On the HBO Series Westworld, actress Julia Jones is not allowed to age. That's because the 38-year-old's character, Kohana, is an artificially created being—an android—which means that by nature of her role, Jones's complexion is required to be flawless—and stay that way. Cultivating an HD-worthy skincare routine might be easier for more of a product nut, but Jones, whose beauty vibe is simpler and more natural, has had to come up with a way to balance her low-maintenance tendencies with the demand of playing an ageless robot on TV.
"I don't think of myself as any kind of health nut or beauty guru at all. It's just out of necessity," Jones tells us over the phone while on set. "I just need to have my face not feel like sandpaper when someone's trying to put makeup on it."
Jones actually never even had much of a skincare routine until her mid-30s, but her complexion proves it's never too late. "Aging is a major agent for health awareness because you simply can't get away with the lifestyle that you did in your 20s and teens," she says with a laugh.
Curious how Jones manages to stay looking so young with so little effort, we asked her to spill her entire routine. Keep scrolling to check out one of the smartest 30-something skincare regimens we've seen in quite a while.
On how stress management is the key to healthy skin:
"This probably sounds like such a cliché, but I'm a firm believer in how you look coming from how you feel. When I feel healthy, I emanate something that is just more beautiful than when I'm 'trying to be pretty.' So for me, the biggest hurdle is managing stress and exhaustion. Outside of trying to get as much sleep as possible and hydrating, I get massages regularly, and I'm a big fan of infrared saunas. I do them at least once a week. When I'm traveling and shooting, the first thing I do when I get to a new location is to try to find a health-food store, a massage place, and, if it's possible, an infrared sauna. It relaxes me, and you expel a lot of toxins, which helps with your skin, too."
On her no-frills, nontoxic skincare products:
"I don't have any complicated, 12-step routine, but I try to stay away from concoctions with a lot of chemicals. I use things that are gentler and more natural. Though chemicals are a spectrum, water is a chemical. People are always saying, 'That has so many chemicals; don't use that!' But what exactly does that mean? Everything is a chemical. But I try to listen to the hair and makeup people that I work with because they're not trying to sell me anything and have no agenda. So I really like two lines, which are both sort of mellow and holistic. One is Arcona. They have a White Tea Purifying Cleanser ($42) that I use before I go to sleep. It cleanses, tones, and exfoliates but doesn't make my skin feel dry. It's gentle. I like the way it smells—just like something natural. Not too fragrant. And there's a line called Osea that I also really love. I started using and loving their Hyaluronic Sea Serum ($88). It's this green serum; you just put a little bit on before their moisturizer ($48), which I use on top, and it kind of just locks in moisture. It feels great. And the other thing I always use every day is an SPF 50 or 60. I've been using Shiseido's ($40), which is light and really nice."
On her glowy-skin diet and supplements:
"I've had such a journey with this. I didn't really grow up having three proper nourishing meals. So in my teens and 20s, I was working a lot, and I lived on nothing but coffee and dark chocolate. That takes a toll on your body. It's not sustainable. It's essentially a sugar addiction, so you're constantly on this roller coaster. And the kind of energy you get from food that's nurturing is really different from the kind of energy you get from sugar or a quick fix. It's only been in the last three years that I've done an overhaul of my diet. I try to eat clean—a lot of salmon and fish. Because I spent most of last year in Canada and Upstate New York, I got this severe vitamin D deficiency. For six months, I had to take a prescription vitamin D supplement. But now I'm just on all these foods full of vitamin D, plus a lighter supplement. I'm into all sorts of vitamins now. If I know I'm going to be traveling a lot, I stock up on Source Naturals Wellness Formula ($32). Oil of oregano ($10) is also great. I take cranberry pills sometimes. And I'm very big on apple cider vinegar ($9), which is great for balancing the bacteria in your gut. And once, when I was so sleep deprived I couldn't even think straight, someone in Canada suggested this thing called Ortho Sleep ($32), which is a great all-natural combination of melatonin, which helps put you to sleep, and another time-released herb that helps with anxiety to keep you asleep.
"In the end, it's just about listening to your body—if you're in touch with it enough to hear it."
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