We’ll be honest. We were sceptical when Joseph Schooling launched his JS Orphic skincare line last year. Certainly, the national swimmer, now 26, has broken records at 2017’s SEA Games, and brought glory to our nation when he beat reigning champ Michael Phelps to clinch a gold medal at 2016’s Olympic Games. But sporting prowess doesn’t translate into the expertise required to develop a skincare line, right?

How It Began
Chlorine and sun damaged skin bothered Schooling for years. Photo: Instagram (@josephschooling)
Chlorine and sun damaged skin bothered Schooling for years. Photo: Instagram (@josephschooling).

As it turns out, Schooling had been suffering from skin conditions caused by frequently training in chlorinated water and that propelled him to seek solutions.

“I started developing sun-spots and patches on my body when I was about 11-years-old due to the constant exposure to chlorine and sunlight from my training. It was making me very uncomfortable. My skin was so dry that I started flaking,” he shared.

We can relate to that. Some of us can recall experiencing dry and itchy skin from weekly two-hour CCA sessions in the pool. For Schooling and other professional swimmers, the effects must be far worse.

According to a 2015 study by the Public Library of Science, a group of rats exposed to chlorinated water developed lackluster coats, fur loss and bloody eyes among other ailments after a test period of 12 weeks.

“So to get a measure of relief from the terrible discomfort, I started using skincare at that age,” Schooling said.

Atlas MediSpa
Atlas MediSpa was where JS Orphic began. Photo: Instagram (@atlasmedispa)
Atlas MediSpa was where JS Orphic began. Photo: Instagram (@atlasmedispa).

In 2017, Schooling consulted with Dr SM Yuen of Atlas Medical Derma-Regen Clinic. Dr Yuen’s medical practice is influenced by Korean philosophies and techniques, and this approach helped Schooling improve his skin conditions dramatically.

“Between intensive training schedules, teaching and living my life, I needed a routine that was fuss-free and effective. Dr Yuen understood my needs and recommended a range of products that he was sure would work for my skin condition,” Schooling explained.

“I developed the Stem Cell + Snail Waterfall Serum especially for Joseph to address his dry and sensitive skin. It worked very well for him, so well that he wanted to share it with others who have similar skin concerns,” Dr Yuen shared.

Before long, the two were in talks of developing JS Orphic, starting with four basic but effective products.

How Do They Fare?
JS Orphic's award-winning serum, the Stem Cell + Snail Waterfall Serum. Artwork: Joan Tai (@augustman)
JS Orphic’s award-winning serum, the Stem Cell + Snail Waterfall Serum. Instagram: @jsorphic). Artwork: Joan Tai (@augustman).

Of the four products, My Favourite Skin Hydrator and Stem Cell + Snail Waterfall Serum stand out. The former is a light moisturiser that hydrates and repairs with a blend of ceramide complex and althaea rosea root. The latter (which snagged a badge at the AUGUSTMAN Grooming Awards this year after being tested by our panel) is a potent potion of althaea rosea, niacinamide, adenosine and hydrolysed collagen. So it doesn’t seem to be a case of using one’s name to push a product, but rather one of sharing a solution. So thanks, Joseph, and best of luck at your next race. AM


JS Orphic is available at JS Orphic’s website, Atlas MediSpa and Lazada


written by.
Syed Zulfadhli
Syed Zulfadhli knows a thing or two... thousand about skincare and grooming.

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