Review – SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

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sk-ii facial treatment essence

For the longest time, I have always wanted to try SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. I have been receiving good reviews on how wonderful this ‘Pitera’ product is. But I was a bit skeptical and hence choose to hold back due to a ‘stupid’ myth I’ve heard from different friends since many years ago.

“It is a miracle product that can help you to achieve a crystal clear skin BUT if you start using it, you can’t stop. You need to keep on using it and if you don’t, your skin will start to get even worse than what it was before.” Hahaha!!! Stupid right?!

Ironically, before I even start using SK-II product, a few of my friends and colleagues who admire my skin, will all ask if I’m using SK-II. It is amazing to see people perceive SK-II as a ‘miracle’ skincare for good-looking skin.

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Product Claims

Skin Balancing Essence. Women everywhere are so passionate about Facial Treatment Essence that they describe it as their ‘miracle water’. Pitera, the seemingly magical ingredient found in all SK-II products, helps restore vital balance by promoting the skin’s natural 28-day surface renewal process. This single blend of vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids produces a seemingly miraculous rebirth of appearance. With over 90% pure Pitera, Facial Treatment Essence is the ‘heart’ of every SK-II Skincare ritual. Rely on it daly to moisturise, balance and renew. Skin absorbs the benefits almost on contact. The result is supple, smooth, radiant skin.

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Ingredients

Basically, there are only total of seven ingredients in SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. And they are mainly Pitera, humectant agents, water and some preservatives. What a simple ingredient list! Facial Treatment Essence is claimed to contain the most concentrated amount of Pitera (90%) of all the SK-II skincare products. Well not too sure if it is true but I will give SK-II a benefit of the doubt on its concentration.

Pitera is claimed to be rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, organic acids and other natural ingredients beneficial to the skin.

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Reviews

Pitera, a naturally-occurring liquid from the yeast fementation process, is discovered by scientists when they noticed the elderly workers working at a sake brewery in Japan had wrinkled faces, but extraordinarily soft and youthful hands. SK-II claims that this is a miracle ingredient that has helped many celebrities and beautiful women around the Asia and the world to achieve crystal clear skin.

SK-II believes that long-term SK-II users have clearer and more translucent skin than non SK-II users. With this strong believe, that is why so many SK-II consumers have been faithfully using it for many years. Not too surprised that is how the myth came about.”Your skin will get even more worse than it was before if you stop using SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.” So I challenged the claim/myth and decided not to continue using SK-II Facial Treatment Essence after finishing one bottle. The result : My skin doesn’t get worse at all! :-)

I have tried two different ways of using SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. On the first month – I warm up my palms by rubbing both hands, then I pour the essence on my palms and gently pat on my face (demonstrated by Qi Qi on the advertisement). After a month later – I decided to use a cotton pad instead of my hands. First I rub my skin with the cotton pad that is soaked with essence (just like a toner) and then I turn the pad around and gentle pat my skin with the cotton pad. I prefer the second method as I feel it is a better way for my skin to receive nutrients.

Many of us may consider Facial Treatment Essence as a lotion (due to its dilute liquid) but actually it is a serum.

After 2 months of usage, my skin is superficially hydrated and tone. Thankfully, this ‘miracle water’ doesn’t cause any irritation to my sensitive skin. My skin also feels fresh and clean, I guess partly because I have applied essence with the cotton pad. In this way, it not only helps to penetrate the nutrients onto my skin but also helps to remove the dirt and residue from the skin.
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Rating

Will I buy it again? Yes definitely!

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212 Comments on "Review – SK-II Facial Treatment Essence"

  1. lulu says:

    Does this really market as “your skin gets worse if you stop using”? Also what are the preservatives in this? Awesome review btw albeit my comment may have come a lil’ late since I chanced upon your sweet blog.

  2. Shirleen says:

    Hi Lulu,

    Thanks for dropping by and I’m glad you like this review. :-)

    It has been marketed as the longer you use the better your skin is, so I believe this is where the myth (skin gets worse after stop using) came about. The preservatives are sodium benzoate and methylparaben.

  3. Belle says:

    Thinking of trying SK II but not sure where to start as it is quite pricey. Which would be the recommended product of SK II to try? Do they have products for body as well?

  4. Shirleen says:

    Hi Belle,

    For your first SK-II, you can start with their signature product which is SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. It contains the highest concentration of Pitera. I believe you will like it. The rest you can try later.

    I’m not too sure on their body products. I guess you can opt for a cheaper body products from the convenient stores. There are as equally good as the premium brands and cheaper too.

  5. Linn says:

    I think there should be concern about the preservative used in SKII, which belongs to a class of chemicals called “parabens”.
    Research has shown long term exposure is detrimental to health. It is an endocrine disrupted as it’s molecular structure closely resembles that of the body’s hormones. The is quite plentiful info on the internet on parabens.

  6. jodz says:

    This was just the type of review that I have been searching for…thank you!!
    I am thinking of purchasing the Facial treatment essence, but I am wondering if I will still need to use my usual moisturiser on top of it before applying my make up? If you know that answer to this it would be greatly appreciated :) )
    Kindest regards.

  7. Shirleen says:

    Hi Jodz,

    Facial Treatment Essence acts as a serum hence you will need to top up with moisturizer before usual your makeup. :-)

  8. Dahlia says:

    Dear Shirleen,

    I really love your blog, and have already set it in my favorite web page.

    I am 35 years old, and working in a professional field. Being stressed out at work ocassionally makes it shown in my face. I do not have wrinkles, but my face always look tired and not to mention, older than my age! I am seriously considering of taking SK2 FTE, after reading few reviews that it can help to overcome the old and tired face. Do u think it is worth it? Thank you for your advice. Best regards.

  9. Shirleen says:

    Hi Dahlia,

    To answer your question if this SKII FTE is worth a try, well I reckon it depends greatly on your own skin condition.

    A friend of mine with pretty good skin condition has recently tested SKII FTE and after using it, her skin turned radiance and flawless. She really loved the result. But…..2 weeks after she has completed the whole bottle, red bumps started to appear on her face. It took her a few weeks to recover.

    And for me, thankfully I did not have any skin irritation after using the whole bottle. But anyway, I didn’t get to see much result unlike her.

    If you dare to take the risk, you may want to give it a try.

  10. Michelle says:

    I just bought a bottle of the Facial Treatment Essence from duty free on way back from Japan today, but am not able to read the instructions since it’s in Japanese. Shirleen, can you pls shed a light for me & if you can tell me where to purchase more from this line in Canada would be greatly appreciated. Thx for your expertise!

  11. amy says:

    hi Sharleen,

    i’ve just bought FTE..but still not using it..i haven’t even removed the packaging off the bottle yet!
    why??here’s my story

    i’m so excited to try it..but hold it back when i read some reviews in the internet saying that they had bad experiences with this product.
    also, my bf told me about her friend’s experience,whom WAS an SK2 user.
    it DID wonders to her face but when she stops using it, pimples (big ones!)are growing on her face and it scares me out. (hell!)
    i found out about these only after i bought it.well, it was my mistake.i should have search the information and reviews on this product earlier, b4 i buy it.
    now, i’m afraid, really afraid to use this product, thinking that this product might not be suitable for my skin.
    i would like to give it a try, but afraid that i might regret it later..
    help me! =(

  12. Shirleen says:

    Hi Amy,

    You may want to do a skin patch test with FTE behind your ear or on the inside of your forearm for a few days. If possible for the first day or 2, allow the product to sit on the skin for 24 hours. Avoid taking a shower within the 24 hour period, since you don’t want to wash off the product.

    After a few days, if there is no irritation, breakout or whatsoever, then this product is safe to use.

  13. Shuxian says:

    I wish to buy the facial treatment essence but due to some users’s comment,I am hesitant about buying it,is there any sample size I could buy to try it out first bef
    ore taking the plunge?

  14. Shirleen says:

    Hi Shuxian,

    You may want to check out some local drug stores above Hawker Centre (level 3) beside People’s Park Complex and OG. If not you can also check out some SaSa stores, I think they sell trial samples too.

  15. ainn maya says:

    i try sk2 for a month but the big pimple came out n scary me…i’m so frust coz this product quite pricey…now i dont know either stop or continue…acrually a bottle completed already…any idea?

  16. Shirleen says:

    Hi Ainn Maya,

    Is the big pimple caused by SKII? Do you have acne problem previously?

  17. ainn maya says:

    sebenarnya masalah pimple ada sejak i teenager lagi tp dah lama stop around 6 years…but its come out again at the first week i use skii..then should i continue and wait for best skin come or it will be more worse?

  18. Shirleen says:

    Hi Ainn Maya,

    Sorry I’m not able to understand the malay words. I guess you should stop the product and let the pimple heals before it get worse. I’m not too sure if it contains any ingredient that may irritate your skin.

  19. shawa says:

    Hi,

    Should i use this FTE before toner or aft toner/mosturiser??

    been using the sample but so far no progress lei..

  20. Shirleen says:

    Hi Shawa,

    Use it after toner and before moisturizer. I guess you need to use a while before seeing result. The result may not be obvious, your skin may probably be more taut, hydrate and brighter. I believe the result varies from individual.

  21. lovelle says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    what is the recommended age to try SKII FTE? I have tried FTE trial bottle when I was 21 but there was not much of effect to my skin and in fact there were some pimples appearing the first few days when I applied but it diminished after a few weeks. I have the urge to try it again after reading your post. I am 23 now is it advisable?

