SS: We get it. The new Clinique Super City Block BB Cushion Compact SPF 50 has a beautiful finish and an all-physical sunscreen with antioxidants. It hits all of your requirements.
AY: Antioxidants are like vitamins for your skin. Your skin needs to be nourished to function properly, especially when it is constantly exposed to UV rays and environmental stressors.
SS: How old were you when you realized that sunscreen was important?
AY: Probably around three.
AY: I remember coming back from summer break and being the only kid who didn’t have tan lines. My mom always stressed the need to wear a lot of sunscreen. She reminded me that “You have one skin in this life and it all adds up.” I think because I also have eczema and my skin barrier is weaker, it was an important lesson to learn early on.
“You have one skin in this life and it all adds up.”
SS: Growing up in Korea, was taking care of your skin instilled in the culture?
AY: Flawless skin was always the healthy ideal that you aspired toward. From high school onward, I was adamant about that. We had a family facialist growing up, and she would always tell me “You have very weak and fragile skin. You’re going to start sagging early, so you have to make sure to protect yourself.”
SS: Wait. You had a family facialist?
AY: Yes! It’s not the most common thing in Korea, but it’s not uncommon either.
SS: Is that how you decided to become an aesthetician?
AY: I went to aesthetician school as a senior in high school. It was there that I learned about the very specific, scientific reasons why the sun is bad for you. Knowing that, I became even more careful.