I travel for a living. That translates to using countless different products as I check-in and out of hotels around the world. Airplanes dry out my skin like WHOA, plus I don’t know if you’ve heard but my body and therefore skin has been undergoing some, ahem, maintenance…and I don’t even want to really talk about the next one, but here we are so I’m just going to say it I’M TURNING THIRTY THIS MONTH.
Phew. I’m glad I got that off my (new) chest.
With all of that being said, my skin has gone through some ch-ch-ch-changes recently. It’s time for a new routine, especially since I’ve started to see fine lines begin to form as 30 inevitably approaches. Knowing I needed to take action, I decided to embark on my #OneBottleAwayFrom journey to a fresh, Peter Pan look (!) for my birthday and started incorporating SK-II Facial Treatment Essence into my morning and nightly routine. I really wanted to go into 30 feeling confident in my skin (and my preventative skincare routine!) and when I heard that it all began at a sake brewery in Japan, I knew I had to try the product. I love a brand with a story. I also really love Japan and sake, so I thought this might just be a match made in skincare heaven…
Once upon a time, Japanese scientists received word that even though the elderly brewery workers had wrinkled faces, they had really soft hands due to being in constant contact with the sake fermentation process. It took years of research for scientists to isolate the signature SK-II ingredient, Pitera™, a naturally derived liquid from the yeast fermentation process. And so this “holy water” was born.
Why I Love It // How to Use
To me, SK-II FTE is simple, and I need/adore simple. If it’s cumbersome or complicated, it tends to sit somewhere as a dust collector. I don’t have weight allowance in my luggage for dust collectors 😉 I just take the bottle out of my travel bag, pour a few drops into my palm (or cotton pad if you prefer) and pat all over my face and neck. From bottle to skin – you can’t get much more streamlined than that AND it comes in a travel size, so I can take this miracle water with me whenever I travel!
My skin type is normal to dry, and I really dislike any product that leaves it feeling oily or greasy, especially when I’m traveling in tropical places as products tend to fall right off of my face upon landing. Due to the constant changes between climates and areas around the world, it’s important I use a product with lots of vitamins and amino acids to shield against any kind of environmental damage. The SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is easily and quickly absorbed into skin, which I love, and yet it leaves skin feeling hydrated, smooth and evenly toned.
To be honest, I think skincare is about health as much as it is about beauty. When I’m healthy, my skin reflects that. When I start eating fatty foods (hello hotel breakfast buffets) or skip exercise, voila! Pimples and unbalance is apparent all over my face. Apart from trying to get in a daily workout and eating well, I also know my skin requires quality product. Knowing that SK-II FTE has been around (and the formula unchanged!) for almost 40 years and comes from nature leaves my mind (and skin cells!) at ease. And the fact that the product addresses all of the skin issues I typically face (dryness, fine lines) plus all of the issues that come up when I’m unhealthy (pimples, uneven skin tone and texture), really makes me feel confident in my skin no matter what my lifestyle is at the moment. I’m also confident that this Essence will be a permanent staple in my daily routine…
After consistently using SK-II Facial Treatment Essence this summer, I only have one thing left to say: Bring it on, 30!
Over to you! What’s your skin care routine?