Beauty Chat With Penelope Cruz Advertisement
Advertisement

Beauty Chat With Penelope Cruz

At 46 years-old, this mother of two carries her slim figure around with an iron discipline. Practising classical ballet for 17 years, the madrilene actress only swears by wellness

By Virginie Dolata  May 12th, 2021

A healthy nutrition regime, hydrated skin and transcendental meditation are at the top of her beauty priorities. Her faithful nature has led to her remaining Lancôme’s muse a decade later, celebrating 30 years of the “Trésor” fragrance. Cruz is also ready to shoot the next Pedro Almodovar film. At least, she will also appear in 355, a female spy film. “If all goes well!” like she said.

Penelope Cruz
Photograph: Bustos Nico/Lancôme

I Wake Up…

Around 7:30. I need 7 or 8 hours of sleep. I have breakfast with my family and if it’s a school day I get my two kids, Leo and Luna, ready to leave.

I Start The Day…

If I’m not working I try to exercise in the morning. I take some natural supplements too and an organic protein shake.

For Breakfast…

It’s usually oatmeal or avocado toast and some tea.

I Have Breakfast…

Sometimes eggs or fruit, celery juice, homemade cereals, spelt toast. I love arabica organic coffee with almond milk. I only have two per day. No more.

In My Fridge And Kitchen Cupboards…

We have lots of organic fruits and vegetables, free-range meat and fish. In our cupboards, we have quinoa, pasta, brown rice, coconut sugar, stevia and chocolate. I love eating healthy. I don’t follow a particular diet but I love organic, healthy food and my kids also eat the same way.

My Shower Saviors…

Is a dry body brushing. I do it every once in a while, as it helps to eliminate toxins. My make-up artist, Pablo Iglesias, also started to use a Jade roller on the set of our last movie and guess what? It really works.

I Care For My Hair…

Almost all by myself! I grew up at my mother’s hair salon so I know a few tricks for keeping it healthy. I know how to cut people’s hair, colour it and how to do a blow-dry. I did Salma’s (Hayek) hair and make-up right before a premiere and the house lost power. So, I had to do it by candlelight! It was a tough challenge.

The Best Beauty Advice I Got…

Is from my mom. I learned so many things from her by observing at the salon for all those years and practicing on whoever put their trust in me. I love cutting people’s hair!

My Makeup Routine…

I hydrate my skin with the Rénergie Multi-Lift Ultra Cream by Lancôme, then I put on the Hypnôse mascara and some blush.

If I’m Going Out At Night…

I’ll be bold with strong eyes and a nude lip or do the opposite, red lips and soft eyes.

My Favourite Fragrance…

“La Nuit Trésor” by Lancôme! “Trésor” has been my perfume since I was a teenager. This fragrance is 30 years old!

I Style My Hair…

Natural. If I’m having a bad hair day, I make it even messier by adding some dry shampoo for volume.

I Look Into The Mirror And See…

Luckily, whatever I’m feeling in that moment.

To Get That Confidence…

I did classical ballet for 17 years and it had so many benefits for me. Now I just do resistance work and a little cardio, around 3 or 4 times a week for an hour.

The Craziest Thing I’ve Done In The Name Of Beauty…

Probably the perm I asked my mom to do on my hair when I was 13, inspired, like many other women, by Julia Roberts.

My Lunchtime…

Vegetables, some protein and a small portion of carbs. I eat very healthy all the time but Idon’tlookatitasifI’monadiet. I just like being healthy. It’s more like a Mediterranean diet but not too many carbs or sugar.

My Favourite Go-T0 Recipe…

I love cooking and I’ve learned so many new dishes using Thermomix such as the Spanish gaspacho with mozzarella, pomodoro, basilico pasta.

My Way Of Unwinding…

Sleep, exercise and transcendental meditation. A long massage occasionally is also great.

My Last Beauty Crush…

The Lancôme Hydra Zen moisturising cream-gel, it’s perfect for whenever your skin needs a lot of hydration. I use it every day.

My Beauty Obsession…

I read constantly about nutrition and medicine, especially about hormones. Bioidentical hormones are great. I have learned so much in the last few years from doctors like Habib Sadeghi, Nigma Talib, Valentin Fuster and Dominique Fradin-Read. I’m so grateful for the incredible knowledge they share. I also started to practice transcendental meditation. I did it for years in my twenties and it really helps me.

My Evening Beauty Ritual…

Always cleansing and hydrating before going to bed.

The Last Thing I Do Before Turning Off The Lights…

I read and reflect on my day and think about what I am grateful for.

Download your digital copy of ELLE’s April 2021 issue here.