With SK-II, everyone is always talking about the Facial Treatment Mask or Facial Treatment Essence. So when I was at Saks in Beverly Hills doing some Christmas shopping with my family, I decided I finally wanted to get one of these. This iconic Japanese http://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/j-beauty-japanese-skincare skincare line is known mostly for anti-aging, but I feel like you can never start the anti-aging process too soon!! After the woman at the counter explained the famous origin story where scientists found the fountain of youth, at a sake brewery of all places. They noticed the workers in the brewery had beyond flawless skin— but only on their hands. This was from having their hands soaked in sake all day. Sk-II trademarked the part of the sake that was creating this effect and named it Pitera™. Their website https://www.sk-ii.com/ explains that Pitera™ is a “clear liquid rich in vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids” and that it is “derived from a strictly controlled natural fermentation process.”

My mom uses the Facial Treatment Essence, which is probably their most popular and well-known product. She highly recommended it, so that’s what I decided to buy. I used it for about a week and didn’t really notice anything. It definitely feels good when you apply it, but I couldn’t really see any noticeable improvements in my skin. That’s when I decided to try a sample of the ‘GenOptics Aura Essence” that I received with my purchase. I applied it at night before bed and it felt AMAZING. It is a white, super light serum that gives you a hydrated glow almost immediately. When I woke up and looked at my skin I could honestly see a noticeable difference after just ONE use. I quickly used up all my samples, applying it every single night to my face and neck until I finally had to buy a real bottle. $240 is not ideal for a nighttime serum, but trust me, it is totally worth it. And the applicator is so fun. I’ve been using this alongside Shani Darden’s Retinol Reform https://www.thestylestation.com/product/shani-darden-resurface/ because I still need retinol in my routine to keep my pores clear. I am 100% sure this is going to be a product I definitely re-buy and possibly use forever. It makes my skin GLOW and look so much more even. It looks like I just used a hydrating sheet mask every time. I honestly think my makeup went on smoother as well. I still need to use a thicker eye cream at night, but for an overall face & neck serum I can’t say enough good things about this product!! 10/10 all around. I recommend everyone try to get the free samples and see for yourself.

Written by: Ally Melideo