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Naomi Watts has revealed that 16-hour shoot days for the Netflix show Gypsy gave her rosacea and made her life “miserable”.
51-year-old Watts told the Sunday Times Style she was applying make-up “two to three times” a day and “spending hours under hot lights” for the psychological thriller series.
“A few years back in 2016, while I was working 16-hour days on Gypsy, I was having to apply make-up two to three times a day and spend hours under hot lights,” she said, “I was really suffering from rosacea. It was making my life miserable. My skin was just saying leave me alone.”
Watts said struggles with her own complexion inspired her to become the latest celebrity to tap into the ever growing “clean beauty” market.
The Academy Award nominated actress co-founded Onda, a range of products and store of “clean” beauty products, with former Conde Nast fashion market director Larissa Thomson and former magazine editor Sarah Bryden-Brown.
To be stocked on Onda’s shelves, products must have limited toxins and have a low-hazard rating of one from Environmental Working Group, an activist group who research toxicity of cosmetic products.
Each product must also get the go-ahead from the co-founders themselves: Watts said she has tested each of the 70 plus items on offer.
“Clean means not using anything you can’t pronounce,” said Watts. “The philosophy of ‘clean’ really started to resonate for me, so one by one I started to eliminate chemically driven products from my beauty regime.”
The venture bares resemblance Gwyneth Paltrow’s natural health company Goop, a combination of lifestyle products, clothing, accessories, and self-care products. Goop, best known for its infamous $66 (£50) jade and rose quartz vaginal eggs, was valued at £190m in 2018.
According to Watts, Paltrow has been “very supportive” of Onda, selling its products and inviting her to wellness panels.
Onda now has four stores, including its latest on Westbourne Grove, west London. A facial starts at £160, but some can cost more than £300.