Vanessa Hudgens Shared Her Skincare Routine for Makeup-Free Confidence

Vanessa Hudgens Shared Her Skincare Routine for Makeup-Free Confidence
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  • Vanessa Hudgens shared her exact nighttime skincare routine.

  • “It’s taken me so long to actually get to a place where I like my skin,” she said.

  • The 32-year-old actress has an oily, sometimes acne-prone complexion.

After turning 30, Vanessa Hudgens began focusing on skincare more than she ever had “partly because, you know, you start to see little things like, ‘Wait, what is that? That wasn’t there a few years ago,’” she said in a “Go to Bed with Me” video for Harper’s Bazaar. Now at 32, she’s really perfected her regimen and can confidently say that she truly loves her complexion.

“It’s taken me so long to actually get to a place where I like my skin,” the actress explained. “I feel good in my skin, I feel confident in my skin, I feel sexy in my skin without makeup.”

And she loves taking the time to pamper herself by lighting candles and slipping into something cozy. “It’s just a vibe,” she said in the video. Here are the steps she follows to wind down and get unready every day.

First up, cleanser.

After a day of filming, Hudgens is eager to remove heavy layers of stage makeup. She has oily skin, which means “powder is being caked on constantly,” she said. “So it’s such a relief when I finally get to take it all off.”

To do so, she uses the Know Beauty Purifying Cleanser, a product she helped create for the brand she recently co-founded with Madison Beer. It contains hyaluronic acid and lotus stem cell to keep the skin hydrated, as well as grapefruit, prickly pear, and red tea extracts to deep clean and help control oil.

After a long day, a mask is necessary.

Hudgens doesn’t always do this step, but after wearing makeup for eight-plus hours, her Know Beauty Bubbling Oxygen Mask helps “bring your skin back to life.” The air-tight container keeps the formula oxygen-free until it hits the skin, where it bubbles to fight fine lines and purify the skin.

Next, she applies toner and serum.

Her go-tos are Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Essence and the Know Beauty Resurfacing Night Serum. The essence contains alpha hydroxy acids to gently exfoliate and fade dark spots, and the serum features retinoids, as well as vitamins C and E to keep the skin’s texture even and bright. “It’s just a shot of vitamins for the skin,” Hudgens said.

Sculpting devices keep her skin tight.

After serums, Hudgens reaches for the Skin Gym Face Sculptor to have a “really aggressive rolling moment” along her cheekbones and jaw. As not to neglect her neck because “the neck never lies when it comes to your age,” she follows up with the SBLA Beauty Sculpting Wand (which is also loved by Christie Brinkley). “I always just kind of collect things when it comes to skincare and see what works,” she added. In 2019, she told Yahoo Life that she also loves the Nuface.

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Moisturizer and eye cream are a must.

Hudgens likes a thick p.m. moisturizer that ensures her skin stays hydrated all night long. Her current choice is LAPCOS Collagen Lifting Sleeping Cream. For eye cream, she rotates products, but loves Freck Beauty’s Cactus Eye Jelly.

To avoid breakouts, she stays away from wine and cheese.

The High School Musical star says she never really had acne until she turned 21 and discovered an adoration for wine and cheese boards. “I loved it and it was decadent but man, my skin hated it,” she recalled. “I think everyone’s self-confidence goes down when you have breakouts, I know mine does. And you just don’t feel your best.” To avoid that dip in self-esteem, she indulges less frequently.

She adds “a spritz” of fragrance and lip balm.

Because nothing says pampered like clean, moisturized skin and a gorgeous scent. Hudgens’ favorite (which she hesitated to share because it’s special) is Maison Margiela’s REPLICA By the Fireplace. As not to neglect her lips, she smothers hers in the lychee flavor of Fresh’s Sugar Hydrating Lip Balm.

For Hudgens, her nightly skincare routine is clearly about more than aesthetics and good skin. It’s her way of decompressing, which is a mindset all of us could tap into. “For me it’s a form of self-love and meditation,” she told Yahoo Life. “And having that regimen in my life creates a source of stability.”

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