Boy, oh boy! The term ‘essence’ in the beauty world just got my attention in the past 6 months. I was watching a YouTuber talk about her favorite essences and I was like “wait, what?!” – I didn’t really know it was a ‘thing’. So I started researching and trying to fully understand the concept of an essence in your beauty routine because I am always, always trying new skin care products. I am talking – I try new skin care each week – it is one of my favorite parts of my job. I have struggled with ‘bad’ skin the past 15 years so I am obsessed with discovering ‘game changing’ products. Lol, that is my word for them – ‘game changers’. I use that when I love something a lot and see a great difference and consider it a holy grail, can’t-leave-home-without product!
Really quickly, let me update you if you are not familiar. Essences are popular within Asian skincare and they are said be a concentrated formula – much lighter than a serum. They are made to brighten dull skin, improve texture, & target fine lines and wrinkles. One thing that caught my eye and that really sold me on trying an essence was that it helps your other products absorb better. It also speeds up the skin’s natural turnover rate – meaning that your skin is being renewed quicker w/cell turnover.
So, I decided to try an essence in preparation for Luke’s birthday- I tried SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence. It is referred to as ‘Miracle Water’ which makes quite the statement and also makes you judge it a little harder, lol! I was like “hmmm, we shall see!”. I partnered with them on this and used the product 2x per day for one month. Everyone says they see changes in just a month of implementing it into your routine. Me… well it didn’t take me a month – it took maybe 5 days of using it 2x per day. I absolutely LOVE this stuff! In preparation for Luke’s birthday I decided to do the #OneBottleAwayFrom challenge and I am so glad I did! You all may remember but when I was pregnant my skin was a mess! Super dry. Textured. The list goes on.. I agreed to try this SK-II Facial Treatment Essence for 5 weeks in hopes for better skin by the time Luke turns one. I was a little taken aback when I saw a difference 5 days in – I thought it was in my head but I kept using it and loved it more and more. I have taken it on every trip we’ve been on and I don’t let any go to waste! I skip the cotton ball and apply it with my fingers so I don’t waste product.
So here’s a quick summary:
I feel like my skin is back on track just in time to celebrate Luke turning one! I love that it brightens my skin [esp the skin around my eyes!]. I love that I saw my other products working better and making my skin softer! I loved seeing my skin become smoother overall – that was huge.
The only ‘con’ was the glass bottle – I was so worried it was going to break while traveling!! It didn’t though – thank goodness – no one wants to lose their Miracle Water like that. I did have someone recommend pouring it into a small travel spray bottle that way it is more travel friendly and I can spray it on and not waste any product!
Overall – it gets an A+ and is a regular part of my skincare routine.
Have any of you tried it and loved it?! I want to hear your thoughts!
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Thanks to SK-II for sponsoring todays post.