Beauty Obsession. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence & Mask

December 21, 2010 • Beauty, Yahoo


Last month I attended a SK-II skincare press event where I learned all about yeast fermentation and it's benefits to the skin. The skincare line also happens to be the favorite brand of Cate Blanchett who became a brand ambassador long after she had been using and swearing by the products. If you have ever really looked at her skin you see it is luminous. Who wouldn't want her skin?

The first and most popular product of this Japanese line is the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence referred to as ‘miracle water’ by SK-II users around the world. Facial Treatment Essence was the first and only product offered when the brand launched in Japan more than 25 years ago, with its composition remaining  unchanged. Facial Treatment Essence is more than 90% pure Pitera®, the signature ingredient contained in all SK-II products.

Pitera® is derived from a unique yeast’s fermentation. It contains vitamins, amino   Cate_Blanchette acids, minerals, and organic acids that work together to allow the skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process to function at its prime. Research has showed that one of the ways Pitera® works is by balancing the skin’s moisture barrier – it does this by boosting the expression of claudin and hyaluronan in skin cells. Claudin is a key barrier protein, and hylauronan is a key component for maintaining overall hydration and elasticity. The majority of women claim to see brighter, radiant and glowing skin after using Facial Treatment Essence for just 14 days.

Now, I had to wait a couple of weeks to try SK-II Facial Treatment Essence because I was testing another skincare line to review, but I was dying to try it! I couldn't wait. You simply apply the Facial Treatment Essence to cleansed skin, both day and night, by sprinkling a teaspoon into hands and pressing gently and evenly onto the face and neck (I also apply it to my eye area). Your skin absorbs the Essence quickly and naturally. It smells a little funny, but you get used to it and once you see the benefits, you get over the smell quickly. Besides the smell dissipates within a minute. Well seriously after 2 weeks my skin looks amazing! It is super soft and glowing. I have been receiving compliments so I know it must be working.

Sk_ii_mask Additonally I was given some samples of the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask which I am also now addicted to. The mask launched in 1981 is made form 100% cotton subtrate which is designed to allow maximum moisture to sink deep within the skin's surface. It contains the equivalent of 10 applications of the Facial Treatment Essence which is perfect for dry and harsh winter months. You simply apply the "Friday the 13th" looking Jason mask over your face making sure it adheres to your face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. When you remove it and rinse of your face you will be left with the softest skin imaginable. Perfect for freaking out your little ones and making sure your skin looks fabulous before a big night out.

Used together, I have noticed a huge difference in my skin. I don't see myself giving up the Facial Treatment Essence and am eager to try more products in the line like the eye cream and anti-aging serum. I may go broke, but hey…I'm worth it. Aren't you?

The Facial Treatment Essence
2.5oz / $100
5.1oz / $155
7.3oz / $195

The Facial Treatment Mask
6 sheets / $90
10 sheets / $125

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– Lauren Dimet Waters

FTC Disclosure: Samples receieved for review.

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