The cast of Riverdale’s collective skincare fixation is well-documented—and over the years, we’ve had the chance to talk with most of the hit series’ stars about everything from cystic acne struggles to their shared love of Kate Somerville to the face masks they can’t live without. But the Riverdale actress that everyone looks to for skincare advice actually isn’t Lili Reinhart or Camila Mendes. Instead, it’s 45-year-old Marisol Nichols, who plays Veronica’s mother, Hermione Lodge.
Even a cursory Google image search of Nichols will show you: There is neither a pore nor a wrinkle visible on her face (trust me, you can waste a lot of time internet-stalking her attempting to find one). But Nichols has earned it—the mother of one has been taking care of her skin since her late teens, when she got her start working as a cosmetology instructor for young Elite models. After all those years of practice, Nichols now does her own glam for red carpets and her own hair on set for Riverdale.
Nichols has also nailed down a super effective skincare routine for keeping her pores tiny and her skin tone even and glowing, even when she’s on set for 16 hours straight and traveling nonstop. We caught up with Nichols just a few hours after she hopped off a flight from Milan. Below, read all about her travel beauty secrets, her favorite European pharmacy products, and the best skincare advice she’s shared with her Riverdale castmates.
Welcome back from Italy! Jealous of your trip. What are some of your favorite skincare products to pick up while you’re in Europe?
Avène’s water spray. If I bring that on a flight I’m just constantly dousing myself with it. Something about that spray just works ridiculously well. I found it a few years ago in Verona of all places, in an Italian pharmacy. The lady there recommended it to me, and I was like, really? And she said, no, no, I swear. So I bought it. And now I’ve sworn by it ever since.
It’s one of the only truly legit face mists.
I think it’s the only one. I remember traveling to Rome and then from Rome to Verona and my eyes were just really puffy and bad, so I asked the pharmacist what to buy. The next day, the puffiness was gone. So I swear by it.
Then when I was in France earlier this year, I discovered my favorite sunblock ever, ever, ever. Because I’m Latin, right? And any sunscreen that’s any good had zinc in it, which makes my face white, making it look almost gray under foundation. It just doesn’t work for me at all. So I discovered this brand called SVR. They have a product called Sun Secure Blur. It’s SPF 50, and it goes on clear. It almost goes on like a primer, like the Smashbox one everyone’s used forever. I think it has silicone in it. It’s non-comedogenic. And I swear by it. I think I bought eight of them to bring back. I stock up on it.
What are your other travel beauty must-haves?
Joanna Vargas’s masks. Her masks are truly legit.
They’re my travel staple too! The eye masks.
Yes! They’re amazing. Then Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate. I have to have an exfoliator when I travel. And in a pinch, if I’ve forgotten something, Egyptian Magic works really well as a multipurpose product.
What would say are the most significant ways your skincare routine has changed as you’ve gotten older?
Well now I’m dealing with wrinkles, lack of elasticity, and discoloration. The normal things that go along with getting older, traveling, and working late hours. When I have to get up at 4:30 in the morning, there’s no life behind these eyes! So I use more oils now than I ever did. And vitamin C. I absolutely swear by that. Skinceuticals’ CE Ferulic is amazing. It’s no joke. And I just discovered their A.G.E. lotion—I absolutely love it for nighttime, especially for traveling, because it’s really intense. My other go-to is Dr. Barbara Sturm. I love her Calming Serum and Hyaluronic Serum. High-end but really good. So is Retrouvé's eye serum, which is also great for nighttime.
Oh, and you know what else I love? Clarisonic. The Mia Smart. The stronger brush, not the gentle one. That’s one of those tried-and-true, been-around-forever things, but I actually do notice a difference in my pores. It really cleans out the little pores in your nose that you can’t get without going in for a facial. It sounds like they’re paying me to say this, haha.
Oh, and thank god for lasers. Can we just talk about that for a second? I don’t know where I’d be without the amazing technology we have right now. Microneedling and Laser Genesis have saved my life. Whenever Joanna Vargas is in town, if I’m in town, I try to see her for a facial. Go get the Twilight Facial. It’s insane.
Switching to makeup for a second: What are the five makeup products you always take with you when you travel?
Diorshow mascara. Pat McGrath Blitz Brown eyeliner. I switch between Tom Ford’s liquid foundation and Armani. And I’m not a big lipstick wearer, but when I want a little color, Ogee has these thick sort of chubby sticks, which are really moisturizing and natural and come in different shades. Oh, and Tom Ford bronzer.
All classics. I support those. Over the years on Riverdale, have you picked up any beauty tips from your fellow cast members?
Actually, I’m usually the person who gives out tips, ha. Just because I’ve been doing it for so long! I’ve turned most of the cast onto Laser Genesis just because they all ask, “What do you do for your skin?” and I tell them THIS. Because it’s amazing. I know Joanna Vargas has sent us all stuff, so they share that. The masks and the Vitamin C Rescue Serum.
If our readers walk away from this interview with only one piece of travel skincare advice, what should it be?
SLEEP. Sleep is everything.
What’s your travel sleep routine like?
I use a silk eye mask. And the room has to be blacked out. I’ve been known to go out and buy garbage bags and put them on the windows of a hotel room because there’s nothing worse than being woken up by the sun when you need to sleep. I also use a white noise machine every night. And then I use this amazing homeopathic product called Wellmind. They’re these tablets—I put under the tongue, and in 10 minutes I’m out. I can’t pronounce the ingredients to save my life, but it’s so good. You have to be in your room, with the lights off, your head on the pillow, put two under your tongue, and you’ll be out. I swear by that.
Makeup: Blue and pink suit—Tina Turnbow for Ogee; Others—Marisol Nichols
Photography: Tina Turnbow
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