This week I got a chance to be a mad beauty scientist and perform skincare tests with SK-II. I went into it knowing how much the industry (myself included) love SK-II Facial Treatment Essence but little did I know how miraculous their Facial Treatment Essence was because of the power of Pitera.
Referred to as ‘miracle water’ by SK-II users around the world, Facial Treatment Essence (FTE) was the first and only product offered when the brand launched in Japan more than 35 years ago. FTE is more than 90 percent pure Pitera, the signature ingredient contained in all SK-II products. Pitera is derived from a unique yeast fermentation. It contains vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids that work together to allow the skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process to function at its prime. One of the ways Pitera works is by balancing the skin’s moisture barrier – it does this by boosting the expression of claudin and hylauronan in skin cells. Claudin in a key barrier protein, and hylauronan is a key component for maintaining overall hydration and elasticity.
Now, not only is Pitera a key ingredient in their FTE, but it has also made its way into their new RNA Power Eye Cream. The eye cream is formulated with the unique Radical New Age Complex to improve lengthwise and crosswise firmness of skin around the eyes. The RNA Power Eye Cream is an upgrade from the current anti-aging Essential Power Eye Cream, with two new ingredients to increase wrinkle resilience: Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 and Chlorella Extract1. Just like in FTE, RNA Power Eye Cream continues to be powered by SK-II’s signature ingredient, Pitera which enhances the skin’s natural function to improve hydration and elasticity.