Hannah Waddingham: ‘I don’t ever want to have any intrusive things done to my face’

Screenshot of Hannah Waddingham's Harper's Bazaar video
Ted Lasso’s Hannah Waddingham, 47, has a new skincare regime video with Harper’s Bazaar. You can tell that she loves skincare and this was a delight to watch. Thanks to the reader who sent this to me! Hannah opens by saying that she uses a mix of high end and affordable products, which does not seem to be true based on the brands she shows – no shade! Most of her stuff is quite pricey. She also said she doesn’t want to have anything done to her face because she’s afraid of needles. This is smart for an actress. It can be distracting to see Botoxed and filled faces, particularly in an historical drama. It doesn’t bother me when something is set in the last 15 years and the character could afford it. Hannah starts by taking off her makeup. She goes through her routine for both the night and morning. It seems quite attainable if you substitute mass market products. I’ve included her products and some quotes and you can see the video below. I’m also including links to some more affordable products.

She loves skincare
“I’ve kind of fallen in love with skin care being in my mid-40s. I try and mix and match things that are more expensive and less expensive… I don’t want to ever have any intrusive things done to my face because I’m scared of needles.”

She starts with a cleansing balm
She uses Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing balm. She removes her individual lashes and get a washcloth (she calls it a flannel) wet with hot water. Then she rubs the cleanser on her face and uses the washcloth to take it off. She says even if she’s drunk she takes off her makeup. “I would always find the time to take off my makeup. I’ve always been like that since I was younger. I think you have to start young and really look after your face [and] skin.”

She then uses a cleansing wash
She uses Elemis Superfood Cleansing Wash. “It’s really good to double cleanse. A facialist told me this years ago, you’re not just getting the makeup off and the grime of the day you’re getting the dead skin cells off. It… really makes your skin super polished.”

Next she puts on a face oil
She uses Hayo’u Beauty Face Oil in the morning and night then uses gua sha jade tools to smooth her face.

“It’s very nice to look in the mirror and see where you’ve been in life. All your experiences and all the lines and bits and pieces. Just try to make the best of yourself not only so you feel nice on a date but so you look in the mirror and go ‘you’re all right girl, we’ve got this.’”

She then uses a serum and moisturizer
She uses Sturm Molecular Serum and says it’s “probably my most expensive thing but it’s absolutely packed with hyaluronic acid.” [Ed note: it’s almost $300 an ounce!] Next she uses Waleda Skin Food Light on her face and sometimes all over her body. Her night cream is Charlotte Tillbury night cream and then she uses Charlotte Tillbury eye cream.

An add-on product she uses is Shane Cooper Oxygenation Mask. She uses it before a photoshoot or a flight. She also likes Alpha-H Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid. Sometimes she uses that instead of a moisturizer.

In the morning she uses Armani Maestro UV primer with SPF 50.

[From YouTube]

My main takeaway from this video is that I should be double cleansing. Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing balm is over $60 for three ounces! I ordered Banila Clean It Zero instead, I’ve seen that on many Korean skincare sites. It came yesterday, I used it last night, and it made my skin feel amazing. It still feels great this morning and I regret not ordering that sooner! Her cleansing wash from Elemis is $30 for just under seven ounces. Neutrogena Hydroboost Cleansing Gel is under $7.50 for six ounces. Hayo’u Face Oil is about $45 for three ounces. I’ve heard very good things about Bio Oil, which is $9 for 2 ounces.

For a face mask I just found Desert Oasis all-in-one Face Lifting mask. It’s $15 for almost 3 ounces and comes with an application brush. It has an A on Fakespot and reviewers call it Hanacure in a tube. (It’s different than the one she recommends but I still want it.) An alternative for her Alpha-H Liquid Gold would be Paula’s Choice, which is about $10 cheaper. As for her morning sunblock/primer, that’s also expensive, but Supergoop Unscreen Sunscreen, while not exactly affordable, is cheaper. How is it that I always find new skincare products I want to try despite researching them every week for my job?

