SK-II, the luxury skincare brand of which Cate Blanchett and Kate Bosworth are the celebrity faces, just launched their Beauty Imaging System, which analyzes your complexion to determine its actual age. We sent InStyle.com Assistant Editor Marianne Mychaskiw to the brand’s pop-up shop in New York City to try out the service, and report back with the results. Keep reading to see what she thought!

“I’m 25, and since that seems to be the universal age for incorporating preventative anti-aging products into a skincare routine, I started doing so and I’ve been very diligent about applying my eye cremes and serums every night — but I wasn’t always this way. Back in the day, I used to hit up the tanning bed regularly (what can I say? I went to high school in the South…), and although my mother’s complexion remains immaculate to this day, I knew years of weekly 15-minute sessions under the sun lamps had probably done some damage to my skin.

Just how much damage I did was revealed once I visited the SK-II pop-up shop, where I tried out their new Beauty Imaging System. The innovative machine takes a high-resolution picture of your skin, and determines your complexion’s actual age by analyzing texture, elasticity, tone, wrinkle resilience, and radiance. The SK-II pro analyzed my results and told me that the age of my skin was 33 — not too far off from my current age, but clearly, I was in need of some repair. After a mild freakout on my end, he recommended a few products that could help turn back the clock, and I jumped at the chance to try them. The secret to SK-II’s innovative range lies in the infusion of Pitera in each of their products — when the line was being formulated, scientists noticed that workers at a sake brewery in Japan had soft, youthful hands from coming in contact with the fermented liquid. They were able to isolate the ingredient, and incorporate it into each of their skincare staples. The whole process was definitely a wake-up call for me, and I was able to figure out what I needed to include in my routine, and what my skin could do without — namely, less sun.

I’d definitely recommend swinging by the SK-II pop-up shops to get your own skin analyzed, but if you’re not in New York or San Francisco where the outposts are located, SK-II counters nationwide will also be carrying the service. You’ll even get to take home a sample of the recommended products so you can see if they deliver results before investing in a full-sized bottle. They certainly worked for me, and it looks like a few Pitera-infused serums will be added to my growing collection of skin remedies.”

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