“Water is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.” Five bucks if you can name that movie!
In all seriousness though, hydrating your skin has become the latest rage in skincare, as well as all things Asian beauty. Both are combined with SK-II, a line championed by Cate Blanchett with roots in Japan. Although their products are based on science, it was a chance discovery at a sake brewery that led to their breakthrough in ageless skin. Pitera is a single yeast strain used in the making of sake that was in constant contact with the brewers’ hands during the fermentation process. The scientists from SK-II noticed that even though their faces aged normally, the workers’ hands remained soft and youthful. By isolating this key ingredient and incorporating it into their products, SK-II has created an effective product that has the science to back it up.
I had the chance to experience the second half of SK-II’s unique approach with their staff at Neiman Marcus. Instead of just sending you home with a product that may or may not work for you, they take the time to perform a (complimentary) full analysis of your skin, poring over every detail and creating a database that you can go back and reference after using their products for a period of time. This way if it’s not working, you’ll know it. And you can trust that SK-II believes in their products so much they’re willing to prove it to you.
My results were perhaps a little disturbing for a 27-year-old, but once you factored in motherhood, my terrible (nonexistent) skincare routine, and my ridiculous need to go tanning back in college, it made sense. SK-II will even go so far as to tell you your skin’s real age, but I’m going to keep my number a secret. 🙂 Armed with all this data, they can now recommend products that make sense for your specific needs. For me, it was all about hydration, brightening, and evening tone.
That’s when they placed this little miracle bottle into my hands: the facial treatment essence. Yes, it made me instantly think of the Zoolander quote from the beginning of this post (did you know it?!), but when I saw the difference in one application on the back of my hand, I was sold. According to SK-II’s website, it “helps to improve the appearance of 5 dimensions of beautiful, crystal clear skin: spots are less visible, appearance of wrinkles is reduced, skin texture is more refined, firmness is improved, and radiance is beautifully elevated.” Are you sold yet? How about if I told you the formula is 90% Pitera, the miracle ingredient I told you about earlier? Sill not convinced? Then enter to win the giveaway to try a bottle of your own below!
P.S. I received complimentary product in exchange for this review from Neiman Marcus. Don’t worry though, all opinions are my own!