Here’s that video. She also has a specific way of applying products that she must have learned from her facialist. I need to copy that!




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  1. Abby says:

    I love her expressive face on Ted lasso. I can’t imagine her having the same impact with a frozen face!

    • minx says:

      She is dazzling….her face, eyes, smile. Also, what a figure!

    • Joanna says:

      I’m not trying to be rude but I think she does Botox. She has no lines around her eyes. I’m 45 and have lines around my eyes. I get Botox and no one suspects not even my mom. They can make it look very natural.

      • STRIPE says:

        Maybe! I love Botox so I wouldn’t shame her if she did, but I do see lines on her eyes in the pics CB included in the post (unless you meant a different kind?) maybe it’s just the good lighting for the video that makes her look like she has fewer wrinkles?

        To be clear I think she is just the most stunning woman so Botox or no, eyelines or not, she’s amazing.

      • Betsy says:

        Zoom in, you can see them, right there on her face (and she looks better for it!).

      • minx says:

        On Ted Lasso it appears she has lines around her eyes.

      • kgeo says:

        I can see lines. I think the makeup is helping even them out, but I see them, especially on the right side.

  2. STRIPE says:

    Double cleanse is the only way! There are many affordable oils/balms out there you can get. But also put your face oil on last please!

    But yeah I mean if I looked like her I wouldn’t do anything to my face either. She’s stunning!

  3. Twin falls says:

    She’s so gorgeous.

    I used Bio Oil when I was pregnant. I don’t know that it did anything but it felt really nice on my tight skin.

  4. Noki says:

    Its so confusing,the stars with all the money always end up getting the worst work done. And sadly for actresses it is very distracting. I wish all the ones who seem to have a healthy balance of tweaking a little can give the ones that go overboard the secret.

  5. BeyondTheFringe says:

    I love her but as an esthetician I cannot help but state a skin care PSA: you are wasting that $300 Dr. Sturm if you’re putting it on after you apply face oil.

    Face oil is an occlusive and should be put on last to seal in moisture. Very little to nothing gonna penetrate that layer so all those pricey actives in the serum are doing zero.

    Oil is the last step if you use it. Or used at a separate time if you’re doing facial massage like she mentioned.

    ETA: She looks lovely so whatever she is doing is working. This is not necessarily shade at her just a general informational post so people get the most bang for their buck when they’re using expensive serums.

    • MaryContrary says:

      I think we need you to do a tutorial!!

      • BothSidesNow says:

        I would happily pay for that! I still have the list that my Derm gave me that lists out my AM/PM application routine, yet I don’t use the same products anymore. So now I spend countless hours determining what textures/purpose/time of each product I use and try to keep a routine.

    • detritus says:

      Also, there are cheaper and better versions of the Barbara Sturm products, especially the HA serum.

      Where is her Vit C?!

      Tiny note: plant oils are mostly emollients not occlusives, but your point still stands that actives should be applied first.

      • Fw says:

        What’s a good dupe of that serum? I tried some in a sample and it’s amazing but it’s so $$$$.

        This is her nighttime routine-I was told to always do my vitamin c as part of the am routine esp if I’m doing another acid or retinol at night.

      • terra says:

        @detritus and @Fw: I use Vitamin C in the morning, so as not to mix it with my AHA or retinol, but if not using either or if someone has really tolerant skin, it can also be used at night. It both protects from free radical damage and helps repair it. It can also help enhance the protection of sunscreen, which my ghost pale skin and considerable family history of skin cancer appreciates.

        I always pair it with niacinamide, which, despite some erroneous reports, is not only perfectly safe to use with Vitamin C, but is also preferable since they help enhance the effects of one another. The same can be said for niacinamide and retinol, which makes niacinamide my most used active.

        Tip! When purchasing a Vitamin C treatment, look for L-Ascorbic acid as an ingredient. It’s the form of Vitamin C most easily absorbed by the skin.

