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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

BY SK-II #18 in Toners & Astringents

4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars59%
  • 4 Stars25%
  • 3 Stars10%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star2%
4.36 / 5 based on 3,187 Reviews


SK-II’s signature product and highly awarded best-seller. Essentially unchanged for more than 35 years, this essence transforms all five dimensions of your skin to crystal clear – spots are less visible, appearance of wrinkles is reduced, skin texture is more refined, firmness is improved, and radiance is beautifully elevated.


Galactomyces ferment filtrate*, butylene glycol, pentylene glycol, aqua (water), sodium benzoate, methylparaben, sorbic acid *PITERA™

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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
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  • "I've heard great things about this product, some might say the missha essence is better, some say that this it a little over priced. My opinion is, despite its pricey lable tag there's a reason why Asians go for this product, there's a reason why Chinese travel to South Korea and buy skII in bulk. The product does work, it does wonders to the skin, it's unlike any British skin care.. It's 1000% more concentrated with goodness and this product alone is better than any other facial cream or serums out there. It's hydrating, pumping, anti anging- does not make your skin break out or leave you skin feeling irritable. It's lightweight and the fragrance is great also. " in 118 reviews
Britta F.
Sanbornton, NH
20 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: 150Ml more...
The first thing I would like to say is that I did receive this bottle for free from the actual company and as I reviewed it I realize that I would probably spend $100 on this bottle again because it did you do a very good job of what the product says and claims it does. The essence is supposed to get really deep into your skin allowing the products that you are following with allowing them to absorb better and deeper into the skin. I did notice the main claim I would put this on after cleansing my face every night and then follow with my serum or moisturizer and did notice that the product absorbed better into my skin when using the essence but I also noticed that more and more my skin was becoming Clearer with much less breakouts and I started to have a lot less acne during the time I used the bottle which was the smallest bottle you can buy of the essence for $100 retail price. The only drawback is that it is $100 and it only lasted me around 2 1/2 months (as I did use this every night and a few times a week in the morning free cleaning. Therefore the higher in price tag being $100 bottle of essence every 2 1/2 months for those of us that are not wealthy, that can really add up and would be a little bit too much money for me to lend at the moment for an essence. Although if I did have the money highly recommend any one(women and men) who are in there 20’ and up. Also surprisingly I saw improvement in all different types of concerns I have like wrinkles, as I said before; acne, and also things like texture and tone in my skin. IF you have the money to go out and continue to use this product every few months I would highly recommend trying this out I know that you will definitely see results in one way or another I believe this is for all types of skin; dry, oily, combination and all other, and that’s the best part about this product!
Jenny W.
Flushing, NY
41 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
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I know, when I saw the price tag on this I cringed, a lot. But when I started to use it I noticed a difference in my skin. I was so surprised. This product has saved my skin. I have rosacea and this somehow makes me less read which is good. Plus it leaves my skin hydrated and soft. I know that my skin was going crazy as I got older and didn't know why, no matter what I did it, my skin on my cheeks started to feel dry and rough. I used this essence and that all changed. My skin is like what it was in my 20's and I just can't believe it. 
It helps so much in the winter when the temperature drops into single digits. My skin is still hydrated and there are no rough patches or dry patches of skin. 
I know the price is a huge reason people don't try this. But it's totally worth it. I also know some people aren't using the product correctly. It goes on AFTER the toner. So it's in this order ---> cleanser --> Toner --> essence --> serum ---> moisturizer 
And some people put it on a cotton pad and rub it into their skin. Don't rub it! I made the same mistake too! Pat it it gently into your skin, don't slap your face, pat it. I use my hands because I can't let the cotton pad soak up this extra essence! I need every drop of it! This is my one splurge item of the year and I'm going to stand by it! 
Kien S.
Manassas, VA
13 reviews
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My HOLY GRAIL. I have been using this FTE for 3 years now and I can never start my day or go to sleep without patting it on my face. It has become my ritual.

I was so skeptical at first for two reasons: price and ingredients. Everyone knows how pricey SKII products are so spending $200 something on a 230ml bottle of essence is kinda crazy. Secondly, the ingredient list is very simple, just PITERA.