  22. Shirleen says:

    Hi Lovelle,

    I believe 23 should be a right time to start using SKII FTE but my only concern is the pimples you have mentioned that appeared on the first few days. I wonder if the cause is due to the product.

    You probably have to pour a little more of FTE on the cotton pad (at least 80% soaked). And if the cotton pad is too drying, the effect may not be significant.

  23. lovelle says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    I heard from my friend that the tiny pimples are due to the skin trying to get use to the essence. So if you continue to use it the pimples will slowly disappear. I am too sure how true it is or maybe the pitera content is rather high for my skin. I am rather afraid to start using it now again. How about the new cellumination essence? is it safer to try?

  24. Shirleen says:

    Hi Lovelle,

    I haven’t try cellumination essence before and this product is slightly different from FTE. Cellumination Essence is actually a hydrating serum that contains concentrated pitera whilst FTE contains the highest concentrated pitera (90%).

    Since cellumination essence contains lower concentration of pitera as compare to FTE, I believe it maybe safer to try this product.

  25. merlinda says:

    hi shirleen

    1st Q: Can FTE help 2 diminish acne scar? I have a severe acne scars bcause i breakout periodically and wen zits dies out,,it would leave a scar and dark dot. Its been years now (im 31 years old)…that ive tried many product but none help me. i know i will have breakout every month wen i hv my menses..but i jus dont the zits leave a scar on my face..

    2nd Q: Im thinking of using FTCleanser, FT Clear Lotion and FTEssense. Is it enough to reduce d acne scar? I wanna the basic product cuz the price of SK2 burns my purse.. tq :) )

  26. Desi says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    I just found ur blog and really love it!! Just wondering between SKII FTE and Kose Medicated Sekkisei lotion, which one do you like better? I’m turning 26 this year and looking for product to help hydrate and heal the scarring.
    Thank you =)

  27. Shirleen says:

    Hi Desi,

    I have not tried Kose Medicated Sekkisei Lotion before. Both SKII FTE and Kose lotion are ideal for hydration purpose. But both do not heal scarring unfortunately.

    I personally prefer SKII FTE (probably because I’ve tried it before) as I’m afraid Kose Lotion may not be suitable for ultra sensitive skin like mine. (information taken after googled it)

  28. Julia says:

    Hi Shirleen

    I am thinking about buying SK-II on strawberrynet.com but I heard that (some) of the products may be fake?

    Have you had any bad experinces from strawberrynet?

  29. Shirleen says:

    Hi Julia,

    So far, I have not heard any bad feedback on strawberrynet.com. Not too sure regards to fake products though.

    • Lee says:

      Hi Shirleen
      I’ve been reading our reviews, and was wondering if you can help me I have suffered roeseaca (don’t know how it spell it) for the last 5 yrs and was looking at the sk-11 to improve my skin .do you have any knowledge of it helping with my problems or will it cause further problems

      • Shirleen says:

        Hi Lee,

        Frankly, I have rosacea too. There is no proper treatment for it but we can reduce the change of eruption by using very mild and gentle products. Avoid products that contain alcohol as much as possible. Adequate skin hydration is essential too. For SK-II products, you may want to consider FTE, Cellumination Essence and StemPower.

  30. Adeline Lee says:

    dear Shirleen, I have used the FTE for about a month now, and have just added Facial Clear Solution to my range of product. I did notice that my face got clearer, however, I still encounter some clogged pores on my cheek and forehead. I had clogged pores prior to this, just wondering if pitera is able to help me? or probably the product does not suit me?

  31. Shirleen says:

    Hi Adeline,

    In my opinion, I doubt Pitera can help to tackle enlarged pores. You may properly see very superficial result and it may not be obvious. Many who have used FTE, reviewed that their skin are more translucent and clearer. I can’t comment if FTE is suitable for you but as long as there is no irritation / red bumps occurred, I believe it is safe to use.

    To know more about enlarged pores, here’s a link for you : http://womenlovebeauty.com/beauty-tips/radiance-pores/698

  32. Ren says:

    Dear Shirleen,

    Did u buy online?
    http://ca.strawberrynet.com/skincare/sk-ii/

    Just to confirm because the price is much more cheaper than SK II store.

  33. Shirleen says:

    Hi Ren,

    No, I have bought it in airport. ;-)

  34. myo says:

    Dear Shirleen,
    I really want to buy sk-II but .. I heard so many reviews abt sk-II …some ppl say s miracle water ..but some claim it make skin get acne ( that’s i scared most )
    my skin is so sensitive and can get acne easily ( i mean i get acne for so many reason ) ..as i m 31 year old working woman, i think i need to boost my skin ..
    now i m using shuuremura deep sea product for normal condition and tea tree from body shop for acne ..
    as u r expert in this field , i like to ask ur favor ..
    what shud i do ?
    Thanks so much ..

  35. Shirleen says:

    Hi Myo,

    Have you seen a doctor for your acne? I’m wondering if your acne is due to skin hydration.

    Lack of moisture > skin sensitivity > inflammation > acne

    I’m not too sure if FTE will cause acne to your skin but if you can, try to obtain a trial sampling before purchasing a full size.

    Btw, how long have you been using Body Shop Tea Tree products? This range is really bad for the skin, They contain high concentration of alcohol which will dry up your skin in a long run. Alcohol will also increase free radicals production and is bad bad bad.

  36. Hi Shirleen,

    I like your review on SK2 FTE. I have been using it since Dec 2009 and I found my skin is clearer and moist. Seems like my skin adjusts itself to weather. I used to have pimples problem back when I was 18 and felt skin care products are great challenge to choose. Fortunately with FTE, my skin needs only not-too-expensive moisturiser on top of FTE

  37. Shirleen says:

    Hi Tamee Fauziah,

    I’m glad you like my review. You make my day! ;-)

  38. Myo says:

    Thanks so much Shileen for ur time and ur reply :)
    i also agree with u abt bodyshop tea tree products esp toner so i stop using it ..
    what abt shuuemera ??? any suggestion ?
    thanks
    myo

  39. Shirleen says:

    Hi Myo,

    I have never tried Shu Uemura deep sea product before, not too sure if is good. I believe most of the deepsea products are fine except the Deapsea Water which contains a fair bit of irritants, avoid this product if possible.

  40. Myo says:

    Thanks a lot Shirleen <3

  41. ekay says:

    Hi Shirleen.

    Thanks a lot for your reviews..i found them very helpful. I also have been using SK II FTE for 1 month now together with SK II cellumination deep surge cream..so far, they do what they promise.. my skin feels more balanced, smooth & glowy. (as long as they don’t break me..gonna use these products for long..long time!)

    Here i just would like to ask for your opinion..while using SK II FTE..do you feel necessary to add additional anti-oxidant? I read & hear from dermatologist, Dr. Schultz at DermTV.com that antioxidant is one of the 3 essential daily skin regime. So far i don’t read that SK II FTE has any antioxidant properties..

    If yes, could you please suggest products u think suitable to go with SK II FTE & cellumination deep surge cream.

    Sorry for the long comment. Thanks!

  42. Shirleen says:

    Hi Ekay,

    Pitera doesn’t consider as antioxidant hence you can add an antioxidant serum into your regimen. You may wanna use SKII FTE first before using other serums such as antioxidant.

    Yes antioxidant is very important and essential as it will combat free radicals that have assaulted your skin in the day. I’m presently using the Paula’s Choice Antioxidant Serum, pretty good though. You can also check out the Elizabeth Arden Prevage Serum. It contains idebenone which is claimed as a powerful antioxidant.

  43. ekay says:

    Checking them out..thanks a lot Shirleen!

  44. Sarah says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    I have been using the FT Clear Lotion, the FTE and I received a sample of the Skin Refinement and Skin Signature Cream. I am also using the new Facial Treatment Cream Foundation and Loose Powder. I have been amazed at the results. I suffer from chronic acne and rosacea. At the age of 39, my skin was always blotchy, clogged and though I would have shine on my nose, I would have dry flaky skin. In one month, it’s like I have been given the skin I only dreamed of.
    Curious, what is your opinion on a good face serum to use? I have two large sunspots on my cheek and I want to fade them. Also, as SK-II practically breaks my bank, could you suggest a moisturizer similar to the Signature Cream without the $205 price tag?

  45. Shirleen says:

    Hi Sarah,

    For good face serum, I will recommend SkinCeuticals. They carry pretty good antioxidant serums with different formulations. Or Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair is good too. Both SkinCeuticals & Estee are quite expensive though.

    For sunspots, you may wanna check out the new Lancome Blanc Expert Melanolyser.

    For moisturizer, Clarins Whitening Night Cream (S$110) is good too. I believe it’s great for your sunspots. But this product is only meant for night use. For affordable day & night use, L’oreal Youth Code is quite okie although it’s not the best.

  46. June says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    I have been using SK II FTE for 1 week now and the problem is that I start to get some pimples on my cheeks. The way I use it, I will wet the cotton with FTE and tap it on my face. I also leave the cotton on my cheeks as advised from the website.

    Not sure if these pimples are because my skin is adapting to FTE.. saw some comments from other users as well..

    What do you recommend… :( Thanks dear.

  47. Shirleen says:

    Hi June,

    I’m not too sure if the pimples are caused by you leaving the cotton pad on the cheek areas.

    For the meantime, let the pimples heal completely before using the FTE again. I wouldn’t advise you to leave the cotton pad on the cheek again. If the pimples ever come back again next round, I reckon the product may not be suitable for you.

