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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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Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant for Blackheads and Enlarged Pores

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I adored Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster serum, so my sister kindly gifted me Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. I have fairly decent skin but, because my sensitive, combination skin gets quite oily in my T-Zone, it can become congested at times, especially near my nose. As a result, I was excited to try this new product.

Product Claims:

This Skin Perfecting Liquid Exfoliant rapidly exfoliates the skin’s surface, unclogging pores and improving skin’s appearance. The result is a dramatic improvement in the skin’s appearance, feel, and function, which leads to healthier-looking skin and a noticeable improvement in the appearance of wrinkles. There is a great deal of research indicating that BHA (salicylic acid) drastically smooths the surface of skin. The lightweight liquid formula allows for a faster, but gentle, deep exfoliation rate than our gel or lotion BHA products, so it’s an ideal choice for stubborn, clogged pores. This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free with a pH range of 3.2-3.8. Every Paula’s Choice BHA product is formulated with additional soothing agents.

Indications:
This Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant comes in a 4 oz. container for $29. All skin types may use this product, but the texture is especially suited for those with normal to oily skin, combination skin, or blemish-prone skin.

Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Methylpropanediol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Butylene Glycol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Polysorbate 20 (solubilizing agent), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (anti-irritant/antioxidant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), and Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent)

Directions:
Apply the Skin Perfecting Liquid once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Lightly soak a cotton pad and apply over the entire face, including the eye area (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater.

Recommended Skincare Routine:

After using this Skin Perfecting Liquid for over 3 months, I didn’t notice ANY recognizable improvement in my skin. My enlarged pores in my nose and chin area never seemed to diminish (or even unclog). I never saw any amelioration in my skin’s texture, and I certainly never noticed any smoothing effect of ANY of my laugh lines! While I appreciate that this product is deemed safe for all skin types and contains green tea extract to calm the skin and combat any redness, it didn’t seem to have any actual effect on my skin. In fact, while using this product, I ended up having to use other products by different brands to “spot treat” a minor acne bump or two as well as exfoliate and deep clean my skin.

I love the fact that this product is fragrance-free and colorless. When it comes to my skin care, I’m not a huge fan of overly scented products. It also never irritated my sensitive, combination skin. However, I felt like all I was doing was slathering water on my face every day. Week after week, I kept waiting for something … ANYTHING … to improve. It never did!

My sister thinks that the product didn’t have much effect on me because I eat clean, drink plenty of water, and have relatively good skin (with the exception of some minor acne during “that time of the month.” Perhaps, she is right. Although, considering the length of time I used the product, I hoped it to at least decongest my nose and chin area by diminishing the size of my pores there (as promised). I wasn’t anticipating a miracle skincare product. However, I am disappointed, to say the least, that Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting Liquid couldn’t live up to any of their claims for my skin. Given the $29 price tag, I expected better.

As a result, I think this Skin Perfecting Liquid will probably work best for persons with cystic acne or extremely inflamed or problematic skin. If you’re like me and only suffer from an occasional acne bump or two, chances are this product won’t do much for you other than extend the time it takes you to muddle through your morning and evening skincare routine! Sigh.

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