But when I started using it, the more I use it, the more I see why it is so popular. My skin is so glowy, radiant, smooth and extremely hydrated. I did try some other dupes to cut down the cost but none of them work as well as SKII FTE even though those products contain more promising ingredients.

I use FTE three ways, i pour it on my cotton pad and pat it on my skin for 1-2 mins. Or I will pour it in my palm, rub my hands and pat it on my face. Or I will use it as lotion mask when I need extra care.

If you never try it before, you definitely should. And If you do and somehow feel like it doesn’t work, use it my ways and give it at least 1-2 months to see how Pitera transforms your skin.
Mina Y.
Las Vegas, Nevada
7 reviews
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The infamous SK-II. I recently bought this product in Singapore during a layover at Changi Airport. I've heard so much things about it so I decided why not give it a try. Out of all the skin care products I use for my face, I would never forget the Essence and the Serum. For me, those two are the most important things.

So I use this right after I place toner to prep my skin for it. Essence basically feels like water. Just pure liquid when you pour on your hand. SK-II essence has a distinct smell. Kinda strong and let's say "bitter". I wouldn't describe it as pungent but definitely like alcohol (the one you drink). I then apply it on my face using a cotton pad to spread it evenly. You immediately feel the effect. Kinda cold and sharp on your face. Not too harsh but almost. Definitely not soft on the skin like a serum is. But your skin feels very refreshed after putting this product. I've been using this product for probably 2months now and my skin has never felt more smooth or soft. And it gives your skin a glow that makes you look more youthful. This product is definitely a 5 star for me. It's slightly expensive but so worth it.
Jessica K.
Orlando, FL
43 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
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When I first saw this product, I was skeptical. I thought, there was no WAY it was worth the price tag.

Then I got it in the Sephora All Stars special edition Play! box. The sample bottle looked so tiny. Surely I’d get only a few uses out of it...right?

I was so wrong, on both counts. It really doesn’t take much. I’ve been using my little tiny 10 ml sample bottle for over three weeks now, every morning and every evening. After washing my face, before moisturizing, I pour a very small amount into my hand, just the tiniest splash (a puddle slightly larger than a dime), rub my hands together, and pat it all over my face and neck.

I have combination skin with hormonal breakouts once a month. My skincare routine for decades (until now) has been rotating, changing by the week, depending on what my skin is needing at the moment. This has been an effective way to manage my skin, but it’s tiresome having to constantly assess my skin’s needs. Plus I have to purchase quite a few different products for both oily and dry skin, making my skincare routine much more expensive than I’d like it to be.

From the very first day I used this essence, my skin improved. Smoother texture was the first thing I noticed. As I continued to use it, my fine lines became significantly less pronounced and my breakouts stopped entirely. Not even exaggerating. This week is the week that I normally break out like crazy. And yet, all week, I haven’t had a single issue. My skin has been perfect for three weeks. Perfect. This never happens to me.