    Btw, I’m not too sure if any of the skincare products (other than SK II FTE) may likely be the culprit for the pimples too.

  48. Stella says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    I’m only about 21 but interested to use FTE. Is it advisable to start this young? Also do you happen to know of any good sunblock that provides good coverage? Currently I’m using Avene emulsion. But have plans of using Clarins sunblock.
    I prefer something that smells alright, provides coverage & is non sticky. Hope you can help me.

  49. Shirleen says:

    Hi Stella,

    I believe it’s alright to start using FTE at 21 and I’m glad you are aware of the importance of taking good care of your skin at a very young age.

    For sunblock, I’m currently using Clarins tinted and Kiehl’s sunblocks, switching both on alternate days. Both are equally good and lightweight. Clarins has a nice light natural flowery scent and Kiehl’s seems odorless.

  50. Jennifer says:

    Hi,

    I started using SK 2 FTE jst for 2 times. I feel abit itchy on my face but no pumples appeared. There is no irritaion after afew minutes.

    I use Cellumination essence after FTE and top up with non-expensive moist.

    Pls advise if I should stop using it for irritation?

  51. Shirleen says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    Other than itchiness, do you encounter any redness on your skin? I’m not too sure what’s the cause of the itchiness but I reckon it may either due to your skin adapting to the new product or suffering from skin dryness. I may be wrong.

    If there is not redness occur, you may want to use it for another week and if the itchiness continues, stop it completely. Procced to any of the SKII counters for solution.

  52. Mas says:

    Hi Shirleen,
    I guess my case is quite weird. I’ve started with sk-II about a year after being recommended & given a starter kit by my sis. It goes well with my skin,unfortunately,last month when I bought myself the whole set of sk-II skincare,one side of my face grows lots of pimples,the other side,OK! Im not sure what caused that.
    Frustrated, pls advise :-(

  53. Shirleen says:

    Hi Mas,

    That sounds strange to me! One side is ok but the other side is not? Do you foresee if it’s due to hormone or internal problem? Or do you often sleep on one side?

    I hope I can help you but I can’t. You may want to consult the SKII sales consultant for advice.

  54. Marcia says:

    I bought the SK-II essence small size and after being using it for a couple of weeks I SEE NO difference on my skin. On top that I am afraid of being using products with parabens! I don’t recommend it I would recommend aloe vera juice steady of it.

  55. Lydia says:

    My skin type is so sensitive. I use treatment from dermatologist doctor, now i have stop it during pregnancy. I have stop it for almost 2 years. Now my skin so dry and itchy, can sk II facial treatment solve my skin problem without using moisturizer? or any recomendations to solve it? now i am looking for suitable product for my sensitive skin face. Pls advice. Thank you.

  56. Shirleen says:

    Hi Lydia,

    I don’t think SKII Facial Treatment Essence can help to treat your dry and itchy skin as of now. What you need most is a gentle moisturizer to rebuild your skin metabolism and moisture. You may want to check out Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion. This product is suitable for your dehydrated sensitive skin.

  57. mel says:

    For those who bought the essence, do you know if it makes a difference if it comes in a glass bottle versus plastic bottle?

    How can you tell if the product is authentic?

  58. Shirleen says:

    Hi Mel,

    I’ve never seen the essence in plastic bottle before, is there one? If there is, I’m quite sure it’s a fake!

  59. Jenny says:

    Hi Shirleen,
    do u think its alright to start using FTE at 20?

  60. Shirleen says:

    Hi Jenny,

    I think it should be alright. As your skin is still young, it is very likely you may not be able to see any result. ;-)

  61. Shar says:

    HiShirleen,

    Since I have acne prone skin, I am used to applying Benzac at night before I sleep.

    I have starting using FTE for about a few days now. My question is, do I use the benzac after the FTE dries or, before I apply FTE?

  62. Shirleen says:

    Hi Shar,

    Use Benzac after when FTE dries up.

  63. Shar says:

    Thank you so much!

    It’s my 6th day using FTE and so far so good. I’m really hoping and praying this does not cause me to break out.

  64. AG says:

    Hi shirleen,
    Love your blog, do I use clarins facial lifting serum first then apply FTE?

    Thanks

  65. Shirleen says:

    Hi AG,

    I’m glad you love it. ;-)

    That’s a very good question. I will use the Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Serum before applying FTE.

  66. felicia says:

    My skin type is dry and sensitive.
    After i apply FTE, my skin become red and
    slighly pain. What should i do?

  67. Shirleen says:

    Hi Felicia,

    Slightly pain? Do you have broken skin? You may want to consult the SKII sales consultant on the problems.

  68. sabrine says:

    hi shirleen, I’d actually love to know if I can find SK II in dutyfree shop at the airport in my country or if it’s available in france bcuz it’s easier to get it from there.u know if I add delivery fees to the price it will come out too expensive.
    I have a second question :I’am 21 and I have acne is it ok if I use this product?

  69. denise says:

    Hi guys,

    I tested the FTE on my arm and was not allergic to it. But when I used the FTE I had a few large red painful pimples on my eyebrows. Maybe its due to some form of purging? I still continued and it died out. From there I had no more problems with it. And its okay now. Skin looks better.

    Actually you can go to SK counters and ask them for a free sample. They’ll provide you with these 10ml bottles which is good enough for about 4 applications :)

    I bought the FTmask first before my FTE cause the counter lady said tho its less in concentration but its like 10FTE applications. And I swear on the masks. Its the mask to use before a big impt date or occasion. Swear by the mask :) get it from airport. Its half the price.

  70. cherrist says:

    hi shirleen, i m using FTE now. i have sensitive and dry skin :( i m thinking of trying hada labo lotion too since it claims it is the best seller for hydration in Japan. i should apply FTE or hada labo first?

  71. Kimberley says:

    I was just searching google to find the cheapest way to buy SK-II FTE,when i came across this site. I have been using the product on and off for over 3 years and i love it, so much so that i call it “My Gold”. I place the Essence into a small spray pump and lightly spray my face, neck and d©collet© twice a day after cleansing. I also apply more frequently if i am tired or dehydrated, it is the one of the best products i have purchased. I dont buy cheap beauty products but i am also not a slave to brands, most topical skin care products do not penetrate deep enough to work in the way their manufacturers claim they will. For years i have used a good cleanser and moisteriser, combined with products that include concentrated vitamin C or fruit acids(alpha…, serums etc). I apply minimum 15+ sunscreen EVERYDAY, to my face, neck,d©collet©
    and the backs of my hands. I feel sorry for the people who have experienced adverse affects from this amazing product, but perhaps they have skin that is adverse to the humectant agents? Unfortunately I have not used the Essence continually as there has been times when i haven’t been able to afford to replace it, although i do have a friend who has generously bought me a few 250ml bottles from Singapore Airport. I would gladly purchase 10 bottles at a time if i could find the 250ml bottles for near to $100 AUS. Any suggestions anyone?
    Kimberla

  72. Ela says:

    I use cleanser, toner, sunblock and then moisturizer every morning. When should I put SK II? Before sunblock?

  73. Shirleen says:

    Hi Ela,

    I think your regimen is incorrect, the sunscreen should be the last product after moisturizer.

    Cleanser > Toner > SKII > Moisturizer > Sunscreen

  74. Hazel says:

    Hi Shirleen,
    How much do you buy the 250ml SKII FTE in Changi Airport?
    I heard that this is the largest packaging and only available in the airport… Am I correct?

  75. Shirleen says:

    Hi Hazel,

    I have actually bought the smallest FTE in 75ml at airport, I can’t remember the price though.

  76. Hazel says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    Oh I see.
    I’ve used the 250 ml and just stopped for about a month and I start to see pimples appearing too…

  77. Shirleen says:

    Hi Hazel,

    In fact, a couple of my friends and readers also suffer from breakouts when they stop using FTE too…..

    Am so curious to know what’s the cause of it….

  78. Felicia says:

    Hi Shirleen

    I just read ur blog and i love it..im SK-II user and been using cellumination series, but i didn’t see brightening effects, it just smoothes my skin and made a glowy effect. Are u using the whole skin care such as moisturizer from SK-II? im thinking to switch my skin care to shiseido white lucent, but keep the FTE as a routine regime. Is it ok if i tandemed with it? thank u..

  79. Shirleen says:

    Hi Felicia,

    I’m glad you like my blog. :-)

    In fact, the key benefit for cellumination series is hydration. I have received inconsistent benefit versions from different counter promoters. Some claimed it mainly has hydration benefit whilst others claimed it has brightening and radiance effects.

    I’m not using the complete regimen products from SK-II. I love mixing different brands and have been doing that for the longest time. It’s definitely alright to mix Shiseido White Lucent and FTE for your regimen.

  80. Ivanna says:

    Hi Sherleen,

    Love ur blog. It seems you know heaps on SKII products.

    I got travel exclusive pitera deluxe set which contains the FTE and and FT clear lotion. And I am new to SK-II

    Do you think its beneficial to use both products as both contains the same active ingredients, although FTE is more concentrated.

    Which one should be used first?
    Thanks

  81. Shirleen says:

    Hi Ivanna,

    FT Clear Lotion is claimed to contain AHA that helps to exfoliate the dead skin cells hence you need to use this before FTE.

    Although both contains similar key ingredient Pitera but they are formulated with other different ingredients that provide different skin benefits.

  82. hi shirleen
    i bought SKII FTE for my mom but her face became red but no itchy after few applications so i took the remaining FTE and used them for myself. just finished 1 bottle and my mom said my face look more radiant although my acne scar still the same. i guess the effect of FTE differs from person to person.Anyway,do u know any product that effectively make acne scar go away?
    thanks.

