One of the biggest questions I get via email is, (if I could only pick one), which high-end beauty product you should splurge on. To family, friends, and readers alike, my answer is always exactly the same. SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence. The fountain of youth is probably not a real thing, but this product is more or less as close as it gets. It’s a small addition to your beauty routine that will make a world of difference.
The “magical” ingredient (as is the case with most of SK-II’s products) is actually very scientific: Pitera™. The essence is actually made up of more than 90% Pitera™. It’s a clear liquid rich in vitamins, amino acids, and minerals… discovered nearly 40 years ago! All of SK-II’s products contain Pitera™, but the Essence contains the highest concentration.
Over the past month as part of SK-II’s OneBottleAwayFrom Journey (with the goal of getting my skin in its best possible shape before I turn – eek – 36 next month), I’ve been diligently using the product morning and night. The biggest benefit I’ve noticed in using the Facial Treatment Essence is the clarity of my skin. Less blotchiness and fewer spots. I’ve started using it twice morning and night and when I do this consistently my skin will take on that Cate Blanchett-esque (note that I said “esque”, I’d never proclaim to look like her.. ha ha!) quality: luminous, smooth and even… letting me skip foundation.
SK-II looks at this as “5 dimensions.” To use their words, spots are less visible, appearance of wrinkles is reduced, skin texture is more refined, firmness is improved, and radiance is beautifully elevated. On top of that, the Facial Treatment Essence penetrates better than a cream.
I think, because it more or less looks like water, the application process can be a little confusing – I get so many questions about how to use it! I apply it morning and night, after cleansing (before serum and moisturizer). After washing my face, I will pat my skin dry and then shake several drops into a cotton pad or my hands. I will then press the essence into my face and neck… gently patting my skin until it’s dry. The product will absorb very easily into your skin. Afterward, I’ll apply moisturizer + sunscreen (morning) or serum and moisturizer (evening). Results aside, I love that using an essence creates a bit of a ritual… patting the product in is very soothing and has become something I really enjoy doing!
I can’t stress enough the importance of starting a good skincare routine while you are young. I’m a big believer in skincare > makeup. If you take really great care of your skin you won’t need much makeup. The Facial Treatment Essence is a wonderful example of this – if I use it consistently morning and night, I don’t need to wear foundation. I’m 35 years old now and have to work very hard to maintain my skin. Sunscreen every day, regular masks and treatments, and of course, my beloved SK-II. It’s so worth it. I’m #onebottleawayfrom radiant skin for 36, so bring it on!
Created in partnership with SK-II but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Photography by Lydia Hudgens.