Madelaine Petsch Reveals the Self-Care Rituals Hidden in Her Busy Schedule

In our new series, “Operation Recharge,” we task celebrities and influencers with sharing what self-care means to them, as well as the activities, products, and treatments they indulge in for downtime done right.

Madelaine Petsch is everywhere these days and we don’t exaggerate. When she’s not clocking in hours on “Riverdale,” she’s either doing makeup tutorials on her YouTube channel, walking a red carpet or sharing beauty advice on-the-fly. It goes without saying that taking the occasional break is absolutely necessary. But when you’ve got so many things on your schedule and actually thrive on the busyness of it all, improvisation is necessary.

Ahead, the 23-year-old (and new Biore ambassador!) tells StyleCaster everything she does to make sure her health–mental, emotional and physical–remains a top priority…even if she’s constantly on-the-go.

On Self-Care

I’m huge, I mean huge on self-care. I’m an advocate for when you feel like you need to stay home, just stay home. I’m really big on things always smelling peaceful; like lavender’s always in the house and I’m saging when I feel negative energy.

Just very in tune with how I’m feeling and I do listen to my body when it says I need to relax. Then there are days when I’m off and I want to work out every single day, so I have to make sure I keep that in line with feeling like I’m recharging at the same time.

On Traveling

I’m a workaholic, but I find ways to fit self-care into everything I do. I know I’m going on an airplane tonight, so I’ll probably fit in a Biore Self Heating Mask when I’m in the airplane bathroom. It’s amazing because you can put it on for one minute and take it off versus having a creepy mask on your face. Masks are sticky, so if I fell asleep, it would get everywhere.

STYLECASTER | Operation Recharge: Madelaine Petsch | Biore One Minute Heat Mask


I always carry around essential oil with me, so I’ll take a moment to recharge, breathe in a different room, make sure that I have everything I need and then go back into the day. I don’t like time off, but I like taking care of myself, so it has to go hand in hand.

On Her Comfort Meal

Actually, I’m really into spicy tomato soup. Isn’t that weird? I’m not really into comfort foods or anything like that. I feel like I eat pretty clean. I’ve been plant based my whole life, but I like anything spicy. And anything with a spicy soup is my kind of self-care. I want to feel like I’m bundled, especially in Vancouver where it’s so cold. You want to bundle up with a good book and some soup.

On Fitness

I have a personal trainer which I think kind of goes with the whole recharge thing because working out is one thing where I don’t want to be thinking. If I’m going to recharge, I want to have my brain completely turned off and with a trainer,  I have the ability to do that. Not everyone has the ability to do that, I totally understand that, and there are apps to help as well.

But my personal trainer helps to turn my brain off for an hour and I don’t think about anything else except what she tells me think about and I love it. That’s my recharge moment and hour to myself even though I’m with someone else.

On Makeup

If I can avoid putting makeup on, I usually do, because I wear it for work. But If I am going out or something, I like to give myself enough time to enjoy getting ready. And I like to do it sitting on my bed with all my makeup in front of me while watching TV, and a little mirror so it feels very peaceful. Maybe a cup of coffee. I like to make everything a little bit of a ritual because I don’t have a lot of time to myself, as we know. So everything has to be kind of precious.

STYLECASTER | Operation Recharge: Madelaine Petsch | Fenty Beauty Foundation

Fenty Beauty

I always have some kind of lip balm in my purse and Fenty Beauty foundation which I’m obsessed with. I’m also loving the tarte gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara. I bought a sample of that that I love. I’m not a germaphobe, but I always have Wet Ones to be as clean as possible. And I try to keep some kind of eyebrow thing in my bag, maybe like the auburn Brow Wiz from Anastasia Beverly Hills.

On Skin Care

Biore Pore Strips is the first skin care product I’ve ever owned. When I was eight years old–and at that point I probably didn’t even have blackheads–but I saw them in movies and stuff and I was like, “I want to be like a grown up!.”

So my mom got them for me and I felt very official, and I’ve been using them ever since. I knew [Biore] was looking for a new ambassador this year and I told my team that I was a huge fan of the brand. They reached out and it all worked out. It’s nice to really stand behind the product.

