What’s your diet advice for anyone dealing with cystic acne?
Water. Water, water, water. I mean, we don’t have enough water in our day, for sure. Especially if you’re working and stuff, you drink a lot of caffeine. It really tears your skin up. And then you know, we all love dairy and stuff like that, but if you’re having trouble skin, it’s a hard thing to get away from. Definitely try to get away from it.
What’s your current skincare mentality?
Simplicity. The only thing I integrate into my skincare routine is SK-II Facial Treatment Essence ($179). I’ve given it to my four brothers, and none of them have ever used facial products because they’re always terrified. They think it’ll make their face break out, but they actually started using the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and my brother Trevor was like, “I swear to God my skin’s never been so radiant.” It just takes what your skin should be and it boosts it and it makes it the optimal level of radiant and glowing and naturally moisturized without having to add all the stuff to it. Otherwise, I wash my face with olive oil and honey, and that’s it. I try to keep it as organic as possible. When I can’t pronounce the names that are in the products I use, I don’t really put them on my face.
You turned 21 this year. What do you feel like is the biggest difference between your 20s so far and your teens?
I think for me, I started to care a lot less about what people thought. That was a big thing for me. I saw a massive difference from 18 to 21 because I just stopped. I also stopped caring about what other people did. I was just kind of like, it’s not my business; I’m not their business. You just live your life in the way that you think is right for yourself and trust yourself and don’t get caught up in the big trends of what you should be doing or should be saying. Find your own ideals and stick to that.
You grew up in the age of Instagram and social media, which can be a double-edged sword. What are your thoughts about social media as a whole and how do you approach it?
It’s kind of a mixture of a lot of different things. When I was younger, I really wanted to get across who I thought Chloë Grace Moretz was for other people—the girl they wanted to see, the girl they wanted to hear from. And then as I grew up, I was like, it’s harder to keep up all the mantels of what you think you should be.
And I broke that down a lot. And I kind of pulled it back to the simplicity of like, who am I? What do I stand for? Who do I want people to perceive me as? Do I really want to be putting on a mask when I step into the spotlight, and what does that even mean? When I broke that down, I kind of brought this transparency between me and my fan base. I give that to a lot of the younger people who are younger than me—the 14- and 15-year-olds out there, their amount of transparency is really, really cool. You look at actresses like Rowan Blanchard or, you know, these really young girls, and they’re badasses in a lot of ways. And I kind of took a cue from that shift in the zeitgeist, of being transparent and showing people who you are and what you are is enough. And that’s something that I didn’t grow up with, but I grew into.