Sarah Jessica Parker has been open about embracing the skin she’s in for years now, slamming critics who comment on her appearance and doing what she can to promote an anti-antiaging rhetoric that’s unbearably prominent in women’s lives everywhere.
Earlier this summer, the And Just Like That… actor opened up to Allure about how frustrated she was when the internet called her “brave” for stepping out bare-faced with suspiciously gray highlights—a reminder that, yes, women’s appearances do naturally change after 20 years in the spotlight. “I don’t think there’s a right or a wrong way to have a relationship with aging, living, time spent on earth,” Parker said. “But mine is that there are a million things I want to do with my free time, and none of them have to do with preserving [what I look like] now or trying to get back to 15 years ago. All I think about is like, Where am I going to eat? What books am I gonna bring with me? Can we get into that strange little restaurant? Will the water be warm enough where I wanna swim? Also, Wordle.”
It makes total and complete sense then that the Plaza Suite actor’s newest campaign with RoC Skincare is all about embracing the current stage of your life—wherever it may be—and looking forward with optimism. It’s more important than ever to remember that the conversations about getting older should be reframed: It simply isn’t about reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles anymore, but rather the acknowledgement of a fruitful and meaningful “accumulation of life”—a term Parker cheekily uses instead of the more traditional aging.
And for someone who’s spent the bulk of their career playing an over-the-top fashion girl, Parker admits she herself is more of the low-key variety. She tells Glamour she has stuck to a handful of products throughout her life, being totally overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices available on the market (same). “I’m pretty monogamous, and I have kind of been that way for most of my life,” she says. “So I’m not a big dabbler. I’m not hugely brave and experiment and try things.”
Just take a look at the actor’s routine, which she shares with us for our Drop The Routine series. It’s simple, effective, and straight to the point—just the way the no-fuss Sarah Jessica Parker likes her life (minus the incredible Carrie Bradshaw fashion).
I use this one every single day. I pack it all the time. I’ll use it when I go to the theater and I’ll mix my base in it.
My skin-care tools
For years and years and years, I’ve had those jade rollers—there’s a big guy and there’s a small guy; they’re in my fridge. For my daughters’ birthdays, I bought them each their own because they’re always using mine. So there’s like three or four of them in the freezer. I come down in the morning for coffee and it just feels so good. Does it do anything? I don’t care.
My splurge-worthy treatments
I have a dermatologist that’s really talented and I trust her, but it’s very inconsistent because I’m working. Now, I’ll get a peel and I love it, but if you ask me what that peel was, I have no idea. I’m not regular or committed—I kind of wish I was. Maybe one day in the future I’ll have a standing date, but I don’t get facials. In the old days, I used to go to Mario Badescu, which I loved, for a good old-fashioned facial.
At night I use one of these packets, especially around my eyes, There’s this 24-hour hydration that I absolutely love.
My holy grail product
The Laura Mercier Caviar eye stick, always. In Khaki, Jungle, Tuxedo…good luck finding them, but I love them.