“I’m super excited that I can finally show everyone what we’ve done,” Busy Philipps says about her campaign with Olay for the brand’s new Regenerist Whip Moisturizer with SPF 25. Her passion for the product is clear, given that she’s just talked about how life-changing it is for three minutes straight. “We went to Mexico a couple weeks ago, and it’s all I wore on my face. I never felt weighed down, my skin didn’t break out—any of those things I had typically associated with wearing SPF are nonexistent with the new formula,” she tells me, before bursting into song about how obsessed she is with it. “I sound crazy. I realize.”
She doesn’t, though, because Philipps brings that endearing, enthusiastic energy to everything she does—whether that’s writing a book (This Will Only Hurt a Little), hosting her own late-night show (Busy Tonight), parenting her two daughters (ages five and 10), or even posting an early-morning workout on Instagram Stories. So, yes, she brings it to her partnership with Olay for the launch of a new lightweight cream-to-liquid sunscreen. “I just love the way it feels on my skin, and I feel like it’s giving me skin care and protecting me,” she explains. I’m sold.
And now Philipps brings that same energy to our Big Beauty Questions. Read on.
Glamour: Why is sun protection so important to you?
Busy Philipps: It’s something that has truly been part of my beauty routine since I was a kid growing up in Arizona. I have moles and birthmarks all over my body, so I was always hyper aware that I needed to protect my skin. I love the sun, but I’m a mom, I’m active, I’m outside all the time, so it’s hard for me to think about putting on a “sunscreen” every day. That’s why I’m obsessed with this new Olay. It’s skin care with the SPF, so it doesn’t feel like it’s weighing down my skin. It doesn’t turn my face white, or look chalky. I want beautiful skin, skin that stays safe from the UVA and UVB rays, but I also want to look good in the process.
What does self-care mean to you?
BP: For me, self-care is a lot of different things. I think we’re in a time where that word is very buzzy, and people throw it around a lot. I think it’s a very personal thing. For some people self-care is saying no and staying in and binge-watching their favorite show. For some people it’s exercising every day. I think prioritizing yourself is a form of self-care. For me, it’s really about making sure I take care of myself and my body so I can be the best version of myself for my kids, my coworkers, and my family.
What’s one beauty trend you wish you never tried?
BP: I don’t do a lot of crazy beauty stuff. I let my makeup artist take chances and do weird stuff on my face for events and things, and I like taking risks in that way. I mean, I’m so lucky that I didn’t fall prey to overplucking my eyebrows in the nineties, because almost all of my girlfriends in high school really went for the tiny, tiny brow. My mom was like, “Absolutely not. You have beautiful eyebrows, Elizabeth!” So I didn’t do it, and I’m glad.
Is there a nineties beauty trend you wish would come back?
BP: I’m very into the matte, burnt sienna lipstick that’s coming back. I’ve been rocking that deep red-clay color. I’m really into the grungy makeup vibe of that lip, but let’s keep our brows big, let’s keep them thick! I love a thick brow. I think it really defines the face in a good way.