Cate Blanchett Talks Beauty Secrets, SK-II, and Plastic Surgery

Cate Blanchett

Photos courtesy of SK-II

Cate Blanchett

Ask a typical actress how she gets her flawless skin, and you’re likely to get a response that includes a combination of the newest products, the latest high-tech treatments, and maybe a Botox injection here and there (if she’s honest). Ask Cate Blanchett how she gets her flawless skin, and the answer is much simpler.

The Aussie actress has been the face of skincare line SK-II for nearly 10 years, and she’s incredibly loyal to the brand. Or, as she puts it: “I’m really lazy!” she laughed. “If it works, I just keep using it.

“I’ve been using it for a long time,” Blanchett told reporters in an interview at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York. “A friend of mine, a makeup artist in London, put me on to it... It’s about consistency.”

It’s a refreshing point of view from a celebrity who has the opportunity to try everything under the sun, but Blanchett eschews fad treatments when it comes to her health.

“We’re always looking for the new thing,” she said. “I’m very old fashioned … We do so much to ourselves, I don’t know whether [from] boredom or what. It’s like, do less! Read a book, go for a walk!”

Her less-is-more attitude applies to plastic surgery as well.

“There’s been a decade or probably more of people doing interventions on their faces and their bodies, and now people are seeing that [in the] long term, it’s not so great,” she said. “I’m not sitting on a soapbox telling women what they should and shouldn’t do. I just know what works for me. I’d just be too frightened about what it means long-term. Looking at women in their 20s doing this stuff, in the end all you see is the work. It doesn’t fill me with admiration; it fills me with pity.”


Photos courtesy of SK-II

SK-II's LXP Ultimate Revival Cream, $350, and LXP Ultimate Revival Serum, $200.

Her low-maintenance beauty secrets include indulging in an oxygen facial occasionally after traveling, using emu oil and Australian cult-favorite Paw Paw Ointment for extra moisture, avoiding over-plucking her brows and over-curling her eyelashes, wearing sunscreen and avoiding too much sun exposure—though “you’re going to get it anyway,” she said.

And forget extreme beauty and diet tactics. “I think the glass of lemon juice in the morning is a good thing,” she said. “It keeps your systems going. Like the people who get into colonic therapy; there’s a logic to that. The French have been doing it for years—the Egyptians did it! [But] I’m not going to bathe in my own urine—there are certain things in ancient practices that are not worth adhering to!”

What she will adhere to? Her beloved SK-II Essence, as well as the line's brand-new LXP line, which utilizes hydrating Rose Absolute and an eight-times-concentrated version of the prized Pitera ingredient. For the uninitiated: the scientists who initially formulated SK-II did so after visiting a sake brewery and noticing the extraordinarily young-looking hands of the workers there. Pitera is a naturally-derived liquid that comes from the yeast fermentation process.

“I’ve been there, and it’s true,” Blanchett said of the brewery.

We’ve seen her skin, and that’s good enough for us.