From The Straits Times    |

When I think of my ideal complexion, I think of women like Behati Prinsloo, Ayase Haruka, Nini and Tang Wei. They all have that crystal clear, glowing from within, hydrated and supple skin that looks like they’ve just had the greatest night’s sleep. What they also have in common: they’re fans of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. Despite the fact that they all differ in age, skin type and concern – I’ve read that, like me, Prinsloo has sensitive skin, while Tang Wei used to worry about dullness and dryness  – yet they’re all dedicated users of SK-II’s products.

Find out why everyone from celebrities to users of all skin types are obsessed with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.

Getting celeb-worthy skin

I started to include FTE into my skincare regimen a few years ago, as I learned more about the secret behind countless skin miracles – Pitera, a yeast extract that’s in every SK-II product, from the anti-ageing R.N.A. Power range to GenOptics Aura Essence.

The story of PITERA™ started in a sake brewery in Japan, where a chance observation of how an old toji’s (master brewer) youthful-looking hands were a stark contrast to his wrinkled face led to the creation of SK-II’s signature ingredient.

PITERA™ is derived from a special yeast strain exclusive to SK-II. This natural bio-ingredient contains over 50 micro-nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and organic acids to condition the skin’s natural functions .

The vitamins condition skin texture; amino acids help to maintain the skin’s protective barrier and deeply moisturise; organic acids gently exfoliate to reveal translucent complexion, and anti-ageing saccharides and proteins nourish and rejuvenate skin from within.

The Facial Treatment Essence – aka Miracle Water – has the highest concentration of Pitera at 90 percent, and after every application, leaves my skin feeling fresh, touchably soft, hydrated, clear, and ready for whatever power-packed SK-II skincare I choose to follow up with.

And if the celeb experiences are anything to go by: it’s easy to use, fits any age, preference or skin type (even sensitive skin), can slot into any skincare regime, and always delivers results.


How to use SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
I like to keep my skin regimen simple and fuss-free, and so was hesitant about adding another skincare step. But found including Facial Treatment Essence into my routine easy-peasy – At night-time, I use a cotton pad to swipe it on after cleansing, while in the morning, I pour it generously onto my hands, and pat it directly onto my face to give my skin a wake-up call. From the first use, my skin looked and felt more hydrated, and after a few days, my complexion was fresher, younger-looking, and definitely more radiant.

In recent years my skin has become more sensitive and I sometimes break out or have allergic reactions to new products, but that wasn’t the case here. Now, I even keep a bottle on my work desk (it can even be dabbed on over makeup) to keep my skin looking fresh throughout the day.


Is SK-II worth the money?
The big question: Is it worth it? Absolutely! It takes mere seconds to pamper and refresh your skin, plus it makes a noticeable difference, fast.

Also read: The 16 best anti-ageing products that keep wrinkles and fine lines at bay

Where to buy SK-II
If you also want to try this product and begin your journey towards crystal clear skin, you can start with the Pitera Welcome Set ($115), which comprises of the 75ml Facial Treatment Essence, 30ml Facial Treatment Clear Lotion and 15g R.N.A.POWER Radical New Age.

If you are not travelling, you can buy online or easily get SK-II products at various counters of major departmental stores, or at SK-II’s LazMall flagship store, instead of buying them from duty-free stores at the airport. Click here to discover store locations in Singapore.