When it comes to skincare, there is one brand that I keep coming back for, and that’s SK-II. Though I’ve never really tried all their products, I find that their basic lines like the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, the Facial Treatment Clear Lotion and the Facial Treatment Cleanser have really worked wonders on my skin. Some people may disagree on this, but there’s just something really magical about this whole Pitera thing.

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If you know the whole story of this cult-favorite Japanese skincare brand, then you’d be amazed. As per Wikipedia, “a group of Japanese scientists had observed the sake brewery workers to have smooth young-looking hands after years of submerging them in fermented yeasts even though their faces obviously showed their age.” After further research, the particular naturally-occurring yeast was isolated for use, thus the birth of Pitera.

SK-II Facial Treatment Cleanser

Much has been said and disputed about Pitera. Some experts said it doesn’t really work or that it’s not worth it, or even that there’s not much proof of its benefit and effectiveness, while some also said that Pitera is rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, which improves the skin’s renewal process, thus making it youthful and glowing. As for me, I don’t know if it’s placebo or for real, but ever since I’ve been using these SK-II products, I know my face looks fantabulous, no kidding.

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My skin is pretty resilient but it gets crazy whenever I subject it to stressful environments or situations, like going to another planet, I mean traveling. Also, it tends to breakout whenever I have the whole stress hormone thing going on. I’ve tried different products but none of them really sort of prevented my skin from going bonkers. Enter SK-II and I couldn’t be happier. I don’t know when exactly I started noticing the difference, I think perhaps a month (like most) and my face doesn’t seem to act out as much, no matter the situation or the condition I’m in, be it hormones, pollution or dryness. I may have small bumps from time to time but it doesn’t go into full blown cystic annoyance anymore. It’s like my skin is more resilient and better protected. Also, my face looks glowy and my skin’s texture looks smooth and even. It’s like my best skin ever.


If you’ve read my previous comment about SK-II before, (can be seen HERE), I mentioned that my best skin happens whenever I use SK-II. That is true even until now. Since trying them a few years ago, I’ve never really gone astray, I’ve been a loyal customer and had been using SK-II products as my daily skincare routine despite the steep price (I know, right?) The products you’ll see below are the ones I always use daily as my foolproof skincare regimen regardless of any situation.


SK-II Facial Treatment Essence facial treatment lotion facial treatment cleanser review


SK-II Facial Treatment Cleanser (3.6 oz: $75) – Has a nice rosy scent that is gentle and great for sensitive skin. It’s creamy, non-abrasive, foamy, and non-drying. It feels luxe and it comes in a decent hefty-size container that will last a long time. This is a great all around facial wash for any skin care type or if you have any skin care concerns. Oh, and it’s great to use with Foreo too.


SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion (5.4 oz: $76) – The toner of my life! What am I going to do without you? Yep, that’s how much I love and adore this toner. I’ve repurchased this countless times and it has helped my skin a lot. It may smell and feel like nothing, but it does make a difference. I love that it seems mild but it’s a hard worker by cleaning every remaining trace of makeup and calming the pores. The full size heavy frosted glass bottle usually lasts 2 months on me while using a cotton pad.


SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (Travel Size, 2.5 oz: $99, Standard Size, 5.4 oz: $179, Value sizes: 7.8 oz, $229 and 11 oz: $290) – This face essence, or what I’d like to call and use as a serum, is SK-II’s bestselling product because it has more than 90% Pitera that’s ready to get your skin glowing. This is basically the product to get in if you wanna experience your first dose of SK-II miracle and Pitera goodness. Its consistency is slightly thicker than the Facial Treatment Clear Lotion and its scent is somewhat stronger and could get funkier with time. Some may complain about the scent to be a little fishy, but it’s not so bad you know. I just use my hands for application as I didn’t wanna waste any product by using a cotton pad. This thing is already expensive even for the travel size, but it usually lasts 5 months on me. So it’s a great deal. It’s even a greater deal if you could find the whole Pitera Essence Set, which comes with the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Travel Size plus a Facial Treatment Mask and a mini (1 oz) Facial Treatment Clear Lotion which is great wherever you go.

sk-ii pitera Essense set review



Last but not the least, SK-II Facial Treatment Mask (1 Mask: $17, 6 Masks: $95, 10 Masks: $135) – This mask is super drenched with Pitera goodness. It’s oozing with moisturization and hydration. It has no discerning scent and it feels cool, soothing and nourishing. It makes my skin feel smooth and soft. It’s pricey though, but it’s worth the money and it’s the most luxurious, most moist and non-greasy mask I’ve ever tried. So great to take with you during traveling or even on the plane, might as well scare a few flight attendants, thinking you might be Jason Voorhees, LOL.

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask review

Final words, whether you’re an SK-II fan or not, what matters is you’re satisfied with your current skincare and that you take good care of your skin. Coz babies, we only have one face to take on the world, so put your best face forward! Say what?!


The SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, Clear Lotion, Cleanser, and Mask is available in Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Dermstore, QVC, Bloomingdales, Violet Grey, Revolve & Macy’s


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