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by on March 1, 2012

Exclusive: Cate Blanchett Reveals Her Glowing Skincare Secrets


It seems skincare is always getting more complicated. I’ve heard in Asia, someone will go through fifteen steps for their skincare. What is your regimen? Can you take us through the steps?
There are definitely a lot more products in the line than when I first started using it, but in the end, they’re all stemming from the same trunk of the tree. I always use the Essence. I used to use the Facial Treatment Repair C, but now I use the LXP Ultimate Revival Cream for more hydration with the new, more concentrated form of Pitera. Then I use the Serum, which is all about skin texture, and a sunscreen. SK-II doesn’t have a designated eye makeup remover, but the oil-based cleanser will remove eye makeup. And that’s basically the routine, it’s quite simple. It works, so I’ve just continued to use the products all these years.

What, aside from SK-II, is in your beauty arsenal?
The only other things I use are essential oils and Emu oil. Derived from the fat of the emu, indigenous Australian culture, it’s the first oil they put onto a baby because it’s so hydrating. It’s an incredible remedy for sunburns and scars, so I’ll use it on the kids too. It’s great for dry patches on the elbows as well. My routine is all pretty basic.

You’re on set a lot. Does your regimen change when you have to wear stage makeup night after night?
Well, the great thing about SK-II is they make foundation. With most foundations, you think “oh no, I just cleansed my skin and now I have to put all this crap on my face.” But their formula contains Pitera. You sweat so much on stage, and think “oh god, my pores are opening and it’s all going in.” But the Pitera is beneficial, so I think that’s actually a really good thing. But I just cleanse more often, use more Essence and drink more water. I’ve been drinking a lot of coconut water actually; it’s what I tend to live on when I’m on stage.


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.