FU­TURE PER­FECT

Re­veal your skin’s des­tiny with SK-II

ELLE (Malaysia) - - CALENDAR -

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

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