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Last Friday, we sat down with SK-II Men Global Brand Ambassador, Godfrey Gao. The Taiwanese-Canadian hunk was in town to officiate the first SK-II #ChangeDestiny Museum at 1 Utama Shopping Center that takes visitors through a historical journey of the iconic Japanese brand and how it’s never too late to change one’s skin destiny. As the Global Brand Ambassador, Godfrey spoke to us about how SK-II transformed his bad skin and why men shouldn’t be afraid of starting a skincare regime.

Hi Godfrey, how are you?
I’m very good! Just a little under the weather with a nasally voice.

How does it feel being the first Asian model for Louis Vuitton?
It feels great. It was a couple of years ago and I still hold the name for the first Asian male that’s been on the global campaign. It’s an honour to be on such a luxury brand’s eye, it was kind of like a miracle for me. I didn’t know what to expect – it was really awesome to become one of the faces and I’ve been working very closely with Louis Vuitton ever since.

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Some people find that their skin stops responding to certain products after a long period of usage – what do you think of the products?
It works fine with me and I love it. I’ve been with SK-II Men for about almost four years now and ever since the first time I tried it, the SK-II Men’s product has brought my on-screen camera or even for photo shoots, movies and dramas up to another level because before SK-II Men, I had no idea what the proper grooming procedure really was until I followed up with the products that SK-II gave me. It really helped me change my skin condition on-screen because before when I was shooting dramas in China, I had to reapply a lot of makeup throughout the day, maybe fifteen, sixteen hours a day. I probably have to reapply maybe 20-30 times because I sweat a lot and my face just gets really oily and the makeup would brush off when I wipe something off.

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My skin condition wasn’t really a hundred percent, I had a lot of blemishes and pimples and after a month, my face would be clogged up with makeup. I had a lot of blackheads and it was really bad up until I had the SK-II Men offer. I started using SK-II Men during that same film and I’ve notice the difference after two weeks and the makeup artist said the same thing – ‘What are you doing differently and what are you using?’. My skin is more balanced, the condition is way better, I have a less oily face so I don’t have to reapply makeup as much. Everything was smoother and it has been great ever since and I have been using it everyday with the same regiment – I wake up, have a shower and clean my face with the facial cleanser, put on the Facial Treatment Essence, the toner to balance out your skin, and the anti-aging moisturizer is great and I do the same thing before I go to bed.

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What’s your favourite SK-II Men product?
My favourite would be the Facial Treatment Essence – that’s probably the only product that has brought my skin to a really balanced condition. I love everything! There’s a new product called the Brightening Serum if you’re going to a photo shoot, it will make your skin glow. The UV Protect Moisturizer is great for when you’re having a day outside.

How do you take care of your inner health?
When I go to sleep, I take care of it. Let’s say I’m in production for two, three months and I’m really stressed by the producers and the directors and I’m under a lot of pressure – after the production I like to have a vacation. A beach or a tropical island to relax and ease off my mind and not to think about anything else.

Launching the first #ChangeDestiny Museum - (L-R) Nicholas De La Giroday, CEO P&G Msia, Ms Nur Qamarina Chew, MD Aeon Malaysia, Mr Markus Strobel, VP SK-II Global, Godfrey, Lee Sinje & Tan Sri Dato Teo Chiang Kok, Director, Bandar Utama
Launching the first #ChangeDestiny Museum – (L-R) Nicholas De La Giroday, CEO P&G Msia, Ms Nur Qamarina Chew, MD Aeon Malaysia, Mr Markus Strobel, VP SK-II Global, Godfrey, Lee Sinje & Tan Sri Dato Teo Chiang Kok, Director, Bandar Utama

When it comes to men’s skincare, some men can get a little intimidated by the term – what’s your advice for men who are looking to start a skincare regime?
I would say don’t be afraid. Men do think that skincare products are a big no-no – I’m fine, I play sports, I eat well but they’re going to start noticing when they turn a certain age so time would definitely come up and hunt them in the future. I would suggest to them to them, don’t be afraid, start early – start right now. Have your regular skin regimens and stick to it and just be positive and it wouldn’t hurt to try – I would suggest that to every guy who’s scared of skin products.

If you could describe SK-II Men in one word, what would it be?
Perfect!

SK-II Brand Ambassadors Godfrey Gao and Lee SInje
SK-II Brand Ambassadors Godfrey Gao and Lee Sinje

With your busy schedule and lack of sleep, do you have any tips for men out there?
Besides skin care products, I would say if you’re travelling a lot, if you have late schedules and off schedules, jet lagged, you can’t really do much except your intake of food and beverages. I think that’s pretty much the most important thing, I mean you don’t even have time to exercise. I would suggest just by drinking a lot of water, eating a lot of fruit, have a good diet so you feel good. Not a lot of red meat, maybe stick to chicken or fish. It starts from a diet and it would definitely pay off when you’re feeling down or tired but red meat does give you tiredness and stress – if you stick to what I said, it would be alright.

Melanie Chalil
Melanie is a self-confessed hedonist who enjoys watching food programmes, long naps, stormy afternoons and a good cup of tea. Some of her favourite things in this world are wombats and peaceful weekends where the phone doesn't ring. Her ultimate dream is to live in a lighthouse.