        @Fw, again: I was recommended NIOD’s Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex as a better alternative for Dr. Sturm’s hyaluronic acid serum by a dermatologist, which retails for around $30.

    • terra says:

      @BeyondTheFringe: Yes! If used, an oil it should always be a person’s last step. Like BTF says, it keeps any active put on after it from absorbing, making the application a waste.

      I’ve become skin care obsessed during lockdown, even more than I was before it, so I’ve learned that hyaluronic acid itself is something of a scam. It can actually dry out a person’s skin over the long term because it works to plump skin by drawing out moisture, which means when it evaporates so does the moisture it pulled to the surface.

      When brands brag about using different weights they’re bragging about nonsense, as our skin can’t absorb the larger molecules – they just sit on top of the skin and never penetrate. I use it on my under eyes before gatherings and events only, and am always sure to moisturize over it so that the moisture it gathers comes from the moisturizer, not from my skin itself. That’s key.

      For the budget conscious, someone on this site recommended it once, but Kroger, of all places, makes a good dupe for the Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen. It’s about $11-$12, so it’s something of a steal. Thanks whoever you were, I’ve loved it!

      Finally, the eye cream: no. Just apply moisturizer to the same area. Unless using a targeted eye treatment with a particularly finicky active ingredient there is no point in wasting money on overpriced moisturizer for the eye area when the stuff used on the rest of the face is perfectly fine to dot on the under eyes. Why would it be safe for the rest of the face and not for the eyes? The only exception is when a moisturizer has an active that might be irritating. I have incredibly sensitive skin and have no problems doing so.

    • Green Desert says:

      I would love all of the skincare experts on here to share thoughts and product recommendations! I’ve gotten more into skincare in the last few years. I love it.

      • Zoro says:

        Happy to share!! What I’ve found to be the best advice is to keep it very simple and stick with a routine you can reliably do every night. I use two pumps of Cerave non-foaming cleanser for dry skin + Curology (my formula contains Retin A + two other medications for acne and inflammation) + regular old Oil of Olay $7 moistuizer I buy at the dollar store. In the morning, I use one small pump of the cleanser, Cerave Vitamin C serum, same moisturizer, and sunscreen (currently Neutrogena but my preferred brand is Eucerin). That’s it. Full disclosure, I also get Botox and have fillers in my laugh lines. Injections + consistent skin care yield beautiful results (but I agree Hannah doesn’t need them – just sharing my personal experience!). 🙂

      • Green Desert says:

        Love it, Zoro, thanks for sharing! I use the Cerave skin renewing night cream and it is amazing.

    • Missjo says:

      Depends on the products you are using,
      Decleor, a major high end skincare range from France that we used in our day spa when l worked there, had a range of botanical facial oils that were prescribed to match each range, and were applied first as a carrier to allow the cream products to penetrate further into the skin, you also used half of the cream products that you would have used without the oil, and l can tell you in my own experience using them on my skin it was magnificent, and the best product I have ever used for all skin types and especially for mine which is naturally dry and also sensitive hyper reactive

    • E.D says:

      Yeah she was hammered in the comments section for not putting the oil on last.
      Obviously what she’s doing works for her but she would absolutely improve the efficacy of her products if she applied them in the correct order.
      I watched this video when it first came out and she simply dazzles.
      Just the most beautiful woman inside and out.

  6. NorthernGirl_20 says:

    She is stunning

  7. SarahCS says:

    I had some of the Elemis cleansing balm a while back and it was amazing. When it ran out I switched to a Boots one but it just wasn’t the same. I now only really wear eye make up so I don’t use a cleansing balm anymore (micellar water followed by nip&fab glycolic fix pads) but this has got me thinking that maybe I should… I’m 43 in just over a month and skincare has gone way up my priority list in the last 5 years! Even more so since I turned 40 and a whole bunch of stuff just went HA, now you’re getting OLD (hello under eye pouches).

  8. Chlo says:

    I love the Alpha H Liquid Gold!! That is a solid purchase, in my opinion.

