Meagan Good on Why You Need to Treat Your Skin Like a Great Pair of Shoes
For three decades, Meagan Good has been consistently serving great face in the entertainment industry. The little girl that we all know and love is a now 40 years old. However, age is definitely just a number for Good, who maintains her stunning glow on the outside, in part because she's so beautiful on the inside.
But let's face it, there's a plethora of other things that factor into stunning skin. Good sat down with :BLACKPRINT, the Black Affinity Group for Dotdash Meredith, to share some of her latest skincare secrets, as well as talk about her new Amazon original series, Harlem that dropped on Dec. 3.
Although Good credits her flawless complexion partially to genetics, saying that her mom and dad both have good skin, she also gives it up to the majesty of dermatological treatments. "It is so crazy, because I just started getting facials like three years ago," she says. "I get Morpheus8 [an advanced microneedling treatment] and laser tightening. It's amazing. I do that once every three months just to be proactive about making sure that I'm taking care of [my skin]."
As for her must-have skincare products, Good is a fan of retinol, which treats fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness. "I can definitely see a difference, and it's something that's now regularly in my daily routine. She also loves facial products from Kiehl's, and Paul Charette a young aesthetician in Atlanta.
But the Good Girl entrepreneur hasn't rebuked the old-fashioned way of maintaining great skin. "Use a cleanser that identifies with your skin, a good eye cream, moisturizer, [and] make sure that you always wear a sunblock." She goes on to say, "I always clean my skin throughout the day [and] I never sleep in makeup." Good drinks lots of water and gets plenty of rest too, which can help keep skin glowy.
Good's epitaph for skin treatment is poignant. "To me, your skin is like a great pair of shoes that you have to wear for the rest of your life. So when you take those shoes off, you want to clean them, you want to put them back in the bag, you want to make sure that if you're packing them to go somewhere, not a bunch of stuff is laying on them or they're not getting ruined, and you want to treat them a certain kind of way. I only get this skin for the rest of my life, so I want to make sure I really take care of it, love on it and appreciate it."
Although part of Good's repertoire for great skin is rest, that may be a bit of an anomaly these days because this actress, director and producer has several projects in the works. Her latest role is Camille, an anthropology professor at Columbia, in the Amazon series Harlem. The binge-able dramedy, by Girls Trip writer Tracy Oliver, follows the lives of four stylish and ambitious best girlfriends (including Grace Byers, Jerrie Johnson and Shoniqua Shandai) as they navigate sex, relationships and chasing their dreams in the mecca of American Black culture. Tyler Lepley adds some testosterone as he plays Camille's super sexy ex-boyfriend Ian.
There will inevitably be comparisons to Sex in the City but make no mistake--the snappy wardrobe and upscale locals are very Harlem-esque, and these beautiful unapologetically Black women step to the beat of their own drums. Under the direction of series Wardrobe Supervisor Monika Darby, they are finessing style in every moment.
The series is definitely rated R, so the backlash Good receives from some church followers will be inevitable (she's married to preacher/producer DeVon Franklin). She gracefully navigates all of the judgement by saying, she gets it. "Everybody is not trying to be mean. [Ultimately, for me, it's always just checking in with God. I know that some of the choices I make, some of the things I wear, some of the things I work on, not everybody in the church understands it. And that's okay, because at the end of the day, it's between me and God."
Good adores legendary superstar Halle Berry, noting she's the person she'd most like to work with in the future. "I think she's so talented. And I think that she's carried herself in such a beautiful way. I finally got a chance to meet her and she was just so lovely."
Being lovely is very descriptive of Good herself. Her wish for all women: "I want every woman to know how powerful they are and how worthy they are. You deserve every single thing that God has for you; the world needs you because there's nobody else in the world like you, literally, nobody."
And there is only one Meagan Good.
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