Nasim Pedrad was elated when her new TBS comedy, Chad, was green lit, but she also had a massive reality dawn on her: It was time to step up her skin-care routine.
That might seem like a somewhat obvious thing for an actor to think when embarking on a new TV series, but Pedrad’s latest role—which she’s also the writer and producer for—is far different from anything we’ve seen the 39-year-old actor in. For one, she’ll be playing a 14-year-old. And, secondly, that teenager also happens to be a boy.
“The show’s very personal to my life growing up as an immigrant kid,” she tells Glamour. “I love writing about the awkwardness of adolescence, and I thought how to be cool would it be to tell a coming-of-age story where the teenager at the center of it was played by an adult who’s in on the joke. Teenagers don’t know what’s so funny about being a teenager. They’re just sort of living here.”
Pedrad says she knew creating the character would be a big undertaking, and she didn’t want “people be taken out of it because of way too many wrinkles.” She says this, of course, jokingly—much like she does through the rest of describing her skin care routine. (She’s clearly a comedian for a reason!) Take this nugget she dropped about her philosophy on skin care: “I like to keep my skin guessing. I tend to get bored easily, and I’m quite lazy when it comes to skin-care research, so I rely heavily on my friends that are absolutely more well-versed in it than I am to tell me what to get.”
Her friends clearly have great recommendations, which is why she’s been really into Augustinus Bader and iS Clinical lately. Her other big priority? Moisturizing—and lots of it.
Ahead of the comedy’s April 6 premiere on TBS, we asked Pedrad to share exactly what she’s been doing to get that teenage kind of glow. Read on as she drops her routine.
I like the Cleansing Complex by iS Clinical. It’s really light and not abrasive, and feels very gentle on my skin. It’s still powerful though, like if I have sunblock or makeup on my face and I want my skin to feel super clean, I’ll use this. It’s the heavy-duty cleanser that you go to when you’re like, “Yeah, I need the power guns.”
I first discovered it after a girlfriend came over to spend the weekend with me. And I used hers and was obsessed, so I started trying other things from the brand and just really like their products.
If I want a cleanser to help melt away makeup specifically, though, I use Green Clean from Farmacy. I find it to be very helpful. I also love the Augustinus Bader Cleansing Balm. It’s just so luxurious and smooth on my skin. I feel like it cleans without stripping away any moisture.
I use a toner if I want to really reset to a fresh, clean setting. Also I find that if I’ve worn makeup, it helps strip away any excess makeup—like after a 14-hour shoot day if I’m really trying to get every layer of makeup off. I love the Herbivore Jasmine Green Tea Toner. Full disclosure, I’m a sucker for great packaging, and I really like the packaging for Herbivore. But I also love it’s a clean product. My other favorite is the Augustinus Bader Exfoliating Toner. I like to alternate between those two.
I really like layering serums under moisturizers. I feel like it provides a nice base and also helps the moisturizer absorb more evenly. It also makes me feel like I have a more through and complete skin care regimen. My serums are from iS Clinical—I use the Active Serum at night, and during the day I’ll usually go with the Pro Heal Serum. I also like the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic.