I’ve probably mentioned it a million times in the past few weeks, but here I go again. Jeff and I had a fantastic time on vacation in Arizona. I enjoyed every aspect of our trip except what the super dry air did to my skin. I didn’t think it was possible for my face to get so dry. My wrinkles looked awful. My skin felt like old paper. Ugh.
When I got back to “moist” Massachusetts, my skin felt a little better but it still seemed dry from the inside out. What to do? Then I remembered that the day I left for vacation, I received a wonderful box of goodies from Influenster and the luxury, research-oriented skincare company, SK-II to try out in exchange for an honest review.
SK-II was a brand I wanted to try for years. The mystique of the brand itself, their special ingredient Pitera, and their fabulous spokeswoman Cate Blanchette (in their American campaign) all call to me. But it’s a pricey brand, so I bided my time. I was thrilled when I was chosen by Influenster to get to try out a couple of SK-II’s products.
But I was in such a rush to leave I didn’t have much time to investigate it. In fact, I don’t think I actually understood what I got when I opened the box before I headed to the airport. Here’s my quick unboxing video:
What I actually got was two separate skincare products:
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, Skin Balancing Essence
Last week, I mentioned that essences are a thing right now. An essence is a lighter weight, water-like serum that you apply before your actual serum that sinks right into your skin and penetrates better than a cream. You apply an essence by pouring two or three drops into the palm of your hand, clasp your hands together to distribute and then press the essence into your skin. Give it a few seconds to dry before applying your next skincare product such as serum or moisturizer.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is the brand’s signature product, their award-winning bestseller. What a great way to start my introduction to the brand! The Facial Treatment Essence is made of 90% of Pitera, SK-II’s miracle skincell-renewing ingredient that they developed over 35 years ago, a clear liquid rich in vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids. Here are the benefits that SK-II promises:
“SK-II Facial Treatment Essence helps to improve the appearance of 5 dimensions of beautiful, crystal clear skin: spots are less visible, appearance of wrinkles is reduced, skin texture is more refined, firmness is improved, and radiance is beautifully elevated. Its irreplaceable formula gently exfoliates the face and helps moderate the skin surface renewal cycle.”
I’m essentially using most of the same skincare products I used on vacation in Arizona, but I’ve added the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. I’ve been using the Essence twice a day for almost 3 weeks, and I can honestly say that my skin has come back from the dead. My face feels hydrated, plumped and smoother instead of dry, papery and sore. My wrinkles are softened, less like craters and less obvious. I’m really pleased with these quick results!
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is recommended for all skin types including sensitive skin. It’s very gentle.
Also, this hydrating essence is a gender-neutral skincare product. Share the news with the man in your life, but buy him his own bottle because you won’t want to share yours.
I received a one ounce deluxe sample size to try, but the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is sold in 4 sizes: 2.5, 5.0, 7.2, and 11.0 fl. oz. priced at $99, $165, $205, and $290 (a big value if you can afford it!).
Ingredients: Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate**, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Aqua (Water), Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Sorbic Acid. **Pitera
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
For an instant hydration boost, I used the Facial Treatment Mask. It’s a moisture and radiance-enhancing 100% cotton mask that’s the perfect accompaniment to the Essence. Like the Essence, the key ingredient is Pitera along with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and organic acids to get rid of dullness, deeply hydrate and increase the skin’s glow.
The mask itself is heavy because it’s a thick cotton fabric and it’s LOADED with gelled skincare ingredients. The mask was also huge. Like the Essence, this mask can easily be worn by a man because of its size. I had to “pleat” the mask so it would fit me! Take a look. I know I look hideous, but it was worth it.
The SK-II Facial Treatment Mask felt cold on my skin. I’d love to have this mask on a hot summer night. I wore it for about 15 or 20 minutes, removed it, and I left the remaining gel-like ingredients on my skin till they absorbed and dried. Next I applied my nighttime anti-aging cream on top. My skin felt very hydrated the next morning.
I had a fair amount of the gelly left in the silver packet, and I’ve been applying it every night after cleansing. Good to the last drop IMHO!
Ingredients: Water, Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate*, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Salicylate, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA. *Pitera.
SK-II skincare products are made in Japan. They are sold on the SK-II website, at Sephora, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, and other fine retailers.
Thank you, SK-II, for helping rehydrate my face!!