This week in beauty was all about devising a high/low anti-aging routine.
First up was a trip to Trump SoHo, where beauty writers and editors were invited to an intimate gathering, which consisted of sticking our hands into some fermenting rice. This is the origin of the magical Pitera, the secret ingredient at the heart of SK-II skin care products.
SK-II was born in 1980 in Japan after someone noticed that the hands of sake workers looked much younger than their faces. Years of research finally revealed that it was because of a metabolite produced by yeast fermentation; it’s a by-product of sake manufacturing. This particular liquid, later branded “Pitera,” is a nutrient rich fluid of vitamins, minerals, organic acids, and amino acids.
Cate Blanchett, age 41, is the luminous face of the brand. Whether her unbelievably perfect skin is due to genes, an Aussie respect for
The magic ingredient here is GenActiv, a concoction which is made up of a “good bacteria,” adenosine (a compound responsible for cellular signaling and energy transfer), and peptides. L’Oréal claims that in a month, the products will significantly diminish the signs of aging.
The products are light and blend well, and the day/night cream is nice and fluffy with a clean, fresh scent. The bottom line: You can combine the beauty equivalent of a Gap shirt with a de la Renta ball gown when it comes to skincare this month.