How to Do Tracee Ellis Ross’ Skincare Routine

Her secrets to "clean and glowy" skin.
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"I like my skin best when it's clean and glowy, and that comes from sleep, hydration and happiness," says Tracee Ellis Ross.

At 46 years old, the Black-ish star is all about an inside-out approach to skincare that allows her to wear as little makeup as possible.

It starts with a whole foods diet, lots of rest, and then "hydrating internally and externally," as she revealed in interviews with Elle and Harper's Bazaar. "There's a lot of oils and hydration that I use. I love moisturizing."

But if you follow Tracee on Instagram, you know that she's ALSO a beauty gadget junkie. 

"I try every beauty tool, toy, trick, vibrating ball, mask, roller thing. I spend a lot of time doing that because I don't wear a lot of makeup on camera... and they wake my face up and make me feel like the happiest, juiciest version of myself. I don't drink coffee, so those rollers are like my coffee!"

Tracee Ellis Ross skincare routine

Photo: @traceeellisross

Here's the lowdown on Tracee's favourite products, treatments and more:

Tracee’s Morning Skincare Routine

1. Cleanser:

Julisis Gold Wash Day

Julisis Gold Wash Day

Julisis Gold Wash Day: "In the morning, I wash with Julisis Gold Wash Day."

2. Cleansing Brush:

Clarisonic Mia Smart 3-in-1 Connected Sonic Beauty Device

Clarisonic Mia Smart 3-in-1 Connected Sonic Beauty Device

Clarisonic: "I use the gentle brush on it."

3. Serums: 

Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum: "I'm obsessed with it. When I put this on I look like I've slept for two days straight! When you wake up... apply this serum and you're fueled for the day! It just smells so good. Smell it, doesn't it just make you want to be a better person?"

Julisis Liquid Gold Drink

Julisis Liquid Gold Drink

Julisis Liquid Gold Drink: "[My facialist] makes me a serum that I usually put on first, or I will alternate and use Julisis Liquid Gold Drink."

4. Moisturizers:

CosMedix Phytoharmony Balancing Moisturizer

CosMedix Phytoharmony Balancing Moisturizer

CosMedix Phytoharmony Balancing Moisturizer: "CosMedix Phytoharmony is my favourite moisturizer because it dries matte."

Retrouve Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer

Retrouvé Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer

Retrouvé Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer: "[My skincare saviour is] Retrouvé Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer."

5. Sunscreens:

Epicuren X-Treme Cream Propolis Sunscreen SPF 45

Epicuren X-Treme Cream Propolis Sunscreen SPF 45+

Epicuren X-Treme Cream Propolis Sunscreen SPF 45+: "For sunblock, Epicuren X-Treme Cream. It's a propolis sunscreen, with 45+ broad spectrum. It's my favourite sunscreen because it leaves a natural glow on the skin. You know how sometimes sunscreen makes your skin dull? Like it adds a sheer white mask? The bee pollen gives you that natural sheeny glow, which I love. It looks natural. Some sunscreens are not great if you're a person of colour."

Luzern La Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen

Luzern La Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen

Luzern La Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen: "It's one of my go-to sunblocks."

6. Foundation:

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Finish Foundation SPF 15

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Finish Foundation SPF 15 in Golden

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Finish Foundation SPF 15: "Bobbi Brown is my foundation. I use the long-wear foundation in Golden, and in the summer when I'm tan, I add a little bit of Warm Walnut into it. [But] in general I don't like to wear foundation; I'm not a fan of the look. I like my skin fresh and natural enough so my freckles show through."

7. Blush:

MAC Powder Blush in Fleur Power

MAC Powder Blush in Fleur Power

MAC Powder Blush: "[I wear] MAC Powder Blush in Fleur Power. Or I just squeeze my cheeks; I'm not a big makeup wearer."

8. Lip Balm:

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer SPF 15

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer SPF 15

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer SPF 15: "I love Neutrogena lip moisturizer and have been using it since high school. For real."

Tracee’s Nighttime Skincare Routine

1. Makeup Remover:

Shiseido Facial Cotton

Shiseido Facial Cotton

Shiseido Facial Cotton: "To remove my makeup, I use Shiseido Facial Cotton, the little squares. They don't have any edges on them so nothing hurts the skin around my eyes."

Bioderma Sensibio H2O

Bioderma Sensibio H2O

Bioderma Sensibio H2O: "I use two [Shiseido Facial Cotton squares] with Bioderma [Sensibio H2O] to take my mascara off and I usually hold it on my eyes until the makeup dissolves, and then I really rub to get it all the way off. Then I use two other cotton squares to take off all of the makeup."

2. Cleansers:

Retrouve Luminous Cleansing Elixir

Retrouvé Luminous Cleansing Elixir

Retrouvé Luminous Cleansing Elixir: "It's my skincare staple."

CosMedix Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser

CosMedix Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser

CosMedix Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser: "I wash with a product called Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser by Cosmedix." 

