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Alexandra Shipp Looks to the Future with Self-Care and Social Change

From the X-Men franchise to Love, Simon and Straight Outta Compton, Alexandra Shipp has established herself across film genres, but the 28-year-old is just getting started.

From the X-Men franchise to Love, Simon and Straight Outta Compton, Alexandra Shipp has established herself across film genres, but the 28-year-old is just getting started. You can see her in the upcoming zany comedy, KUNG FURY 2, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Fassbender and David Hasselhoff.  And, right before production shut down for COVID-19, Shipp began shooting Tick, Tick, BOOM, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s highly anticipated directorial debut, based on the theater musical of the same name.

“I’m staying positive and staying productive,” Alexandra Shipp told The Hollywood Reporter, despite the shut-down. Sets have quietly closed over the last few months as Hollywood observes stay-at-home orders and Shipp is taking this time to focus on self-care. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with the actress over email where she shared the different ways she is approaching this effort, starting with skincare. “I’m a firm believer in a simple but effective skincare regimen. When I find something that actually works to transform my skin, I stick with it and don’t overcomplicate it with multiple steps,” Shipp said. “Lately that’s been SK-II Pitera Essence for me. I recently got it in the SK-II First Experience Kit which came with the essence plus a bonus sheet mask and toner. I’ve been starting my new at-home regimen with a gentle fragrance-free cleanser and the toner, but the essence has really been the game-changer for me it tackles pretty much all of my skin concerns in one step. I totally see why I’ve heard it referred to as ‘miracle water!’ It’s so lightweight and natural feeling on my skin, I’ve never seen it so soft and smooth before. After that, a bit of SPF and I’m on my way.”

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One glance at Shipp’s glowing complexion and it’s clear this routine has been transformative. For many, the absence of spas and salons during the lock-down has opened up the opportunity for DIY self-care experimentation and Shipp is no different. “I’ve definitely gotten more into my skin-care routine,” she told THR. “When I’m looking for an intensive spa-like treatment, SK-II’s Facial Treatment Mask has been my glow go-to!” While she misses steam saunas, spas and bath houses, after being introduced to the sheet mask, she has found a new way to relax and detox at home.  

While radiant, smooth skin helps Shipp feel confident, she emphasizes that real beauty starts from within “Staying mentally and physically healthy is key,” she said. “We’re not only trying to keep ourselves healthy, but those around us.”

Beyond self-care, Shipp has utilized this time at home to fight for social change, using her voice to help educate her fans and eradicate systemic racism. “Professionally, I’d like to do the same,” Shipp said. “I want to tell stories that make people think and empathize. I’ve always wanted to change the world through art and that continues to be my goal.” While acting has always been her passion, she emphasizes telling stories is what is truly meaningful to her.


About SK-II

For more than 38 years, SK-II has touched the lives of millions of women around the world through skin and life transformation. The fascinating story behind SK-II began with a quest to understand why elderly sake brewers had wrinkled faces, but extraordinarily soft and youthful-looking hands. These hands were in constant contact with the sake fermentation process. It took years of research for scientists to isolate the miracle ingredient Pitera™, a naturally derived liquid from the yeast fermentation process. Since then, SK-II with Pitera™ has become a special secret shared by celebrities all over the world such as Chloë Grace Moretz, Simone Biles, Tangwei, Ni Ni, Chun Xia, Haruka Ayase and Kasumi Arimura. For the latest news and in-depth information, please visit sk-ii.com.

At SK-II, we also feel that it is our responsibility to fight against systemic racism and injustice, and we are committed to be a part of the change. To start, we are joining the P&G family of brands to commit $5 million to #TakeOnRace, a fund supporting organization fighting systemic bias and inequality.  Learn more about how we’re taking action: PG.com/TakeOnRace