Known for her spine-chilling roles in classic horror films like “Mulholland Drive,” “The Ring” and, most recently, Netflix’s haunting true crime thriller, “The Watcher,” Naomi Watts has never shied away from the scary or taboo. Has not been a resident. Subject. And now, the 54-year-old Oscar-nominated actress has turned her intrepid eye to another topic that’s often shrouded in secrecy: menopause.
Stripes, her new 11-piece menopausal beauty collection launched in collaboration with biotech company Amyris, was inspired by Watts’ own early experience with menopause, which opened her eyes to the stigma surrounding the once verboten subject. “I started my hormonal transition into perimenopause in my late thirties and into menopause in my early forties. It was such a lonely and embarrassing 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 created Stripes to not only provide products that meet the changing needs of menopausal skin, but also create a “home Also created to provide where women can get an understanding. The information needed to help them make informed decisions about the community and their well-being.
Here, the actress talks to CNN Underscore about her experience with menopause and skin care.
Can you tell us a little more about your menopause experience—and how it inspired you to create Stripes?
,During menopause, I began to look more closely at ingredients. I was able to wrap my head around my other symptoms, but the skin issues really led me to that ‘aha’ moment. It was also clear to me that women my age were not being represented fairly – in the marketplace, in storytelling, or in the media. I learned a lot from my experience at Oanda, and I thought, ‘I want to do this.'”
How has menopause affected your skin and how have you changed your beauty routine as a result?
,My skin was a major problem during my hormonal shifts, and I needed an immediate solution. I switched to the Cleanse products and saw results right away. My skin was drier and more sensitive, so I needed to ditch some routines, like a higher dose of exfoliation and stronger doses of vitamin C. I found success using the mist, which amplified the hydrating effects of my moisturizer.
What is your beauty philosophy and how has it evolved over time?
,enjoy it while it lasts!! Seriously – I can’t believe how critical of myself I used to be; Upsetting to think about. The upside of growing up is that you finally figure out who you are inside and out. I see the most beauty in women who are comfortable with themselves and aren’t afraid to live life their way, on their own terms.
How has your beauty routine changed since the pandemic began?
,During the quarantine, we all learned to do home remedies and spent time watching all the videos on how to use certain tools and apply products in different ways. Beauty trends are like fashion; They go by so fast. I am a curious person by nature and always try to know what’s next. Currently, I am loving the Lyma Laser System. It’s wildly expensive, but I’m seeing results.
Here are some more products the actress can’t live without:
“If you need a little extra hydration, it works beautifully on top of Power Move Serum. It’s lightweight, non-greasy, and deeply hydrating. In addition to ectoine and squalane, two incredibly hydrating ingredients, it contains antioxidants There is also a mixture of vitamins containing.
“Full of mineral peptides and hyaluronic acid, it leaves my skin feeling plump and hydrated. I also love the way Oasia smells and its affordable price.
“My hair has always been fine and it has suffered a lot over the years, so I needed to save what I have! I am seeing great results using this leave-in conditioner on my colored hair.
“Gucci Westmann’s makeup brushes are super luxe. They’re handmade in Japan. The nylon bristles are incredibly soft, delivering just the right amount of product without streaks.
“I recently partnered with this brand on a collection of greeting cards curated toward menopause. What I love about M&Friends is that it supports our mission to normalize candid conversations on this topic.” shares the