Why Maya Rudolph Was Stressed Out About Returning to Play Kamala Harris on SNL

The beloved comedian and recent Saturday Night Live returnee shared what she's learned about self-care, skin care, and stress over the past year.
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With so much extra time spent at home over the last year, many people found an opportunity to engage in self-care practices much more frequently. Maya Rudolph is not one of those people.

"If I'm lucky, there is self-care," Rudolph tells Allure, echoing the many other people that self-care has evaded over the ongoing course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Self-care, at least in the lounging-in-the-tub version it's so widely envisioned as, has not claimed a larger chunk of the actor and Saturday Night Live star's calendar than it did before our everyday lives so significantly changed. "Let's be clear: This is not an everyday thing. Some days, if I'm lucky, it's a bath. There may even be salts. But honestly, if I get to do a skin-care routine before bed, that's major self-care."

That's not to say she hasn't tried to bring a few spa-based beauty treatments home when visiting the pros wasn't an option. But when we asked her how that went, she was quite candid. "Not great," she told us. But it couldn't have been that bad, right? "My friends thought I was crazy for plucking my legs instead of waxing. And they were right." Oh. Yeah. That does not sound fun.

Luckily, Rudolph has had some luck discovering a few new skin-care products recently. The first one to pop into her mind: the Pause Fascia Stimulating Tool. "My friend and makeup artist Molly Stern turned me onto it. It's amazing," she says, noting that she pairs it with Saint Jane Luxury CBD Beauty Serum to make her skin glow. "I also follow Face Gym on Instagram and practice their exercises to help with drainage and jawline tightening. I have no idea if it's working, but it feels so good."

It's been a stressful time for all of us, and for every feel-good self-care moment, there can be a feels-not-so-good self-care moment (see: leg-hair plucking), so it's understandable that the beloved comedian has teamed up with Natural Vitality to promote its Calm magnesium supplements. (Always check with your doctor before you start taking any supplements.)

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As high-pressure as it may seem to return to Saturday Night Live during a pandemic to portray Kamala Harris, it's actually a source of comfort for her — except for the whole getting-out-of-pajamas thing. "The only thing stressful about going to SNL was just the idea of getting there. When I first heard she was going to be Biden’s running mate, I had been happily living in nightgowns at home, so I wasn't ready to travel," she says. "But I do feel extremely safe with the way we are following the protocol at SNL. It's weird with no people crowding the hallways, but it's comforting to be there."

And it's just as comforting to us to regularly see her familiar face — the one she pampers when she can find the time — back on SNL

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