Beauty Report: SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

I've been a long-time acne sufferer and as a result, I've been using a prescription retinoid for more than 10 years. It works wonders, keeps acne at bay, and helps slow down the aging process significantly, due to the high levels of vitamin A. But the one thing it doesn't do is moisturize, and no matter what I do, I've had a tough time bringing back an extra layer of moisture to my skin. Until now. After discovering SK-II's Facial Treatment Essence and using it for the last two months, I have noticed a marked difference in the moisture in my skin. And not only that, but the entire texture of my skin seems to have experienced a transformation. Whereas before my skin's texture was rough, it's now noticeably smooth and any dryness that I previously had is gone. In its place is what I've long wished for: dewy, deeply moisturized skin. SK-II's Facial Treatment Essence has an enormous celebrity following and it's not surprising that's the case. This product works wonders. And, it's absolutely safe for acne users. 

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How Old Is Your Skin? SK-II Beauty Imaging System Tells You

I'm 33. In skin years that is. I found that out last week when I visited the SK-II pop up store on Post Street in San Francisco. While at the pop up, I had a chance to partake in the new Beauty Imaging System technology by SK-II which rolls out at beauty counters soon. For those in the Bay Area, swing by the pop up store before May 23 for a free walk in skin consultation. There, a skin counselor will apply this technology, tell you your skin age, and explain the shape that your skin is in. (And you just might get some samples to take home.) 

The Beauty Imaging System test takes just a few seconds. A skin counselor holds a device (upper right hand photo) up to your face and takes a digital image, which then pops up on a screen. Five factors of skin aging are then discussed with you with accompanying images: firmness power, texture refinement, radiance, tone, and wrinkle resilience. 

Then you'll learn about the SK-II line of skin care, beloved by celebrities like Cate Blanchett and Kate Bosworth. SK-II has a revolutionary approach to skincare which includes the brand's "secret key ingredient"—Pitera, "an exclusive extract from a unique strain of yeast, found in Japan." 

I'm trying out a bunch of the company's products and will be reviewing them in upcoming blogs on The Penny Rose, so stay tuned. In the meantime, swing by Post Street in San Francisco (or if you're in New York, there's also a pop up store), and try out the Beauty Imaging System.