STYLECASTER | Operation Recharge: Madelaine Petsch | Biore Baking Soda Acne Cleansing Foam


I do genuinely use it and it smells amazing. And then they sent me the new Baking Soda Acne Cleansing Foam. They were like tell us if you like it and I was like, “I love this stuff!” I also found Glossier’s Balm Dot Com. The rose one is stupid good, like a little exfoliating on the lips.

On Building Confidence

I like to use my platform to inspire people, to make them feel happy, and to give them information. Like when we did that [“Riverdale”] episode about sexual assault, Biore actually helped me do a PSA about sexual assault and I put it on my Instagram and my youtube and I gave people information they needed if they’ve ever gone through it. That’s the kind of stuff I like to spread on my platform.

In addition to that, I like sharing no-makeup selfies and making people feel confident in their own skin because that’s something that was very difficult for me for a very long time. I now finally now feel comfortable without makeup on. Society has this standard where women have to wear makeup and then you don’t want to do it because you want to stand up to society, but then you’re like, “But I like wearing makeup!” So it’s a fine line.

I like not wearing it sometimes, but when I want to wear it, I enjoy putting it on. I can take that hour of virtual self-care time and it’s more of an art form and expression versus “I have to look pretty for everyone else.”

Operation Recharge: Hilary Duff on Self-Care and the Ultimate Day Off

In our new series, “Operation Recharge,” we task celebrities and influencers with sharing what self-care means to them, as well as the activities, products, and treatments they indulge in for downtime done right.

Hilary Duff isn’t new to this; she’s true to this. The 30-year-old has been in the spotlight since her preteens (aka, the “Lizzie McGuire” years) and managed to escape what many deem a “child star curse.” Today, she is a bona fide jack of all trades. When she’s not starring on what I believe to be the severely underrated show “Younger,” she’s also clocking time in the occasional film, designing eyewear, and raising a 5-year-old.

So it comes as no surprise that self-care is something she needs to stay sane in the midst of a crazy schedule. Ahead in her own words, Duff delves into what self-care means to her and what a dream day off would look like. Spoiler alert: It includes soup, plenty of masking, and of course, Netflix.

Self-care to me equals self-love: Taking time to do things that make you feel good about yourself—like exercise, personal hygiene, and beauty regimens, all of which can boost your confidence. It’s important to take the time to take care of yourself. By being good to your body, mind, and soul, you can help create positive habits and form healthy relationships with your family, friends, and partners.

I really believe that when you are comfortable in your own skin and proud of who you are, you can focus on what’s important in your life—like your family, career, and health. Women work so hard, and sometimes it’s easy for us to forget to take care of ourselves. It’s something I thought a lot about in creating Muse x Hilary Duff, my line of glasses and sunglasses for I never leave the house without a pair of sunglasses or glasses, so creating my own line felt really natural to me. But beyond that, it was important to me to build a collection that every woman—no matter her face shape or skin tone—could feel comfortable in and empowered by.

Part of doing my best to care for myself both physically and mentally is making a conscious effort—drinking lots of water, having a beauty routine I rely on, spending time with my family and friends.… When I feel good and take care of myself, it reflects in everything I do. And I’ve learned that it’s OK to break the rules and indulge—life is too short to not let yourself have fun or worry about every little thing. I do my best to not be super hard on myself.

The time I spend on myself varies day-to-day, depending on my schedule—hey, I’ve got a 5-year old! After years of being forced to build extreme LEGO sets, I have finally accepted it as a relaxing experience—ha! I love to hike, skip rope, and do high-intensity interval training. And I take occasional yoga classes.

Spending time with people I love is the best trick I’ve learned to recharge. I try to take a little bit of time each day for things like a workout, a mani/pedi with a friend, lunch with my mom—even organizing my closet feels like something cleansing to do for myself.

STYLECASTER | Operation Recharge: Hilary Duff | Aesop Redemption Body Scrub


I am a huge fan of taking baths. It is a great way for me to relax and have some alone time. I exfoliate my skin every day—lately I’ve been using Aesop Redemption Body Scrub. I also love Neutrogena Light Sesame Body Oil. I put it on after a shower when my skin is still wet.

