Inside Cate Campbell’s Beauty Bag

The four-time Olympian shares her self-care staples.

For four-time Olympian and Avène ambassador, Cate Campbell, real beauty isn’t about perfection. Here, the Australian swimming star reveals what beauty means to her and the cosmetic case essentials she can’t live without.

“When I look at someone who’s beautiful, it’s not the perfect representation of them that I see. It’s the whole of them: the good and the bad. I think my negativity bias helps me relate to people when I can see their flaws, because it makes me see a bit of myself in them. That’s why I wrote an article about my experience of depression, so that people who were going through a tough time, or had sought medical help, could see themselves represented.

I’m learning to be kinder to myself. For a long time, my inner critic fuelled my success, because it meant 

I was always pushing. It’s interesting that those parts of us that make us excel can also become our worst enemy. I don’t want to lose that drive but it’s about recognising when that self-talk turns into destructive criticism. As soon as I find myself slipping into that phase, I take a step back.”

Cate Campbell’s must-have beauty buys

SunscreenAvène Sunscreen Aqua-Fluid SPF 50+

“I had a melanoma scare in 2018, which was a massive wake-up call. Sun safety became an integral part of my routine, so I needed [a product] that was moisturising, but not oily, and gave me the highest protection.”

Shop now: Avène Sunscreen Aqua-Fluid SPF 50+*, $27.99

*ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. USE ONLY AS DIRECTED. Wear protective clothing, hats and eyewear when exposed to the sun. Avoid prolonged exposure in the sun. Reapply frequently to maintain protection.

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