How to use SK-II Facial Treatment Essence


For those of you who know of SK-II, I’m sure you’ll definitely heard of their hero product – SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (FTE). I am a huge advocate of their skin care products and naturally is a big fan of their ‘miracle water’. Reason why I am sure a fan girl is because it simply works for me. It reacts beautifully with my skin and delivers results that is both visible and long lasting. Hence I am a convert to their skincare products for the past 8 years, yes for as long as this blog has been alive.


After almost a decade of loyalty to SK-II, I thought I should share with you how I use FTE. I use this after cleansing and toning ensuring my skin is 100% dry prior to applying this. Personally I think the actual application technique is what makes or break the results for me. Just to recap, I use FTE once a year, meaning I will finish a 150ml bottle or two every 3-6 months and for the other 3-6 months I’ll user other products so that my skin don’t get overused to the product.

Back when I was introduced to use this in Malaysia, I was told to use this on a thin cotton pad and massage over face in circular motion to encourage exfoliation and moisture penetration (yes FTE delivers hydration to skin). I did this for a year or two and find that it is quite wasteful to let the cotton soak in all the pitera goodness.

Then I experimented with the pouring onto hand and slap onto face method which I much preferred. I recall awhile back watching an episode of Taiwanese beauty show, a skincare guru recommended to use FTE by beating (probably lost in translation here?) it into your skin. I know it sounds harsh and really it is just patting (rather firmly) onto skin to ensure your skin can fully absorb all the FTE goodness.

As a result, I have since been patting FTE onto my skin in a loud slapping motion, firm enough to have loud slapping noise but doesn’t hurt. I do this in sections and pat until my skin and palm is 100% dry before I move on to the next section. Results wise, I see instant brighter, even skin toned finish. While I can’t guarantee this will be the same results for you or if it was indeed the application technique or the actual product that delivers the results. I do however love the routine and will continue to use FTE this way.

Do you use Facial Treatment Essence too? How do you use it?

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Jess @ Miss J. Shopaholic November 5, 2012, 11:31 am

    Hahaha picturing you beating your face with this 😛

  • Sinta June 22, 2013, 9:15 pm

    Hi, inread your review in cyberwhite essence/serum. Did you use this skii essence before estee cyberwhite?


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