For as long as she can remember, Johanna Peet has always had sensitive skin. Fragrance, in particular, inflamed her face, and synthetic ingredients brought on itchiness. After years of studying labels and cutting certain ingredients out of her skin-care routine, she had had enough trying to find the perfect formula for her face. So she literally took ownership of the stuff she was using by formulating her own products—without synthetics and fragrance. And then Peet Rivko was born.

Peet’s brainchild, Peet Rivko, is a natural, plant-based skin-care line free of ingredients typically banned in the European Union (i.e., parabens, silicones, phthalates, and phenoxyethanol, to name a few of the 1,400 no-no ingredients in the E.U.), is made of three core products—the creamy Gentle Cleanser made with soothing aloe vera and natural humectant glycerin (which is my personal fave); the lightweight Daily Moisturizer, which is shea butter- and jojoba oil-based; and the nourishing Balancing Face Oil, blended with prickly pear, jojoba, and avocado oils. They’re essentials, explained Peet at the launch event of her line, and they’re made to be mixed and matched with more “active” products, including retinol.

Because Peet Rivko is relatively new to the market, Peet tapped her childhood friend, Parks and Recreation actress Aubrey Plaza (who you may better recognize as April Ludgate), to front the line as its first brand ambassador. And according to Plaza, teaming up with her BFF was a no-brainer. So in honor of her partnership with Peet Rivko, I sat down with the witty star to chat skin care, coping with acne, and her refreshing approach to beauty.

Why is partnering with Peet Rikvo important to you?“Honestly, I’m so excited for my friend, who has been my best friend since fourth grade, and I’ve always believed in her. I always knew she was going to do something amazing. I thought that was going to be in government, but surprise! It’s in skin care. And I’m just so proud of her and am happy to be a part of something I actually believe in. I’m such an awkward promoter of anything, so it might be a surprising thing to hear that I’m a brand ambassador for a skin care line—because I think for me it’s unexpected—but I think it’s cool because it’s allowed me to un-ironically talk about something I’m passionate about.”

You said you have sensitive skin. What have been some of your struggles with that?“When I was growing up in middle school and high school, I had such bad skin—without a skin-care routine. Acne affects your self-esteem and I’m sure it’s partially made me who I am today. When you’re insecure about your face, it’s really traumatizing. And it’s such a crapshoot. Some people have the genes and don’t have to go through that, [but] some people do. I remember feeling, at the time, like it would never end and like I was always going to have that problem and always going to look like that. Being an adult now, I’m able to look back on that, and realize, wow, that was hard, but I got through it and maybe it made me stronger. Maybe that’s a little dramatic to say.”

How do you incorporate the Peet Rivko line into your daily skin-care routine?“I use them exactly how they’re meant to be used: Cleanser, moisturizer, oil. It’s a three-step routine—super basic. And I would say, depending on what the conditions of my skin or my hormones, I’ll add in other products that I would need. Maybe an exfoliator or an acne spot treatment.”


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Do you have any beauty resolutions for the new year?“I would say my big resolution is to drink more tea and eliminate coffee entirety. Although, I do love a cup of coffee every once in a while, but I find that a lot of people say this—and it’s easier to say than do—but water is so important for your skin, and I’m really bad at drinking enough water. I never do. But I found that when I drink tea, I drink more water because I don’t even realize I’m drinking it because it actually tastes like something. So more tea! 2017 could be 20TEATIME.”

The Peet Rivko products—cleanser ($30), moisturizer ($48), and face oil ($56)—are available at peetrivko.com.

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