My Experience with SK-II
My first encounter with SK-II was when an old boyfriend from a few years back brought me home a gift from Japan. With a beautiful cherry blossom print adoring the paper gift bag, it was the ultimate gift-to-get from Japan. When I think of Japanese culture (though there are SO many dimensions to it), I think of simplicity and functionality - of sophistication and a poised beauty. This one side of Japanese culture is evident in one of the country’s most globally recognised and respected brands, SK-II.
Even for those who have not experienced SK-II, there’s something so familiar about it, a cult classic without the here-for-a-good-time-not-a-long time attachment. Reflecting upon receiving my first bottle of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, I almost didn’t know what to do with it. So pure and classic, it’s one of those things that are ‘too nice to touch’, better kept safe in the bottle. It’s not one of those products that screams out benefits in neon size 40 typeface any of the buzz words you’ve heard associated with many skincare and beauty products of today. There’s not even an eloquent verse on the bottle or packaging anywhere to inform you what benefit you may derive from using the product. If you look it up online you’ll ofsten see the word ‘Pitera’ associated with SK-II, but that just raises more questions of “what is pitera?!?” and “why do I want pitera on my face?”.
Fast forward to today and whilst I still don’t exactly know the extent of properties that make Pitera so special, what I do know is that once you hit your mid-twenties, taking care of your beauty and wellbeing for the long term becomes priority number one. I’m finding nowadays that I am busier than ever and constantly grasping for more time - not that I would have it any other way, a full and fulfilling life is what I’m after - and so, I just don’t have the time nor desire to deal with those pesky life dramas… such as bad skin! It’s those usual frustrations that revolve around hormonal acne and then there are those things you never even thought you’d have to deal with - yet. Fine lines around my eyes, dark spots (or are they non-coordinated freckles), dry and sensitive skin because I react to certain types of eye makeup, and this is just the beginning. So I often wonder about what I can expect in five years time? Ten years? Twenty? Thirty?
Amidst all this uncertainty, one thing I can control is what I do here and now. Taking the time and effort to diligently look after my skin is the least I can do for my future self. Even daily now, I appreciate that I feel that much better when my skin is clear. My makeup goes on smoother and my skin is brighter and glowier (who needs highlighter anyway!). This is where that cool and classic bottle on my shelf comes in. SK-II products don’t try to be anything other than what they’ve been for years. There’s no fanfare around all the big shiny promises on label (with small * to disclaim…. ), it just is what it is.
The kind of skincare that stands the test of time. It doesn’t change with the trends and it most certainly doesn’t buy into the hype of the cool-for-right-now.
I like to let my skin do the testing when it comes to skincare. One of the road bumps I’ve encountered over time is my skin's sensitivity. Earlier this year I had fairly severe skin reaction to makeup. It was dry and flaking, almost taking on the qualities of eczema around my eye area. I couldn’t use any harsh skin products, or I would pay for it. Even some well-known brands of skincare would make my skin feel like it was undergoing a burning sensation. So I opted for the most gentle and natural products. The Facial Treatment Essence is one of those products which has proven itself to my skin.
While I can’t tell you about any miraculous overnight changes, I can tell you that I’m confident that I’m investing into the health and wellbeing of my skin for years to come. It’s not always about instant gratification, but it is about investing into yourself.