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SK-II

Facial Treatment Essence

5.00 fl. oz. for $ 155.00
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Facial Treatment Essence is supposed to contain “the most concentrated amount of Pitera of all the SK-II skincare products—around 90% pure SK-II Pitera.” Indeed, that is all this contains, other than some slip agents, water, and preservatives. What a waste, and what a strange gimmick to thrust on women the world over. There is no substantiated research proving Pitera is a must-have for skin. Even if it was an amazing ingredient, skin needs more than just one great ingredient to be at its healthy, youthful best.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Skin Balancing Essence. Women everywhere are so passionate about Facial Treatment Essence that they describe it as their 'miracle water'. Pitera, the seemingly magical ingredient found in all SK-II products, helps restore vital balance by promoting the skin's natural 28-day surface renewal process. This single blend of vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and organic acids produces a seemingly miraculous rebirth of appearance. With over 90% pure Pitera, Facial Treatment Essence is the 'heart' of every SK-II Skincare ritual. Rely on it daily to moisturise, balance, and renew. Skin absorbs the benefits almost on contact. The result is supple, smooth, radiant skin.

Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate (Pitera), Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Water, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Sorbic Acid

Despite its high-end pricing, much of the SK-II products are surprisingly ordinarymany contain a small assortment of beneficial ingredients in addition to standard moisturizing agents and fragrance. Though their marketing campaigns are compelling, much is left to be desired when you compare glossy layouts to ingredients and formulas.

Pitera is the cornerstone of the SK-II line and is present in every SK-II product. There is some research demonstrating that this yeast, galactomyces ferment filtrate, has a protective effect on the skin barrier, working to prevent damage to the proteins that play a critical role in maintaining its integrity. There isnt much beyond this single study, so there is no way to compare it to the already well-researched ingredients on the market, but it is intriguing (Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 2015). Why SK-II chose to base their line around this ingredient given the lack of knowledge about it is curiousthere are plenty of research-proven alternatives they could have considered (vitamin C, green tea, retinol, etc.), or at least paired with Pitera!

In the end, much of the SK-II line lacks the formulas to warrant their price tags. However, if youre looking to splurge, there are a few products to considersee our full reviews for more information.

For more information about SK-II, owned by Procter & Gamble, visit www.sk-ii.com.

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