Kerry Washington is just like you. She’s trying to balance being a mom and working woman with taking care of her heath and beauty. And just like many of us, she suffers from eczema. For the record, about 31.6 million adults suffer from it in the U.S. For the star, dealing with the skin condition was a major struggle as a young woman. “I actually had terrible eczema growing up and had to learn how to manage it,” she told InStyle in 2014, saying ditching dairy helped a lot then. But the 41-year-old has now refined her regimen for dealing with it. There is no secret fancy remedy. There is no expensive treatment or luxury product. She gets the relief she needs with the help of simple beauty products and supplements you can find at your local drugstore.
In a game of “20-ish Beauty Questions” with Glamour, Washington was asked what she uses to keep her eczema in check.
“Daily fish oil supplements, because omega fatty acids work,” she said. “And I’d never, ever skip moisturizer—no way—it’s too critical. I’m a little bit obsessed with Neutrogena Norwegian Hand Cream. It actually makes my manicure last an extra week. And then hyaluronic acid for my face is everything. I love Neutrogena’s new serum. And there’s a new Hydroboost gel with SPF in it, which is great, especially during spring and summer.”
And it also helps, according to the former Scandal star, to make water consumption a priority. According to the National Eczema Association, drinking water to keep skin hydrated is a must, especially when working out.
“Hydration, hydration, hydration,” she said emphatically. “I believe drinking a ton of water is vital to health and wellness. It’s so important to have hydration on the inside, but also finding products that can really lock in moisture on the outside. It’s all about working internally and externally toward the same goal.”
And if years of playing Olivia Pope have taught Washington anything, it’s to be more fearless when it comes to her beauty choices, particularly when it comes to embracing her natural hair more in the public eye.
“Olivia has encouraged me to be more bold with my beauty looks, but so have my kids,” she said. “Wearing my natural hair on the red carpet has a lot to do with me being a mom now and wanting to reflect that for them. Again, it’s that idea that there’s not just one way to be beautiful and that there are lots of ways to bring out your best self. You don’t have to follow one prescription of what beauty is. I try to always be free and authentic and not leave the house until I’m like, OK, I feel good about this.”