An average day in the life of Vogue Singapore’s beauty team reflects all of the bustle that characterises our island’s fast-paced lifestyles. Events abound, office days stretching into the night, and several articles waiting to be penned. It’s a pace that easily leads to sleep deprivation, and when you add the likes of hormonal and environmental factors to the mix, it’s hardly a surprise that skin can reflect this frenzy. Fortunately, a solution has arrived in the form of the new SK-II GenOptics Ultraura Essence.
About the all new SK-II GenOptics Ultraura Essence
The renowned luxury brand‘s preeminent brightening essence, now revitalised with a brand new and boosted formula, seeks to combat the results of stress and sleep deprivation on skin including cloudiness, dullness, dehydration and spots. While we’re accustomed to turning to a bevy of make-up products to conceal these effects, this can be at the cost of unveiling our natural radiance. Unleashing this aura is the goal of SK-II‘s Essence.
If there’s one launch that’s truly backed by in-depth, insightful scientific research into skin, it’s this one. Precisely, over 26 years of brightening research is behind this launch, alongside a world-first discovery of ‘skin clouds’ that can last for several days as a result of one night’s sleep deprivation. SK-II discovered that skin cells produce the pigment bilirubin as a result of oxidative stress from sleep deprivation, which accumulates as a visible, off-coloured dullness.
Essentially, every feature has been enhanced. Patented ingredients amplify the brightening factor, while complexion improvement, anti-oxidants and moisturising ingredients have also been boosted significantly thanks to the Essence’s new formula.
Daily use of the product—with one full dropper allowing a sufficient dosage for the full face—in the morning and night results in a complexion that’s palpably brightened, increasing your radiance and ‘ultra aura’ from within.
Star ingredients behind the #1 Brightening Essence
The GenOptics Ultraura Essence relies on this breakthrough finding to achieve its goal of holistically brightening the skin, targeting dullness to spots from the skin’s deep layers. It’s all thanks to the power of a triad of signature ingredients: namely, PITERA™, SDL PRO and Snow Lotus Complex.
Devotees of skincare and the SK-II brand will undoubtedly be acquainted with PITERA™—SK-II’s signature ingredient. Exclusive to the brand and naturally derived from a unique yeast strain, it comprises more than 50 micro-nutrients including vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Its anti-oxidative properties target the effects of oxidative stress on skin, including dullness of complexion.
Partnered with PITERA™, the complex SDL-PRO also targets these effects while enhancing the skin’s antioxidant functions, decomposing sources of dullness from within. Then, the Essence’s Snow Lotus Complex spotlights the essence of snow lotus extract. The white snow lotus grows in conditions of extreme weather and snow, and is exceptionally long-lasting. Within the complex that also features skin hero niacinamide, hyperpigmentation is reduced and skin brightness dialed up.
A Brightening Essence that answers all our needs
It’s not for nothing that, amid the offerings of SK-II—a brand known for significant skincare breakthroughs and exceptional skin results—the Ultraura Essence is the brand’s number one brightening essence which acts across all skin layers to clear dullness and sallowness almost instantaneously.
Our beauty team had the exciting opportunity to meet with SK-II’s beauty trainer, Aum, who personally demonstrated this by applying it on one of his hands. As he had just touched down from a flight, his complexion was looking a little more dull than usual. We were pleasantly surprised that just seconds after application, the difference between both hands was shockingly apparent.
Here’s how to maximise your GenOptics Ultraura Essence: prime your skin after cleansing with SK-II’s cult PITERA™ Essence, the essential first step for Crystal, Clear Skin. Follow up with the GenOptics Ultra Essence across the face before concluding your ritual with a moisturiser and eye product. Aum also recommends applying the product in a thicker concentration on areas of concern first, before spreading it out on the rest of the face and gently pressing it in to ensure absorption.
Our editors were big fans of the essence’s refreshing, milky texture and fast-absorbing nature, all of which are valuable qualities we look for in a skincare holy grail. Like Aum, we also find that this serum is lightweight and layerable for areas that need extra TLC. And yet even after one to two layers, it still sinks effortlessly without causing our make-up to cake or pill. It’s also wonderfully comforting and hydrating to the skin while imparting an inner luminosity and clarity that only increases with time. Murky skin clouds are now replaced with a brighter aura and we’ve happily found it suitable for all skin types, even sensitive complexions.
While our busy lifestyles and the inevitable loss of sleep here and there may carry on, the negative effects on our skin need not, thanks to the brightening power of the GenOptics Ultraura Essence.
Unlock your ultimate aura from the inside out with GenOptics Ultraura Essence. To experience the product, visit SK-II including e- retailer, LazMall and counters at Metro Paragon, today.