For­ever Young

With its lat­est launch, Laneige re­verses the hands of time, and brings back what once was ours. By Jolin Kwok.

CLEO (Malaysia) - - CON­TENTS -

The only youth elixir your skin truly needs.

I’m the lucky one with clear skin, or so that’s how my friends re­mem­ber me. As my mum would proudly de­clare to any aes­theti­cian who dares sug­gest I “try” any anti-age­ing prod­ucts, I’m just 20-some­thing, I’m still so young, these are things I sim­ply (luck­ily) don’t need.

Or do I? I mean, na­ture’s gift is one thing. But when you count in deskbound du­ties from dawn till dusk, for hours on end, span­ning days, months, if not decades, ever since Pri­mary One – ki­asu Asian par­ents- mah – and es­pe­cially since I signed my adult life away to the eter­nal rat race … those sleep­less nights do add up. Like rings in a ma­tur­ing tree trunk, you can count the dam­age by the deep­en­ing lines on my neck – ghastly; my tired re­flec­tion was like the prover­bial fly in the soup that was the pris­tine bath­room mir­ror of my beau­ti­ful ho­tel room. Laneige threw a splen­did party last year at the swanky artsy The South Beach ho­tel in Sin­ga­pore, invit­ing mem­bers of the me­dia from this side of the globe to check out its lat­est, up­graded youth elixirs. But van­ity or press perks wasn’t re­ally what made me glad to at­tend. Fresh air out of the of­fice aside, in fact, the first things I no­ticed were the psy­che­delic grand en­trance of the ho­tel lobby – a seven-foot tall Lee Lee Nam mas­ter­piece that greeted passers-by like a mes­meris­ing trippy Win­dows screen­saver – and the kalei­do­scopic lift in­te­ri­ors of un­der­wa­ter sea crea­tures by Philippe Starck. Just like that, I be­came 10 years younger.

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