Emerge from this disgusting winter with your skin looking dewy and healthy. A dermatologist talks us through it, plus all the best products out there, no matter what your budget.
Cate Blanchett’s skin deserves all the superlatives it always gets. I recently had the chance to meet her and sit with a small group of beauty editors for an interview with the actress, and her skin is unbelievably luminous. While I’ve always respected her as an actress (she owned Galadriel in LOTR) and as a red carpet dresser (ditto that lavender Givenchy gown she wore to the 2011 Oscars), as a fellow pale person, I’m truly in awe of her amazing skin, especially considering the fact that she’s almost 43.
SK-II, the brand which Blanchett has famously been using for about 10 years–and shilling for the last eight–is launching a new LXP range this month, which includes a cream and serum; both contain concentrated amounts of Pitera, which is the mystical ingredient in all of SK-II’s products. So after trying some of the luscious, rose absolute-scented potions, we got down to the business of asking the actress all the important beauty questions. Read on for her secrets.
Do you like your skin care high-end and high-tech? If you live for the sleek packaging and save up for months to buy a little pot of perfect, silky emulsion, you’re in luck. There are lots of new things out there, from anti-aging to moisturizing to calming angry skin. And skin care companies are throwing everything but the kitchen sink into their new formulations. Read on for a mini round-up of what’s new in a beauty department near you.
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.