Cate Blanchett has always done Hollywood her way. She’s chosen the roles she likes rather than ‘should’ chose, refused to bend to the stereotype of how she ought to look and remained as private as possible for the sake of her family and marriage of over 20 years to Andrew Upton.
The couple share three sons, Ignatius, nine, Roman, 13 and Dashiel, 16 and in February 2015 adopted daughter Edith Vivian Patricia. It’s no surprise then that while many fellow actresses are approaching their 50th year, as Cate is in May, Ms Blanchett is philosophical and positive about the ageing process. We’ve been dying to take a closer look at Cate’s beauty secrets and they’re as refreshingly down to earth as she is.
Making time to look after her skin makes a regime part of her daily routine. She always makes sure to remove her make up carefully before bed – although she admits she’s only human and slips up sometimes! “I was so tired, I went, ‘oh, I’ll lie down for five minutes,’ and then you realize it’s six in the morning and you haven’t done it. As long as you then pick it up in the morning. In a way, the most steadfast routine that I don’t ever give up is the morning routine. It just becomes second nature to me, like brushing my teeth.”
She doesn’t care if looking after her skin makes her look silly! To make sure her skin looks refreshed and its best despite all the long-haul travel she has to do, Cate wears a moisturising mask when she travels by air. “I’ve done it for so long,” she says. “I usually wait till the lights are out, but I forget I’ve got them on. You don’t want to eat through them, that gets a bit ugly. If you leave them on too long, you realise how dehydrating the plane is. After 20 minutes, it goes completely dry.”
As she has got older, Cate has learnt to appreciate the power of nourishing your skin from the inside out. That has meant making sure she includes a quality supplement to give her all her body needs for great skin, hair and nails, “I’ve really started to take vitamins and I’ve noticed a huge change. My nails will never grow, but after taking vitamins for about six months – huge difference.”
Her life-long love of sunscreen and careful skincare routine over the past decade has certainly paid dividends when it comes to looking younger than her years now. But while she understands why some women might want to ‘fix’ their appearance with surgical intervention, it’s not something which appeals to Cate: “For me, it’s about looking the best you can at whatever age,” she explains. “There’s a big difference between altering your appearance and trying to work with what you got. My philosophy is to work with what you got. It’s about feeling comfortable in your own skin. For me, I’ve just grown up that way. My mother is not someone who has surgically enhanced herself. It doesn’t seem natural to me.”
And she says the effects of aging and getting older don’t frighten her. “As women, we are indoctrinated to be terrified of the changes that go on in our bodies and in our physical selves,” she notes. “For me, I’ve thought about and embraced those changes so much more because I felt like I’m just working with what I’ve got, doing the best I can as I go along, ageing as we are all aging. It’s the evolution of it. I think it’s really, really positive.” And Cate admits her feeling about ageing and respect for those doing so wholeheartedly has re-enforced what kind of mindset she wishes to approach the world with. “The people who I think are truly beautiful are the people who are outward-looking, they’re engaged in the world, they’re not loathing themselves.”
When it comes to having great skin, Cate recommends looking after it from childhood, something she is doing with her kids. “I’m very conscious of sun damage in my children,” she admits. “The best piece of advice is to wear sunscreen and not go out in the harsh Australian sun. From a vanity perspective, you don’t want to be old and wrinkly. But it’s also protected my skin.” And this is so important to her it makes up part of her advice to others about looking their best. “Exfoliate, moisturise, and wear sunscreen. That’s it. That’s fine.”