SK-II: Two new interviews

Alright, here are two interviews about SK-II that lovely Mary found 🙂 Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett is a rare breed of actress. She’s a modern woman whose poise and beauty seems tethered to the collective memory audiences share of Hollywood’s classic beauties. She’s a commanding presence, but notably down-to-earth. Those of her ilk are scarce in this day and age. We caught up with the beguiling Aussie, the face SK-II skincare, to find out how she manages to stay looking pitch-perfect with such a topsy-turvy movie-star schedule.

SAKSPOV: You just completed your run with the Sydney Theater’s production of Genet’s ‘The Maids’ this past year in New York City. Eight performances a week must take a toll on anyone’s skin. How did you prep your skin for each performance?
Cate Blanchett: I moisturized with the LXP range before and after and make sure I cleanse well – when I’m on stage I use the SK-II Cleansing Oil. When I had two shows on the same day, I put an SK-II Facial Treatment Mask on between performances.

What are your go-to products for when you’re constantly switching seasons on your travels to and from Australia?
Cate Blanchett: I always use SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. During the day, on a flight, morning and night, without fail. Sunscreen is also vital – especially in the Australian summer and I find the Daylong 30-50 sits well under most make up and isn’t greasy. I especially rely on the LXP range; however, the essence, serum and moisturizer are more intense and super hydrating.

How do you plan to spend the rest of your summer? Any big plans now that you’ve wrapped production on your latest stage work?
Cate Blanchett: Well, it’s winter in Sydney and we are about to have a holiday break with the children, so I hope I’m in a canoe, then tucked up by the fire.


As Cate Blanchett gets set to star in the upcoming remake of the 1950s Disney fairytale, Cinderella, she is looking younger than ever. So what’s the secret behind the 45-year-old star’s timeless looks and healthy glow? The Australian actress has revealed that she swears by the power of emu oil for keeping her skin in check as she opens her make-up bag for FEMAIL.

Speaking about the peculiar lotion, she said: ‘I tend to use really basic creams, and I like to put anoil on, like an emu oil from Australia. It’s from the emu and it’s really nourishing. I prefer an oil to a cream.

‘In indigenous Australian culture, that’s the first oil they put on a baby because it’s so hydrating,’ she said. ‘It’s all pretty basic.’

Cate, who is the ambassador for beauty brand SK-II, shared her day-to-day skincare tips.

She said: ‘I drink hot water with lemon. Everyone says, “Try this” or “Try that”, but they all come back to basic principles. They all come back to hydrating, drinking enough water and making sure you don’t eat over-processed food.
‘The other thing that’s really bad for your gut and skin, and really bad for your mind, is stress levels. Anything you can do to reduce your stress levels – which is hard if you’re under economic pressure or in relationship pressure – those things take a toll on you and your skin.
‘But anything you could do to ease that part of your life will have an impact. How you feel affects how you look.’
The Hollywood stalwart, who has won countless awards, says she’s picked up some vital beauty habits from her years in the industry.
She swears by not overplucking her eyebrows, and when it comes to make-up, finding the right foundation that works with her moisturiser is essential, she says.

‘I’ve gotten very quick and easy about [my beauty regime]. I don’t think about it a lot. I don’t wear a lot of makeup during my everyday life – I would for a character – but it’s all about making sure your skin is clean.

‘For me, the thing I’ll never give up is my skincare. I’ve also learnt how highlighting can change your face. I’m also not faddish about it, so it hasn’t really changed that much to be honest. I use the SK-II LXP Ultimate Perfecting Essence, Serum and Cream and I cleanse, and I get up and do the same thing,’ she said.

The blonde beauty also opened up about ageing gracefully, admitting: ‘Whenever I have those days – and we all have them – and I go “Oh, I don’t like this bit or that bit”, I always have to ask myself what it is and that’s what I have to work on.

‘We’re all getting older, there’s no point panicking about it, you just try to look as good as you can at whatever age you are.’

She continued: ‘I really subscribe to the Asian philosophy that in order for something to be perfect, it needs to contain its grain of imperfection.

‘In Japan for instance, when a plate breaks, they’ll put it back together but they’ll put gold along the cracks – they’ll celebrate the crack. Whereas in the West, I feel like we’re always trying to pretend the crack’s not there or throw it away and get another one.

‘I think we should throw out the notion of trying to attain all that perfection that isn’t possible. We should try to be better but we should celebrate who we are and what we have. I certainly wasn’t born with incredible skin but I worked with what I’d been given.’

Discussing her New Year’s resolutions, she revealed that working out is at the top of her priorities list.

‘I’m so regular with my skincare, so I’d love to get regular with my exercise too because it always goes out the window,’ she said.

‘If I don’t do something in the morning then I don’t get it done because then the day takes over. And often it does take over for one thing or another.

‘I’ve so many friends who have incorporated the idea of meditating at some point during the day, so I would love that. There’re so many apps now and the world can get so noisy; we’re so addicted to being busy. I would really love to find that 15 minutes a day to just be still and quiet.’



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