My Morning Routine
How Scarlett Johansson Gets Her Skin Ready in Under 3 Minutes
Written by: Jean Godfrey-June
Published on: January 24, 2023
SCARLETT JOHANSSON | actress, producer, and cofounder of The Outset
With two small children, one of the biggest careers in Hollywood, and a burgeoning clean skin-care brand, Scarlett Johansson finds her weekday mornings pretty stacked. Still, she builds in time for fun. “My favorite thing to do in the morning is get everyone in the bed for snuggles, including our dog, Pancake, who is usually crushed by a leg or a foot,” she says. She waits for the weekends to focus more intensely on the good stuff, however. “My husband [Colin Jost] and I work a lot, and our kids are also busy, so having time in the mornings on Sundays just to enjoy each other and laugh and catch up is a gift we all hugely appreciate,” she says. “Sometimes I force us all to watch classic movies, like Easter Parade. My daughter complains during the opening credits—what kid wouldn’t?—but she’s quickly swept away into the magic of the golden age. Sharing movies with her as she gets older is one of my greatest joys.” That and pancakes: “If it’s the weekend, I make pancakes. Or we go to breakfast as a family and order pancakes.” Below, how she navigates even the most challenging weekday morning.
Wake up to my iPhone alarm, which is usually set too loud and scares me. I’d invest in one of those gradual calming alarm clocks that wake you up with a glowing light, but I wouldn’t sleep all night because I’d be paranoid it wasn’t going to wake me. As soon as I’m up, I check my phone. Unfortunately.
I timed out my morning skin routine with my Outset products and it’s 2 minutes and 45 seconds. How’s that for efficiency? I follow the three-step regimen: our Gentle Micellar Antioxidant Cleanser and Firming Vegan Collagen Prep Serum, and I finish with Nourishing Squalane Daily Moisturizer. I wash and moisturize my face day and night (and sometimes more) with these three. I only use Outset products for my skin (really!), and I’m usually trying out new products that we are developing. I’ve recently been adding our Boosting Oil as part of my daily regimen because my skin is so dry in the winter that it cracks and peels. It’s the oil that keeps on giving. My husband uses it for his cuticles. And I use it on my hair as well.
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Teeth brushed and sweatsuit on, I wake my daughter to get ready for school. I hate getting up early for the bus, but I love helping my daughter get ready for school. Taking care of my children brings me great joy. I know someday she won’t want me to make her pigtails, so I try to enjoy every brushstroke while she’s still interested. And I make sure she eats something before we haul it to the bus.
Bus pickup accomplished: a huge win in the parenting department.
Back to the house to wait for my son to wake up. Colin and I use this as time to make coffee for each other.
My son wakes up for breakfast. Cuteness overload ensues. Colin and I love to sit with the baby and drink coffee and read books and chat.
Being physically active is part of my mental well-being: I train four days a week when I’m not shooting. (When I’m shooting, I train every weekday at 6 a.m., so late-morning workouts are a luxury.) I go either to meet my trainer, Eric Johnson, for circuit training or to Pilates. Finding Pilates a few years ago was game-changing for my mind and body. What I love about it is how when you’re doing it, you really cannot think of anything other than what’s going on with your body. It’s not a passive exercise. Being present in the moment is hard for me, though as I get older, I have an easier time accessing that space.
Time for a quick shower. I’ve been loving the GOOPGLOW Microderm exfoliating bodywash—it turns my shower into a spa.
Then I do a five-minute makeup routine to help get me out the door. I’ve been using our Ultralight Boosting Oil to thin out my foundation. I love Gucci Westman’s Vital Skin Foundation Stick for its clean formulation and even coverage. I use Tower 28 MakeWaves mascara; it gives great volume, but it’s not cakey. I also love the lip jelly in Wild.
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Since I’ve had only coffee before exercising, I have lunch afterward. I’m not strict with my diet. I’ll grab a breakfast wrap with eggs or a tuna sandwich. I wish I hated bagels, but I don’t.
Either I’m at the office for The Outset or These Pictures [Johansson’s production company] or I’m on a Zoom call for one or the other. I have a love-hate relationship with working from home, but ultimately being in the office physically is when I feel most productive. It’s also when The Outset team educates me about all things pertaining to TikTok and I can finally steal a bunch of products for my bathroom since I’m always running low, especially our serum, which I am totally addicted to.
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