'I Tried Olivia Wilde’s Super Stripped-Back Natural Skincare Routine '

Perdita Nouril
·4-min read

From Women's Health

There's no debate about it: Olivia Wilde has great skin. The actress and director, 37, has the sort of lit-from-within glow that befits her Hollywood status. So, when it comes to products, what does she put on her face?

Wilde is a fan of 'clean beauty.' Now, this is a slightly ambiguous term, with no concrete, legal definition. Adherents will often say it centres 'natural ingredients', which might refer to things that are distilled from purely natural sources, like, say, rosehip oil, which is made by pressing rosehip seeds, but which, again is not legally defined. They might also mention eliminating more aggressive and synthetic ingredients, like parabens and drying alcohols.

Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the 'clean beauty' movement. I think it implies that there's something 'dirty' about other products. It's also worth noting that any product sold in the UK market has to go through rigorous testing and would never be sold if deemed at all unsafe. But in my quest to walk on the Wilde side, I ditched my go-to skincare for two weeks in order to try out stuff Olivia attributes her gleaming complexion to. Here's how I got on.

What skincare does Olivia Wilde use?

1. Cleanser

'In the morning and evening, I wash my face with the True Botanicals Clear face wash to keep acne at bay. It's really gentle,' Olivia told Harper's Bazaar. (Note: the star is an ambassador for the company.)

'If I'm leaving a workout, and am too lazy to shower, I use Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes to clean my skin as I hop on the subway. They clean and moisturise, which is very helpful.'

I was worried Olivia's cleanser might be a little stripping on my skin as it's specifically marketed towards those with congested and acne-prone complexions, which mine is not. But the black willow bark extract (championed as nature's version of salicylic acid) left my skin feeling clean and hydrated – not stripped.

2. Oil

'I use the brand's face oils, too. If I'm having breakouts, I use the one they have for clearing up skin. I use [it] on the bottom of my face. That’s where I tend to break out with hormonal acne, like on my chin and my cheeks,' she said in the same interview.

'I'd always struggled with hormonal adult acne. I didn't understand that a face oil could be an antibacterial treatment and completely clear up my skin.'

Packed with nourishing oils like hemp, pumpkin and grape seed together with antibacterial helichrysum - this is a really great oil for those with blemish-prone skin. It’s full of omega-3 and 6 essential fatty acids that help to restore your skin’s barrier function, keeping skin hydrated and plump, without clogging pores. It's a 'yes' from me.

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3. Serum

'I mix [the serum] with the vitamin C powder three times a week. It makes my skin feel younger, without burning off five layers of skin,' says Olivia.

Containing a blend of niacinamide, black willow bark extract and hyaluronic acid, the filmmaker's favourite serum has a nice consistency and feels really hydrating on my skin. I'm a big vitamin C user (FYI: I've never burnt off my skin when applying it...) and so I really like how this powdered version can be blended with your favourite water-based product, meaning its potency stays at its most stable.

4. Bronzing tint

Wilde is a big fan of this make-up and skincare hybrid. Yes, it is a bronzer. But, because it's formulated with a calming blend of beeswax and olive oil, it's really hydrating. This baby also contains anthyllis and witch hazel, which work to tone and firm the skin.

I'm already a big fan of Dr Hauskcha. Their body oils and rose day cream are just incredible at keeping my face and limbs super soft. So, it was no surprise that this also ticked all the boxes. I really wasn't expecting it to have such great skincare benefits, plus the colour adds the perfect amount of warmth to my skin.

Olivia Wilde's Skincare Routine: My verdict

Olivia's routine is really simple, which I like. The vitamin C powder is definitely a winner for me, and I'll probably continue to use it. However, while it's nice to try natural, I’ll never give up my exfoliating acids or retinol. The reality is, they're the products that are responsible for really getting my skin to glow.

The one newbie I'll definitely be taking into my routine? The Dr H bronzing tint because it really does double up as make-up meets skincare. I'm totally sold.

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