Keep That Post-Raya Glow On With This SK-II Skincare Routine
The one thing I have learned from being stuck at home this season is the fact that acts of self-care have never been more important. Taking the time to ask yourself how you are feeling and occasionally indulging in a pampering skincare session to chase the stress and anxiety away have never been more essential. Moreover, if you have already gone from “lockdown dullness” to “glow up Raya”, do not let that glow go to waste. Keep it up by elevating your skincare routine with some of our top picks from luxury Japanese beauty brand SK-II and the goodness of their signature PITERA™ ingredient.
PITERA™ is derived from a natural fermentation process of a special yeast strain that is exclusive to SK-II and the discovery of this powerful ingredient began with a quest to understand why elderly sake brewers had wrinkled faces, but extraordinarily soft and youthful-looking hands. Known for its transformative powers, we cannot think of a better time to pamper ourselves with this nourishing skincare wonder after all the stress and anxiety we have had to deal with in recent months.
Whether you are looking to take that Raya-glow to the next level, or your skin is suffering the effects of too much screen time such as eye bags and blemishes hile working from home, we have the full lowdown on how to get crystal clear skin in just six simple steps:
A good cleanse is everything
There is nothing quite like a refreshing face wash to start your day right and the SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser is everything a good cleanser should be. The foaming face wash effectively removes all impurities without stripping moisture away. Formulated with both PITERA™ and White Willow Extract, this cleanser gently exfoliates and balances sebum levels while leaving skin smooth, soft and with a healthy glow.
To use, first wet face lightly, then take a pea-sized amount of cleanser onto your palm. Work cleanser into a foamy lather with water and gently cleanse the face and neck in circular motions before rinsing off.
The reigning essence
It is a given that we want to reap the full benefits of our skincare routine, and the cult favourite SK-II PITERA™ Essence aka the Facial Treatment Essence is the true key to making sure our skin is well-prepped for the rest of the products in our routine. Furthermore, this “miracle water” boasts benefits of its own, with millions of women around the world swearing by it after experiencing the legendary recuperative properties and transformation to crystal clear skin. Each bottle contains 90 per cent PITERA™, and since the lightweight formula so closely resembles our Natural Moisturising Factors (NMF), our skin absorbs it all in and lets it work its magic.
Application is simple. Use twice a day, after cleansing and toning but before your moisturiser. Dispense a small amount of product into your palms then pat that PITERA™ goodness all over your face until fully absorbed. Simple!
Unveil your aura
SK-II’s GenOptics Aura Essence is our best-kept secret for brighter days and glowing post-Raya skin. Yes it is true, you are still exposed to UV rays even if you stay indoors all day and extensive UV exposure can cause age spots and dullness. Effectively reverse this damage on your skin with just one pump of this potent brightening serum. Containing ingredients such as Prunus extract, concentrated PITERA™ and active whitening ingredient D-melano P3C, these work to prevent sun damage and melanin formation. It also contains Inositol that improves skin clarity for that perfect, blemish-free finish.
Use twice daily, after essence and before moisturiser. Dispense a full dropper of face serum and smooth evenly over skin, applying more product on areas that need extra care.
Price: RM589 (30ml), RM838 (50ml) and RM1,179 (75ml)
Hydration is key
It is possible that the effects of the lack of hydration and nutrients last beyond fasting month and since proper hydration is key to youthful-looking skin, you need to ensure you have the best skincare to fix this. SK-II’s R.N.A. Power Airy Milky Lotion has a lightweight, airy and fluffy texture that glides smoothly and absorbs easily into the skin. The light but nourishing formula is packed with the powerful RNArchitect complex to erase signs of ageing, smoothen and tighten skin for a hydrated, radiant appearance—the perfect solution for the humid climate in Malaysia.
Take a pea-sized amount of lotion with and massage evenly over face and neck in outward and upward strokes. Gently press and pat with your palms until completely absorbed.
Tip: The moisturiser also acts as a base for your makeup – perfect for busy mornings.
Bigger, brighter eyes
Our eyes are the windows to our soul, and yet it is one of the most overlooked parts of our skincare routine. Show your peepers the care they deserve with SK-II’s R.N.A. Power Eye Cream—just what you need to inject a boost of energy to your eyes. A study by SK-II revealed that our eyes appear smaller with age due to the loss of firmness, causing them to look dull and listless. In addition to being powered with PITERA™, it is also formulated with the unique RNArchitect Complex and eye-specific ingredients such as Lupine-Alfafa Extract and Palmitoyl Dipeptide-7 that hydrate skin, restoring its suppleness while reducing the appearance of fine lines.
We recommend using it morning and night for the best results. Take a pea-sized amount and tap cream in a circular direction around both eye zones using ring fingers to stimulate circulation.
Raya may be over but self-care never ends. If your skin still craves some extra attention, the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask is the perfect pampering solution. Suitable for all skin types, this ultra-hydrating mask is made from 100 per cent cotton substrate and packed chock-full with the goodness of PITERA™. Twenty minutes of this mask is all your need to provide your skin with a nourishing boost of hydration.
Tip: Do not waste a single drop of the powerful essence — massage the excess formula into your neck too for optimal results.
Price: RM372 (6pc)
A good skincare routine with the right products ensures not just healthy, clear skin but the process itself can also be therapeutic for the mind in these stressful times. Take that post-Raya glow to the next level by upgrading your skincare routine with our favourite picks from SK-II, and look forward to your best skin yet in no time. Head to your nearest counter or visit the SK-II website to get your hands on these holy grails - stat. Trust us; your skin will thank you later.
Brought to you in partnership with SK-II.
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