What Does an Essence Do and On Whom Does It Work?

Originating in Asian beauty routines, essences are being hailed all the world over as a skin care must-have. So, what exactly do they do and why do you need one? Including an essence into your daily regimen can dramatically improve the overall health and appearance of your skin! Different than a toner or a serum, it can help renew skin’s natural cycle and make skin instantly smooth, soft, hydrated and radiant.

Fan favorite Facial Treatment Essence by SK-II is a best-seller throughout Asia. The essence is built on its famous ingredient, Pitera™, a bio-ingredient derived from yeast fermentation in sake-making. Facial Treatment Essence contains more than 90% Pitera™, which contains more than 50 micronutrients that work together to provide powerful anti-aging and hydrating properties.

But, how exactly does it work? What are the extra benefits? And, who should to be using one? See below for the inside scoop.

  • Facial Treatment Essence on Glass Table with Gold Trim

Anti-aging at any age

As we age, our skin produces less of the nutrients that hydrate it, so it's important to look for skin care products that pack in the moisture to help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles caused by dryness. Adding moisture back into your face through an essence can help restore firmness and provide a youthful glow. Because an essence works to improve skin both now and down the line, you can use it at any age.

Natural moisture

Essences are very hydrating for all skin types, without being oily or greasy. And, their water-like consistency is more quickly absorbed into the skin than thick creams are. In SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence, the signature ingredient, Pitera™, contains four moisturizing factors—vitamins, organic acids, amino acids and minerals—to help improve and balance your natural tone and texture, leading to beautifully smooth and glowing skin.


Because essences like the Facial Treatment Essence work to refresh and rebalance skin, anything clogging pores is purged. Its unique formula gently exfoliates the face and helps moderate skin-surface renewal. Skin is fully rejuvenated during its regular cycle and looks more luminous. This renewal happens the same way for oily, dry, combination and sensitive skin types at any age.

Add an essence into your regimen and experience unparalleled skin brightening and glow! Read more for help understanding the perfect order to use your products in to achieve the best results.

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