The SK-II Facial Treatment Essence has long been an indispensable cult favourite with an endless resume of benefits. And fortunately, SK-II recently gave me the opportunity to experience a bottle of the Facial Treatment Essence to form my very own opinions on this miracle water everyone knows so well and adores.

While there are no two ways about it and you either apply the Facial Treatment Essence onto the skin with a cotton pad or straight on with the hands, I’ve picked up a few little tricks along the way to get the most out of this beauty elixir to further maximise its advantages on my combination skin. You reap what you sow, after all.

Hacks I love to get the most out of the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

On top of using the Facial Treatment Essence the conventional way, transferring a small amount into a travel-sized container and carrying it around has been a godsend. It works as an instant fix for dreaded dry patches that pop up throughout the day, and I found that it works great over makeup, as long as you don’t douse your entire face in it.

The Facial Treatment Essence also works wonderfully as a skin saviour before a special event the day after. Simply pop a few dry sheet mask tablets into a clear bag, saturate them in the Facial Treatment Essence and chuck it in the refrigerator to have them on hand whenever. Aside from revealing a glow the morning after, I find that it relieves redness like a dream.

No time for a face mask? Soak some cotton pads in the Facial Treatment Essence to be used as eye masks instead. Once out of the refrigerator, these cooling little pads feel so refreshing over the eyes even just for a couple of minutes before getting ready in the morning. They work like a charm especially when my insomnia kicks in and I lack beauty sleep!

Just in case you are unfamiliar with the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, I have also took the time to pen down in detail exactly what this fascinating product is, the ingredients that make it so special, and my personal thoughts about it after having used it for an entire month. Read on to find out more:

How to use SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

What is the Facial Treatment Essence made of?

I was initially sceptical. Its formula has remained unchanged for over 38 years since being introduced in 1980, however that isn’t the biggest shocker – The price is. A 230ml bottle of the Facial Treatment Essence is now RM715 at the time of writing. Certainly an investment, but one that guarantees the future of crystal clear skin on the assumption that it works for you.

By now you probably would have heard of Pitera™ – The Facial Treatment Essence’s prized active ingredient jam-packed with vitamins, amino acids and minerals. The essence promises the transformative power of crystal clear skin in a bottle and the noticeable result you see overnight is only a fraction of the cumulative benefits it extends after a period of time.

Before and after with the Facial Treatment Essence

How does the Facial Treatment Essence benefit the skin?

The miracle water essentially stimulates the skin to function at its prime. This signifies improved texture, ample moisture, a boost in radiance, minimised signs of ageing, overall clarity, and a glowing complexion. More importantly, it strengthens the skin’s resilience against pollutants and prevents future damage such as dullness, fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.

In spite of minor setbacks like enlarged pores, redness, an uneven skin tone as well as the occasional hormonal breakouts, it’s been a somewhat passable journey with my combination skin. It’s oilier on the T-zone and normal on the rest of the face, except it sporadically gets flaky. Sleep is a major factor, and so is my water intake as well as the climate.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Testimonial

My experience with the Facial Treatment Essence

The coveted anti-ageing elixir smells mildly unpleasant from the get-go. That is due to the Pitera™, which is essentially a derivative of yeast. It reeks right as you drizzle out the essence, but that disappears almost promptly soon after the Facial Treatment Essence gets absorbed. It’s a minor drawback for those sensitive to scents.

Texture-wise, it’s very fluid. Albeit not quite like water, it isn’t viscous whatsoever. While many prefer using a cotton pad to apply the Facial Treatment Essence, the mighty palms work best for me and hey, I ain’t wasting any of that precious liquid on a cotton pad that gets tossed in the bin after!

Experience with the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

How I use the Facial Treatment Essence

Every application starts out by drizzling a teaspoon worth of the essence onto my palm before rubbing my hands together to distribute it. It continues by patting the liquid gently onto my face and décolletage region. It literally doesn’t take any effort at all to incorporate the Facial Treatment Essence into your existing skincare regime and I use it before a serum.

My combination skin drinks up the adored tonic immediately upon contact each time and responds with instant softness and plumpness. Thankfully, the Facial Treatment doesn’t leave a tacky, if not any, residue on the skin. It’s an intolerable skincare pet peeve of mine and that’s an immense plus point as far as I’m concerned.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence price

Does the Facial Treatment Essence work?

It’s safe to say that the Facial Treatment does work. Aside from the extra luminosity and smoother texture, my skin is now less erratic. My pores are looking more refined whereas the hormonal breakouts have lessened significantly. I also found that it plumped up my smile lines as they are now barely apparent.

Is the Facial Treatment Essence worth the investment? Hell yes. The outcome after a month of use is far greater than what I had first anticipated and I cannot wait to reap even more benefits in the long run. It definitely takes patience, so stay devoted to the miracle water and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

Does SK-II Facial Treatment Essence really work?

Where to buy your very own SK-II Facial Treatment Essence?

Get started on your skincare transformation with the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence by purchasing the PITERA™ Welcome Set at RM260 featuring the Facial Treatment Essence and two other best-sellers – the Facial Treatment Clear Lotion and R.N.A.POWER Radical New Age. Alternatively, purchase your very own bottle of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (RM239, 75ml; RM529, 160ml; RM715, 230ml).

The SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, along with SK-II’s other offerings, are available online at or at these stores and counters near you.

You may also learn more about the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence by accessing our previous articles about the product via these links:

The Acclaimed SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Goes Boldly Edgy This Holiday Season
Review: Get Your Beauty On With SK-II’s Pitera Essence Set

Carmen Chong
YouTube-obsessed and a beauty junkie at heart. Find her on Instagram: @carthemen