Naomi Watts’s clas­sic clean-beauty phi­los­o­phy

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What’s your ap­proach to beauty? In one word, clean. Has that al­ways been the case? As I got older—that’s not a dirty word, by the way—my skin started chang­ing. Years ago I worked 12-to-16-hour days on a TV show for six months. I was un­der spot­lights, and my makeup was be­ing reap­plied all day long. My skin started re­act­ing, get­ting itchy and red. A friend, Larissa Thomson, who’d been do­ing a deep dive into the clean-beauty cat­e­gory, had me try­ing dif­fer­ent prod­ucts, and I saw a great re­ac­tion. Think about it: If you take out the chem­i­cals, ev­ery­thing’s go­ing to be bet­ter on sen­si­tive skin.

Is that what led you to cre­ate Onda Beauty, your com­pany that cu­rates clean-beauty prod­ucts?

Larissa was de­vel­op­ing this idea, and my good friend Sarah Bry­den-brown was in­volved in start-ups, so I in­tro­duced them. I kept try­ing prod­ucts from Larissa, and they asked me to be their part­ner. The busi­ness is com­ing up on its third year.

So are you rub­bing $500 face cream on your feet now just be­cause you can? [laughs] Well, yeah, we get ev­ery­thing for the face, feet, hands, and body. We’ve got roughly 70 brands that we stock or sell, and peo­ple are con­stantly ask­ing, “Will you con­sider this?” We’re vet­ting things all the time. My bath­room is ridicu­lous. It’s filled with far too many po­tions, like an apothe­cary! You can’t re­ally re­verse ag­ing, un­less you’re do­ing highly so­phis­ti­cated things with ma­chines and knives, but I think you can slow down the ag­ing process by treat­ing skin the right way—do­ing the dou­ble cleanse, ex­fo­li­at­ing, us­ing the right creams.

Are you as de­voted to makeup? I’m not fuss­ing over my hair and makeup. I don’t think I’ve ever done any­thing re­ally out-there for beauty. Ex­cept once, I did this Rus­sian mas­sage where two men whack you with bram­ble branches. It did make the cir­cu­la­tion flow and left my skin all soft and smooth, but it seemed so ab­surd—i felt like I was be­ing punked.

Who do you text when you have a beauty ques­tion? Larissa, and I also talk to Taryn Toomey. She’s a friend and, for lack of a bet­ter term, a well­ness war­rior. I’ve been tak­ing her class for eight years. She’s all about ad­dress­ing your fears, anger, rage, then re­leas­ing them with the right type of mu­sic. You get to a point where you’ve done a lot of phys­i­cal ex­er­tion, then this great song comes on and you can’t push out one more bead of sweat, and it sud­denly turns into tears. It feels so good, like you’ve just gone to an in­cred­i­ble rave.

Is there room for rosé in your well­ness reg­i­men? A nice glass of wine with your friends never hurt any­one. And this sum­mer while in Italy, I took a shine to Aperol spritzes. I fully be­lieve in good times; lifestyle is ev­ery­thing.


Dr. Bar­bara Sturm Sun Drops SPF 50, $145; onda Eir NYC Surf Mud Pro, $30; ond­ Sun­tegrity Skin­care Nat­u­ral Mois­tur­iz­ing Face Sun­screen & Primer and 5 in 1 Nat­u­ral Face Mois­tur­izer Sun­screen, $45 each; ond­abeauty .com.

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