PITERA™ Facial Treatment Essence

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USD $99.00
Fix your skin's ability to improve itself via hydration. Over 90% PITERA™, this cult-favorite proven to address visible signs of aging for lifelong youthfulness.
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PITERA™ Facial Treatment Essence

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For All Skin Types For All Skin Types
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Before/After using Facial Treatment Essence

Simulation of best results over 1 year. Results may vary by individual.

About the Product

Containing more than 90% PITERA™ , our unique yeast-derived formulation improves surface cell turnover renewal and stimulates the skin's natural reproduction of Hyaluronic Acid and Natural Moisturizing Factors via skin barrier hydration, leaving your skin fundamentally healthy and youthful looking.

  • Helps reduce the appearance of dark spots from UVA and UVB oxidative damage on the skin surface
  • Clinically proven to reduce redness
  • Improves the surface cell renewal rate

Our iconic Facial Treatment Essence has been a cult-favorite among celebrities and skincare experts alike for over 40 years.

1 bottle is sold every 2 seconds.

Solution For

Fine Lines, Sun Spots, Wrinkles, Uneven Texture, Dullness, Dryness

Works Best For

Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily Skin Types

Approximately When Will I See Results:

  • 2 Weeks – Reduced visible fine lines & wrinkles.
    Firmer, smoother, softer skin with improved texture
  • 1 Month – Visible transformation in radiance & sun spots
  • 1 Year – Up to 10 years of visible skin damage & signs of aging diminished with the PITERA™ regimen
Japanese brewers' hands in fermented sake mash

What is PITERA™: SK-II’s proprietary, natural bio-ingredient derived from fermentation. It improves multiple dimensions of visible skin damage and aging. It is made exclusively in Japan for SK-II.

PITERA™ Origin: In the 1970s, SK-II scientists noticed the hands of elderly Japanese sake brewers looked decades younger than their age.

Realizing the brewers’ hands were immersed in fermented sake “mash” for hours a day, the scientists wondered if something in the fermentation process kept the skin looking younger. Further research into this process led to the discovery of PITERA™, a naturally derived liquid from yeast fermentation.

What’s Makes PITERA™ Unique: PITERA™ contains over 50 micro-nutrients including antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to nourish and improve your skin from multiple dimensions, reducing visible skin damage.

Inspired by J-Beauty Skincare routines, we recommend applying products from most lightweight to thickest.

  • Step 1: Cleanser Cleanser 1
  • Step 2: Toner Toner 2
  • Step 3: Essence Essence 3
  • Step 4: Serum Serum 4
  •  Step 5: Moisturizer Moisturizer 5

Application Tips

Shake It Out

Shake It Out

Pour 2-3 shakes of the lightweight liquid essence formula into palms of hands.

Minute to Moisturize

Minute to Moisturize

Press palms together to wet both hands. Gently press over face & neck for 1 minute.

Pat, Pat, and Glow

Pat, Pat, and Glow

Continue patting the essence into skin until fully absorbed.

Use in AM and PM

Use in AM and PM

Use 2x daily – after cleansing & toning (before serums or moisturizers).

Number of Applications

2.5oz bottle = 60120180220 applications

  • Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate (PITERA™)
  • Butylene Glycol
  • Pentylene Glycol
  • Water
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Methylparaben
  • Sorbic Acid

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Yes! Add our PITERA™ Facial Treatment Essence to your existing routine as it plays well with all your skincare favorites. It’s great on its own or increases visible benefits when paired with other products:

  • Hyaluronic Acid + our Essence = boosts skin moisture and plumpness
  • Vitamin C + our Essence = helps reduce the appearance of sun spots and improve skin radiance
  • Niacinamide + our Essence = evens out skin tone and improves skin texture
  • Retinol + our Essence = reduces appearance of fine lines and improves firmness with hydration

The PITERA™ Facial Treatment Essence promotes skin barrier surface cell turnover to reveal your natural radiance and healthy-looking skin. It’s not a serum or a toner despite its lightweight consistency.

PITERA™ Facial Treatment Essence

  • lightweight yet powerful formula delivering high concentrations of active ingredients quickly and easily into the skin


  • contain alcohol and are intended to remove excess dirt, oil, and makeup from skin (like another cleansing step)


  • concentrated dose of ingredients designed to target a specific skin concern

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult with your doctor before using the PITERA™ Facial Treatment Essence.

Our award-winning PITERA™ Facial Treatment Essence is for anyone looking to add hydration; improve elasticity; or reduce the appearance of fine lines, texture, & sun spots.

No. Facial PITERA™ Facial Treatment Essence is free from artificial fragrances, colors and alcohol.

Our PITERA™ Facial Treatment Essence is best used within 12 months from opening.

Results after using Facial Treatment Essence Week 4
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Results before using Facial Treatment Essence Before

39-day simulation of best results using Facial Treatment Essence. Individual results may vary.


Undeniable Results in
One Month

The Facial Treatment Essence's PITERA™ hydrates to improve the skin's surface barrier, for more resiliency to sources of visible aging.

  • Fine lines and wrinkles appearance reduced
  • Clinically proven to reduce redness
  • Firmer, smoother, softer skin
  • Improved skin texture
  • Helps reduce the appearance of dark spots from UVA and UVB's oxidative damage on the skin surface
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