you ever used?

I don’t remember the actual first beauty product. As a kid I was a big Keri Lotion user. When I was in my early teens and learning my hair, I was obsessed with Aveda Elixir and Cherry Almond Conditioner. And then they stopped making them. I went to every store so I could find that Aveda Elixir, and I kept it in my refrigerator. Eventually it went bad, duh, but I thought it would last longer in my fridge. Eventually, I not only found other products but then created the holy grail that is the Pattern Leave-In that I think is better. But I was obsessed, and it was one of the key products that helped me figure my hair out.

Fill in the blank. I love my hair when____.

When I have, and this is genuinely the truth, used the Pattern Beauty Transition Mask, then shampooed with the Hydration Shampoo, the Intensive Conditioner, and then put the Leave-In Conditioner in. And I let my hair dry naturally, air dry, not even diffuse. My hair is my dream hair. It’s just hydrated. Happy Tracee natural hair.

Fill in the blank. I feel most beautiful when___.

I’m going to say at sunset, that golden hour when I’m quietly at home and have on sweatpants and a clean face. I feel most beautiful when I have a clean face—not just clean, no makeup, but I’ve just washed my face and hydrated. It’s not glamorous. If you were to ask me when I feel most glamorous, that would be a different answer. I feel the sexiest when I have black eyeliner around my eyes. I don’t know what it is about black eyeliner, but that smolder that’s really black and sort of mushy. When that is all over my eyes and some crazy mascara, I feel really sexy. But most beautiful is a clean, refreshed face. That golden-hour sun going down, home in my sweatpants quietly.

What’s your go-to getting ready music?

I love me Rihanna and some Beyoncé. That new Beyoncé album, I cannot turn that off. I would say Beyoncé and Rihanna, if I’m heading out, if I’m trying desperately to stay up after 10 p.m. But just getting ready to go to dinner, I love a Sampha. Sampha or Mustafa the Poet. That vibe is really great for getting myself ready to go to dinner, which is really my favorite version of going out. A 7 p.m. dinner. 

If you could change one thing about beauty perceptions on social media or in Hollywood, what would that be?

I don’t understand the obsession with antiaging. I think it is an honor to age, and so many people shy away from it and don’t want to tell their age. I love getting older. I look at women who are steps ahead of me and see so much beauty and wisdom in them. This obsession with youth that we have in our world is confusing to me because I wouldn’t go back if you paid me. There’s nothing wrong with being young. It’s beautiful. There are so many wonderful parts of that. But trying to stay that way, I just never understood. If we would let go of that, people could really just revel in how much deeper and more beautiful people get as they get older.

Ariana Yaptangco is the senior beauty editor at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @arianayap.

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