World Cup soccer fever?? Yes, yes and yes! And just in time for all of this soccer madness . . . meet one of our fave soccer phenoms . . . Mallory Pugh. Not only is Mallory a stellar soccer player . . . she is also the newest Face of Neutrogena. Mallory started playing soccer at age four and is one of the youngest women to play on the US Women’s National Team. We chatted with her on what it’s like to be the face of an iconic beauty brand and how confidence and skincare go hand in hand. And we can’t wait to see her on the field again soon representing the USA!

What are you most excited about being chosen as the newest face of Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Line?
When I first found out that I was going to be part of the Neutrogena family and with the Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit line, I was so excited.  I thought that was so cool.  As I learned more about their campaign, Pink Power, I think I was most excited that it empowered girls to be confident.  Even if you do have a breakout, you can clear those breakouts and really become confident. I think it’s cool that they incorporated Pink Power so you have that power as a girl to do whatever you want. Just to inspire other girls was something really cool to be part of.

What is the best skincare tip you have ever received?

Less is more and to always wear sunscreen. Growing up I really wasn’t good about it  . . . but a couple years ago I really started using it more.

What do you love most about the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Line?

I love the scrub (Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub). That is probably my favorite because you get the cleansing part, and you get the exfoliating part. And every time I use it, it smells so good.

How does being an athlete impact your skincare routine?

It impacts it a lot. We have very stressful and busy lives so having a routine that you stick to is super important.  With our games are at different times and traveling from coast to coast, the whole travel part really takes a toll on your skin. So really sticking with a routine is important.

How does skincare impact confidence?

I think that skincare has a big impact on confidence. Obviously if you have nice skin then you are going to feel better about yourself, but I think just having a skincare routine and sticking to it can bring out that confidence in you.

How do you practice being confident on and off the field?

I think for me it is pretty internal on the field.  I think that I have high standards for myself, so once I meet those standards I think that I kind of grow into that confidence and grow on the field.

Off the field, honestly it is just about being comfortable with yourself and accepting who you are and not comparing yourself to others because I know once you start doing that – whether it is with personality or looks – that confidence really goes down.  So really accepting who you are and what you are supposed to do has really helped me off the field as well.

What’s next for you for the rest of 2018?

I will be back to play games with my professional team—Washington Spirit—and then once the season is over then I will hopefully make the qualifying roster in October and hope that the US qualifies for the women’s World Cup that’s in the summer of 2019.

Also I’ve been watching the men’s World Cup and it’s honestly one of the best World Cups.  It’s so entertaining!