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How to Do Olivia Wilde's Skincare Routine

She keeps things simple.
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Here on this blog, we like to get up-close and personal when examining all the beauty inspiration from the red carpet—and one of the celebs who never fails to impress is Olivia Wilde.

Obviously, she's stunning, and her eyes are a makeup artist's dream. But a big part of her appeal is ALSO her flawless, even-toned complexion. 

You might think she'd have to stick to a rigid skincare and treatment routine, like Gwyneth Paltrow's. But no. Olivia is surprisingly (annoyingly!?) low-maintenance.

"My skincare routine is very simple," she says. "I wash it, I moisturize it, I exfoliate once a week, and I try to drink water. How boring is this though? I'm convinced that it comes from within." 

Oh, and pregnancy hormones help, too. "Get knocked up! That's my skincare regimen. Having a kid is really good for your skin. I feel like my skin has been much better [since having a baby]."

Okay, maybe that's not the most practical tip for everyone to follow, but here's the lowdown on the rest of Olivia's routine:

Olivia's Morning Skincare Routine

1. Cleanser:

Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash.

Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash: "I try to use simple products that aren't toxic. Kate Somerville makes a great gentle cleanser."

Ingredients: Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG/PPG-8/3 Diisostearate, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Silicone Quaternium-8, Saponins, Butylene Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Hydroxide, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Zinc PCA, Citric Acid, Limonene, Linalool.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser: "I use the cheapest possible skin care—not because it's cheap, but because it's the best. Dermatologists have recommended it for years and I've never paid attention. But recently I started using Cetaphil cleanser and CeraVe moisturizer. They're gentle and simple."

Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben

2. Serum:

Terri Lawton Custom Serums: "I recently discovered an amazing facialist in LA, Terri Lawton, who concocts her own little potions for each patient. It's really fun; it feels like an apothecary making a special serum. It's all-natural and very simple. She's incredible. I think as I've gotten older, less is more and natural is usually better."

3. Moisturizer:

Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream.

Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream: "A good moisturizer is really important. I love Dr. Hauschka's Rose Day Cream. That's one of Gucci Westman's tricks—she slathers that stuff on like a mask, and it feels so good! It's even better if you keep it in the fridge and apply it when it's cold."

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Hypericum Perforatum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Sucrose Distearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Fragrance (Parfum), Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Limonene*, Citral*, Farnesol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Eugenol*, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Lanolin, Lecithin. *Component of natural essential oils.

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion.

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion: "When the weather is cold... I'll use a thicker moisturizer, but not much more."

Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20 and Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 20, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phytosphingosine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum.

4. Sunscreen:

Clarins Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50.

Clarins Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50: "I like a thin sunscreen—Clarins and Kiehl's make thin, milky ones. So does Kate Somerville. I always wear sunscreen because I'm so white."

Medicinal Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 10.9%, Homosalate 4%, Octocrylene 4%, and Oxybenzone 1.5%. Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Nylon-12, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Edta, Sanicula Europaea Extract, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Maltodextrin Crosspolymer, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Lapsana Communis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Ribes Nigrum(Black Currant) Bud Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cucumismelo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

Kiehl's Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+.

Kiehl's Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+

Medicinal Ingredients: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (5%) Oxybenzone (6%). Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Alcohol Denatured, Silica, Dicaprylyl Ether, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Nylon-12, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, Sodium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Methylparaben, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Disodium EDTA, Dodecene, Poloxamer 407

Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Waterlight Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA+++ Anti-Aging Sunscreen.

Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Waterlight Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA+++ Anti-Aging Sunscreen

Medicinal Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (8.3%) and Zinc Oxide (12.6%). Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Water, Isododecane, Dimethicone, Butyloctyl Salicylate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Glycerin, Caprylyl Methicone, Dicaprylyl Ether, Nylon-6/12, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Coconut Alkanes, Methylcellulose, Stearic Acid , Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, Lentinus Edodes Extract, Trehalose, Triacetin, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Urea, Sodium PCA, Parfum (Fragrance), Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 20, Polyquaternium-51, Carbomer, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Disodium EDTA, Benzoic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Alumina

"My mom, who's a fox, was always telling us to get out of the sun as kids. She'd be like, 'Get out of the sun, use moisturizer, take care of your skin.' She was a California teen, and fried her skin—she's aged beautifully, but she's always lamenting the fact that she used to bake in the sun with olive oil like they all did as teenagers in the '60s. So, from a young age, I was encouraged to take care of my skin."

Olivia's Evening Skincare Routine

1. Makeup Remover:

Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil.

Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil: "I take off my makeup with a few different oils. A natural oil takes it all off really well. I'm strict about clean skin. I just want to face plant into my pillow every night, but I know that if I stick to at least cleaning it and keep a simple regimen, it'll be okay. I'm pretty good about washing my face [and] moisturizing really well."

