Karat Power Skincare (4): Pearls Are Not Just for Necklaces

by Leslie Yip

As White As Pearl

Asians have long known about the whitening power of pearls. modern science confirms this ancient beauty wisdom pearl powder promotes the regeneration of new skin cells, increases collagen levels, reduces discolouration and can even help with healing scars. Chanel infuses pearl protein with ume flower extract and nourishing oils to create this serum, which promises to revitalize, brighten and restore complexion. The ume flower is the first flower to blossom at the end of winter, signifying the arrival of spring, and this serum uses a premium variety cultivated in fields exclusive to the brand. The flowers are hand-picked only in the morning during the limited blooming season, and a special extraction process harnesses its most exclusive brightening properties.


 Chanel Le Blanc Serum Healthy Light Creator, 30ml | $170, 50 ml | $240  Buy now

The Colour of Youth

Restore rosiness and radiance with mother of pearl and the power of roses. Designed for mature skin, this nourishing and fortifying formula combines such ingredients as rosy mineral pigments, balanced with mother of pearl, to fuse seamlessly with any skin tone and add radiance. Natural-origin beeswax protects and nourishes skin, while natural calcium boosts the barrier function and fortifies the skin against the passage of time. It also contains lHa, a salicylic acid derivative that speeds up cell renewal and eliminates excess pigmentation, and IGEFYL to improve skin quality and lessen wrinkles. This fresh, comfortable cream revives the look of pale, sallow skin and invigorates with a delicate rose fragrance that contains 57 per cent pure rose extract.

Vichy Neovadiol Rose Platinum, 50ml | $59.95  Buy now 

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