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Famous for her girl-next-door roles in Taiwanese TV dramas like It Started with a Kiss and In Time with You, Ariel Lin, the face of Kose’s Sekkisei range, is just as fresh-faced in person. Here’s the shocker: She’s actually 32, even though she looks closer to 20.

So of course I had to ask her for her beauty secrets. “Don’t over-wash your face!” she says. “And always use room-temperature water when washing your face, then use a piece of tissue to gently blot your face dry.”

Ariel attributes her flawless, youthful-looking complexion to Kose products, which she has been using since she was 17. Also, when she’s filming a new drama, she’ll request that the makeup team uses products from a reputable brand. “When you’re filming for months, your skin takes a beating, so I always ask the makeup artists to pat on makeup instead of rubbing it in,” she elaborates.

Her must-have product? “Definitely Kose Sekkisei Sun Protect Essence Milk SPF50+/PA++++ ($50). It has the best texture and a pleasant smell. And I can use it on my entire body.”

Having been in the entertainment industry for the better part of a decade, ask her if there’s anything she’d like to say to her younger self.

Ariel pauses before replying: “Maybe I’ll tell my younger self to learn more languages (she speaks Mandarin, English and Korean), but honestly, I think I’ve been quite hardworking from the get-go. I take my makeup off every single night and I’ve given my best in everything I do.” There’s no false modesty there, only an earnest thoughtfulness.

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Kose Sekkisei Sun Protect Essence Milk SPF50+/PA++++ ($50)

This story was first published in HerWorld Magazine June 2014.

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