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Asia Exclusive: SK-II Whitening Source Derm-Revival Program (w/ Whitening Source Melting Essence Films)

May 14, 2009

One item that I was just itching to buy at Duty Free in Korea, but was forced to leave behind, was SK-II’s new Whitening Source Derm-Revival Program.

The Whitening Source Derm-Revival Program was designed to respond to individual whitening needs with high-speed accuracy by detecting peroxide in the skin and delivering actives to address oxidative damage. Peroxide that potentially moves around within the skin is a key contributor to the melanin production process and cause for the unpredictability of new spots. The Whitening Source Derm-Revival Program’s breakthrough glyco-technology contains concentrated whitening actives that target stubborn spots. Each disc of the smart melting film, which dissolves in only 15 minutes, contains as much Vitamin B3 as that in seven pearl-sized drops of the Whitening Source DermDefinition. The mask contains DMT Blocker – an advanced complex containing Vitamin C derivative, Pitera® and Niacinamide; Inositol, a skin conditioning agent; and yeast amino peptide – key to encouraging the release of excess pigmentation from the skin to restore the skin’s crystal clarity.

The mask & melting film duo were a relative bargain at $60something for 6 masks in Korea whereas they cost a small fortune here. If I hadn’t had a layover in Japan, these would be mine right now! But all the Duty Free people basically outright told me these would get confiscated if I attempted to travel through Japan with them =X.

ABS’s Favorite SK-II Products (Cleansing Oil and Air-Touch Foundation Reviews)

April 26, 2008

SK-II’s Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil is the one item in my skin-care regimen that I couldn’t do without. I know people have differing opinions on it, but for me it’s a lifesaver. It’s the only thing that keeps my pores clean and keeps my blackheads at bay, so I’m more than happy to dish out the $50/bottle (plus one bottle lasts forever)!

I’ve always had a hate/hate relationship with the pesky blackheads on my nose. The evil little things take up residence and refuse to budge! I’ve tried everything out there, from strange chapstick-like Japanese devices to Biore nose strips, scrubs, blackhead extraction devices that look like Medieval torture instruments, and aspirin masks-but nothing fazes my blackheads. I scrub and I scrub, but when I look in the mirror the darn things are still happily staring back at me from my nose.

I purchased the SK-II cleansing oil one year from duty free on a whim. I honestly don’t know what possessed me to, since I have oily skin and why would you think to put oil on oil? But it’s really worked wonders for my skin. Every night I take a good pump of this and work it into my skin, giving myself a mini facial. I concentrate on my nose area, working it into my pores and applying slight pressure. If you have blackheads, you should eventually be able to feel them slide right out and voila, you’ve given yourself a deep clean!

The one complaint I do have about this cleanser is that I feel the need to follow up with a foaming face wash since this leaves an oily residue behind. The oil has pitera in it so is supposed to be good for you, but I wouldn’t leave the oily remnants on my skin as my skin is oily as is.

Now there are tons of other great cleansing oils out there-Shu Uemera, DHC, Amore Pacific, etc. I haven’t tried all of them, nor am I inclined to as I’ve found one that works great for me, but if this doesn’t fit into your budget remember that there are cleansing oils for any and all price ranges!



SK-II Air-Touch Foundation

What is it? SK-II Air-Touch foundation is the first of its kind. A portable air-brush foundation system that fits in the palm (well not really) of your hand. It’s compact and delivers on each and every promise it makes. And as an added bonus, it contains Pitera, SK-II’s famed anti-aging ingredient.

How it works: The initial unit ($150) comes with one foundation packet, and after you’ve gone through that, the refills are available in sets of two for $80. While the price is a bit steep at first glance, remember that you’re in essence paying for two foundations at once-hopefully that makes it a bit more palatable! I know the foundation packets seem ridiculously small, but this is an airbrush system, meaning you’re really only using a tiny amount each time, and that small slim packet will last you quite awhile!

Once the unit is locked and loaded, you switch the device on and spray your face in a zig zag motion. I like to focus on my cheeks and under my nose, as those are areas where I tend to have redness. You can go as sheer or as heavy as you want, as this’ll never look cakey, but the longer you spray, the longer the foundation will take to set, meaning you face will be sticky/prone to smudges for awhile.

Comparison to other spray foundations: Prior to the SK-II Air-Touch, DiorSkin AirFlash was my spray foundation of choice, but having tried the SK-II I can never go back. The Dior gave me great coverage and was fun to use, but I could always feel it sitting on my skin. The biggest issues I had with the Dior was that it would get everywhere-all over my hair, my clothes, and my eyebrows. I had to resort to using this right out of my shower, with my hair completely covered with a towel. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it at the time, but the fact that the SK-II foundation’s ionized particles don’t stick to anything but my face is a deal-clincher for me.

Pros: Air-Touch provides beautiful natural looking coverage that leaves your skin with a dewy glow (scroll down to see how this looks on). The spray mechanism obviates any need to touch your face (aka no pulling/tugging/bacteria), is fun to use, and doesn’t get any foundation where you don’t want it.

Cons: The foundation takes a good amount of time to dry if you don’t set it with powder, and if you do set it with powder and you’re not careful, the powder will stick in a giant clump to one spot and refuse to budge. Also, if you touch the foundation before it’s completely dry, it’ll leave a noticeable smudge/streak. If you haven’t the unit in a while, the foundation will separate a bit so you must use the droplet setting on your unit to expel some foundation in order to have it operate correctly. And finally, the unit’s a bit heavy and hence not as portable as you’d hope

Conclusion: Yes it’s a bit arduous to use, but really what foundation isn’t? This is much faster and easier than applying foundation with a brush, and gives you an unbelievable finish. On those days when I don’t feel like bothering with this, I use a regular foundation or tinted moisturizer and then just use this as a finishing spray, as you still get the same flawless finish. I think this is really a must-have for every woman’s makeup arsenal, even if it’s reserved for those special occasions when you need to look perfect.

Saks had a promotion going on where you could get the spray unit for free with the purchase of $300 worth of SK-II products. I don’t know if it’s still going on, but it’s definitely worth looking into.

Left: Before applying anything (straight out of the shower)
Right: After Air-Touch but before setting with powder
{don’t mind the fact that my face halves don’t match up. it’s hard to crop two separate photos into a whole face!}

Have you tried the cleansing oil or the Air-Touch foundation? Been curious about them? Have questions about colors? Let me know what you think! (and please no comments on how terrible my skin looks before makeup!)