I’m sold. I’m going to be buying more this week, once this little bottle is empty. This essence is as amazing as they say. It’s not just hype. It really does balance the skin. It’s amazing. And yes, you should try it, especially if you have combination skin. This might just be your holy grail, because it’s definitely mine! Ask for a sample the next time you’re in Sephora.
Lauren h.
22 reviews
Review for: 150Ml more...
Basically the holy grail of Asian skincare regime. I heard the hype literally all throughout my teenage years/college years/grad school years. Finally decided to try because I got a gift card from bloomingdale’s. I heard it can be a hit or a miss depending on the skin type. I think this is great if you have dry or mature skin type looking for improvement in skin texture and dullness. I did notice that my skin texture has improved (in the areas where I have clear skin already, they are so smooth!) and so has my dullness after ~3 wks. I think you need to transition your skin into it though. The first week, I used it twice a day everyday, but I think it was clogging pores as I got a few new small whiteheads in areas I normally didn’t. So second week, I used it once every other day, then 3rd week, I’ve been using it once a day. Whiteheads have gone away. It does nothing for inflammatory acne though. It doesn’t make them worse though.
I hate the fermented scent but it doesn’t last that long.
jtm. M.
San Jose
112 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: Destiny more...
Very good. I learned about this product about 16 years ago through my friends aunt who was around 40 years old at the time. She had her medicine cabinet filled with only SK II and she looked like to me at the time in her late 20s. Fast forward, I started using this product in 2012 when my skin took a change and turned very dry to the point of sensitivity and was even swollen. All the skincare I used before didn’t work anymore. My close friend gave me a sample bottle of this essence she got as a gift and said that her friend that used it swore by it. To me I thought “uh this is expensive water “. But immediately when I tried it I saw a change within a week.... my skin was slowly healing itself and regained elasticity from the dryness. After that I bought a full sized bottle with a gift card I saved up and never look back. This is more than water, it’s a “treatment essence”.
Lily L.
Valley Stream, NY
566 reviews
Over the years, I had heard great things about this so called “miracle water” so I was excited when SK-II gave me the opportunity to sample it in exchange for my honest opinion. First, let me start off by saying that I love the packaging for SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. It looks so fancy and sophisticated. It comes in a red, shiny box and the bottle is frosted glass. The opening is small, so you can control how much comes out; therefore there is no loss of product if the bottle is accidentally knocked over. To be honest when I first tried this product I didn’t expect much because the product looked like plain water with a vague alcohol scent. However, after using this product for the last 3 weeks I have seen huge improvements in my skin. My skin now feels so soft and smooth and it looks so radiant and healthy. It also did a tremendous job of lightening some of the acne scarring that I had on my face. I use it once in the morning and once at night after cleansing my skin. Instead of using a cotton ball to apply, I pour a little bit in the palm of my hand I then rub my hands together and finally I gently pat the product onto my face and neck. This product may be really expensive but it goes a long way and it will do wonders for your skin. I give Sk-II Facial Treatment Essence two thumbs up!
Sarah L.
Deerfield, IL
37 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
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I purchased this from YesStyle, since it was on “sale.” I got a years worth of product so i knew it was worth it. I have never loved an essence as much as I love this. I can FEEL and SEE a difference in my skin. My acne spots have already begun healing up since last month, so the Pitera inside this bottle must be working. Also, my little dry patches on my cheeks have cleared up... this is the only new product in my skincare regime. I love this product, and will be saving up to purchase my next bottle.
Nikki P.
Lenexa, KS
410 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
If there was only one word I could use to describe this product it would be; effective. If you want to see quick and majorly noticeable changes in your skin this is a must have. At first I was apprehensive, a product that looks like water can really do all that? YES it can. I was so impressed by the results I have continued to purchase this and use it daily. It has seriously improved numerous problems I was having with my skin. I have noticed a major difference in the discoloration in my skin, it’s now completely even with a much smoother texture. The sun damage and dark spots have completely faded and blend into my skin. I love using this to balance, neutralize and tone to get my skin in a neutral place so it accepts the make up I put on it. It’s is extremely exfoliating and removes all of the dead skin and debris, leaving my skin completely clean and smooth. Overall my skin is glowing, much smoother, all over even, much firmer and supple. My fine lines and wrinkles have diminished - my skin honestly looks 10 years younger. It’s almost impossible to find other products that give me the results SK-II has given me. I stopped the search and am thankful to have an incredible toner I know I can always count on. I recommend this product more than any other out of all toners or essences.
Yolanda P.
298 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
How do I use this product? How many times a day? Does it really work? Is it worth the price?
Sandra K.
6 reviews
Is this worth the price?
Kaitlyn P.
83 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
When is the best time to use this, morning, night or both?
Melody W.
Cedar park, TX
210 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Has anyone tried the Missha brand? How does this brand compare. I want to know if it’s worth the money since this one is easier to find in stores then Missha.
Krissie F.
New Bedford, MA
111 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I knew this is a great product from the reviews but it isn't cheap. is it really worth dishing out over $100 for this when I can get something else cheaper that may do the same thing?

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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence