I know, I know, we owe you a giveaway, and I promise I will try to do it this week. ksuan has been busy with work and apps, and work has been crazy for me, plus I had to tear my room apart and move out because we have contractors coming in.
So on to less hectic, and happier news: my review of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.
There are many reviews out there regarding SK-II’s star product, and I think by now most of us are familiar with their marketing claims, e.g. more than 90% pitera to help repair skin, your solution to crystal clear skin, my miracle water, and so on, so forth. Admittedly it sounds too good to be true, and the folks at P&G have been very smart to use credible spokeswomen, such as Cate Blanchett, Qiqi and Haruka Ayase.
Before I continue with my review, let me share what my skin condition is like so that you’ll have a better idea of how SK-II reacted on my skin. Growing up, I had a very bad bout of acne vulgaris, so much so that I had to take Roaccutane (an oral medication) for about eight months. I took Roaccutane when I was 11/12, and I’m now 23, so my skin condition has improved. I still have one or two pitted scars from my acne days which can’t be improved on, oily skin and a few scars and discoloration.
Prior to using SK-II, I started getting a lot of blocked pores (or comedones) and they were on the lower part of my cheeks and near my jawline. Basically, the kind of blocked pores that you can never squeeze anything out of, and you can never scrub off. I had tried and it resulted in scarring (by this I mean scabs, and therefore discoloration), so I was feeling pretty miserable – and this was only 3 or 4 months ago.
I use SK-II by pouring a 20 sen coin-sized blob (it’s really like water) on my palm, using two fingers on the opposite hand, and patting them on my face, and then finally patting my palms together and putting it all over my face. I find that this saves against dripping and I get to concentrate on the worse parts of my face. It smells sour – anyway, pitera is fermented so the smell is slightly unpleasant but not too bad.
Within three weeks, my blocked pores disappeared and my skin felt slightly less oily. My scars were still there but not as apparent, and another nice surprise for me was how smooth my chin and upper lip felt. I have little whiteheads on my chin and upper lip, so this effectively smoothed or ‘melted’ the whiteheads away. I used this twice a day before my serum and I think it may have helped my serum sink in better into my skin. When I stopped using SK-II, my skin didn’t deteriorate, but I found that my oiliness came back more. So I’ve been using it again ever since.
So my verdict?
I definitely would repurchase (and I did!) because it works and it lasts a long time. I have heard that it stops working after a while but for now I’m happy because my skin texture appears smoother and healthier. It is expensive though, but RM499 gets you the mega 250ml bottle, so for me that works out well because I was using a 30ml bottle which lasted me a little over a month.
EDIT: There’s been quite a few trackbacks to this post and search terms such as “SKII for pimple skin” leading to this post. What I wanted to add here is I don’t think this product will give you miraculous results if you have cystic acne or have acne-prone skin. I saw a mom purchasing a whole set of SK-II for her daughter who had acne vulgaris and I was half-tempted to go over and say, “Please just solve your acne problem first, and then use SK-II or whatever else you want later”. In our ‘About Us’ section, you would know that ksuan and I took Ro-Accutane when we were younger and it was prescribed to us as a last-chance resort because all the topical medication was not working. Long story short, if you have severe skin problems such as rosacea or acne vulgaris (small pimples don’t count), please see a dermatologist first to get the proper treatment and don’t always depend on over-the-counter brands.
EDIT 26/7: More search trackbacks on whether SK-II helps with seborrheic dermatitis. I wouldn’t recommend it personally as it’s a dermatological condition. Please see a dermatologist for more information and proper help.