Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett is a force to be reckoned with on the stage and screen, so it's no surprise that she gives her skin the ultimate defense, too. Having just closed her Broadway debut in New York, finished filming "Ocean's Eight" and diving into her next projects, she may be one of the busiest people in the world (when asked how she finds time for herself and her own well-being, she joked "I don't!").
We recently sat down with Cate and chatted all things skincare, Mother's Day and the wisdom she's carrying on from her own mother.
So what's the secret to that flawless complexion? Consistency.
"I've been using the same products since I was pregnant with my eldest son, who is now 15," she told us, "and it's not that you don't add and subtract various other things, but the essential skincare has stayed the same for a really long time."
And that's the trick. Like many of us, Cate says that when she switches it up too much, tries something totally new, that's when she gets breakouts. (Um, same.) So she sticks to what works for her -- and that's the LXP range of SK-II and the brand's Ultimate Revival Essence.
For Mother's Day this year, SK-II is launching a new design for their Facial Treatment Essence, which Cate compares to "taking a drink of water," with a gorgeous cherry blossom design (available at Sephora for $229). After all, what's a better gift for Mom than a product that really works and looks gorgeous on her vanity table?
We asked Cate about her ideal Mother's Day, and for her, it's in the simple moments. "I love a day where there's either no plan or someone else has made the plan," she said. With four kids, she says she's forever organizing and strategizing -- "it's a bit of a military operation having four children" -- so she loves a day of lounging in their pajamas or spent in the garden.
"And it's really lovely when the kids decide they're going to cook lunch — usually macaroni and cheese or something uncomplicated like that!"
When talking about her own mom, Cate mentioned one thing in particular that she's eternally grateful her mother instilled in her from a young age: to protect her skin from the sun.
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Cate Blanchett, nominated for Best Actress for her role in "Carol," arrives at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Cate Blanchett arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Cate Blanchett attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Cate Blanchett arrives at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts 2014 Awards Season Tea Party held at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul Mounce/Corbis via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Honoree Cate Blanchett attends the 18th Costume Designers Guild Awards with Presenting Sponsor LACOSTE at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 23, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for CDG)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Cate Blanchett arrives at the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 27, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 02: Actress Cate Blanchett arrives at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Cate Blanchett attends the 70th Annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Actress Cate Blanchett attends the 86th Academy Awards nominee luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 17: Cate Blanchett poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Truth', as part of the BFI London Film Festival on October 17, 2015 in London, England.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Cate Blanchett attends the SK-II #ChangeDestiny forum at Andaz Hotel on February 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Cate Blanchett arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Cate Blanchett attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 09: Actress Cate Blanchett attends the 2016 Film Independent filmmaker grant and Spirit Award nominees brunch at BOA Steakhouse on January 9, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Cate Blanchett attends the Lancome BAFTA nominees party at Kensington Palace on February 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Cate Blanchett attends the 3rd Annual Australian Academy International Awards (AACTA) at Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas on January 10, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Cate Blanchett arrives for the IWC Gala in honour of The British Film Institute at Rosewood Hotel on October 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Rune Hellestad - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Actress Cate Blanchett attends the Museum of Modern Art's 8th Annual Film Benefit Honoring Cate Blanchett at Museum of Modern Art on November 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Cate Blanchett attends the BFI London Film Festival Awards at Banqueting House on October 17, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Cate Blanchett arriving at the screening of Carol during the BFI London Film Festival in London. (Photo by Zak Hussein/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Actress Cate Blanchett attends the Giorgio Armani and Cinema Society screening of Sony Pictures Classics' 'Truth' at Museum of Modern Art on October 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
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"She was really big on moisturizing but even bigger on sun protection," Cate said. "When I grew up it was cool to be a bronzed beach bunny, which I was never going to be, but I would damage my skin if I tried. So my mom encouraged me to just look the way I looked and not worry about trying to look like everyone else."
And so she says, her skin is in pretty good condition thanks to her mother's advice. "It wasn't about beauty necessarily as it was looking after yourself, and being healthy."
It's advice she plans to pass along to her children, too -- and not just to her daughter. "I'm big on when you can see the benefits for yourself, you want to pass that on." And her sons? "They roll their eyes! But they won't roll their eyes when they're my age."
Consistency, finding what works, and protecting your skin from the elements. It seems simple enough. And if it's the secret to a Cate-Blanchett-level of flawless skin, then we're on board.