Imagine my excitement when I found out my “Skin Age” was equivalent to that of a 20-year-old when I took SK-II’s Magic Ring Test. Phew! That’s a 6-year difference – I know I’m only 26, so why am I worried about my “Skin Age”? Because it is important to start taking care of your skin starting from your early 20s, and if you haven’t, this post will be useful for you. SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence has been one of the regular go-to’s on my beauty shelf, and in this blog post, I will share with you my review: how it works and why it is worth it!

Left: 7 Days Before my week-long FTE regimen   |   Right: 7 Days After my week-long FTE regimen


What does SK-II contain and how does it work?

My skincare concerns are sunspots and dark eye circles. As you already know, I love soaking up nature’s vitamin D, although UV rays have made their mark on my skin with freckles! Some of my friends love my freckles because they are unique, but greater sun exposure darkens freckles over time, and causes uneven skin tone! Just look at the image before I used the Facial Treatment Essence (FTE)  – my sunspots were clearly visible, and my skin had a dull appearance, which further accentuated my dark undereye circles. Not cool.

I love the FTE because it prevents the formation of spots, thanks to the high concentration of Pitera in the Essence! Pitera is SK-II’s signature ingredient, also a patented bio-ingredient power-packed with vitamins, minerals, organic and amino acids to enhance skin cell renewal. On top of that, it activates the anti-oxidation process in your skin, which in turn helps to restore and boost hydration levels in your skin so it becomes crystal clear!

Though I was introduced to the product about five years ago, I regrettably have not been using it diligently but only when I needed quick fixes, given my hectic work schedule. (Sorry! I need to try little harder!) After using FTE consistently for a week, I have received compliments on how radiant I look, even when bare-faced. It is not an overnight miracle worker, but seven days with the FTE made a difference. I’m sure the brightening effects will be even more significant if I used the product on an everyday basis, and I’m going to maintain this momentum!

SK-II and Acne:

I had a bout of adult acne when I was 22, and I sought help from a dermatologist to control the situation. For those who are acne-prone, it is best if you look at products that target and provide specific acne treatment. Thereafter, once your acne condition stabilizes, I would recommend you use SK-II as it is a great way of maintaining your skin’s radiance. Research by dermatologists have also proved how frequent use of the FTE decreases the frequencies in outbreaks, so that’s really a miracle product. If you have sensitive skin or are concerned about how your skin may react to the FTE, you can obtain samples or purchase a Pitera Welcome Set (you will receive a 75ml FTE together with a complementary toner and moisturizer) and speak to their friendly skincare consultants about your skincare concerns. Easy does it!

How do we apply SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence?

Before you apply the FTE, you should use your cleanser and toner.

1. Pour 2-3 drops of the essence onto your hand, or palm if you prefer.
To me, the essence has a similar texture to water. It trickles really quickly from the bottle, so be gentle when you tilt it!

2. Gently smooth the essence over your face and neck for a minute to ensure even coverage.

3. Pat softly on your face, neck and décolletage until the essence is absorbed.


If you have a serum or moisturizer, you may put it on after the FTE.


SK-II Magic Ring Test

The Magic Ring Test is a skin diagnostic tool that measures 5 dimensions of your skin, believed to be the factors that make up crystal clear skin: texture refinement, firmness power, wrinkle resilience, spot control and radiance enhancement. Using a high-definition photo combined with science and technology, the Magic Ring scans and runs a detailed analysis of your skin in the blink of an eye, even if you have make-up on! You can always return back to the SK-II store to measure the improvement of your skin’s performance after using the FTE. As mentioned earlier, my skin age is 20! My only weak area was spot control, and I was advised to use the Whitening Spot Specialist Concentrate to improve my skin. That was specific advice which I found really helpful!

Is SK-II worth it?

Yes! SK-II invited me to give the FTE an honest review, and very generously gifted me with a bottle. While external skin stressors like pollutants and infrared rays are inevitable, you can always do something to combat the effects of aging with SK-II, just like I have. For further information, or if you’d like to get your hands on a bottle of FTE yourself, head over to their website or the nearest SK-II store to speak to their Skincare Consultants for a healthier and happier you. If you’re traveling, head to any SK-II Duty-Free counters at any major airport! Though the FTE has a higher price tag than most other essences (a 230ml bottle costs SGD $269), the results will convince you why it is more than worth it. Trust me when I say the FTE is like the elixir of youth – your skin age will dip, and you can be forever young!

To know more about my beauty regime, you can read past articles here and here!



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