  83. Shirleen says:

    Hi Nurul,

    You may want to check out the Paula’s Choice Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment With 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid.

    http://womenlovebeauty.com/product-review/anti-aging-moisturizer/13786

  84. saoirse says:

    I just started to use SKII this Sept and it has been almost 3 months by now. The biggest factor for me when considering trying out SKII FTE is its hydrating effect. I have quite dehydrated skin and open pores, so I thought of give it a try and bought the Pitera Starter Kit (FTE & clear lotion). I start to have breakout ever since then til now. I’m not sure which is the cause – clear lotion or FTE. I have never use anything rich before this and I have been using biotherm all the while. Can you share with me your opinion and how should I tackle this problem? Thanks.

  85. Shirleen says:

    Hi Saoirse,

    In fact, you are not the first reader who has encountered breakout from FTE. That really puzzle me on what is the ingredient that cause the breakout.

    I wonder if it is the yeast (Pitera) that produces yeast allergy or irritation through contact with the skin?

    You may want to use each product on alternate week in order to find out which is the product that cause irritation.

  86. Anu says:

    Thanks for maintaining this blog, and for the responsiveness to all the queries.

    I however notice that you refrained from commenting on the use of para end (asked by Linn on 29Nov2010). There are strong apprehensions about usage of parabens being linked to cancer (it mimics estrogen which is known to play a role in development of breast cancer:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraben
    and lots of other websites). Parabens have been proven to cause harmful effects on the male reproductive systems too (as per information from open sources – feel free to look up on the Net)

    Most respectable cosmetics companies are moving away from using Parabens in their different forms, and loudly proclaiming it on their messages and packaging. In the light of that, would you continue advocating these products, or would you rather advise on erring on the side of safety?

  87. Shirleen says:

    Hi Anu,

    I knew about the safety issue regards to paraben many years back and I actually did some researches too.

    I’m not bothered about parabens as most of the times these ingredients are usually listed at the bottom of the ingredient list hence the amounts are minuscule.

    If parabens can cause harm to the body, I believe the health authority would have stopped importing all products that contain this group of ingredients.

    http://www.cosmeticscop.com/parabens-are-they-really-a-problem.aspx

  88. connie says:

    Hi Shirleen, you think SKII FTE can help to reduce acne scar? and the red dots on my face? I have skin problems, but cant find a suitable products for my face

  89. Shirleen says:

    Hi Connie,

    I don’t think so.

    You may want to consult a dermatologist regards to the red dots. For acne scar, I’m not too sure if exfoliant such as AHA or BHA can help.

  90. hongli says:

    hi. do you think i can use this alone as a moisturizer?

  91. Shirleen says:

    Hi Hongli,

    No, FTE is an essence / serum, so you need a moisturizer after it.

  92. tiffanie says:

    I just recently bought myself a complete set of SK-II products – FT gentle cleanser, FT clear lotion toner, FT essence, skin signature moisturiser and mask. They ARE expensive but I have to say it’s doing wonders to my skin. I can instantly feel the different. My skin feels so smooth after the first usage! I find the signature cream to be a little rich but it really hydrates my skin. I hope this will get better. So far, I’m loving SK-II products :)

  93. kathryn says:

    Hi I just started using SK II FTE for 2 months. I started to have rash on my face and neck, and I stop using it for a week until the rash on my face subside. The rash is still there but not so severe as the last time. But My skin texture is dry because of the rash. Should I continue using the product?

  94. Shirleen says:

    Hi Kathryn,

    Not too sure if your skin is allergic to yeast (Pitera). If yes, that may be the reason for the rash. You may want to wait a little while more (probably a month or two) before using the FTE again. But if your skin still gets rashes after that, you might want to stop using it totally. You may be one of them who are allergic to yeast.

  95. Kelly says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    I just bought the FTE just now, and I also bought Estee Lauder Night Advanced Serum, I’ve been using Shiseido’s The Skincare Moisture Protection as my old moisturizer, Just a moiturizer alone, I coudn’t see any good result as my skin is still dry and dull. I’m 31, so I just decided that I should have a serum, that’s why I bought Estee Lauder’s Advanced Repair Serum, I did see some changes though, it makes my skin brighter just two days of using it, I haven’t started using the FTE just yet, Do you think it’s okay to use it with Estee Lauders’s Advanced Repair? I’m just finishing my Shiseido moisturizer then after that , I don’t know that moisturizer to buy that would compliment them,any suggestions? what moisturizer are using? Thanks!

  96. Shirleen says:

    Hi Kelly,

    Yes you can use both FTE and ANR in the same regimen and use FTE before ANR. I’m presently using the Murad Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Moisture, it’s pretty good actually. You may want to check it out.

  97. dayashamsuddin says:

    Hi !
    i just started using SK II product..
    but im not sure the steps of using it..
    which one i should apply first ?
    whether Facial Treatment Essence or Facial Treatment Clear Lotion..
    and if i wanna apply the mask, when is the best time ?
    day or night or right before sleep ? and after Facial Treatment Clear Lotion or Facial Treatment Essence ?

    pls someone help me~

    thank you~

  98. Shirleen says:

    Hi Dayashamsuddin,

    The correct order is start with Facial Treatment Clear Lotion and follow by Facial Treatment Essence.

    Personally, I prefer to put on the mask in the day and apply nothing after that. It is very much depend on your preference. If you intend to have it at night, you can put on the mask after the the lotion and follow with moisturizer.

  99. Alaric says:

    Hi !
    When I use SK-II products in my early 20s, it really gives me serious breakouts! I hv extremely oily skin. I m already 39 this year and I thought my skin should be drier as I grow older. Seeing all the gd comments abt SK-II over the years, I decide to give it a try again;)
    I am now using 6 products in all – FTE, facial treatment clear lotion, facial clear solution, facial treatment repair c, skin refining treatment and wrinkle specialist. I hv been using them for abt 2 weeks and don’t hv any breakouts at all! Guess SK-II is more suitable for matured skin. Visible results can be seen as early as the first week of usage! Skin becomes smoother, more radiant, lesser fine lines, pores become smaller and well hydrated. The oiliness issue also seems to improve a little but I hope to see more significant result aft longer use. Definitely 2 thumbs up for SK-II!

  100. Shirleen says:

    Hi Alaric,

    Thanks for sharing your brief review on SK-II with us. ;-)

  101. YingJie says:

    Hi.
    Have to applaud you for maintaining such informative and interactive site :)
    I’m in late 30s with following skin conditions: no pimples, fair with sun spots, dry under-eyebags with medium wrinkles.
    Recently I’d gotten hold of the following SKII products and plan to use after finishing my current beauty products: FTE, Whitening Spots Specialist, Skin Signature Eye Cream, Signs Eye Mask, Skin Signature Cream, Facial Treatment Mask.
    Just wanted to know whether it will be too much to add in Cellumination Essence and Signs Up-Lifter.
    Thanks :)

  102. Shirleen says:

    Hi YingJie,

    Thanks so much for your generous compliment, you make my day! :-)

    I can see you are a big fan of Pitera. ;-)

    The lists of products you have mentioned, 2 of them are actually masks and only 1 of them is serum. So I reckon you can add both products into your regimen.

    Sign Up-Lifter which contains more concentrated version called Pitera 4 can be incorporated into your night regimen and Cellumination Essence can be incorporated into your day regimen.

    Fyi, I’m presently using the Cellumination Essence in the day.

  103. YingJie says:

    Hi Shirleen,
    Thanks for your advice.
    Yeah I felt it will be too much to pile on so much stuff on the face coz not sure whether the skin can absorb so much at one go! I was fazed when the SKII sales staff told me that she uses 9 pdts at one go!!
    Will now proceed to buy CE and SUL :)
    Once again, thanks for your advice.
    Cheers.

  104. Marilyn Yang says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    I have just finished browsing through your site and it feels like light shining down on me. haha! thats cause I couldn’t find a decent website to ask for help. :P

    I’m actually a big big fan for SK II. I have rather dark skin tone and there spots that i just can’t clear off. I think that it’s most probably scars from pimples in the past (I used to squeeze it REALLY hard, and yes, I’m regretting it now. Haha!). I was wondering if u could enlighten me with any products, its okay if it’s not SK II.

    Plus another question, i have on hand the FTE, Skin Signature Cream, Cellumination Deep Surge EX, and Dermdefinition UV Lotion. I initially only had FTE, but adding on the rest has left me unsure which to put on first.

    Thank you for hearing me out! Thanks Loads! :D

  105. Shirleen says:

    Hi Marilyn,

    Haha I’m glad you like my blog. ;-)

    You may want to check out Lancome Blanc Expert Gn-Whiteâ„ Generating New Whiteness Spot Eraser or Paula’s Choice RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum. Paula’s Choice Retinol Serum seems to work well with Sisley Vitamin C Clearing Essence.

    Do you realize you actually have 3 moisturizers? Cellumination Deep Surge EX, Skin Signature Cream and Dermdefinition UV Lotion are all moisturizers.

    Dermdefinition UV Lotion is a day moisturizer that is formulated with SPF 50 +++, Skin Signature Cream will be ideal for night use and Cellumination Deep Surge EX can be used on day and night.

  106. Marilyn Yang says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    Oh Dear! No wonder i feel that my face is so bloated in the morning. Thank you so, so much for the advice.
    You’re such a darling!

    Cheers!

