Reg: August 2001 Location: Lexington, MA Posts: 2587
Date: May 15, 2004
Price you paid?: $85.00
This product is $85 for 2.5 oz, $130 for 5 oz.
What exactly is this product, a toner, a serum? It's an "essence". It's a watery product, like a toner, meant to treat your skin, like a serum (when I think of a real toner, I think of a watery product that adds moisture or cleans up the last bits of impurities left over by your cleanser). It can be applied with a cotton pad or fingers, but most people prefer to use their fingers, at this price.
This is one of the strangest products I've ever used. It looks like water, and smells like sake. It leaves the nicest texture on the skin when dry. It's also a huge cult product.
SK-II is centered around a key ingredient, Pitera, developed when a [Buddhist] monk, visiting breweries in Japan, noticed that the workers' hands were unusually youthful, though their faces were wrinkled and tanned. The Facial Treatment Essence is nearly 90% Pitera, and the heart of the line.
Most people find this a miracle product, but it is not for me. Possibly because my skin doesn't need any miracles. It rather clogged my pores somewhat, though evidently that's supposed to happen after a week, they say that your skin is cleansing itself of impurities. In any case, it didn't do anything to my skin at all, except minor benefit in the texture and evenness of my skin, even after a month's use. I have to say, though, this stuff isn't as expensive as it appears. My teeny sample bottle lasted me for the entire month, and I still have plenty left (about a third or a fourth).
I can't rate this, to be honest, it's clearly not targeted at my skin. This is ment to be an anti-aging product more than anything else, to reintroduce radiance to dull and aging skin. Since I was swinging on monkey bars only a decade ago, this pretty much has no effect on my skin.