  9. Mimi says:

    She’s pretty but she looks much older than her stated age to me. I don’t look at her and think of great skin.

    • Ang says:

      Same here, she’s lovely, and I love Ted Lasso, but I thought she was in her fifties. Shocked to read 47 actually.

      • Reeny says:

        Ok, I thought I was the only one. I thought she was in her mid to late 50’s and was shocked when I googled and found out her real age (my age) That’s why I raised my eyes when I saw her talking about her great skin care routine

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I think we are just so used to seeing unnatural faces on our screens that a natural woman at 47 looks shocking.

    • Pusspants says:

      Reading all 3 of these comments about her looking older than her age makes me feel bad about my own face now. I think her skin looks nice.

      • Joanna says:

        Don’t think that! I think she looks good, we’re just used to seeing overfilled frozen faces on celebrities now. I’m sure you are lovely!

    • MarcelMarcel says:

      Hannah is gorgeous and I actually assumed she was in her early forties. So I was surprised to find out that she’s older than she looks.
      That said you always use oil last (as other commenters mentioned).
      Aside from that, I enjoyed this video and think Hannah has a radiant complexion. I hope I look that good when I’m 47.

    • Maxime duCamp says:

      I don’t think she looks much older than her age, but she does look her age range and that alone can be jarring in the entertainment world where it seems like everyone is trying to remain forever 29. To me, there is nothing about her skin that is aging her. I think she’s pretty but she has an “old school face” if you will. I can’t think of any other way to describe it. Like she’d be perfect in a period film set in the 40s or 50s. If anything is aging her, it’s the harsh hair color. I get that it works well for her character in Ted Lasso but I think maybe a softer brunette color and a the right hair style could make her look “more modern” and a fair bit younger, if that was the goal.

    • L4frimaire says:

      She doesn’t look older than her age at all. She has maybe a more severe beauty, can’t quite describe it, but she is very striking, which may be why you perceive her as older. From the show, thought she’s mid to late forties. She has really good skin and it’s norms, to have a few lines at that age.

    • Lauren says:

      I agree. I think she is a stunning woman, but definitely has a more “mature” look to her. And I think the way they style her hair and clothing for the show (Ted Lasso) adds to that mature aura.

      That said, I watched a joint Q&A session that she did with Juno Temple where she was more relaxed and she did give off a younger vibe. The 2 of them were absolutely delightful together and you can tell they have real affection for each other.

  10. Merricat says:

    She is statuesque and striking. A mobile face is the best tool in an actor’s arsenal.

  11. Joanna says:

    She seems like a lovely lady but she definitely uses Botox. I do too no shade. Idk if anyone here does fillers but I’ve tried both Botox and fillers. both can look natural. When it does other people looking have no idea you’re doing it.

  12. Mimi says:

    She’s so beautiful omg

  13. Roo says:

    She’s not only beautiful, but also talented and charming. I love her personality and it shines in this cute video. You feel like her girlfriend, chatting about skin care at a sleepover. 🙂

    I also worried about the oil before the serum, BeyondtheFringe, and I am glad to see an expert confirm that for me.

  14. Robyn says:

    She’s stunning and for me, you can tell it comes from the inside out. More of this vibe for us older folks please!

  15. L4frimaire says:

    Actually some great product ideas.Just don’t want to break the bank. Want to try the Weleda and the Elemis cleansing balm. Have a few Elemis products from spa visits. I would only double cleanse if I wear a lot of makeup but definitely as I get older, I moisturize more at night or sometimes add serums. I’m not married to any particular products and don’t like strong scents, so I like Kiehl’s and Tatcha. Glossier is good too. Still trying to find that perfect moisturizer.

  16. Anna says:

    Absolutely packed with hyaluronic acid? Um, HA is a super cheap ingredient that does NOTHING for long term skin health.

  17. Olive Malone says:

    What is amazing to me is how youthful her neck looks! I’m 47 and wish my neck was as smooth and wrinkle free as hers. But I was not careful about sun exposure in my younger years so that may be the problem on my end. neck envy!