Review – SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

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If you love beauty, I’m sure you’ve heard about SK-II. Bloggers, Influencers, and Editors have been raving about the company all year. Their Facial Treatment Essence has been featured in many magazines and after all the hype I heard, I finally dove DEEP into my wallet for this one.

SK-II products are different from other Asian beauty products because of the presence of Pitera, a clear liquid rich in vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids. This combination of nutrients claims to improve the skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process, leaving skin crystal clear and moisturized. If you want to learn more, the SK-II website explains the discovery, ingredients, culture, and science behind Pitera.


The facial treatment essence is the brand’s top selling product, suggested by magazines and social media influencers around the world. It claims to reduce spots and the appearance of wrinkles, improve skin texture and firmness, and boost radiance. After using this treatment, your everyday serum and moisturizer is said to be better absorbed. The mini 2.5 oz bottle retails for $99.

The liquid is enclosed in a weighted glass bottle that screams elegance, but prevents me from getting anything out of it. I kind of shake the bottle side to side in order to get a few drops out onto my cotton pad; at least I know I won’t spill too much on accident. When actually applying the liquid to my face, it feels just like any regular toner except that it has a faint smell of alcohol. After one week, I noticed my face felt firmer in the mornings and my pores were smaller, but still noticeable. However, my dark spots and discoloration did not improve throughout the week and I definitely did not see less wrinkles.
For a product that only made my face feel firmer and slightly minimized the appearance of pores, I do not think the facial treatment essence is worth the high price tag. In general I find that toners are a part of my beauty routine that I can skip spending a lot of money on; the drugstore provides great options, my favorite being from the brand Simple.

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