3. Cleansing Brush:

Clarisonic Mia Smart 3-in-1 Connected Sonic Beauty Device

Clarisonic Mia Smart 3-in-1 Connected Sonic Beauty Device

Clarisonic: "I use a Clarisonic, night and morning."

4. Serums:

Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum: "Then I apply Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum."

Julisis Facial Serum Oil

Julisis Facial Serum Oil

Julisis Facial Serum Oil: "Or I'll use Julisis Facial Oil and mix it with Rescue Balm & Mask, which is also from CosMedix and is a very thick balm, and I mix that in for night or if I'm feeling really dry, I'll do that. I'm literally like a chemist, I have tons of things."

5. Moisturizers:

La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream

La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream

La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream: "Either La Mer...."

CosMedix Rescue Intense Hydrating Balm & Mask

CosMedix Rescue Intense Hydrating Balm & Mask

CosMedix Rescue Intense Hydrating Balm & Mask: "Or CosMedix Rescue, a balm mask."

6. Lip Balm:

Biologique Recherche Biokiss Repairing Lip Balm

Biologique Recherche Biokiss Repairing Lip Balm

Biologique Recherche Biokiss Repairing Lip Balm: "[I can't live without] Biologique Recherche Biokiss Repairing Lip Balm."

Tracee’s Skincare Treatments

Facials:

Terri Lawton: "When I'm working, I usually get facials every other week to keep my skin really clean. I've been going to Terri Lawton since 2000... it's been a really long time. I kind of follow what she's doing—I mean, I've been seeing her for so long and my skin seems to be working out pretty well. Literally all of my glow and my skin, I attribute to her. She takes care of my skin. But she doesn't do extraction. She really just sort of deals with your skin and the juiciness of your skin, and I love it."

Face Masks:

Biologique Recherche Masque VIP O2

Biologique Recherche Masque VIP O2

Biologique Recherche Masque VIP O2: "Most of the masks that I use are from Biologique [Recherche]. I load the oxygen mask on my face, wash it off...."

Biologique Recherche Creme Masque Vernix

Biologique Recherche Creme Masque Vernix

Biologique Recherche Creme Masque Vernix: "Then put on the Vernix."

Biologique Recherche Masque Collagene Caviar

Biologique Recherche Masque Collagene Caviar

Biologique Recherche Masque Collagene Caviar: "Sometimes I do a collagen mask after that."

Face Rollers:

ReFa Carat Face

ReFa Carat Face

ReFa Carat Face: "Every swipe, I get younger. Forty-three, 42, 41... 18, 17, 15. Guys, I am like 12!"

Allegra Baby Magic Globes

Allegra Baby Magic Globes

Allegra Baby Magic Globes: "Blue balls... to give myself a tight chin."

Amuliss 24k Gold Skin Care Face Massager

Amuliss 24k Gold Skin Care Face Massager

Amuliss 24k Gold Skin Care Face Massager: "I do wonder if this little vibrating tool could do double duty."

Light Therapy:

LightStim for Wrinkles LED Light Therapy Device

LightStim for Wrinkles LED Light Therapy Device

LightStim for Wrinkles LED Light Therapy Device: "I also love light therapy for the skin. I have a LightStim red light that I travel with." 

Tracee’s Diet, Exercise and Lifestyle

Diet:

"I mostly stay away from dairy, gluten and sugar, and I eat organically. I'm a big believer in whole foods and live foods—as in lots and lots of veggies. When I eat sugar I literally see it on my face the next day."

Water:

The Mountain Valley Spring Water

The Mountain Valley Spring Water

The Mountain Valley Spring Water: "The other thing I do is drink water. I love water out of glass, not out of plastic. It tastes so much better. I'm known for carrying a green glass water bottle everywhere with me. I'm a Mountain Valley Water girl... it's my favourite water. It feels like I'm drinking from a waterfall."

Exercise:

Tracy Anderson Method: "I work out regularly, mostly so I can eat what I want. I've been doing the Tracy Anderson Method for the last five years. I feel sexy, and strong, and beautiful when I'm working out. It is definitely vain, and it is about aesthetics, but truthfully I feel better about myself when I work out."

Sleep:

"I think my biggest tip—and I consider it a part of my beauty routine—is getting my sleep, without a doubt. I do a true eight hours. I try to go to bed before midnight. When I'm working, I often have to get up at 4 a.m., which makes it really hard to get my eight hours, and it starts to dwindle, and I start to see it in my skin. I see it around my mouth, like where my laugh lines are, and sort of down by my chin—I just feel like the skin gets looser in here." 

Attitude:

"For me, the building blocks of my self-care are eight hours of sleep, lots of water, as much laughter and family time as possible, and following my heart around instead of my head."

Thanks to Harper's Bazaar, InStyleElle, Martha Stewart, The New Potato, EssenceInto The Gloss, PopSugar, T Magazine and Tracee Ellis Ross.

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