REVIEW: SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream

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Hello everyone!

Many years ago when I was lurking around a male-centric forum, I came across a quote along the lines of, “If you want to know what a girl will look like in 20 years’ time, look at her mother.” Before you shrug it off, let’s just say that there’s indeed some truth to this statement (unless you’re not your mother’s biological daughter).

To set the record straight, I absolutely adore my mother and we both share the same interests in food. But much as I respect her, I wished I hadn’t genetically inherit her physical traits. Back then, I was slightly on the plump side (no thanks to my hormonal imbalance that caused my sudden weight gain) and I was so worried that I would become rotund like my mother in years to come. Determined to rewrite my fate, I went on an extreme diet to put myself back on the lower end of the weighing scale. While it was relatively easy for me to shed some weight, there are still issues that can’t be resolved with just a snap of the fingers. At 57, my mother has very dry skin and an obvious naso-labial fold. Upon closer inspection, you’d also be able to see enlarged pores and fine lines too.

Now that I’ve taken a sneak peak of my future self, of course I would want to take preventive measures to ensure these won’t occur when I hit my 50’s. But what would be potent enough to win my fight against these face monsters? Without a doubt, SK-II (one of the top brands in the world when it comes to anti-aging products) comes to mind! In my previous post, I talked about the first half of the new duo from SK-II which I thought was already pretty impressive on its own. But in order to reap the full benefits of the Radical New Age Complex technology, it has to be paired with the R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream!

R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream (50g, S$149)

R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream (50g, S$149)

Upgraded with the aforementioned groundbreaking anti-aging technology, this cream (which functions as a moisturiser) addresses not just your most severe aging concerns, but holistically treats all 10 signs of aging including loss of firmness, dryness, fine lines and wrinkles, sallowness, lack of resilience, visible pores, sagging skins, lack of radiance, roughness and loss of tightened facial contours. When used in tandem with the essence, all these 10 signs would be improved, and the firmness you regain would be greater than the firmness you lose over 15 years.

R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream

R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream

R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream (protective cover)

R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream (protective cover)

R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream

R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream

R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream

R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream

Like the essence, this velvety cream is also formulated with a light and muted natural olive fragrance. You don’t need to apply a lot of the product on your face for it to work its magic too. All you need is a teeny-weeny amount of the cream (about 1cm in diameter) on your palm followed by a dot on the forehead, cheeks and chin. Lastly, gently massage the cream all over the face until absorbed. If used appropriately, a small 50g tub like this is definitely going to last you a long time.

Dotting my face

Dotting my face

R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream

R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream

However, due to its thicker and creamier texture, this would leave the skin with a slightly tacky and slick finish (you can tell from the soft shine on the forehead) even though it does help to keep the skin hydrated. But if you could ignore this minor aspect of the cream, this product actually makes a brilliant addition to your skincare regimen. The first time I wore it, I could feel the cream penetrate my skin. No waiting time is required as the effect is immediate. How awesome is that? And apparently, this cream helps to tighten the naso-labial fold (at least after four weeks of use) too!

Nonetheless, as with other SK-II products, the R.N.A. Power series do not come cheap. But if you can afford them, I’d really recommend you to go for the smallest options first to see if they suit your skin. I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do!

Remember, it’s never too early to begin your battle against wrinkles!

What do you think of this product? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

The SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream is now available nationwide at SK-II counters at S$149 (50g), S$219 (80g) and S$234 (100g). You can read more about this product here.

REVIEW: SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence

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Hello everyone!

Age is just a number, or is it? While it is easy to work out someone’s chronological age from their birth year, it does not necessarily reflect the true biological age of their skin. Hence, some people tend to look older than they are and vice versa. It’s no secret to anyone that the key to having youthful and radiant skin is to eat well and lead a healthy lifestyle. But very often, we would also need the help of anti-aging products to give our skin that extra boost to stay young.

