Beauty Product Review: SK-II Facial Treatment Essence!

After having my facial at Endota, I started thinking about a lot of steps I skip in my skincare routine. Because I MISBEHAVE and sometimes don’t do the right thing by skin. However, I do enjoy complaining about it, loudly, and on the Internet.

In the facial I had my therapist use a toner on me, ok no big surprise there. But I had slacked off in that department. And I feel really bad that I slacked off because I had a bottle of SK-II sitting on the shelf at home waiting for me. (Bracing myself for the backlash here) This product has CULT STATUS and I can’t believe I hadn’t started using it sooner…but you see there was one problem…

SK-II is the kind of product your boyfriend looks at and says ‘what’s that bottle of water for?’ and you say ‘ITS NOT A BOTTLE OF WATER YOU WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THE SECRET WONDERS OF BEING A WOMAN‘ but inside…I did not know what to do with this bottle of water. There were no instructions in English, only a few lines on the back of the bottle in Japanese…(and my year 9 level understanding of this language was not going to cut it). So I turned to the Vogue Forum, which is where I go when I have any of life’s big questions, and don’t-you-know-it those Voguers knew what the heck was up. Use it like a toner GUYS!

I learnt a little more than this though, such as, you can put about 5 drops into your palm and apply it to your face with your hands or put it on a cotton wool ball and apply it that way. Apparently if you want the product to last longer…go for the hands. I also learnt that you could keep it cool in the fridge for an added indulgence. Sweet!

The secret ingredient is….Cate Blanchett…HAHA- just kidding gang, although I think her perfect face sure helps sales, but really the secret ingredient is Pitera. After much research into yeast our friends over at SK II discovered that it was Pitera that was keeping the Japanese sake brewers hands so soft and supple, and they thought we better chuck this on our faces quick smart.

And honest to goodness it is good. I use it as a toner (as we by now have well and truly ascertained) before applying a moisturizer and have been using it twice a day (I rub the leftovers into my hands like Mr. Burns to get the most out of every drop) and I have really noticed some truly great results. The product is supposed to target; firmness, wrinkles and spots but I have seen a dramatic difference in the texture of my skin. Like, a serious difference.

My skin was so dry it was like a crusty salt lake and (ready for this visual image) this bottle of water has restored the moisture and texture of my face back into a bountiful ocean (salt lake > water > ocean). It just feels so smooth and re-hydrated. It fits in perfectly with the rest of my skincare regime and I really enjoy using it. It is expensive but I also do really think it’s worth giving a go, even if it is only once because I haven’t spoken to one person yet who has had a negative experience.

Actually, if any of our readers have, leave a comment…I honestly would love to hear your thoughts because, I know for me, this innocuous looking bottle of water has given my skin a winter resurrection! Rejoice!

So do tell, have you tried SK-II Facial Treatment Essence?

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is available in David Jones & online at Adore Beauty!

Review by Adriane Daff.

Be well,



  1. Fai says:

    Awesome Blog!

    I haven’t, but I will admit that my water intake both internal and external needs a revamp.

    Thanks for the reminder and the great info re Pitera.

    I’m going to go read your Endota Spa review now


  2. Carly says:

    Hi there,
    Just saw your review. I am the Counter Manager at the MYER Perth City store for SK-II. You should pop past for a full skin consultation & check out all the exciting XMAS sets that will be appearing soon! Just a little tip…
    You only need 2 drops of Essence (always apply with hands) after cleansing & clarifying. We don’t actually have a “toner” or granual exfoliant, so we use Facial Treatment Clear Lotion as a liquid exfoliant with AHA’s. Next apply the few drops of essence onto skin & follow with your serums & moisturizer. SK-II actually stands for Secret Key to Crystal Clear Skin (Pitera, which makes up more than 90% of the FTE is our secret key!!) Essence is like no other product on the market & is what sets us apart from all the other brands out there! It improves the 5 dimensions to Crystal Clear skin – texture, firmness, radiance, wrinkles & pigmentation by improving the overall health, balance & regeneration of skin! Hope you continue to enjoy the “Miracle of Pitera” & keep an eye out for the younger new face of SK-II (although Cate will always be part of the brand too)
    Cheers, Carly

  3. Adriane says:

    Thanks Fai!

  4. Annette @ Wellness WA says:

    Hi Carly,

    Thanks for stopping by to leave such a detailed comment!

    I love Kate Bosworth, so looking forward to seeing her face around 🙂 Such a beauty! XO

  5. Lina says:

    Hi All,

    I am a beauty consultant for SK-II in Townsville Myer, and honestly i can say that SK-II has changed my life dramitically. I used to have acne and a lot of it on my face, streching to my neck and back and shoulders. My skin was always dehydrated and oily T Zone so i didnt really know how to keep it all balanced. I used to use Avene and La Roche- Posay and i must say they are great products in terms of giving you that hydration but if you want your skin to glow, firm, radiant and even skin tone as well as Hydration, SK-II is the product for it!

    After using Sk-II facial treatment gentle cleanser, clear lotion, FTE, eye signiture cream and the stempower moisturizer, OMG my skin has changed so much! I have noticed such a big difference in the texture of my skin, as i had acne before my skin was scarred, uneven and larger pores. Now my skin is so evened out, the pores have been refined (i do use Skin Refining Treatment). My skin is also so radiant and glows so much! I have the confident of not wearing any make up and still have that beautiful flawless skin. I am so lucky to be working for SK-II.

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