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Exclusive: Cate Blanchett Reveals Her Glowing Skincare Secrets


When it comes to skincare, choosing a routine right for your complexion can be a difficult task with hundreds of products thrown in our faces throughout the year. But when we think of beautiful, radiant skin, none other than talented actress and Australian beauty Cate Blanchett comes to mind. Her crystal clear, flawlessly fair complexion is the most covetable we can think of, and we’ve always wanted to know her deepest beauty secrets. With the launch of a new technology behind SK-II‘s most luxurious line LXP, who better to talk about this beauty evolution than the SK-II global ambassador and Academy Award winner herself. I caught up with Cate during New York Fashion Week, as a select few fashion journalists gathered at the Mandarin Oriental to talk about her role with SK-II, what she keeps in her beauty arsenal and skincare on the go.

Exclusive: Cate Blanchett Reveals Her Glowing Skincare Secrets
Can you tell us a little bit about your involvement with SK-II? We obviously know you’re a big component of the brand, but how did you get started with them?
I’ve been using it for a long time, about 10 years now, and I’ve been the face for about eight years. A makeup artist friend of mine in London originally got me onto it. I’ve always used the Facial Treatment Essence, and then I got onto the Pitera-rich LXP line. They just re-launched the product, containing the most concentrated form of Pitera, and the wonderful thing about working with SK-II is I get to try it in advance. So I’ve actually been using the new LXP Moist Softening Serum for a couple of months. I don’t know whether it’s the rose accent, I’m not a scientist, but it’s stronger and even more hydrating than it was before.

Did you really see a difference in your skin after switching to the new product?
I think so because it’s about consistency. And it’s difficult because we look at ourselves in the mirror every day, and all we see is the flaws. But having used it for a decade now, I’ve definitely seen a difference. And only time, really, will tell with the sun being as harsh as it is. We were away on a Christmas holiday for a week in the tropics, and in the rush of packing for the kids, I didn’t bring anything with me. When I came back, I really noticed I hadn’t been using the SK-II products. So in instances like that, I definitely do notice a difference in my skin’s appearance.

What about the condition of your skin made you notice the difference?
My skin wasn’t as hydrated, actually. The problem with getting on an airplane now is you have to pack everything in tiny mystery bottles, and I normally pack the Facial Treatment Essence in one but ran out of time before the flight. I use it three times a day, so the difference was noticeable.

Contributed by Amanda Gabriele

I stole my first pair of platforms from the Spice Bus in 1997 when Anglophilia was all the rage. Collector of vintage bags, vinyl and kitchen appliances. My dream of becoming a butcher is momentarily on hiatus so I can teach you how to wear muumuus and apply false eyelashes. Follow me on Twitter @CrystlMeatballs.