Kerry Washington shares her ultimate beauty secrets for glowing, healthy-looking skin

Beloved Scandal actress—and skincare enthusiast—Kerry Washington is carrying many hats, and being a Neutrogena brand ambassador is just one of them. And we’re grateful for that, because it means we got to catch up with her about her skincare secrets, including her most coveted tips and tricks. washington gives Prevention the lowdown on how she keeps her complexion glowing with her favorite products, including one she loves so much she just had to share with strangers on a recent vacation (more on that later).

With summer skincare on his mind, Washington sat down with Prevention to discuss all things healthy skin and suncare, her passion for skincare activism, and some fun personal stories along the way.

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“SPF is part of my daily ritual,” Washington says of her skincare routine. “It’s really, really important to start incorporating it into your routine and not to think of SPF as the icing on the sundae but the sundae itself, right?” Right! The (sunscreen) queen has long been open about her passion for sun protection and is eager to help people understand that skin cancer is preventable. After all, the Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention (CDC) states that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and recommends the use of sunscreen as a preventive measure.

His interest in solar education is just one of the reasons Washington is proud to work with the brand. “Over the past two years I’ve been able to do some really fun things like In the sun, our award-winning documentary,” says Washington. The Emmy-winning actress produced the documentary-style film to help dispel the belief that people, especially in communities of color, don’t need sunscreen, which can be extremely harmful. The film raises awareness of skin and sun health through first-person and expert testimonials, to inspire people to adopt better sun protection habits.

She adds, “We want everyone to look good, it’s a beauty business,” she says. “But it really comes from somewhere much deeper. It comes from this place of health and well-being.

So what’s the star’s favorite SPF right now? “I’m a little torn,” she admits, but eventually gushes over the entire unseen daily line of defense. “I love that this line is actually called Invisible Daily Defense, because SPF isn’t just for the beach,” says Washington. “Our beach defense is amazing for this time when you know you are going to be very exposed, but we really need to incorporate SPF into our daily routine: The serum on your face, lotion on your hands, having a stick in your purse, in the car.

It’s true: Washington loves Invisible Daily Defense sunscreen so much, she even shares it with strangers! “I was on vacation last summer and there was a couple next to me who didn’t have SPF with them,” she recalls. “I was like, ‘Oh I got one!’ and I shared my invisible daily defense with them. She even let them keep it. “I felt like I had to say, ‘just you know, I work for the company!’ I didn’t want them to feel like they were harangued for something, but I’m really proud of the line,” notes the star.

“It’s really invisible on any skin tone, which is such an achievement,” she says. “The fact that it’s water resistant is amazing.” The entire line is expertly formulated with antioxidants like Vitamin E to further fight free radicals, pollution, cold and ozone. The products also help give skin a radiant, glowing finish, much like Washington’s, while leaving it super soft and smooth.

Although sun protection is one of the most important aspects of her skincare routineWashington also revealed some personal tips to explain her healthy glow.

The first step? Hydration. Drinking water is really important,” self-proclaimed wetness lover highlighted. “It’s all about hydration, hydration, hydration!”

Double cleansing is also an essential part of the skincare guru’s routine. “It’s all about cleaning… so I like to use the wipes and then I love to use a cleanser. Washington explains that she changes her cleansers based on the time of day, and right now she’s leaning toward the Hydroboost Cleaner in the morning and a thorough cleaning in the evening with the Ultra Mild Moisturizing Cleanser (Creamy). “And then I’m all about a serum,” she continues. “I mean the right serum can multitask in so many ways: hydration, primer, SPF. So for me, that’s important.

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While the actress is passionate about the basics, Washington offered some After skincare secrets (and we were captivated). Enter: skincare superstars, retinol and vitamin C. Retinol (see: Fast Wrinkle Repair) is “super accessible, easy to use – it’s a great entry-level product for people who haven’t used a lot of retinol but want to give it a try,” she explains. She also likes the vitamin C capsules which are “fantastic for renewing and refreshing the skin”.

Washington leaves us with one last piece of advice: face massage. “For me, facial massage is really big and important,” the star mentions. “Because it’s really a way to stimulate the cells in the face and wake up your facial muscles, and get the blood flowing.”

We hope you’re taking notes on all of these amazing skincare tips, tricks, and recommendations, because we sure are. Below, easily find the skincare superstar’s most beloved products, so we can all get that Kerry Washington glow.

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