Skip to main content

How to Do Constance Wu’s Skincare Routine

Her high-low mix of luxury and drugstore products.
Constance Wu skincare routine

Ever since she rose to fame as the star of Crazy Rich Asians, Constance Wu has stood out for her luminous, youthful-looking skin. And get this—she’s actually 40 years old, even though, with that complexion, she could easily pass for 10 years younger.

“I’ve always had pretty good skin, generally, so I haven’t had to worry too much. I’ve also always taken really good care of my skin since I was little, so I guess that’s helpful.”[1]

As a teen, that meant budget brands like Neutrogena and Clean & Clear, which, believe it or not, have remained in her rotation to this day. (“When I was a kid, nice skincare for me—because I grew up in suburban Richmond, Virginia—was like Neutrogena that you would get at the drugstore. So that’s what I used; Neutrogena or, like, Clean & Clear.”)

Now, she’s added higher-end brands like La Mer and Drunk Elephant into the mix, along with her latest discovery: Asian beauty products. 

“I’m discovering Asian beauty and skincare as the rest of us in America are. I didn’t even know that they have, like, eight steps, or whatever that they do.”

She’s just not down with the “skin-whitening” products that are popular in Asia. “When I was in Singapore and Malaysia filming Crazy Rich Asians... the salesgirls would push whitening products on me and try to fade my freckles. This comes from an old Asian cultural idea that dark skin signifies being in the fields and working-class,” she explains. “I’m not a white translucent tulip. I’m the granddaughter of Chinese bamboo farmers, the daughter of immigrants, the sister of an ultramarathoner (who runs for hours... in the sun!), and an American. I like my freckles and my natural skin colour. It’s who I am.”[2]

Scroll to Continue

From The Skincare Edit Archives

Here are the essentials in Constance’s daily routine.

Constance Wu’s Skincare Routine (At a Glance)

Her Morning Skincare Routine

Neutrogena Fragrance-Free Makeup Remover Ultra-Soft Cleansing Towelettes
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Fresh Day Serum
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Light Fluid Sunscreen SPF 50
Missha Soft Finish Sun Milk SPF 50 PA

Her Nighttime Skincare Routine

SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil
Clearasil Rapid Rescue Deep Treatment Wash
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Fresh Day Serum

5. Retinoid

“Sometimes I use a prescription retinoid called tretinoin. If I do the peel, though, I skip that. I won’t use both.”

Her Skincare Treatments

Naruko Narcissus Repairing Mask