As a stay at home mom to a toddler boy plenty of life changes have transpired in my life since his birth. One in particular is my overall daily skin care regime. After three years of trying to combat the melasma that’s engulfed my forehead I’ve reduced my facial routine to monthly laser zappings and a wash of soap and water. Recently I met a mom in the park who had immaculate skin; she was glowing from head to toe. I asked her about her beauty secret, and she proclaimed, ‘Pitera’, an ingredient found in Saki. I said what is that? She gave me a sales pitch on SK-II, this infamous line created in Japan (the one youngling Kate Bosworth is the spokes model for). It’s supposedly annihilates Revive and La Mer. As a devotee of the aforementioned goods I decided to give SK-II a shot.
Days later I happen upon a beauty seat at Saks Fifth Avenue where I meet SK-II’s Brand Ambassador Cecilia Ho who schools me on this supersonic saki-in-a-bottle product. “Scientists deduced the key must lie in the fermentation liquid that the brewers’ hands were in during the sake fermentation process at the SK-II labs,” she states. Essentially their skin was flawless after hours of soaking in the rice water. Research was conducted using 350 strains of yeast and according to Ho a unique yeast strain that held the secret to impeccable skin was found; thus the launch of SK-II’s Pitera™ is full of vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids that work together to allow the skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process to function at its prime.
As a novice to the line Ho recommends the Facial Treatment Essence, which contains a base of over 90 percent Pitera. It gently fixes lines and wrinkles and the overall skin surface renewal process. To loosen up the dead skin cells in order to work on highly pigmented areas the Brightening Derm Specialist is another high-quality starter. Ho claims this serum is a go-to for lessening brown spots and intense discoloration. And the final item to incorporate into the SK-II regime is the Facial Clear Lotion, which contains AHA to exfoliate dead skin cells. Ho adds, “Our SK-II philosophy is really to hydrate, and you can never go wrong with too much hydration.”
For anti-aging products Ho steers me towards the Signs Eye Mask which is packed with a punch of hydration and the Facial Treatment Mask, “It’ll deliver a powerful kick of concentrated Pitera within just one use,” exclaims Ho. The eye mask works to reduce crow’s feet and the intense dryness around the eye area. And just as Ho claimed the mask visibly reduced the look of fine lines and dullness in my skin and I felt revived and fresh within minutes.
After several weeks using SK-II am I sold? I would say I am quite satisfied, perhaps its beginners luck … stay tuned for a 6 week update.
– Leah Jayasanker
*Samples of products were provided.