Carina Lau Kar-ling and SKII

When you walk along the streets of China, you will see faces of Hong Kong celebrities like Carina Lau.

She was the face for SK-II and she stares at me from almost every billboard and poster on the streets of cities in China and mall buildings.

Charismatic, classy and chic – these are just a few of the words people use to describe Carina Lau Kar-ling, the actor and entrepreneur who turned 54 on December 8, 2019.

SKII is actually a Japanese-brand beauty product made from fermented rice, which is popular among Japanese and Chinese women (especially ladies with fair skin or fair complexions).


PITERA™ is SK-II’s exclusive natural ingredient made from a unique fermentation process from a special yeast strain.

PITERA™ : A natural bio ingredient derived from yeast fermentation that resembles your skin’s Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF); Contains over 50 micro-nutrients like vitamins, minerals, amino acids and organic acids to condition skin’s natural functions.

Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate (PITERA™), Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Water, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Sorbic Acid.

How do you apply SK II Facial Treatment Essence?

  1. SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion (30ml)
  2. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (75ml) – pat-pat-pat
  3. SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

These award-winning SK-II must-haves are all packed with our exclusive ingredient, PITERA™, which hydrates, softens and rejuvenates skin.

In 2006, Carina Lau was SUED by a 43 year old woman from the Jiangsi province for this claim about SK-II in a magazine ad:

According to this article in China Daily: Carina claimed that using the product for four weeks could help “reduce wrinkles by 47 percent and make you appear 12 years younger”.

She bought a bottle of skin-tightening, anti-wrinkle facial milk. But 28 days later, her skin had not become silky. Instead, her face became itchy and she felt a burning sensation.

Last month, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine found chromium and neodymium in nine SK-II products, including the one Lu used. The toxic heavy metals can cause dermatitis and skin rashes. Neodymium also causes harm to eyes, lungs and liver. They are banned for use in cosmetics in China.