Like many beauty bloggers and beauty editors, I've long heard the legend of SKII, and about the devotees to the line, in particular the SKII Facial Treatment Essence product.
At the end of last year, I was lucky enough to attend a wonderful SKII event in which we learned about the origins of the SKII miracle ingredient - Pitera, (made from fermented yeast), as well as hearing directly from Actress Cate Blanchett's (who is the face of the brand) personal makeup artist about how much she loves the products and uses them faithfully. The result, said the makeup artist, is Cate has radiant, beautiful skin at all times that looks much younger than her chronological age.
So I set about testing the product, which is a very thin liquid skin treatment meant to smooth skin, improve skin tone, hydrate skin (but it is not specifically, a moisturizer) and provide a glow.
I was very impressed with the SKII Facial Treatment Essence, enough so that I have continued to use the product daily as part of my skin care routine after the test period. It's a luxury purchase to be sure, but this is one of the best products that can really make a significant difference in your skin, and so worth every penny.
Here's what you need to know:
The product does appear out of the bottle as a thin, "water-like" liquid. The best way to apply it is to add one or two pours (about a teaspoon is all that's needed) from the frosted glass bottle into the palm of your hand. Then, cup your hands together quickly to spread over both and apply in a pressing motion to your face. The formula will immediately evaporate into the skin, so you don't have to worry about it running down your face. Note: since it is made from yeast, the smell when you first apply it is a very earthy, almost "mushroom" -like scent- but is does fade fairly quickly.
I applied the treatment each morning and evening after cleansing my skin and before moisturizer/primer and then makeup. Within just a few days I could see that my skin was much more supple and smooth - particularly in the t-zone. After about two weeks, I loved the beautiful glow my skin had - even without makeup.
It has a very cool, refreshing effect - it's also great after working out, and didn't clog my pores or cause any breakouts. Another plus for those of you with oily/very oily skin is that this can be used as your treatment and your moisturizer in one because of the thin, liquid texture. It's also great for very warm weather environments.
I've been converted! - RLB
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*This product was provided by SKII PR for reviewing purposes.