ROYAL AF­FAIR

De­signed to em­power women with crys­tal clear skin, an ex­quis­ite new gem com­pletes SK-II’s lux­u­ri­ous LXP Ul­ti­mate Per­fect­ing Se­ries. By Li Ying Lim.

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SK-II ref­er­ences love in an­cient China for its new master­piece

Leg­end has it that Con­sort Yang Yuhuan, con­cu­bine of Em­peror Suan Zong, had a vo­ra­cious ap­petite for the juicy, suc­cu­lent red ly­chee. To please his beloved, the em­peror would send out his best rid­ers to col­lect the fruit, which grew in ru­ral ar­eas out­side of South­ern China. Leg­end also has it that just so the beau­ti­ful con­cu­bine was able to taste the fresh­est of lychees, the rid­ers would even take shifts of days and nights in or­der to de­liver plates of the ex­otic fruit in the swiftest man­ner.

This story spread far and wide, and even­tu­ally the ly­chee be­came known as the sym­bol of true ro­mance and sen­su­al­ity. The fruit was then grad­u­ally in­tro­duced into the gilded royal halls, in­dulged upon dur­ing fes­ti­vals and gifted to hon­oured guests from afar. For all her highly lauded beauty and grace, Con­sort Yang may just have known all along the beau­ti­fy­ing po­tency of the ly­chee – af­ter all, to­day, she is still known as one of the Four Beau­ties of An­cient China.

ASIAN PO­TIONS

To­day, SK-II has its eye on this beauty su­per­food for the new LXP Ul­ti­mate Per­fect­ing Eye Cream. Found to also con­tain the sec­ond high­est amount of polyphe­nols (be­hind grapes) and the su­per an­tiox­i­dant power to re­verse dire signs of age­ing, ly­chee ex­tract is at the crux of a re­vi­tal­is­ing cock­tail that also in­cludes the High­est Con­cen­trated Pit­era (a sig­na­ture of the LXP suite and ex­clu­sive in­gre­di­ent to the brand) and Rice Oligo Pep­tide to en­cour­age pro­tein cre­ation and keep col­la­gen from de­gen­er­a­tion, even un­der UV stress. The ly­chee ex­tract reaches full po­ten­tial with SK-II’s sig­na­ture in­gre­di­ent, Pit­era. Fa­ther of Pit­era, Takashi Yoshii, who has con­ducted more than 35 years of re­search in the ground­break­ing el­e­ment, con­tin­ues to dis­cover new in­for­ma­tion and uses for this amaz­ing trans­for­ma­tive mir­a­cle in­gre­di­ent. As cell en­ergy lev­els be­gin to de­plete at the very root of the skin as we age, the LXP range aims to re­vi­talise the NAD cy­cle, which is essen­tially the cur­rency of en­ergy me­tab­o­lism, ac­cord­ing to a re­search by Pro­fes­sor Shin-inchiro Imai, says Yoshi­isan. “SK-II’s LXP Ul­ti­mate Per­fect­ing Se­ries con­tains High­est Con­cen­trated Pit­era, which is able to help boost en­zy­matic cas­cade to reg­u­late the skin cell en­ergy cy­cle on top

of de­liv­er­ing a com­pre­hen­sive range of skin ben­e­fits. It thus works to pro­mote a vi­brant cy­cle of skin cell en­ergy at the root of skin.”

A lux­u­ri­ous suite that in­cludes the Ul­ti­mate Per­fect­ing Essence, this range is per­fect for women who want ex­cel­lence and the ul­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence in SK-II prod­ucts. “This se­ries is so pow­er­ful and con­cen­trated that I no­ticed the ex­tra boost and dif­fer­ence in my skin in a mat­ter of days,” re­veals award-win­ning ac­tress Cate Blanchett, who has been global am­bas­sador of the Ja­panese brand for years.

“In fact, LXP Ul­ti­mate Per­fect­ing Essence nour­ishes the skin to pro­mote a healthy skin bar­rier func­tion, im­prove its re­silience, and keep it hy­drated for up to 200 per­cent times more,” con­firms Yoshii-san. “Bol­stered by the High­est Con­cen­trated Pit­era, LXP Ul­ti­mate Per­fect­ing Se­ries ef­fects skin trans­for­ma­tion across the mul­ti­ple an­gles of vel­vet smooth­ness, taut firm­ness, ra­di­ant lu­mi­nos­ity, even translu­cency, wrin­kle re­silience, and rich hy­dra­tion.”

PAR EX­CEL­LENCE

“What I loved about LXP was that un­like a lot of other prod­ucts that have the rich, mois­tur­is­ing qual­ity that LXP also has, it’s not greasy. So you can put it on even dur­ing the day, par­tic­u­larly if you’re in dry con­di­tions, and you can still ap­ply make-up af­ter with­out hav­ing that greasy feel­ing,” says Blanchett. “I was re­ally pleased when they in­tro­duced the serum, and then – which I think is ab­so­lute ge­nius – the LXP Ul­ti­mate Per­fect­ing Essence. It has be­come my num­ber one prod­uct, not only be­cause the LXP pack­ag­ing is gor­geous, but it’s also that ab­so­lute power booster for Pit­era.” And let us not for­get the ul­ti­mate lux­ury in this rou­tine, which is the Per­fect­ing Cream. The most pre­mium cream ever launched by SK-II is an ex­cit­ing in­fu­sion of a pre­cious rose ab­so­lute scent care­fully ex­tracted from the finest roses in Grasse, High­est Con­cen­trated Pit­era, Golden Regenerating Com­plex as well as nine skin-con­di­tion­ing patents that cul­mi­nate in a lush, creamy fold of skin-firm­ing mir­a­cle. “For me, the LXP range is the master­piece of the SK-II col­lec­tion be­cause there’s been such an in­cred­i­ble amount of care and rig­or­ous tech­nol­ogy that’s gone into pro­duc­ing it and de­vel­op­ing it over time,” shares Blanchett, who con­tin­ues to use the luxe range. “It wasn’t the first prod­uct that I dis­cov­ered, but now that I’ve found it, I know that’s what’s go­ing to carry me into the fu­ture be­cause it’s beau­ti­fully crafted, down to the gen­tle fra­grance that the cream has, and the tex­ture, the im­me­di­ate ex­pe­ri­ence you have of putting it on your skin. “Cer­tainly for me, my re­la­tion­ship with SK-II has been quintessen­tially ex­cel­lent be­cause I’ve had that very ex­pe­ri­ence. I loved it from the out­set but it’s been over the 11 years that I’ve re­ally re­alised the depth of the SK-II range.” It’s a depth that’s well ex­plored, and as the lat­est ad­di­tion to the LXP se­ries proves, one can in­deed im­prove upon per­fec­tion.

AC­TRESS CATE BLANCHETT DI­VULGES HER SKIN­CARE ROU­TINE: “I use the LXP morn­ing and night, which, thanks to the ly­chee ex­tract, makes my skin glow in­stantly. If I have a long day ahead, I’ll even put the Essence on over make-up be­cause I find it also sets your make-up so you don’t have to wear as much.”

Cate Blanchett for SK- II LXP Ul­ti­mate Per­fect­ing Se­ries

Fa­ther of Pit­era, Takashi Yoshii

The sub­tle scent is culled from the del­i­cate Rose de Mai from Grasse

Ly­chee ex­tract is a key in­gre­di­ent in the new Per­fect­ing Eye Cream

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