  107. Zara says:

    I’ve just started using SK-II FTE along with it’s cleanser and whitening clear lotion. My skin feels soft and th oiliness reduced. However, when I put on th whitening clear lotion and FTE, my nose area and cheek area tht is near th nose turn a little red and feels warm. Is it my skin reacting to th ingredients or shd I stop using? I’m 19 btw. I have no problem with my skin. Only tht it is combination and sometimes too oily because it is too dry and full of clogged pores which makes it feel so rough.

  108. Shirleen says:

    Hi Zara,

    Ahh sounds strange! I reckon you should stop using them at the moment, do head down to the counter and ask the SA on the possible cause. Just curious, do you have a lots of acne surfacing around the areas? Are you using any medicated or acne products around the areas too?

  109. Jane says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    I just bought a 250ml FTE at Changi Airport yesterday. Didn’t realize it was in plastic bottle when i get bck home. Currently i am using 75ml FTE which come in a glass bottle (purchased from SK II retail shop from Robinson). I find it strange as the 250ml is in a plastic bottle. And when i smell it, the smell doesnt seem the same as the current one i am using, the smell is not as strong as the current one. With plastic packaging and the smell, I am worried will it be a counterfeit product?
    Is there any seal inside the bottle hole before using it? how do i know if this is real?

  110. Shirleen says:

    Hi Jane,

    I doubt the products sold in Changi Airport are counterfeit. If you are worried, you may want to post this question on their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/skii.singapore

    I believe they will give you a concrete answer.

  111. Sym says:

    I rate it 5 stars product. Personally I like it very much. Maybe I don’t really notice the changes on myself, but people around me keep asking me what my secret. As they all said my skin is youthful, radiant and glowing… I think this is what miracle that SK II promised. But for me the price of SK II is really a bit costly if compare to other skin care products. Anyhow, I found out an online store which I would like to share –> De Dandelion ^^. It sells genius SK II products at lower price. A big thanks to them… I got my SK II products cheaper now and also got my free sample as well. If you gals would like to buy it, you could visit their website here… http://www.dedandelion.com .But one thing sad, they do not ship liquid products to Singapore… only cream one is allowed as they are base in Malaysia…

  112. Shaili says:

    Hi Shirleen, I an Indian presently residing in Singapore. Last 2 years back I had sudden increase in oiliness on my T zone and head scalp. Though I always had the oily T zone but never too acne prone. But since last 2 years I have having hard acne on my chin which doctors say due to hormonal changes. I took medication in India and it went alright. Stopped it came to Singapore and it went worse than before. Started seeing a doctor here but he is just giving me Differin cream (adapale gel) to apply on my chin. My chin is quite uneven now plus lot of clogged pores and white heads and occasional outburst of hard acne which is sometime result of clogged pores. Just want to know, will SK II Facial Treatment essence and/or Facial clear solution will help me in this condition. or is there any other SK II (like Skin refining treatment)or other brand product which may help. even my nose has loads of white heads but not acne.

    Thanks so much,
    Shaili

    • jenny says:

      Hi Shaili,
      I had hormonal issues thrice this lifetime, each time bumps flares up in roves all over face, neck and back of my shoulders. And to be honest the ‘cure’ is basically just getting your hormone balanced again, and instead of buying all kinds of expensive ‘miracle’ products, you are better off seeing the doctor for some prescribed medications and going back to the basic skin care routine first(i.e. Cleanse, Tone, moisturize), using brands e.g. Cetephil and La Roche-Posay(these works well on me) and only start branching out to other stuff(one at a time) when your skin doesn’t breakout. Watson Singapore should have good sales for them.

      You should also sleep well, drink lots, exercise and regularly detox yourself well from within with a good diet.

      I’m in my 40s, my skin has been in good conditions since the last outbreak 15years ago and I’ve added Clarins whitening range to my beauty regime since then but still using the above brands quite regularly.

      Hope my 2cents worth helps. Good luck.

      Regards,
      Jenny

  113. Shirleen says:

    Hi Shaili,

    I’m afraid there is no one SKII product that can treat your acne prone skin and clogged pores.

    I believe what your doctor from India have claimed, your skin reaction is due to hormonal changes. Or it may probably due to other internal factors instead of just external problems.

    Differin is a potent product to treat acne prone skin, you may want to continue using it.

    You may also want to check out Paula’s Choice Anti Acne range of products : http://www.paulaschoice.com.sg/Products-%281%29/CLEAR-Anti-Acne-System.aspx

  114. Shaili says:

    Thanks Shirleen. Right now I am using Keracnyl (by Ducray) cleanser twice a day. this cleanser was suggested both by my Indian doctor and singapore one. Can I use PC clear targeted acne relief toner and / or clear acne fighting treatment along with this cleanser or do i have to use these to Paula choice product only with PC cleanser.

  115. Shirleen says:

    Hi Shaili,

    I believe it is alright to mix Paula’s Choice products with Keracnyl. Do let me know if you encounter skin irritation with these products, thanks.

  116. Shaili says:

    Thx Shirleen. Can you please let me know where to get the Paula Choice products in Singapore. If you can let me know specific shop or mall….thx

  117. Shirleen says:

    Hi Shaili,

    Unfortunately, you can only get Paula’s Choice products online via their SG website at : http://www.paulaschoice.com.sg/

  118. pearleen says:

    Hi! I am 23 and hav sensitive skin. I hav ocassional breakouts and blemishes on my face. I am currently using dr.wu hydrate skin range. Is sk2 suitable for me? I hav been trying to improve my skin condition but all the facial products i used r not effective.

  119. Shirleen says:

    Hi Pearleen,

    SKII may be suitable for your skin but it may not improve your skin condition.

  120. ceci says:

    hello..ur blog is so informative…
    im currently using dermax skincare rangr from ko skin specialist and clarins hp whitening range at night. however,my skin is still as dull as ever. i was wondering whethet i shoulh try sk2? im planning to buy da whole set… im 22… i just cant stand da sight of my dull skin.

  121. Shirleen says:

    Hi Ceci,

    There are many causes for dull-looking skin and I’m not sure if your dullness is due to layers of dead skin cells on the skin surface. If yes, you may need to exfoliate your skin frequently. You may want to try Clarins Renewing Gentle Exfoliator & Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel.

    I don’t think you need to buy the whole set of SKII products which can cost a lot. See if there’s a trial size promotion available now before making purchase on the full-size. You wouldn’t know if it’s suitable for you. Every skin is different. 2 full-size SKII products you may want to start with are FTE and Cellumination Essence EX.

  122. lily chen says:

    hi shirleen,
    i have problem when trying using sk products. rash, itchy, stinging appeared in 4-6 hours after applied the cleanser, FT clear solution, and FTE. I have done skin test before as you advised,no reaction appeared so i starting use sk without doubt.my skin combination, oily on t-zone, dry on cheeks. but the thing i hate, it’s so sensitive, easily reacting to anything stranger (eventough extreme weather, sun, certain foods,etc)…i usually use neutrogena, but i want to crystal clear skin like my younger sisters. im 27 y.o. my sisters said 1st week really normal skin showed some reaction because the sensitisation effect (????). it’s that right?

  123. Shirleen says:

    Hi Lily,

    It’s very hard for me to comment on what’s the cause of your skin irritation. Have you gone back to the SK-II counter for advise?

    May I know where did you buy these SK-II products?

  124. lily chen says:

    i bought the mini sample size of FTE, clear lotion, and gentle cleanser by online local shop about 1 week ago.my sisters hav done same and show good improvement on their skin.so i want to try..last night i used FTE and clear lotion, the rash and sting still appear but not feel itchy anymore.i use anti-rash cream (corticosterod cream)to helping me against the rash (my skin tone like most Asian women, white ivory, so everyone will notice my rash :( . just for info,my rash only appear on the cheeks area,my t-zone stay ok free of reactions. i just wonder, maybe because my skin type dry on cheeks so they fragile and easy to irritated?

  125. Shirleen says:

    Hi Lily,

    That may be a possible reason. Whenever I encounter irritation, it will happen on the same area (cheek area) too. I guess one of the reason is because the skin is much thinner here.

    You may want to alternate the 3 products to see which is the product that actually cause irritation to your skin.

    Since you have bought the products via online, I’m afraid it is very likely you might not have purchased the products from an authorized SI-II reseller especially you have obtained them in sample sizes. Most brands are not allowed to sell the sample sizes as these will be giving away during gift-with-purchase. Hope the products are not expiring soon.

  126. lily chen says:

    thanks a lot shirleen, u so helping me,…i suspect the FTclear lotion being the irritating one than the FTE, because when i used it, it more feel stinging and little itchy (i apply FT clear lotion on my left and FTE onthe right cheek. more rash on the left cheek, aprrox.0,5×1 cm than the right cheek area. can i use only the FTE? the gentle cleanser not “gentle” for me bcoz my skin look flaky and rough, near my lip and chin…i hope i have stronger skin type like the others. i hav read tips for minimize the reactions, by using cotton balls soaked with cold clean water before dropped the FTE/Clear lotion.
    my samples will be expired on 2014.shirleen,may iknow ur experience when trying FTE at the 1st time?do u hav the reactions too?

  127. Macaria says:

    Hi

    I currently use SK2 Gentle Cleanser and FTE, i just bought the FT Clear Solution and FT Whitening Source lotion, im totally confused now as to which order i should use these products in to be most effective…?

  128. Shirleen says:

    Hi Macaria,

    Here’s the correct order :

    FT Gentle Cleanser > Whitening Source Clear Lotion > Facial Treatment Essence > Facial Clear Solution.

