Reveal your skin’s destiny with SK-II
The wisdom that comes with age is one of the wonderful things about life. But why let that wisdom show on our complexions? That said, we shouldn’t be on a quest for youth, but on a quest for healthy skin. This begs the question: what exactly is healthy skin? According to SK-II, healthy skin begins with an optimal balance of five dimensions — texture refinement, firmness power, wrinkle resilience, spot control and radiance enhancement — and also appears youthful and beautiful.
After over 30 years of skincare expertise and the discovery of SK-II’s key proprietary and signature ingredient, Pitera, the brand has launched a new campaign, Change Destiny, to encourage women to take charge of their skin’s future.
When it comes to time, there’s no better moment than the present to begin a healthy relationship with your complexion so that, even as the years come and go, your skin’s age does not reflect your real age. Just take it from the loyal SK-II users whose skin age (as determined by the brand’s Magic Ring tool that measures the aforesaid five dimensions) are well below their actual age. For instance, veteran Japanese actress Kaori Momoi, SK-II’s first brand ambassador, was a user well before signing on to represent the brand. She doesn’t look remotely close to her age of 62 years.
A long-term skin destiny study by SK-II, of 272 women aged 28–76 years, showed that nine of 10 SK-II users had better complexions. And even as their age increased, their complexions kept getting better — seven out of 10 users enjoyed healthier skin compared with non-users who were 10 years younger; and five out of 10 SK-II users had even better complexions than non-users two decades their junior. And it’s never too late to make the change. The study showed that those who started to care for their skin in their 40s had better skin than non-users in their 50s and 60s.
At SK-II’s recent campaign launch in Shanghai, ELLE caught up with three stunning actresses who’ve made the lifelong decision to take their skin’s destiny into their own hands, and have nothing but great complexions to show for it.
I think it’s finding the right foundation that works with your moisturiser so they’re not competing.
We take a moment with Australian-born Hollywood superstar Cate Blanchett as she shares with us her skincare rituals and beauty philosophies.
WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY BASED, AND HOW HAS SK-II HELPED IN THAT CLIMATE?
We live in Sydney, Australia and the sun is incredibly strong there. SK-II helps combat dryness. The Advanced Protect Essence UV is another layer to protect me against the sun. But it also gets cold so I change my routine depending on the climate.
DESCRIBE YOUR SK-II ROUTINE
In the time that I’ve been using it, going on 13 years, the line has exploded. I can tailor-make my own facial within the range. Morning and night I use the LXP line, so the Ultra Perfecting Essence and then the serum, and I might use Stempower moisturiser during the day or Advanced Protect Essence UV and then use the LXP at night. But I also take the Essence with me in a little spray bottle during the day. If I’m going out, I might put a whitening mask on because it’s so brightening. Or if it’s been particularly dry, I’ll use the treatment masks because they’re so hydrating.
WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE ASIAN OBSESSION WITH SKIN WHITENING?
It’s funny you ask that because that was the first part of the line I encountered. I used it while I was pregnant with our first child when I noticed the pigmentation changes to my skin that sometimes happen when you’re pregnant. When the SK-II people discovered I was using it, they were bewildered. I said, we’ve all got uneven tones in our skin. And I was concerned as an Australian because even if you don’t go in the sun you get indirect sun. It just evened out my skin. I think that it’s probably not just Asian. Each culture has a different idea of what is beautiful. And I think that the west has sort of inherited the Asian obsession.
WHAT’S YOUR IDEA OF IDEAL BEAUTY?
I really subscribe to the Asian philosophy that in order for something to be perfect it needs to be contained within its grain of imperfection. If a plate in Japan breaks, what they’ll do is they’ll put it back together with gold; they’ll celebrate the crack. Whereas, I feel like in the west, we’re always kind of trying to pretend that the crack’s not there or we throw it away. I think we should throw out this notion of trying to attain perfection or that perfection is possible. Sure, we should try to be better, but we should also celebrate who we are and what we have. I wasn’t born with incredible skin but my skin has gotten better since I’ve used SK-II. I’ve worked with what I’ve been given.
WHAT ARE SOME BEAUTY TRICKS YOU’VE LEARNED OVER THE YEARS?
I’ve been advised not to pluck eyebrows too much. And I think it’s finding the right foundation that works with your moisturiser so they’re not competing. Often you’ll use a foundation because you like the look but then it doesn’t work with your skincare. I’ll never give up my skincare.
HAVE YOUR BEAUTY HABITS EVOLVED?
