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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

SK_II Facial Treatment Essence Skincare Trial Kit ( 4 Items ) SKII, SK2

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence claims to address the five dimensions of beautiful skin: (1) reducing spots, (2) diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, (3) correcting skin texture, (4) improving firmness, and (5) elevating radiance. It contains 90% pure Pitera™ in every bottle. Pitera is a natural by-product of yeast fermentation that is rich in vitamins, amino acids, and minerals that help to heighten the skin’s natural surface-rejuvenation process. This product was also uniquely formulated to better assist skin with better absorbing serums and moisturizers. Your skin’s moisture is left replenished to help prevent dryness, its texture is smoothed for soft, even skin, and its renewal cycle is moderated.

Ingredients: Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate**, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Aqua (Water/ Eau), Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Sorbic Acid. *Pitera.

Directions: Sprinkle a teaspoon into your hands, then press the essence gently and evenly onto your face and neck. Your skin will absorb the essence quickly and naturally. Layer with your serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen, in that order.

I have sensitive, combination skin. My face tends to be super oily in my T-zone and dry to normal everywhere else. The first time I used this product, I was NOT impressed. It just seemed okay. I dripped some of the Treatment Essence onto my fingertips, but it was kind of watery and difficult to control/apply. While my skin felt soft after my initial application, the dry patches on my cheekbones were not fully moisturized. As a result, I added a few additional drops of product to my fingertips and applied it specifically to that area. My skin instantly looked and felt more hydrated.

Day 2, I only needed one application of the Essence. This time, I poured some of the product onto a cotton round and gently applied it to my face and neck. This technique seemed to work much better for me than the one suggested on the bottle (e.g., sprinkling a teaspoon of the product into your hands). By day 3, my skin seemed fully “adjusted” to the product. I didn’t notice an improvement in the texture of my skin, though, until after I had used the product for about 3 weeks. But, I absolutely love how light and refreshing this Treatment Essence is on my skin. And, I am grateful that it has such a neutral scent.

I usually think skin and hair care products with this kind of price tag are overrated. However, after extended use, I can definitely say that this miracle water is worth all the hullabaloo! My sensitive, combination skin feels much more balanced, smooth, and even. I recommend applying this treatment directly after cleansing your face (and before proceeding to your other facial serums and creams). After 4-5 weeks, I noticed a marked improvement in the fine lines on my face. I am a very expressive person, and had quite noticeable “laugh lines,” especially on my forehead. But, they are barely visible now unless I intentionally furrow my brows! Moreover, my T-zone doesn’t seem to be overproducing so much oil any more. I’ve noticed that my skin is much less oilier in that area, which is a HUGE plus!

My sensitive skin can sometimes appear a little dull from time to time. But, not anymore! After only a few weeks of using the Treatment Essence, I observed that my complexion seems overall much brighter. As a woman of color prone to hyperpigmentation (in the summer time), that’s no small task. The darkness under my eyes has lightened slightly and is much less pronounced. My face also feels firmer, too! In fact, my skin has been looking (and feeling) so great lately, I’ve only worn makeup TWICE in the last 6 weeks, and it wasn’t even my full-face routine! For added benefits, use twice a day (morning and night) and/or combine with SK-II’s Facial Treatment Clear Lotion.

SK_II, SK2 Facial Treatment Essence [Pitera Essence] 75ml / 2.5 oz

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is not for the faint of wallet! My 5.4 oz container retails between $179 and $214, depending on the retailer and whether it is on sale. Although expensive, because of the concentrated formula and small amount that is needed each time, my 5.4 oz bottle will last for probably another 10-12 months (maybe even longer) given that I have barely put a dent in it after almost 2 months’ of use! However, because the Essence comes in a glass bottle, I was quite paranoid about dropping it and breaking it. This product is way too expensive for a mishap of that proportion! Every time I use the Essence, I feel the need to open the outer box carefully and gingerly untwist the top cap. This is certainly not a product you can be in a rush to use …

PROS

  • Great for MOST skin types (normal, dry, combination, and sensitive)
  • Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles
  • Softens skin
  • Moisturizes skin
  • Smooths the surface of skin
  • Not sticky or oily on the skin
  • Synthetic fragrance-free
  • Sulfate-free
  • GMO-free
  • Can be used twice daily
  • Great value; bottle will last a LONG time
  • Neutral fragrance

CONS

  • The cost; even the 2.5 oz travel-sized bottle sells between $89 and $99!
  • Contains paraben preservatives (e.g., methylparaben)
  • Not generally recommended for oily skin types
  • A little watery
  • Glass bottle looks gorgeous but can break easily

Want great skin? Skip the laser resurfacing treatment, and opt for this SK-II Facial Treatment Essence instead! It is definitely worth the investment.

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DIY Vitamin C Serum

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Vitamin C is touted as a must for those who want to prevent premature aging. It is said to increase the collagen production of the skin, which helps fight wrinkles. Here are some of its other benefits:

  • brightens and tightens the skin
  • acts as an antioxidant and helps skin to repair itself (Spots be gone!)
  • restores and regenerates skin cells by attacking free radicals (i.e., reduces the effects of negative sun exposure)

However, most Vitamin C serums cost an arm and a leg, and sometimes the life of your first born! They also often include many unnatural ingredients and additives. Since I have sun allergies, I am prone to sun spots and hyperpigmentation. So, I thought that I would make my own Vitamin C serum …

Recipe Card - VITAMIN C SERUMVitamin C Serum

  1. Measure 1 tsp of Vitamin C into a small bowl.
    • You can use vitamin C in powder (L. ascorbic acid) or crystal form (sodium ascorbate).
    • You can also use Camu powder, which is my preference. It is much more expensive, but it is an all-natural alternative with 60x more vitamin C than an orange!
  2. Add 3 tsp of distilled water.
  3. Add 1 ½ tsp of pure vegetable glycerin and stir until well-combined. 
  4. Add ½ tsp of Vitamin E oil and mix again.

    • This is an antioxidant that helps to extend the shelf life and is also great for the skin!
  5. Transfer the liquid (with a mini funnel) to any dark container of your choice. 
  6. Shake before each use!

Application

So, you’ve made your own Vitamin C serum. Now what? Proper application increases the effectiveness of the serum. Here’s what you should do:

  • Lightly dampen your face with water and start by applying the serum to your face and neck.
  • Let it dry for some time and then apply a moisturizer. Try to use one with a sunscreen in it. It is important that you use the serum before moisturizing. Otherwise, your skin WILL NOT be able to absorb the Vitamin C serum.

Shelf Life

  • While glycerin and Vitamin E oil soften and protect the skin, they also extend the shelf life of the serum from 2 – 3 weeks to 4 – 6 weeks. Want it to last even longer? Keep it in the fridge!
  • Although storage in a refrigerator is completely unnecessary, be sure to make each recipe in small batches (and keep it in a dark container out of direct sunlight) to prevent it from oxidizing too quickly.
  • Each batch should last about two weeks (if used daily). I usually double the recipe so that each batch will last me about a month. 😉

Potency

This recipe is a 20% Vitamin C solution. It is VERY STRONG. If you have sensitive skin, or you have never used a Vitamin C serum before, cut the amount of L. ascorbic acid in half (from 1 tsp to ½ tsp) for a 10% solution. Still too potent? Reduce the amount of L. ascorbic acid to only ¼ tsp (a 5% solution). Then, after a week or two, you can increase the potency level until your skin fully adjusts.

  • DO NOT create more than a 20% solution.
  • According to research, maximum absorption occurs at 20%. Higher concentrations actually have a lower absorption level.

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