  129. Shana Zack says:

    Hi, I just want to share about SKII products. I used to have problem skin before i.e. pimple/acne. My skin is also super sensitive, however I tried SKII trial kit which was just the basic ones like cleanser, clear lotion, FTE and Cellunimation Mask in Lotion. That was just the starter. After using the trial kit for 1 month, I can see the difference in my skin texture, my pores are smaller now and less breakouts and all pimple makrs al cleared up in fact the pimple/acne also cleared. After using trial kit and move on to the Cellumonation Deep surge EX. till now my skin is too good to be true. I’m very happy with SKII.

  130. Shirleen says:

    Hi Shana,

    Thanks so much for sharing your positive feedback! I love their products too! :D

  131. Cindy says:

    My skin use to be just dry but no breakouts. After switching to the full range of sk-11 products, my face seems to be more moistured but start to get pimples pop up here and there. Do you think is the Facial treatment essence that causes it?

  132. admin says:

    Hi Cindy,

    I’m not too sure though. You may want to stop using it for a week to see if the skin will improve. If yes, then that could be the cause.

  133. Henny says:

    Hi shirleen, before i ask something. I want to give you thumbs up for replying each comment. Thank you being really helpful.

    So i just buy SKII FTE. Before, this is my regimen:
    Cetaphil gentle cleanser -> benzoyl peroxide 2,5% -> cetaphil daily moisturizer.

    Now if i want to combine with FTE, when i should use FTE? And is it safe to use FTE and benzoyl peroxide together? Since benzoyl peroxide makes my skin and acne dries out. Fyi, i have a oily skin with several acne and quite a lot acne scars. And what product do you recommend for acne scars? Thanks a lot!

  134. admin says:

    Hi Henny,

    Thanks so much for your generous compliment!

    You may want to try incorporate the FTE after the Cetaphil gentle cleanser and before the benzoyl peroxide 2.5%. Apply the benzoyl peroxide only after the FTE is fully absorbed into the skin.

    Acne scars are pretty hard to eliminate using skincare products especially if they are old scars. You may reduce the look of new scars by exfoliating your skin with AHA or BHA products such as Paula’s Choice AHA/BHA products. The result is slow and superficial.

    Unfortunately, the more effective way to eliminate the acne scars is to go for a non-invasive treatment such as laser. You may want to consult a doctor for an ideal treatment. I reckon a few treatments are needed. Microdermabrasion before the laser treatment may help to give a better result but I’m not too sure if your skin can take it.

  135. Karen says:

    Hi,

    I just want to check with you on FTE, is there different between the glass bottle and plastic bottle?

    Thank you

  136. admin says:

    Hi Karen,

    There is no different between the glass and plastic bottle.

  137. jenny says:

    I had tried SK2 twice many years ago, 2 years apart from each bottle, and each time I’ll experienced breakouts….in a nutshell, I DOUBLE-CONFIRMED this is NOT for me.

    I had given the bottles(big bottle ones, wondering what I was thinking then??!!!) away to my friends who were so happy to receiving them as gifts despite them being opened and used.

  138. Indry says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    I am thinking to change my overall skin treatment from clinique to other product but cant really decide as perhaps it will depend on skin types.
    My skin types is dry combination, so only oily on T area. Currently using 3 basic steps clinique products, +7 days scrub, moisturiser intensive and (normal) night cream+ rich eyecream for night & normal eyecream during the day..all from clinique. My age is 39 and i have eye bags and can see small fine lines. I heard a good things about SKII and Clarins..do you have any suggestion as to what product i have to buy? To get a good result, isn’t better to use same brand for product skin care on face? Meaning, can u really see good result if you use FTE only from SKII and no need to buy face wash, day and their night cream, as well as their eyecream?

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Indry,

      I have been mixing skincare products from different brands for a while and I do see results too, although most brands will prefer you to use their full ranges if possible.

      As you mentioned, you have eye bags and tiny fine lines under the eyes. Unfortunately, eye bags can only be eliminated through surgery and there’s no eye cream in the market that can eliminated them. For fine lines, do ensure your eye areas are properly moisturized to delay or prevent further fine lines formation. Avoid eye strain or pulling the skin unnecessary. I find the Clinique eye products are pretty good, you can continuously using it.

      Yes both SKII and Clarins have a handful of very good products that you might want to incorporate to your regimen :
      SKII : Facial Treatment Essence, Cellumination Essence EX, Cellumination Mask-in Lotion & StemPower
      Clarins : White Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel, WP HP Renewing Gentle Brightening Exfoliator & UV PLUS HP Day Screen High Protection SPF 40 UVA-UVB/PA+++ .

  139. Jaslyn says:

    Hi Shirleen, I’m currently using biotherm full sets of products so do I apply e FTE aft or before my serum. As FTE is an essence so does it means that I may not really need to apply any serum?

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Jaslyn,

      Apply FTE before any serum. Though FTE is an essence, I will still prefer to apply serum after it as both FTE and my preferred serum may have different benefits.

  140. Jaslyn says:

    Hi Shireen, what if both FTE & my serum has almost e same benefits do I stil nid to apply as actually I have 2 different serum.

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Jaslyn, for me I will. My skin just loves FTE! I have been doing it (FTE with 2 other serums) for a while anyway. Plus FTE is more as an enhancer than a serum to me. :D

  141. Jaslyn says:

    So I just apply my toner, follow by FTE, serum, moisturizer, sunblock right?

  142. Jaslyn says:

    Tks for yr wonderful advise.. Cheers~

  143. Jaslyn says:

    Shireen, what’s the different between FTE & their LXP ultimate perfecting essence?

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Jaslyn,

      LXP Ultimate Perfecting Essence is a more premium essence that contains Centella Essence and Highest Concentrated Pitera. It is claimed to provide 200% more hydration than the FTE.

  144. Jaslyn says:

    Oh ok tks for yr professional advise

  145. Millecent says:

    Can it be used buy Africans?

  146. julie says:

    Hi Shirleen,
    Can I use the SK ii products while I’m nursing /pregnant?
    and I have adult acne, is the SK ii suitable for my skin?

    thank you

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Julie,

      I guess it’s safe to use while you’re pregnant or nursing. Regards to adult acne, I’m not too sure. You may want to check with the SA.

  147. Yaron says:

    Hi Shirleen,
    Can you please explain what is the most significant benefit of Pitera? Is it the hydration?

  148. MSP says:

    Hi Shirleen!

    This post of yours is 3yrs old now, but it still has one of the best reviews for SK II’s FTE that i’ve ever read online! Sorry for digging this post up, but i saw that you’re nice and extra patient enough in answering questions so here goes mine:

    I’m currently based in the philippines, 25yrs old (almost 26 really), acne-prone and combination skin. I am thinking of expanding my skincare routine. I’ve been obsessed in reading reviews of different skincare products online but they’re all of different brands and i honestly don’t know if it’s ok or healthy for them to be used altogether. I’ve been religiously using Proactiv 3-step-system for about a year now and it has helped control my acne at bay. Here’s my routine as of the moment:
    NIGHT
    Shu Uemura “Fresh” Cleansing Oil > Proactiv Cleanser > Proactiv Toner > Proactiv Repairing Treatment > Clinique DDML
    DAY
    Proactiv Cleanser > Clinique DDML > Shiseido UltimateSunProtection SPF50 Broad Spectrum

    As you can see, i am still lacking a lot of stuffs. I am on the hunt for an awesome serum/essence/emulsion (how does an essence/serum differ from emulsion, anyway?). If i’d purchase the FTE, where do i place it on my lineup? Is it for both day/night? I’m also curious with the Clarins Double Serum but is this just the same thing as the FTE? Also been wanting to purchase La Mer’s Eye Concentrate but i’m still saving up for it. Lastly, is it finally time for me to let go of my Clinique DDML? Don’t get me wrong, i love it to bits, my face never felt more moisturized in my life, but that’s basically it. I wanna try and use actual Night Creams and Day Creams that have anti-aging benefits, lifting, hydrating, and not JUST literally moisturizing like my Clinique. Speaking of anti-aging, at my age right now, should i start adding anti-aging concentrates for my “future” wrinkle lines? I only know of Kiehl’s anti-aging stuffs but would love to hear your thoughts on this too. Willing to splurge on high-end brands and am ok with mixing/using different brands so please feel free to suggest any.

    I apologize for this very long post but thank you so much for taking the time in reading this. Looking forward to your response, Shirleen!

    Al the best,
    MSP

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi MSP,

      The differences between essence, serum and emulsion are :

      Essence – enriched with nutrients, vitamins, whitening or other potent ingredients which is used after toner before moisturizer. It usually contains a concentrated amount of the “signature” ingredient of the range.
      Serum – very similar to essence but it’s usually thicker in texture and it can be used after essence before moisturizer. There are more choices for serum such as antioxidant, anti-aging, firming, hydrating, whitening and many more.
      Emulsion – a very lightweight fluid moisturizer that is usually used in the day or for oily skin type.

      FTE can be used in the day and at night. Used it after toner before serum and moisturizer. Clarins Double Serum is an anti-aging serum. Since Clinique works on you, you can continue using it. Moisturizer only helps to keep skin hydrated that makes your skin feels great. If you are looking for products that give you a better anti-aging, lifting or hydrating benefit, serum is still the best choice! Yes it’s definitely a right time to use anti-aging products and it’s definitely alright to mix products from different brands. I haven’t started using the Kiehl’s anti-aging range, so no comment for now.

