The star ingredient, the stunning packaging or the number of raving reviews which surround it, a skincare product has many different means to sound new, unique or simply appealing. There is something, however, which not all of them can brag about: a great story or a great history. The SK-II Facial Treatment Essence owns one, an enigmatic starting point which definitely contributes to the success and reputation of the brand, even the woman who doesn’t know anything about skincare can narrate it whilst advising the product to her girlfriends and all of them, just as me, will be left intrigued and full of hope. The story, on the other hand, doesn’t say it all about the essence, and this is where my review might come in handy.

SK-II all began with the contrast between the faces and the hands of aged sake brewers: the former were aging, with lots of wrinkles and pigmentations whilst the latter remain youthful, clear and smooth. Many years of research later, the Pitera was designated as the ingredient responsible for such miracle and it is the star ingredient of the Facial Treatment Essence which only surround it with 6 other ingredients, all rather simple and usual for an essence. The Pitera does it all: merged into a formula which easily penetrates the skin, it helps with moisture, hydration, the skin texture and its renewal process.

There is nothing comforting about the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, it is a plain water which the skin absorbs immediately, and without any instant benefit visible on the skin and only a light, fresh scent left in the palm of the hands -too much product gets trapped in the cotton pad-, it seems easy to forget about it, yet it definitely changes the following steps of the skincare routine. As much as I love my Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum, I do find that its sticky consistency forces me to apply it in a hurry, with the essence underneath it, I gain more time to work it into the skin but also a texture which appears to be a lot smoother.

As with any skincare treatment which deeply penetrates the skin and works hand in hand with it, the benefits of the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence are subtle and will keep appearing as time goes by, depending on the skin’s original condition. Considering that mine is very likely to build texture or/and get dehydrated -and had recently experienced a drastic climate change between Scotland and France-, my skin is surprisingly healthy, hydrated and soft to the touch. It a slow process for a treatment whose expensive price I cannot ignore, but one thing is certain: the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence has proven me that an essence isn’t just a fancy step in the skincare routine, but more, just as a serum or cleanser is, an essential.

-Thank you to Siobhàn from Beautylymin for the lovely giveaway which enabled me to try the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence


  • Congratulations on winning the giveaway! I’ve never tried Essence lotions but they always sound so lovely. I think it’s about time I picked one up. Xx

    Toni | sheergloss

    • Thank you 🙂 I highly recommend you do so indeed, you’ll be so surprised to see how much it changes your skincare routine!

  • Congrats on your win. I’ve heard many good things about this essence xx

    Indie// In Search of the Holy Grail

    • Thank you! Yes, it is one of those cult products and I can definitely understand why now!

  • Yiotou_La

    Yayy it is so exciting that you won this on Siobhan’s giveaway! I read great reviews about it. I used some essence samples I was sent when I placed a few orders and I was impressed by them, never used an essence before or knew the existence of these products! x


    • Yes, it is quite a new product/step for me too, but now that I am aware of them, it makes a lot of sense to me!

  • Thank you for sharing your thoughts on it, I am glad you have noticed a difference even if it did take some time. It sounds really lovely, but I am not thrilled at the thought of adding an essence to my routine haha, great post lovely xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • You’re welcome and thank you 🙂 I understand, I feel like I keep adding steps to my skincare routine at the moment, but I also know that I will have to stop someday, otherwise it will mean an hour in the bathroom every night!!

  • This is the original essence that too the world by storm and I have yet to try it until today. It is definitely in my list to purchase in the future and I hope my skin will love it.

    • I hope so as well! Mine is loving it, my skin has been really good lately, despite a bad diet and lots of changes in my routine!

  • I definitely need to incorporate essence into my skin care regiment. I’ll check this one out and Tatcha. I heard both are good.

    • Yes, I’m also thinking of trying out the Tatcha one, thank you for reading 🙂

  • I have yet to incorporate a dedicated essence into my routine, but that one sounds intriguing.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • I highly recommend you do so, it has really changed my skincare routine, the products seem to penetrate deeper into the skin!

  • Such an amazing prize, well done hun! This sounds like such an amazing product. I have it on my wish list as I’ve only heard amazing reviews of this xxx

    • Thank you 🙂 Yes, it is one of those products which always have amazing reviews, and I definitely agree with them!

  • Neha 14wow

    Wow…very well written babe…thanks for sharing…!! Kisses, Neha


  • that’s a really good brand!
    Hadas | The Fashion Matters- Luxury travel and fashion blog

  • clare⭐

    I’ve always wanted to try SK-II, thanks for sharing your thoughts on this 🙂

  • Kimberly Ann

    I’ve never tried SKII products but I always hear about them. Thanks for the review!

    Kim – pink statement wall & a wrap dress!

    • You’re welcome, I’m really tempted more of their products now as well 🙂

  • I’m glad that you’re enjoying it, Fanny! I agree – you don’t notice a difference immediately, moreso over time and thankfully this huge bottle should last ages! xx