Remember Cate Blanchett as Galadriel in “Lord of the Rings” -- when she was perpetually under ambient lighting? She emanated an otherworldly glow as Lady of the Wood, but the truth is she appears to be in front of a soft-focus lens in real life -- like, all the time. And now, we're finally privy to her secrets (and it's not elvish magic). The actress and ambassador for skincare brand SK-II has unveiled three simple, natural techniques responsible for her ethereal luminosity.
1. She Drinks Skin-Beautifying Vitamins
"I just started taking these really great skin vitamins," Blanchett told Popsugar.com about a product called Aethern.
Aethern is a liquid vitamin concoction formulated to maximize bioavailability, which refers to the amount of active nutrients properly absorbed by our bodies post-consumption. (In other words, your body will use the nutrients instead of excreting them via urine.) For example, magnesium, a mineral closely associated with cell regeneration, is offered as magnesium bisglycinate chelate, which is a form the body is known to easily assimilate.
The vitamin “shot” also contains bioactive collagen peptides to increase firmness and elasticity (the quality that makes skin bouncy), a claim that’s supported by research. It also includes hyaluronic acid to intensely hydrate, silicon to help encourage new collagen production, and Mediterranean polyphenols to fight environmental damage and decrease inflammation.
2. She Pops Probiotics
"The health of your gut is really, really important. To help your gut, take a probiotic — that's a thing I take,” she continued. Simply put, probiotics are “friendly bacteria” that, when consumed via a supplement or natural foods like kimchi or sauerkraut, help balance the proportion of harmful and helpful bacteria in the gut. Probiotics have been studied to benefit almost everything, from the digestive system, immunity, and oral health to blood pressure, anxiety and depression, and of course beautiful skin.
For this reason, many experts recommend swallowing a capsule of bacteria regularly: “Some people can eat pizza, and it's fine for them. Everybody's systems are different. Some people don't do well with red meat, and some people need red meat. It completely depends on your body type and your blood type," says Blanchett. "What I would say is good for everybody is taking a probiotic; if your gut is healthy, then you're more likely to have healthier skin."
3. She Relaxes Her Face Any Way She Can
"Life's very stressful — no matter what you do, no matter where you live. Particularly the world now is going to hell in a handbag. Do anything you can to help relieve that stress,” Blanchett recommended. We all have our own ways to dissipate the tension, such as hiking, meditating, reading an enthralling book, or listening to classical music. For Blanchett, it’s a facial massage, who swears by its ability to stimulate blood circulation in the face (where we carry loads of stress).
If you’re wallet doesn’t allow for you to get a professional facial massage, you can also do it yourself using your hands during your morning or evening cleanse. Or you can pack your bags or get frisky. According to the actress, “You can always tell when someone has either had sex or gone on a holiday, because their skin looks better and their face is relaxed.”
Now those are skincare techniques we can get on board with!
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