Ingredients: Zea Mays, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Myristate, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, Polyglyceryl-6 Dicaprate, Polyglyceryl-2 Oleate, Phenoxyethanol, Squalane, Simmondsia Chinenesis Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Dicaprylyl Ether, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Linalool, Tocopherol, Gernaiol, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract, 2-Oleamido-1, 3-Octadecanediol, Parfum 

2. Exfoliator:

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intense Exfoliator.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intense Exfoliator: "I exfoliate maybe once a week. I really like Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate scrub. It gives my skin a good, deep cleaning without irritating it. Anything that tingles convinces me it's working."

Ingredients: Water, Lactic Acid, Polyethylene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Pectin, Carica Papaya Fruit, Lactobacillus/Cucurbita Pepo Fruit, Ferment Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Papain, Bromelain, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Mel, Acetic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, Salicylic Acid, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cinnamal, Potassium Sorbate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol, Cinnamal, Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Beta-Carotene (CI 75130), Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex (CI 75810).

3. Moisturizer:

Weleda Iris Hydrating Night Cream.

Weleda Iris Hydrating Night Cream: "I'm not great at remembering all the other creams you can use—eye creams and all that. I keep it pretty low-key. No one has a perfect complexion. Makeup certainly helps, but it's not about slathering on foundation. It's about finding things that work for you, learning how and where to use concealer, and staying hydrated."

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Beeswax, Iris Germanica Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*. * from natural essential oils

Olivia's Skincare Treatments

Black Tea Bags:

"I'm not great about eye cream. Although I do use black tea bags that have been steeped and chilled—the caffeine is good for de-puffing. So, I just keep them in my bag. They work best cold."


Kate Somerville: "I love her salon in LA."

Olivia's Diet, Exercise and Lifestyle


Kimberly Snyder: "Experiencing Kimberly's food on set is what made me change the way I viewed living foods. It isn't all nuts and oils! Her food program will appeal to everyone and take away the fear associated with a greens-based diet."


"It's all over the map. Since I've been pregnant, I'm responding to my nutritional needs. I'm really trying to stay away from processed foods and cook as much as I can so I know what's going into my food. I'm using organic products when I can, GMO-free and as local as I can. But everything in moderation. I love a good Dorito!"

Water and Sleep:

"I just think as you get older, you should intensify the self-care a bit. It's internal, like the amount of water you're drinking and how much sleep you're getting."


SoulCycle: "I love to work out because it's therapy. I think it's often the only time we give to ourselves during the day. This year, I learned an important lesson—that exercise is really self-love. I like talking about this because it was an 'aha!' moment that shifted my perspective on exercise from being an obligatory, oppressive thing that I resisted, to a gift I give to myself. It's how I allow for peace and focus for myself during the day. It's all a matter of viewing it in that way. Suddenly, I don't weep at the idea of going to the gym. This is my time for me. There's something great about the in and out of SoulCycle. It's 45 minutes of extreme intensity."


"If you're happy and healthy, it shows. Cleanses and products don't make you look more beautiful. They certainly help, but if you reach contentment, you're set. My makeup artist, Mélanie Inglessis, couldn't figure out why my skin looks so good. I think it's because I'm happy!"


Close-up of Olivia Wilde's skin.

So how do you think Olivia's skin looks? She is 32, by the way.

I respect her dedication to self-care, and I think she's right that beautiful skin comes from within. At least when it comes to good health—I'm not sure if happiness alone necessarily translates to a flawless complexion. (For example, loads of happy people still suffer from conditions such as dryness or acne, so it's a bit more complicated than that!)

It's also admirable that her routine is so simple and gentle. She's not irritating her skin with harsh, sulfate-laden cleansers, nor is she over-exfoliating. Given that she doesn't have a single freckle or discolouration, I'm not surprised she is so devoted to sunscreen.

Since we know she is a client of Kate Somerville, she might be getting a little extra help to maintain her enviably even tone. Kate is known to use laser and light therapies, microneedling, chemical peels and so on. As for Botox and fillers? So far, Olivia is against them: "I think a lot of the fillers freak me out, and Botox makes everyone look like a wax candle, kind of like Madame Tussaud-esque weird—I can't get down with it. I mean, I don't want to be judgmental, but at the moment, that's a beauty trend I loathe."

If we're going to nit-pick here, I do see some minor (VERY minor) congestion and a few pitted scars around her jawline, likely from a teenage bout with acne. ("Young people always go after their acne like crazy and we destroy ourselves and have scars," she has said.)

But clearly, she's doing a lot of things right today! If I were to change anything here, I'd I choose safer moisturizers—i.e. without the oxidized plant oils I always warn against—and I believe mineral sunscreens are always preferable to chemical ones. 

What do you think of Olivia Wilde's skincare routine?
Have you tried any of the products or treatments she uses?

Thanks to ELLE, Refinery29ByrdieInStyle, Stylish by Us, PopSugar, Allure and Vanity Fair.

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