An elixir of a cream that promises to turn back the clock by ten years in ten days? You better believe it! The purveyors of the legendary "miracle water" (that would be their Facial Treatment Essence), SK-II has just released the new Stempower suite of products, developed by the Japanese cosmetic giant's in-house team of scientists to address what the brand calls the loss of "radical firmness"—the fundamental sign of skin aging.
Sieve through the cosmeceutical jargon and you'll realize that what the brand claims makes perfect sense: compare the thin, mottled appearance of aged skin with the plump, taut "bounciness" of the youthful countenance sported by SK-II users like Sheila Sim and Godfrey Gao. It makes sense, then, that chasers of youth should look to increasing the so-called "radical firmness" of their skin.
The Stempower cream takes its moniker from a proprietary plant-derived ingredient, StemAcanax, which the company says is extracted from the root of the Siberian Ginseng and blended with their famous Pitera to create a lush, easily absorbed moisturizer that aims to achieve "a ten degree improvement equivalent to improving ten years of visible firmness" in just ten days.
Besides the standard moisturizer, the Stempower range also comes in a Rich Cream formula, essentially a juiced-up version of the regular cream that SK-II says has 49 percent more skin-soothing boosters to aid in the recovery of severely dehydrated skin. One of our favorite night-time indulgences, the Rich Cream is well, rich without being suffocatingly greasy, and is great for slapping on after a long day in an air-conditioned environment.
Both creams are designed to work in tandem with the Cream Compact Foundation, which comes with SPF 20 PA++. We've tried the compact and it is a dream to work with. Gliding on smoothly without "pilling", the compact is a swirl of three complementary shades that gives you sheer coverage that is just right: your complexion will glow with an ethereal aura.
Beauty junkies should make a note in their calendars: the Stempower range will be available at Singapore SK-II counters come August 15.