Naomi Watts is known for her creepy roles in horror classics like Mulholland Drive, The Lord of the Rings and most recently in Netflix’s haunting true crime thriller Watchmen. Known for her role in “, she never shies away from horror or taboo themes. And now, the 54-year-old Oscar-nominated actress is turning her fearless gaze to another oft-kept secret: menopause.
Stripes, her new 11-piece menopausal beauty collection in partnership with biotech company Amyris, was inspired by Watts’ own early experience with menopause, which opened her eyes to the stigma surrounding the once-banned topic. “I started perimenopause in my 30s and menopause in my early 40s. It was such a lonely and shameful experience. There was no community and no one to talk to.”
Inspired by her experience at Onda, a clean beauty retailer she co-founded in 2014, the actress founded Stripes not only to provide products that meet the changing needs of menopausal skin, but also to To provide a community of ‘Women Can Find a Feeling’ and the information they need to help them make informed decisions about their well-being. ”
Here, the actress talks to CNN Underscored about her experience with menopause and skin care.
Can you tell us more about your experience with menopause? How did it lead you to start Stripes?
“During menopause, I started to look more closely at the ingredients. I was able to wrap my head around my other symptoms, but the skin issue really got me thinking about that “aha” moment. I’m also very aware that women my age are not being represented properly — whether it’s in the marketplace, in storytelling, or in the media. I learned a lot from my experience at Onda and I thought, ‘I want to do this. ‘”
How does menopause affect your skin? So how have you changed your beauty routine?
“During hormonal changes, my skin is a major concern that I need to address right away. I switched to cleansing products and saw immediate results. My skin is drier and more sensitive, so I need to cancel certain routines, such as over-exfoliation and high-dose vitamin C. I have found success using the mist, which enhances the hydration of my moisturizer. ”
What is your beauty philosophy? How has it evolved over time?
“Enjoy it while it lasts! Seriously – I can’t believe how critical I used to be of myself; just thinking about it makes me upset. The good thing about getting older is that you finally figure out who you are, inside and out. The most beautiful thing I see in women is that they are comfortable with themselves and not afraid to live life on their own terms and on their own terms. ”
How has your beauty routine changed since the pandemic started?
“During quarantine, we all learned how to treat at home and took the time to watch all the videos on how to use certain tools and apply products in different ways. Beauty trends are like fashions; they move so fast. I’m a curious person by nature and always want to know what’s going to happen next. Currently, I like the Lyma laser system. It’s very expensive, but I’ve seen results. ”
Here are a few more products the actress can’t live without:
“If you need a little extra hydration, this one works really well with the Power Move Serum. It’s lightweight, non-greasy, and deeply hydrating. Along with ectoine and squalene, two incredible moisturizing ingredients Plus, it contains an antioxidant-rich vitamin blend.”
“Rich in mineral peptides and hyaluronic acid, it leaves my skin feeling plump and hydrated. I also love the smell of Osea and its affordable price.”
“My hair has always been beautiful and has taken a lot of damage over the years so I need to protect what little I have left! I use this leave-in conditioner on my color-treated hair and it works really well.”
“Gucci Westman’s makeup brushes are super luxurious. They are handcrafted in Japan. The nylon bristles are super soft and distribute just the right amount of product without leaving any streaks.”
“I recently collaborated with the brand on a line of menopause-focused greeting cards. What I love about Em & Friends is that she shares our commitment to having candid conversations around the topic.”