How 51-Year-Old Naomi Watts Gets Her Day—and Her Amazing Skin—into Shape
actor, producer, mom, and cofounder of ONDA Beauty
| actor, producer, mom,
and cofounder of ONDA Beauty
A routine is everything for Naomi Watts. “Nothing is ever regular being an actor, which is why we long for a call sheet,” says the Aussie expat, who lives in New York. “It’s made me into such a list person. I love not having to do all the thinking and planning—give me structure! With two kids, my mornings are normally just a race to get everything done, especially when I’m shooting.”
With acting projects temporarily on hold, she’s still juggling her roles as mom, producer, and cofounder of ONDA Beauty, four clean beauty boutiques (where you can find goop skin care, among other all-stars in the clean world) in New York, Sag Harbor, Notting Hill, and Sydney.
Watts first got into clean beauty on set. “Working in front of a camera under hot lights takes an incredible toll on your skin,” she says. “It’s not just the long days; it’s that there’s not just one session in the makeup chair: Makeup is reapplied all day long. It’s a lot of chemical wear and tear on your skin—and my skin started having reactions.” Her friend Larissa Thomson urged her to try clean beauty to soothe her skin into balance. “That change made a huge difference in my skin,” says Watts. “The results were there, plus everything smelled nice…win-win!” She teamed up with Thomson and Sarah Bryden-Brown to create ONDA as a way to “share the mission of clean beauty with our community and the world,” she says. “How we feed our skin shouldn’t be thought of any differently from how we feed our bodies.” Here, how she feeds her skin—as well as her body—most mornings.
6:45 a.m.: I’m definitely a morning person. I always wake up before my alarm goes off, unless I’ve had a bad night of sleep, which doesn’t happen too often but can if I’m traveling or anxious. I’ve been using a Lord Jones CBD tincture along with the de Mamiel Sleep Series to help.
7 a.m.: I spend ten minutes looking at my phone, checking emails and texts that may have come through from Australia or the UK. If there’s nothing pressing, I might switch over to the news, a Scrabble game, or Instagram. Then I need coffee. If I’m on top of things, I’ve prepared it the night before and just have to hit the “go” button. I never used to like filtered coffee. If you’ve lived in Australia, you’re quite snobby about your coffee, but it’s fair to say that not only have I switched over to drip—I’m on about two to three cups before I’m satisfied! I’m not that hungry first thing in the morning and usually eat a bit later, after I’ve exercised.
8 a.m.: I walk the dog, feed the bunny, make sure the kids are up, and start a list of everything that has to get done, like watering the plants in the garden. It’s quite meditative spending time out there. My mum always said that after fifty, it’s the place you most love to be. I’ll often listen to a podcast at the same time.
9 a.m.: Once I have the kids out the door (or in these shelter-in-place times, have them started on school), I join a streaming class. I love Taryn Toomey’s The Class. It’s such a good way to start the day—to move your body, as well as examine your thought patterns. It’s a real release. I also just discovered Isaac Calpito’s live Instagram workout (@isaacboots). He is hilarious and just the levity we need right now, but it’s also a really hard workout.
10 a.m.: I love the goop Microderm Exfoliator—I use it a couple of times a week before getting into a steaming-hot shower. It gives my skin this super glowy effect.
10:15 a.m.: In the shower, I love the G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo—it’s so foamy and hydrating, and my hair always feels extra shiny afterward. On mornings I don’t use the Microderm, I wash my face with a light cleanser, like the Baobab Clay Oxygenating one from African Botanics, which purifies and moisturizes at the same time.
10:35 a.m.: When I’m out of the shower, I do my skin prep. Depending on what’s on the agenda that day, I like to give myself a break from makeup, because I have to use it so much for work. Letting my skin breathe is so important, and the same goes with hair. Less is more. I always start with a face mist, then apply a face oil—Vintner’s Daughter or the one from Saint Jane. I often mix the oil into a moisturizer, like Barbara Sturm’s Face Cream Rich. Most days, I leave it at that. If I’m going somewhere, I use Beautycounter’s Dew Skin, which has SPF and leaves my skin dewy and full of life; RMS concealer; and Beautycounter lipstick in Orchid, which is the perfect day-to-night shade for me.
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11 a.m.: I’m usually starving by 11 a.m. I might make a green smoothie and add the Glow Powder from The Beauty Chef and have a big glass of water with a dash of their Hydration or Collagen Boost. I drink lots of water—it’s instant glowing skin. I might have a boiled egg, yogurt, or avocado toast, depending on how hungry I am.
11:30 a.m.: I meditate, if there’s time. Creating a clear intention is so much easier after meditating, and it’s such a good way to start the day.