Posted 02 May 2017

Putting Your Skin to the Test in One of the Most Dangerous Places on Earth – The Ijen Volcano

A staggering 2799 meters above sea level sits Indonesia's Ijen Stratovolcano. A “mountain of fire” on the island of Java, which has two of the most unusual occurrences on Earth. The first is an active solfatara which emits hot, flammable, sulphurous gases that ignite as they enter our Earth’s oxygen rich atmosphere. The gas condenses in the atmosphere to produce flows of molten sulphur that burn electric blue. The flames can be difficult to see during the day but stunningly illuminate the landscape at night. Secondly, it is home to a one kilometre wide Caldera lake filled with the most beautiful turquoise water. The amazing colour is a  result of extreme acidity and high concentration of dissolved metals. With a pH as low as 0.5, it is the world’s largest highly acidic lake.


Si Young is an award-winning Korean actress and a respected boxer. In 2009, she appeared
in two movies and three television shows which were based base on a very successful
Japanese comic that was also a huge success in Korea. This propelled her to stardom and
allowed her to expand her career. Since 2009, she has acted in more television shows and
movies, as well as variety shows and music videos. She sometimes helps to write song lyrics as she dabbles in singing, and has provided vocals for some of the songs on the soundtracks of the shows she has appeared in. In addition to that, she has continued her career as an amateur boxer and has won several titles in her weight division including the 24 th National Amateur Boxing Championship. Now this outstanding actress and national boxer, ventures into one of the most magnificent but dangerous locations on earth - Indonesia’s active Ijen Volcano - taking on the strains of harmful sulphurous fumes.

SK-II Face the Wild, Face the Camera campaign is in partnership with National Geographic
to create a series of four short films shot in extreme conditions. The testing expedition at the stunning Ijen Volcano is where the renowned Korean actress Si Young tries to overcome the hazards of an active volcano, surviving sulphur rich air, high temperatures and a highly dangerous climb. Si Young has another challenge to overcome after the expedition; the camera.


Gases emerge from cracks in the volcano at high pressure and temperature—up to 1,112°F
(600°C). When they come in contact with the air, they ignite, sending flames up to 16 feet (5
meters) high. These volcanic gases, chemically rich sulphuric clouds, and high acidity
conditions destroy our ecosystem. Si Young had to trek through the hazardous environment
in a gas mask. She found it difficult to breathe and open her eyes, and was definitely worried for her sensitive skin. “It was just so hard to breathe because of the dust and gas, and I was unable to open my eyes at the Ijen Volcano in Indonesia. But even under this extreme environment, the Facial Treatment Essence kept my skin great. After I trekked in these conditions all day, I was really worried about this photo shoot. My skin is sensitive and this extreme environment makes it worse. I was worried but the photos looked great, so I am happy. My skin defeated the extreme environment of this volcano,” she said.


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