4:01 pm - 02/07/2013

‘Girls’ Star Allison Williams Is the New Face of Simple Skincare

If you sit next to Allison Williams on an airplane, we’re just going to warn you: She might start washing her face. In her seat.

“When I fly, halfway through the flight, I like to give myself a face wash,” the Girls star — and new face of Simple skincare — tells PEOPLE. “I just sit there and turn toward the window and use a wipe.”

Yep, she’s that serious about skincare! Which is why joining with Simple — whose products are formulated for sensitive skin — was a no-brainer for the rising star.

“I do have sensitive skin, actually, and it’s been really hard to find products that don’t make it inflamed, or red or dry, or make it break out,” she reveals. “It’s really complicated, but I’ve learned that it’s the case for more people than not. I don’t know how many people have unproblematic skin — that’s rare.”

A lot of Williams’s skin issues come from her job, which obviously requires lots of makeup application and removal. “If you’re an actress — and in some cases, this goes for all women — the only thing you can control about your skin is what you put on your face at the beginning of the day, and what you do when you take your makeup off,” she says. “Otherwise, it’s affected by stress, makeup artists, weather, pollution. The great thing about Simple products is that they protect you against those things — you can wipe it all off at the end of the day.”

Williams recently spent a day in L.A. shooting a commercial for the brand, and she found the premise pretty true to life. “It kind of documents a typical day — on my way to work in the morning, getting ready and washing my face, all the way through the end of the day when I take my makeup off and relax.”

But in an ideal world, Williams’s days would go a little differently.

“Lately I find myself working quite a bit — it’s such a blessing,” she says. “But I have a fantasy that I’ll go back to a time when I’m not in hair and makeup every day!”


What's your skincare routine, ONTD?
superpchan 7th-Feb-2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
The ingredients in Simple products are too artificial and chemical-y for me.
beaddddddsss 7th-Feb-2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
mte So many people think it's a natural~ product and safer~ than other drugstore brands and I'm just like, "...wat." Stick to Burt's Bees if you want something natural in a drugstore. This ain't it.
warsawed 7th-Feb-2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
Burt's Bees apparently isn't much better :(
beaddddddsss 7th-Feb-2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
Nooo, I'm aware, bb! I meant that it's the closest thing to natural in a drugstore.

Unfortunately you're going to have to go online or to spas, Wholefoods, dermatologist clinics, or to a department store to find authentic organic and natural products, and they tend to be really expensive. Just looking at the price range for Tracie Martyn, Tammy Fender, or Dr. Alkaitis makes me weep. I try and splurge on Pai and Eminence products as much as possible, tho.
judgmental 7th-Feb-2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
what? omg
beatlesluv 7th-Feb-2013 10:07 pm (UTC)
I like Burt's Bees :( It's one of the brands that hasn't given my skin any problems :( What? I also really like Fresh too.
judgmental 7th-Feb-2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
what about YES!
beaddddddsss 7th-Feb-2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
Some of the ingredients are actually synthetic and chemically derived, believe it or not. :/

It's still a good brand tho! It's the same as Burt's Bees, being the closest things to natural without the big cost. Also, Organic Shea Moisturize body washes are amazing and drugstore finds too.
heart_iswild 7th-Feb-2013 11:31 pm (UTC)
do you know anything about Mario Badescu?
beaddddddsss 7th-Feb-2013 11:38 pm (UTC)
His dying lotion has talc in it and some products contain mica, which are rumored to be carcinogens. It's honestly up to you to use them, bb, since he does have a lot of natural additives and ingredients but he also does use a lot of parabens, SLA, and other chemicals that I'd rather stay away from.
beatlesluv 7th-Feb-2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't even touch the stuff. Only here for Burts Bee's skincare. It always treats me right. <3
antique_faery 8th-Feb-2013 01:11 am (UTC)
What's "chemical-y"? Lol. Everything's a chemical! The ingredients are just meant to be more gentle.
superpchan 8th-Feb-2013 01:37 am (UTC)
While yes everything is a chemical, it doesn't mean I want to wipe my face with...

"Cetearyl Isononanoate, Panthenol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Ceteareth-12, Sodium Citrate, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben".
antique_faery 8th-Feb-2013 03:14 am (UTC)
No, that's totally fine. I get that you'd prefer ingredients that seem more natural. I am just tired of people not getting that everything's a chemical (even though it's more the cosmetic companies' fault). Personally, I have no issue with those ingredients. I've actually come to find that "all natural" ingredients sometimes wreck my face. I also don't believe in the whole parabens thing, tbh. But that's just me. Lol.
z_e_r_odollars 8th-Feb-2013 03:47 am (UTC)
I agree, I read the ingredients at CVS the other day and didn't understand what was so "Simple" about it all. Basically the same as a lot of the other drugstore skincare products, I guess it's just good marketing and the green labeling that garners the hype.
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