      • MSP says:

        Hi Shirleen!

        Oh my, i’m so sorry, i didn’t get to read your reply right away. Honeslty thought you won’t mind my very long message, so thank you so much for answering my inquiry! :)

        Anyway, i am in the process of purchasing the SK II FTE from my buyer in Hong Kong (since sadly it’s not readily available in my country). Was fortunate enough to be able to check it out personally at the HK Airport
        last week and what everyone’s saying is true, it doesn’t smell nice, but i’m sure i’ll get used to it. Thank you for your recommendation! I just have an additional question, my Proactiv 3-step-system also has a moisturizer (Proactiv Repairing Treatment), if i start using the Clarins Double Serum, where should i place it on my line-up? Should i just use my Proactiv Repairing Treatment as a spot treatment on “acne” areas, instead of applyng it all over my face? With the FTE in mind, is this line-up correct:

        Day:
        Proactiv Cleanser > SK II FTE > Clinique DDML+ > Shiseido UltimateSunProtection SPF 50

        Night:
        Shu Uemura “Fresh” Cleansing Oil > Proactiv Cleanser > Proactiv Toner > SK II FTE > Proactiv Repairing Treatment > Clinique DDML+

        *where should the Clarins Double Serum be placed? And have you seen the new version of the Clinique DDML, the DDML+?

        Thanks Shirleen, so excited for my new line-up, thanks to your help!

        All the best,

        MSP

        • Shirleen says:

          Hi MSP,

          Your day regimen looks fine.

          For the night, I think the Clinique DDML should come after SKII FTE, before Proactive Repairing Treatment. I was told by Clinique’s trainer that Clinique DDML should apply before serum. After applying the DDML and serums, you need to apply another moisturizer. You probably want to double check with the SA at any of the the Clinique counters again.

          My recommendation for night regimen :
          Shu Uemura “Fresh” Cleansing Oil > Proactiv Cleanser > Proactiv Toner > SK II FTE > Clinique DDML+ > Clarins Double Serum > Proactiv Repairing Treatment > another moisturizer

          • MSP says:

            Hi Shirleen!

            Oh wow, i always thought the DDML’s the last step, sort of like a “seal” for all the other steps before it. Thank you for enlightening me! If i should add another moisturizer, then do you thnk it’s time for me to use an appropriate day/night cream? Or just a silly thought, do you think i should give up my DDML instead and replace it with day/night creams?

            What are your thoughts with Estee Lauder’s ANR? Is it similar to any of the products that i mentioned (clarins doble serum, etc.)?

            Thanks so much Shirleen for your patience in answering not only mine, but all the other ladies here, you are our beauty expert! :)

            All the best!
            MSP

          • Shirleen says:

            Hi MSP,

            DDML, the 3rd step of Clinique 3 Step System, helps strengthen skin’s moisture barrier that is pretty crucial for a healthy looking skin. You don’t need to give up your DDML. The day moisturizer is usually light in texture and night cream is richer in texture. STEMPOWER has a great texture that is suitable for day and night use hence it’s really up to you to just use one moisturizer or two.

            Both Estee Lauder ANR and Clarins Double Serum are formulated differently however you will only need to use one will do. Both are great!

  149. Guest says:

    Hi Shirleen just wondering after 3years are u still using this SK-ii? Im 20 this year and I hvae really oily sensitive skin with a bit of breakouts once while and small bumps. My face is usually red so was wondering if fte can help to make this redness away and make my face glow and brighter bt of course not causing me to breakout. TIA:)

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Guest, yes I’m still using FTE. I’m not too sure on what is the cause of your skin redness, you may want to do a patch test at any SK-II counter or request for a FTE sample before making a full-size purchase.

  150. jenette says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    I just got a sample SK-II products to try for a week. I am a Filipino that lives in Australia. I only want to have acne red marks on my face to be gone. Have tried so many products over the years, ie. Clinique 3-Step System and Arbonne products. I have also microdermabrasion but after 3 sessions i stopped it as i dont see any results. I dont have deep scarring but just you can see the red marks if you don’t put any foundation/concealer. My skin is still smooth id say just that i would like to be able to go out without having to put anything on my face. I have been given FTE and the stempower moisturiser. I will still use my Arbonne Facial Cleanser, then to be followed by the FTE then moisturiser – both day and night. I will start tonight and a bit excited. I hope it works for me!

  151. Sophie says:

    Hi shirleen. I have read through all the comments n replies. U r very kind n patience. I bought SKII FTE in 2011. Use it for about a month n it did not give any results,neither better nor worse. This year i had stop it n when im about to held my garage sale i found the bottle. Can this FTE still be used? It printed 18/04/11 n 7500 on the bottle. Since it didnt give any results to me 2 years ago,will it be a fake FTE? Because in my country (malaysia) fake FTE can be found with RM60 instead of original RM199. The day i bought, it from a SKII counter,but the promoter seems suspicious where she seems to exchange bottle from the packaging. N the packaging was unwrapped when i get it. Is there any way to differentiate if the FTE was a fake?

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Sophie,

      Oh my! The packaging was unwrapped? You should have rejected it upon receiving it. I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the genuine and the fake bottles. You may want to bring your bottle with you and visit any of the SK-II counters and check with the promoter if it’s a fake or safe to use. Since the date is printed as 18/04/11, I guess it has expired.

  152. Sophie says:

    Ok,i’ll go n check with the promoter. Tq shirleen.,, :)

  153. celine says:

    Hi! Love ur replies. I just purchased sk2 facial treatment. I used it with sk2 stempower. However, on 3rd day, I feel my face is like having rashes. Initially, I just feel the rashes at my neck and lower chin. But now… I slowly feel is all over my face. When I touched my face, I can feel tiny little bump. Today, I decided to stop using it cause i scare it will worsen my face. Do u think I should try it again in a few weeks time after my face recover from rashes?

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Celine,

      Is your rashes itchy and red? May I know how old are you? Did you apply a lot of StemPower?

      • Celine says:

        its itchy… is exactly like when I drink beers / hard liquors. when I touch it… its like tiny small pimples. initially was at my neck and lower chin… slowly is at chin areas and little bit here and there around the face. its also feel a little bit hot on the affected area. I guess I didn’t apply lot of the stem power. its actually a 2.5g stempower I got as a free gift when I purchased the SK2 facial treatment. However.. I did apply it all over my face and also nect area. may be I should have just use the facial treatment only because now I didn’t know whether is the facial treatment essence or the stempower give me the problem.. or may be both product.
        BTW.. am 31yo.

        • Celine says:

          oh ya.. when I read again what I posted above.. I scare u will mistaken I apply all the 2.5g stempower. I didn’t ..I only apply enough to cover my face area. the itchiness is exactly like the rashes I have around my neck and lower chin whenever I drink beer/hard liquors.

          • Shirleen says:

            Hi Celine,

            I’m not too sure if you are one of the very rare few who may be allergic to yeast (Pitera). I hope not. Both products contain Pitera. When skin is overly dehydrated, you will get rashes too. You may want to let your rashes heal before you try both products once again.

  154. Debbie says:

    Hi Shirleen!

    Would like to know for 1st time user of FTE, which applying method is good? pour 2-3 drops on palm and pat on skin or straight pour on cotton pad and pad that in? i’m 23 this year.

  155. Yana says:

    Hi shirleen!
    I really love your review! I just bought sk2 products.. But do i applied it in correct order?
    Heres my regime:
    Daytime: facial treatment(FT) gentle cleanser> FTclear lotion> cellumination mask in lotion> FT essence> facial treatment repair C> cellumination essence EX
    Nightime: facial treatment(FT) gentle cleanser>FTclear lotion> cellumination mask in lotion> FT essence> cellumination deep surge EX..
    Really need your opinion on this regime.. Thank god, i didnt have any breakouts since using sk2 products.. Thanks love!

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Yana,

      I’m glad you love my review. :D

      In fact both Clear Lotion or Cellumination Mask In-Lotion are lotions hence you will only need to use either one on each regimen. You may reserve the Cellumination Mask In-Lotion for the night regimen. The rest look fine.

  156. MSP says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    I can’t seem to find the reply button to your response on my message so here i am again. :) anyway, i looked up your recommendation, the SK II Stempower. I really liked the reviews i read. So basically what you’re saying is, i can use the Stempower for both Day and Night? I am also very curious with the Cellumination Essense Ex that you are said you are currently using, love the fact that it has whitening ingredients. Can i use this together with my other products or is this simlar to Clarins Double Serum? And is Cellumination Essense Ex for Day and Night use? If ever, is this line-up correct:

    DAY:
    Proactiv Cleanser > SK II FTE > Clinique DDML+ > Clarins Double Serum > SK II Cellumination Essense Ex > SK II Stempower > Shiseido UltmateSunProtect SPF55

    NIGHT:
    Proactiv Cleanser > Proactiv Toner > SK II FTE > Clinique DDML+ > Clarins Double Serum > Proactiv Repair Treatment > SK II Cellumination Essense Ex > SK II Stempower

    Ohmygoodness that’s a really long list! Haha. Should i eliminate some products here and is the order correct? Lastly, what are your thoughts about Retinol? Are there any serums that have that? They said the Clarins Double Serum’s ingredients are made to have the same effect as retinols, but without the redness. Are there any other good brands that have retinol?