I don’t wear a lot of make-up in my everyday life. It’s all about ensuring your skin’s clean. It hasn’t changed that much to be honest. I know that doesn’t sound like it’s very now, very current, but it hasn’t changed. I use the Essence, I use the serum, I use the moisturiser and I cleanse. And then I get up and do the same thing again.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE BRAND THAT YOU CAN RESONATE WITH?
The clarity that it gives your skin and the time that it gives back to you. And I love that at the core of the brand is a strong sense of ritual and routine. It’s come to life from a naturally occurring substance that they’ve labelled Pitera, but it’s based in tradition. Yes, we’re in the beauty world and obsessed with a quick fix and it gives you that, but it also pays off over time. So it’s that consistent friendship that I have with the products because they’ve been a good friend to me. I think that’s the je ne sais quois when people say you look great today and I don’t know what it is. It’s because it’s turned a light on in your skin.
Rising star Ni Ni, Chinese actress of TheFlowers
ofWar fame, sheds light on what’s been keeping her skin looking great despite the stresses of her newfound profession.
WHAT HAS CHANGED THE MOST FOR YOUR SKIN IN THE LAST YEAR NOW THAT YOU’VE BEEN USING SK-II?
Since I started using SK-II skin products, my skin has become firmer. As a matter of fact, my skin was pretty good. I think that after becoming an actress, because I have to wear a lot of make-up and use makeup remover, I started to have some fine lines and spots on my skin and it started to feel dry. A friend recommended SKII and after that I started to feel my skin change. And once your skin becomes firmer, you feel that your entire skin condition improves significantly.
DO YOU HAVE A BEAUTY PHILOSOPHY?
I don’t think a woman’s beauty diminishes as she ages. And actually, the ageing process refines, adorns and makes a woman even more beautiful because she has more experience and she feels more at ease about things.
Tang Wei dishes out on ever-changing beauty trends,
her skin’s best quality and that defining moment she decided to take charge of
her skin’s destiny.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE AGEING PROCESS?
I think the inside of your heart is the most important thing for a woman. Of course, we can seek help from certain skincare products, to manage the ageing process and perhaps you can choose certain skin products that work for you so that you can better manipulate or manage your ageing process.
WHAT ARE YOUR SK-II MUST-HAVES?
The mask! I use it every day. Especially when I’m shooting a film because I need to put on and remove my make-up so I use the mask to protect my skin. And then there’s the eye cream. I use the new magnetic tool to help my eyes, especially before I sleep. It’s a small magnetic stick that come with the Stempower Eye Cream. It’s very comforting because I like massages and I use the stick to give myself an eye massage.
AS A CHINESE ACTRESS, HAVE KOREAN BEAUTY TRENDS INFLUENCED YOU?
I think now the whole world is getting smaller and smaller. It affects everyone everywhere so I think being beautiful is something all women want so everyone just goes towards the same aim.
DO YOU FOLLOW ANY KOREAN BEAUTY TRENDS?
I think the first thing to consider is whatever suits me. Nothing about where it comes from. Especially when I work with Korean make-up artists, when we work together, we match the personality with our opinions. And if they match that would be the best.
IS THERE A MOMENT WHERE YOU THINK YOU CHANGED YOUR DESTINY?
Before I met SK-II, I was much more of a tomboy. I didn’t even use a mirror. After I started to make friends with SK-II I needed to start looking into the mirror and to see what was changing. And then I started to pay attention to my own skin. And that was a big change for me. For a woman, that’s the point when you become more feminine. So that’s a really big change for me I think.
WHAT’S YOUR SKIN’S BEST QUALITY?
I thank my parents and the place I grew up. Hangzhou is very beautiful and it’s quite wet there so the quality of my skin is quite good — my pores are refined. That’s something my parents gave me. But when I moved to a very dry city — I live in Beijing now and I’ve lived there for 15 years — that really changed a lot of things with my skin. So now, every day I have to use SK-II. That helped me to get the moisture back.
DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL OR UNIQUE WAYS YOU USE SK-II?
The way I use the Facial Treatment Essence is very simple. Whenever I get on a plane, I love to take one little spray bottle with me and whenever I feel dry, I just spray once, and then again and then again. So that’s very simple. I don’t need to bring any cotton pads, just a little spray of the Essence. Later when I spoke to other SK-II regular users I found that a lot of people do that. So I’m not the first person to do it, but I’m really happy I’m on the same path.
Actresses Kim Hee Ae, Tang Wei, Cate Blanchett and Ni Ni at the Change Destiny campaign launch in Shanghai