Another thing: I love to cook—it’s very therapeutic for me. I love the process of making a vegetable purée soup and keeping it in my fridge to heat up. It’s easy but therapeutic and super healthy and filling! I stole the recipe from my neighbor (sorry, Gina!). Here’s how you make it: Combine yellow onion, garlic, a little bit of grapeseed oil, broccoli, asparagus, red and green bell pepper, and low-sodium chicken broth (or veggie broth) in a pot and cook until soft. Then purée the mixture until smooth. Add salt, pepper, white pepper, crushed red pepper, and a dash of cayenne. Done! I try to drink lots of water and eat as healthy as I can, but I love to break the rules sometimes, so I allow myself to do it here and there.

I also like to treat myself with an evening facial at my house in front of the TV, watching whatever I want to watch after my son goes to sleep. I love Netflix and Hulu—and am obsessed with “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Crown.” The show I’m into right now is called “The End of the Fucking World.”

STYLECASTER | Operation Recharge: Hilary Duff | This Works Cleanse & Glow

This Works

For my at-home facial, I use Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment Mask, which is great for hydration, and This Works Light Time Cleanse & Glow is a new obsession. I also use Lancer the Method: Polish three times a week for extra brightness. If I have any breakouts or blemishes, I’ll hit ’em with Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel. Next, I’ll apply the Baume by Emilie and the Stars All-Round Moisturizer—it’s an essential-oil balm for dry skin. Now that I’m 30, I’m a two-time-eye-cream gal: I use Dr. Sebagh Instant Fix Eye Lift Gel, then layer on Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Creme.

STYLECASTER | Operation Recharge: Hilary Duff | Clinique Clinical Clearing Gel


I also take Nutrafol vitamins for my hair every day and apply Sage Gutzy Soothing Belly Massage Blend roller oil to aid with digestion and Sage Moon Cycle Women’s Soothing Oil Blend for balancing hormones during my cycle. Before I hit the pillow, I’ll have a Good Day Chocolate Sleep Supplement—I can’t sleep without them—and I spray This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray on my pillow every night. I’ve been using it for years. It’s the best!

Sometimes self-care is really hard, and I’m not always successful. But even stealing away just a few minutes for yourself—like grabbing a coffee with a partner or a friend—can change your mind-set about what you have in front of you for the rest of the day. Playing a fun, mind-challenging game is always a good way for me to escape for a few minutes. I love to play Rummikub with whoever I can force to play with me! Otherwise, I try to keep a fun game going on my phone—I love to play Words with Friends. I also take Nurse Jamie UpLift Facial Massaging Beauty Roller in my car and use it when I’m at a stoplight for a quick self-care fix.

Operation Recharge: ‘Shameless’ Star Emma Kenney Shares Her Go-To Self-Care Routine

Self-care is more than a buzz word; it’s a necessary component of healthy living. Down time may be the stuff of dreams for many , but it’s simply a non-negotiable for Emma Kenney. The 18-year-old is currently starring on two television shows: the criminally underrated “Shameless” and the upcoming “Roseanne” reboot, where she’ll play the daughter of Darlene Connor (Sara Gilbert) and David Healy (Johnny Galecki).

As you can imagine, balancing two gigs on top of other film projects is a lot to juggle, but the wise-beyond-her-years actress has already learned to prioritize “me time” while building a promising career.

“Self-care is slowing down and putting the time and effort you deserve into yourself, however that may be,” she says. “Treat yourself! Our bodies are literally running our lives, which is kind of a huge deal, so you have to replenish and nourish it, too. I don’t have a set time per day, but I make sure I do all that I want to do for myself and my body everyday.”

Admittedly, some days are more difficult than others. For example, Kenney is currently working on a project in Montana, where the weather is sometimes below zero. But even in extreme conditions, she’s packing on the moisture and making self-care a part of her schedule.

Here’s exactly how she does it:

How I Recharge: 

“Drink an EmergenC daily, drink some Lipton tea and a LOT of water…a dark charcoal mask from GLAMGLOW, and I follow up with moisturizer from La Mer.”



My Ultimate Self-Care Meal: 

Mac and Cheese. Fact!

My Go-To Self-Care Activities:

“Running; I love the way my skin looks after a great run. And I love watching ‘Housewives;’ it’s a guilty pleasure!”

In our series “Operation Recharge,” we task celebrities and influencers with describing what self-care means to them, as well as the activities, products and treatments they indulge in for down time done right.