Sarah Jessica Parker Isn’t Interested in a 10-Step Skin Care Routine

In SELF’s Sleeping With… sequence, we ask folks from completely different profession paths, backgrounds, and levels of life how they make sleep magic occur.

Even if Sarah Jessica Parker has been in present enterprise for 4 a long time and is finest identified for strolling the streets of Manhattan in stylish stilettos and runway-worthy ensembles as Intercourse and the Metropolis’s Carrie Bradshaw, the famous person’s magnificence routine is refreshingly, nicely, unglamorous.

In truth, Parker, who’s at the moment reprising her iconic small-screen function in And Simply Like That, takes delight within the simplicity of her nightly skincare steps. “I’ve seen folks on the web displaying us their regimens, and I’m like, How are you aware a lot? Are you part-time scientists?” she tells SELF with fun. Her low-maintenance perspective towards moisturizers and serums is one cause why, Parker says, she just lately partnered with RoC Skincare for its Look Ahead Venture, an initiative centered on approaching getting old with positivity—a subject she’s talked about extensively. “The older you get, the extra you’ve lived and the extra useful you might be,” she says. “Some would possibly name it getting old, however I merely name it one other great day.”

When you’re an SJP fan, we all know you need the specifics, so we requested the Emmy-winning actor precisely how she winds down on the finish of an extended day, which entails accessible drugstore buys, true-crime podcasts, and one game-changing gadget.

I didn’t at all times have a self-care routine, however I’m a bit extra considerate now that my youngsters are older.

For a lot of, many, many years, I’ve had younger youngsters in the home, they usually’re simply attending to an age the place they don’t want me to tuck them in each night, learn them tales, or make certain they’ve bathed. They’re unbiased of me now, so my nighttime routine is just extra relaxed. That doesn’t imply it’s not busy or that I’m not nonetheless checking backpacks and ensuring laundry’s performed. But it surely’s calmer in the home and I’ve extra independence.

At most, I’ve three skincare steps.

I don’t wish to stroll into my toilet and see a drugstore on my counter. It confuses me. It overwhelms me. So I pay shut consideration to what works on my face, what I do know will combine nicely into my on a regular basis life, and I preserve it so simple as potential. I personally don’t wish to commit half-hour to skincare, however it doesn’t matter what—winter, summer season, spring, fall—I at all times moist my face earlier than placing something on it. That’s a should. [Editor’s note: Damp skin better absorbs skin care products.]

RoC’s multitasking, brightening Revive + Glow Each day Serum is usually my first step. I then apply this RoC moisturizer, which I exploit each single evening and within the daytime too. And to prime all of it off, I exploit their balm stick for my eyes. Initially, it simply feels good to not have to the touch or rub on a sticky cream, and you may simply do a pleasant, fast swipe below every eye. I’m at all times actually considerate about something with actives as a result of I’ve delicate pores and skin, however I might say these are my three must-haves. Easy, collaborative, they usually marry nicely.

RoC Multi Correxion Revive and Glow Daily Serum


RoC Multi Correxion Revive and Glow Each day Serum

RoC Multi Correxion Revive + Glow Moisturizer SPF 30


RoC Multi Correxion Revive + Glow Moisturizer SPF 30

RoC Multi Correxion Revive + Glow Eye Balm


RoC Multi Correxion Revive + Glow Eye Balm

I prefer to take heed to true-crime podcasts whereas I prepare for mattress.

A number of the true-crime stuff that I’ve listened to has been actually attention-grabbing. There’s one podcast out of Norway referred to as Loss of life in Ice Valley, which is admittedly wonderful. I additionally suppose Connie Walker’s reporting on Indigenous girls is extraordinary—she hosts Lacking & Murdered and she or he simply gained the Peabody and the Pulitzer [for a podcast called Stolen: Surviving St. Michael’s]. I consider it as investigative journalism reasonably than typical true crime, nevertheless it’s actually nice.

I additionally take heed to the information at evening. I strive to concentrate to world occasions, so I’ll tune into the BBC and its podcasts whereas I prepare to fall asleep.

God, no, I don’t have an advanced sleep ritual. However…

I’ve a diffuser. I flip it on earlier than I wash my face each single evening, and that’s one thing I’ve solely been doing for the previous couple of years now that I don’t hear certainly one of my youngsters calling me or the bath overflowing. As for the important oils, I purchase all of mine from Bigelow Chemists within the West Village. I exploit a few of them on my physique too. They odor completely lovely.

When it’s time for mattress, I attempt to have the room at a cool temperature, which is such a luxurious. The extra I’ve examine that, the extra I see that sleeping in colder environments is seemingly a greater approach to relaxation.

That’s actually it, although. I don’t drink particular tea. I don’t put on sleep masks. As I stated, I prefer to preserve it easy.

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Vitruvi Stone Ceramic Diffuser

This interview has been edited and condensed for size and readability.

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