Call me paranoid but as I inch closer to my 30th birthday, I’m beginning to pay very close attention to the every single detail of my body. Lately, I have noticed the loss of elasticity in my skin. Although not very visible from a distance, I could feel the weight of my cheeks when my face is at rest. To top it off, I would also see the outer corner of my eyes crinkling into little crow’s feet as I practise my smile in the mirror. As a result, I had tried not to smile too excessively lest more wrinkles developed (perhaps that’s why Victoria Beckham doesn’t smile?). Furthermore, to make the matter worse, I was called “auntie” (a term of respect for any older women in Singapore, but can be a derogatory one for those not that old) on several occasions by young kids 😥 I’m barely 25 goddammit!

So instead of letting nature take its course and allowing age to ravage my youthful looks, I decided I had to do something before it gets costlier to reverse the damage (with botox and whatnot). And honestly, when it comes to combating and repairing aging skin, no brand does it better than SK-II.

Introducing the all-new SK-II R.N.A. Power line!

Introducing the all-new SK-II R.N.A. Power line!

Evolving from stempower technology to the latest innovation in anti-aging technology, SK-II ushers in a new generation of anti-aging skincare with the Pitera x R.N.A. (Radical New Age) Power boutique. It targets the multi-controller of firmness to achieve lengthwise-crosswise firmness by rejuvenating skin cells and promoting structural protein synthesis in every cell, all layers of the skin.

This new lineup sees the reformulation of the brand’s best-selling moisturiser (which will be covered on the next post) and essence (toner) to better cater to the beauty needs of consumers.

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence (50g, S$149)

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence (50g, S$149)

SK-II R.N.A. POWER Radical New Age Essence

SK-II R.N.A. POWER Radical New Age Essence

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence

For weeks I had been experiencing enlarged pores on my nose and cheeks due to hormonal changes partially caused by my menstruation. These large pores caused a lot of inconvenience to my makeup regimen because the bumpy surface made it much more difficult for foundation to be applied evenly. The problem persisted for a while even after my period had ended and it would usually take days for my face to recover.

Read more: Tighten Pores with the Right Tips and Products!

But after using the R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence for the first time, I instantly felt my skin almost reverting back to its original state. The change may not be obvious to the naked eye but you can definitely feel the difference! Apart from the reduction of the pore visibility, my skin had also become smoother after application, allowing makeup to be applied with greater ease. I noticed my hyperpigmentation had somehow lightened a bit as well.

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence

Using the provided dropper dispenser, release 2 full droppers of the essence into the palm and smooth over the entire face after cleansing. However, I like to dot my face with the essence and then smear it with my fingers out of habit but it is definitely advisable to use your palms instead so that more product would be absorbed into more parts of the face at the same time. You can also add extra drops onto specific areas of concern, such as on the outer corners of each eye or laugh lines. Otherwise, 2 drops should be more than enough for the whole face.

The essence has a rather milky and lightweight texture with a semi-thick consistency. It has a mellow scent of plant fragrance (can’t quite figure out what but it really smells awesome and calming) and it absorbs into the skin quickly without leaving a sticky residue behind. You know how some cream comes off like sweat or dirt-like playdough when you rub against your skin? Well, this certainly does not! This essence gives my skin a soft healthy-looking glow (even at the T-zone) rather than an awful greasy shine. Therefore, I was truly impressed with the results! 🙂

Essence spreads evenly across the skin, leaving no unsightly residue. Picture depicts first-time use

#NOFILTER: Essence spreads evenly across the skin, leaving no unsightly residue. Picture depicts first-time use

Application

Application

In order to experience the full effect of the product, I had tried it for at least a week (alongside the R.N.A. Power cream) before penning down this review. By the end of the trial, my face felt a lot firmer and looked – dare I say – flawless with a bouncy resilience. It actually regained my confidence in heading to school without makeup (which is a big deal considering how I had never gone to school with a bare face since my first year, even if it was only for a 1-hour lecture). This product is definitely a worthwhile investment despite the cost.

Skin isn't as rough as before after very first application

Skin isn’t as rough as before after very first application

What say you, ladies? Is this something you would lay your hands on? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Read more: Learn how you can better utilize your SK-II products in this Japanese skincare routine.

Thanks for reading!

The SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence is now available nationwide at SK-II counters at S$156 (30ml), S$224 (50ml) and S$308 (75ml). You can read more about this product here.