    Thanks Shirleen, as always, you’re the best. Thanks in advance for answering and reading :)

    Best,
    MSP

    • MSP says:

      Hi Shirleen,

      I hope you’re not annoyed with my constant comments here. Really hope to hear from you! Thank you! :)

      Followed your instagram account, by the way! :)

      X,
      MSP

      • Shirleen says:

        Hi MSP,

        Oops I’ve missed your questions. Here you go…

        Yes you can use StemPower and Cellumination EX in the day and night. And they can use together with other products. Cellumination EX has different benefits to Clarins Double Serum.

        DAY:
        Proactiv Cleanser > SK II FTE > Clinique DDML+ > SK II Cellumination Essense Ex > Clarins Double Serum > SK II Stempower > Shiseido UltmateSunProtect SPF55

        NIGHT:
        Proactiv Cleanser > Proactiv Toner > SK II FTE > Clinique DDML+ > Proactiv Repair Treatment > SK II Cellumination Essense Ex > Clarins Double Serum > SK II Stempower

        Above are my recommendations however I’m a little unsure regarding the correct regimen for SK-II FTE and Clinique DDML on which should come first. Clarins Double Serum contains oil hence needs to be the last serum.
        For Retinol products, you can check out the RoC brand.

        • MSP says:

          Hi Shirleen!

          Thank you so much for the reply, was really looking forward to this :)

          Saw your photos on instagram about the Cellumination Ex and i must say, you skin looks so divine! You are the top reason why i’ll be purchasing this! I will religiously follow your recommended regimen! Thank you!

          As for the Retinol, i actually saw great reviews about RoC’s Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream. Other than the nice feedback, i am surprised on how affordable it is (well, compared to the other products we’ve been mentioning here). If i were to add this on my regimen, where should i put it in my line-up? I understand that retinols should be used only at night, right?

          Thanks again Shirleen and more power to you and this wonderful blog of yours!

          X,
          MSP

          • Shirleen says:

            Hi MSP,

            Thanks so much for your generous compliment and support! I’m flattered! :D

            Yes you can only use retinol products at night. I’m personally prefer retinol serum than moisturizer, here’s one retinol serum I’ve used before which I find pretty good too – Paula’s Choice Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum. You can only purchase it via online. Here’s my review post : http://womenlovebeauty.com/product-review/anti-aging-moisturizer/16091

            If it is a night cream, just replace it with your current night moisturizer. If it’s a serum, it should be the first serum.

  157. Cynthia says:

    Hi Shirleen,
    I hope you still read and reply this thread.

    So I recently bought sk2 product, pre much everything including
    The face wash, toner, FTE, cellumination essence and the cellumination moisturiser thing.

    So on the third day of using these products tiny bumps started appearing on my forehead and a bit on my face with the slight redness and slight itchiness.
    From your experience with so many feedback from other people and yourself, would the cause most likely be the FTE? Have you ever heard the other products causing these symptoms?
    And if I continue to use it despite these bumps will it eventually go away or will it just make it worse? Should I give it a try or bad idea?

    Since skii is kinda pricey, I feel such a waste that this had happened to me and seeking to find a proper answer.

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Cynthia,

      Have you gone down to any of the SK-II counters for advice yet? You may want to stop using the face wash, toner and FTE for about a week to see if your skin condition will recover. And if it does, you can continue using face wash, follow by FTE a few days later and lastly toner. Hope you are not one of the very few who are allergy to yeast.

  158. Cynthia says:

    Hi Shirleen
    First I wanna thank you for replying :)

    I have yet to go to skii to ask about it but I will do that next week for sure.
    I shall let my skin recover and slowly use them like you said, I really hope somehow my skin won’t react like before.

    Is most of the tiny bump reaction caused by the yeast?

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Cynthia,

      Hard to tell as of now, almost all SK-II products contain Pitera with FTE having the highest concentration. It may be due to other factors.

  159. Kat says:

    Hi Shirleen!
    You have been so patient and wonderful in replying to everyone’s queries. I’m hoping you can do the same for me. I am Indian, sensitive combi-skin… Will you recommend that I use the SK II product?

    Many thanks!

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Kat,

      I believe SK-II is suitable for all races and almost all skin types. You may want to consult the SA at the counter for advice on the products.

  160. prodip says:

    I am from Bangladesh(woman) and having dark skin-tone .I want to use SK II products to make my skin brighter and fairer.Which product should i use?

    • Nurul says:

      Hi Shirleen,

      Can i use sk2 treatment essence with other products? Maybe cleanser and toner? Before this i used biotherm, but now i want to try sk2 since i read a lot of good things about this product. Thank you.

  161. clare says:

    hi.My age is 19.my skin is sensitive,oily and acne so can i use sk2 fte,cleanser and lotion?i heard if i stop using it,my skin will become wrose than before.isn’t it?

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Clare,

      You may want to consult one of the SA at SK-II counter and ask if the products are suitable for your skin type. But I believe they should be fine. My skin never turns worse when I stop using it.

  162. Norah says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    Your post is amazing and thanks a lot for sharing and being so kind. I nvr have a chance to shop SK-II at airport before but recently I bought a new Sk-II product from a seller from Carousell ( a popular iphone apps selling stuffs in singapore) the person stated that she bought it from Changi, however, when i receive the item, I do not see any stamp on the products stated that “imported from nuance-watsons…” Can you please help me to know whether the Sk-ii product you buy at Changi has that kind of stamp? If yes, I will know that the product I buy is a fake one and I wont use it! Thanks millions!

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Norah,

      I’ve bought 3 products at Changi Airport a while ago. 2 of them have the sticker “Imported by Nuance-Watsons…”, however no sticker on the 3rd one. Not too sure if SK-II product has the same sticker.

  163. ana92 says:

    Hi Shirleen.

    I’m 22 y/o and previously have acne breakouts. Now I still have it once a month. But the previous one left me with scars and spots. I’ve tried various brand of products and nothing benefit me. I’m thinking to change to SK2 FTE as after using facial cleanser my skin is kind of dry. But after hours, it became oily.

    Do you recommend using FTE? It’s quite pricey for me. But it may worth it as no products show good effect previously.

    or do you have any other product to recommend?

    and laslty, is there any way to test whether our skin is allergic to pitera before purchasing it because SK2 counter at my place didn’t provide sample sizes.

    thanks in advance :)

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Ana92,

      I guess you may want to do a patch test, see if you can obtain a cotton pad soaked with FTE from a sales assistant at SK-II counter and places it behind your ear. You probably may have to wait for 24 hours and see if you get a reaction. I’m not too sure if your acne breakouts are due to hormonal issue or menstrual cycle since it erupts every once a month. I believe FTE is suitable for all skin types unless you are allergic to yeast.

  164. Azryan Rhina says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    Your post about this make me interested to try FTE. Can you advice which step that i apply the FTE or to replace the current step. For your information i’m Kose user which full range with Sekkesei and infinity serum for fight dark pigmentation. Here the list;

    Day Care Routine; 1) Sekkesei White Liquid Wash – 2) Essence Excellent – 3) Lotion (pat on cotton pad) – 4) Kose infinity realize xx (for pigmentation) – 5) Emulsion – 6) eye cream -7) Sun Gel 50++

    Night Care Routine; 1) Perfect Cleansing Oil – 2) Sekkesei White Liquid Wash – 3) Essence Excellent – 4) Lotion (pat on cotton pad) – 5) Kose infinity realize xx (for pigmentation) – 6) Emulsion – 7) eye cream

    One more thing my skin is oily and breakout easily. Thanks in advanced for your advice

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Azryan,

      For Day and Night Care routines : incorporate FTE after lotion (3) and before Kose Infinity (4).

  165. llyod says:

    I write on behalf of a friend. She recently bought skii toner and the Petera water. She users it and found that is not abdorbing into her face. It’s just turn into whitish foam. She just pat it on her face till its dry. It happens to both the toner and the Petera water. She visited her beautician and was told that her skin is not absorbing the skii solution. Have you come across similar situation and is there a solution? Thank you.

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Ilyod,

      Where did your friend bought the SK-II products? From the beautician? She should ask for advise at the SK-II counter instead. I have never experienced such situation before.

  166. Muhayo says:

    Hi . Start using Sk II and after two daysmy face skin become red and star to eaching and also small small like a pimples over my face . I dont know what to do please advice

  167. twinkle says:

    I bought the pitera set when it was on sale. My skin is already quite good, but lately I’ve lost a lot of sleep and my skin was looking a bit dull and pale on some days. The FTE definitely added some brightness and radiance to my skin after just 2 days of usage!

    The mask also brightened and hydrated my skin, but frankly I don’t think it’s worth the cost, at more than $10 per mask. I think for quite a superficial result (I don’t think the mask ingredients penetrate the dermis, only the epidermis) the mask is not worth the price. I will stick to the essence, which gives comparable results over a longer term.

    Btw I applied some of the FTE to my hands, and in like 2 days,my hands were so much softer! I don’t use moisturiser for my face and hands, although I use serums which have moisturising ingredients, but the FTE made my face and hands really soft, my boyfriend was touching my hands and saying “Your hands feel like silk”. Try applying the FTE to your hands, just a tiny bit will give u softer hands. :)

  168. Challa says:

    Hi, Shirleen, I hope you could help me about my face problem. My face is so sensitive, easily to get pimple and allergy. I’ve tried many products but it doesn’t work. I used to have acne treatment at famous clinic, it works for first time but when I stop using it my face turn worse than before. And now I’ve decided to use SK-II cleanser, toner, essence and stem powder. do they could help me to get rid of pimples, acne scar and dark dots ???

    Waiting for your reply.!!!

    Thanks in advance

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