Hi love! Some of you might remember a few photos from my Tokyo trip last week on Instagram. I didn’t post a lots of #npmaptokyo photos, not like usual, because this time I only stayed for a mere 3 days. But even though it was a short time, I had so much fun during the whole SK-II trip.

I was invited to Tokyo by SK-II to attend their global Asia event and gathering, also to be properly “introduced” to their most celebrated product, the Facial Treatment Essence (FTE). To tell you the truth, I never tried my hands (or face, in this matter) on any SK-II products at all. I’ve heard about it being the skincare holy grail of women of all age but I always considered to skip the higher end products and opt for other lower end -affordable- skincare brands. My mom, however, is an avid user of SK-II, and her skin is totally flawless for her age. Being familiar with SK-II’s big name already, plus seeing how the products has worked for her, I was so happy and honored when I received the invitation.

Also it’s only on this past year that I just started to look after my skin properly, -totally ignoring my mom’s advice for decades- but that story is long enough for another journal post. Let’s go back to the Tokyo topic.

Upon arrival, we (I and the Indonesian media team: Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Herworld girls) went straight to our hotel to prep up before joining the rest of ASEAN girls for dinner. When I entered the room, there was a surprise waiting for me on the table. It was a gift from none other than Behati Prinsloo, my favorite supermodel and the new spokesperson of the brand. I opened the box and there it was, the clear bottle of magical FTE. Finally, my first SK-II product, and it’s their most loved, best selling one.

All these gorgeous girls from all over South East Asia.

The big event was the next morning, and I can’t wait to meet the beautiful supermodel mom and also to find out what the whole fuss about the miracle water (what everyone dubs the FTE as) is about; aside from its being Behati’s beauty secret (no longer a secret), and also many other celebrities’. All I know is that its key ingredient, Pitera/fermented rice water, was discovered by accident in 1970 when scientists noticed that the hands of sake brewery workers looked remarkably younger than their faces. This phenomenal discovery made SK-II grow into one of Asia’s most prominent beauty brands.

For those of you who, like me, never heard or tried the FTE, here’s an information from SK-II Official Website:

For over 35 years, SK-II’s iconic Facial Treatment Essence has been changing the skin destiny of women around the world. At the heart of it is PITERA™, a natural bio-ingredient that contains over 50 micro-nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. With over 90% PITERA™, the award-winning bestseller gently exfoliates the face and helps moderate the skin’s surface renewal cycle. In just 14 days, spots and wrinkles are less visible while skin texture, firmness, and radiance improve.

But of course, the true highlight of my day was finally meeting (and getting up close and personal) with the gorgeous (and SUPER sweet) Behati! She’s announcing her embarkment for the journey towards better skin, as she prepares for her comeback in the entertainment world after giving birth to her baby. Together with her, Chinese actress Li Qin and Korean pop singer Soo Young are also joining the SK-II squad for their skin transformation journey. Behati has been using the FTE for a few weeks now, and seeing her flawless silky skin (#goalz) in real life made me feel even more intrigued with the miracle water; I can’t wait to add this bottle into my skincare staple.

I also had the chance to get my skin checked using the Magic Ring with the SK-II skin consultants. At first I was so worried to find out about the result since I spent many many decades not properly taking care of my skin! I bet that all the years of not getting enough sleep, drinking gallons of coffee and never caring for anything more than soap to wash my face had put at least fifty years of age on my face.

The Magic Ring analyzed my skin on different dimensions : The Texture Refinement, Radiance Enhancement, Spot Control, Wrinkle Resilience & Firmness Power. My Spot Control scored the highest (Thanks to all the SPF products I’ve been slathering on my skin), and scored the worst at Firmness Power!

Well, the good news is: my skin turned out to be two years younger than my real age #phew. I guess others usually expect much higher than this result but I was just glad that with all the years of ignorance, I still haven’t added many years on my skin age. I certainly want it to feel even fresher/younger though (because who wouldn’t?), and I can’t wait for my new miracle water to work its magic and change my skin destiny! For the next 30 days, I will devote myself to use my new FTE everyday, and let you know how it goes. I’ll post about my skin transformation journey on my instagram, so don’t miss out. Kisses!

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