Though I had mixed feelings about Cate Blanchett's Oscar frock, my feelings about her radiant beauty never waivers. No one else looks like Cate and in true "movie star" fashion, when she is on screen, you simply cannot take your eyes off of her. Cate Blanchett has been the celebrity spokesperson for the Japanese Skin Care line SK-II for the last several years. The back story, is that she was first devoted to the line and then approached to represent it. Days after the Oscar's, (where she was universally lauded for her elegant makeup and hair), I was contacted by SK-11. Every Red Capet article I have ever read about Cate, starts with priming her skin with her secret weapon, SK-11 Facial Treatment Essence.
'Might you be interested in sampling it'? "YES,YES, YES!!! I replied while bowing, scraping and pinching myself at my good fortune...
SK-II also has an interesting back story..."SK-II Pitera was discovered by chance over 20 years ago by a Japanese monk visiting a sake brewery. He noticed that the workers had elderly faces yet extraordinarily smooth hands. He was determined to discover why. After many experiments, he identified SK-II Pitera, a clear nutrient-rich liquid which, due to its seemingly age-defying properties, has become known around the world as "the Secret Key to beautiful skin ". The SK-II Ritual combines Pitera with the latest advances in science to promote the natural renewal process of the skin's outer layer resulting in clearer, smoother and wonderfully radiant skin".
If this doesn't sound like a modern day Ponce de Leon discovering the Fountain of Youth, I don't know what does. The only question is if I can bathe in the stuff. From what I can discern from digging around on the Internet, Pitera is a form of yeast. (Suffice to say, as long as the application is external, I have no issue with it). I couldn't wait for my Treatment Essence to arrive!!!
It is best applied on clean skin, morning and night. It has a cool, watery consistency, like most toners and is alcohol and color free. There is no "added" fragrance,
SK-II does leave your face hydrated and supple. It is a perfect start as a primer for makeup. I have been using it for two weeks. Ideally, results are seen after 28 days, which is how long it takes the skin's outer layer to renew. Listen Girls, I try a lot of products, but I must tell you that I am IMPRESSED. My skin is radiant and glowing, my pores look more refined, freckles and age spots have lightened and I am using it very sparingly. SK-II is expensive. It is offered in 3 sizes ranging from $100 to $195. Allure's Beauty Editor's voted it The Best Splurge of 2009. If you can swing it, I would.
All of this feels so superficial, knowing the suffering and fear that the citizens of Japan are enduring in the wake of Sunday's earthquake and Tsunami. Another aspect of the devastating fallout will be its shaken economy...particularly the luxury sector. I won't be glib and say your support of SK-II will help this ravaged country, while your skin improves, but in reality...it won't hurt either. For more information about how the American Red Cross is aiding Japan and to make a donation, please click the link.
Thoughts and prayers to all of those effected by this catastrophe.