Review: SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (5 Years Later…)

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

Dear SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, it has truly been awhile. My last review on SK-II was a good 5 years back, and my skin gone through a lot since then: think cystic acne, Roaccutane and currently, rosacea. Since SK-II was kind enough to approach me to understand if I had continued using their brand and hear my thoughts on it, it’s time to update my review – and what a good time it is, as I’m almost 30 *cries* – so I’m excited to delve back into this old favorite and find out again: “Does SK-II really work? And is it worth it ?

Re-Introduction to SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence, which is only made in Japan, contains more than 90% PITERA™ as well as components that are similar to the Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF) that occur naturally in healthy skin. These ingredients help smoothen skin whilst boosting the skin’s radiance by preventing surface damage through external aggressors such as UV.

The formula has remained unchanged for over 35 years, and has continued to be SK-II’s most awarded bestseller. Regardless of season, be it humid, hot, rainy, dry, or cool, this essence controls moisture retention so skin always looks nourished.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

Personally the first time round, I found that there was a change within the first few days already in terms of brightness but I wouldn’t say smoothness. Only perhaps in about 2 weeks to a month did I notice that my oil production was in control and my skin was a lot more refined. I didn’t have that many wrinkles then nor fine lines then, but I do recall I just looked a lot more refreshed.

This time, with “older” skin I was pretty excited to see how else my skin could change.

If you’re as obsessive with ingredients as I am, you can read more details here.

How to Use the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence?

There are apparently two ways to use this essence: some put on cotton pads and smooth it over their skin, others pour a 50 cent amount into their palms and pat it all over their face.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

I don’t believe there is a wrong method to be honest, but to be less wasteful with the cotton pads I suggest getting those very thin sheets with little to no lint so your skin gets maximum product instead of the cotton pads.

I don’t think I would consider this a toner since it is named an essence, so I do think the way to get the best effects from this would be to cleanse (or double cleanse if you wear makeup/sunscreen), then tone and apply this.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

The texture is definitely not sticky, absorbs quickly and layers well with other products on top. I think this is especially great for those of us living in a humid climate where everything turns tacky on our skin quickly.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence: Before & After

So here is my opinion after re-using it for approximately two weeks: I’m sad to say I can see where my monthly pay will be flying to pretty often haha.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Before After

No joke. After paying such close attention to my skin the past year before my wedding, I really thought I had THE perfect regimen down. I was wrong. The moment I started using SKII again after a 5 year lull, my skin took to it like a fish to water.

Within 2 days my oil production seemed way better in check, and in 2 weeks my rosacea had gone down quite significantly (about 35%)! My rosacea is something I really struggle with now as my acne medication had thinned my skin down previously and now I constantly flush red. I’m grateful it’s kept so much better in check. My smile lines, or nasolabial lines if you must, – which had started to form sadly lol – are also less apparent around my mouth. There is also that much talked about SK-II glow which I love!

In fact, you can check out the after pic of when I used it when I was young versus my after pic now. I think it looks even better now.

Tried & Tested on Acne-Prone Skin

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

As mentioned earlier, my skin is actually pretty acne-prone. I can say that as I’ve suffered with acne for a good 14 years already… I would like to say (without jinxing myself) that my skin stabilized quite a bit last year after a round of roaccutane, but naturally I do experience some really miniscule breakouts closer to the time of the month especially around the lower jaw and forehead.

Hence I was a bit afraid that I MIGHT go through purging or that I would break out from the formula whilst adjusting but nope. Nothing at all. In fact, I tested this out precisely during the time of the month, and my tiny dots disappeared and skin smoothened out even more!

Is SK-II Worth it?

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

Very honestly, YES. I do wonder if my skin likes it better now that I’ve aged slightly more since my first post and can fully absorb and display the benefits – but really I think you can start from even as young as 21 for anti-aging. If it’s a bit of a splurge for you, I think you can always wait for their promotions as their deals are normally pretty good!

Where to Purchase from

A popular place to get SK-II products (at least, this is what I hear from my friends and family) is at SK-II Duty Free area in the airport. However, SK-II products can actually be purchased at a variety of places – something I quite appreciate especially if I finish a product and need to get one ASAP haha!

There are plenty of their booths around popular department stores such as Robinsons, Tangs, and Metro: but for a more specific location, you can find more of their Store Locations HERE.

If you’d like to just dip a toe into the waters of SK-II and try what their products have to offer, you can always start small with their Pitera Welcome Set or begin with their must-have product, the Facial Treatment Essence.

I hope this review has helped, and if you have more questions please feel free to leave a comment or email me!

Disclaimer: Do note that even though I’ve written a review previously, I was approached by SK-II and given the Facial Treatment Essence to try again. I am just as honest this round as I was the previous round when I purchased it with my own money.

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