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The SK-II brand is based on a miracle: the discovery of a special gift of nature, called 'SK-II Pitera'. The story began when SK-II developers tracked the facial patterns of 100 women in Akita, Japan over a 10-year period to investigate the various factors of skin ageing. The researchers concluded that a perfectly youthful-looking complexion involves an intricate balance of five dimensions: smoothness, clearness, radiance, firmness, and lack of lines.

SK-II scientists began looking for natural ingredients that would help sustain skin’s youthful qualities. Over many years, SK-II developed its signature ingredient: Pitera. Please read our 'Secrets' section to see how this miracle ingredient has helped SK-II skincare achieve international recognition.

SK-II offers holistic skincare regimens to enhance any skin type. The SK-II Pitera Essentials line of cleansers, masks, lotions, and eye treatments is formulated to brighten skin while adding nourishment and moisture. The SK-II Anti-Aging line of face and eye creams, serums, and masks is designed to strengthen elasticity and retain firmness while drenching skin with hydrating emollients.


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Pitera is the unique ingredient that makes SK-II one of the best skincare product lines on the market. But what exactly is Pitera, and how did it come about? The story began back in 1970, when SK-II scientists embarked on a journey to find a natural skincare ingredient that resulted in clear, healthy-looking skin.


By a chance observation, the scientists noticed that the hands of sake brewers were very soft and supple in contrast to their ageing faces. Upon further investigation, the researchers found that these workers kept their hands submerged in yeast for a good part of the day. Surmising a connection, the researchers embarked on a quest to find just the right blend of yeast that could be incorporated into a skincare line. For over 10 years, they tested over 350 strains of yeast to find just right yeast strain, which they called 'Pitera'.

Pitera is a clear liquid that contains over 50 essential skin nutrients, including a unique blend of vitamins, minerals, and amino and organic acids. This signature formulation closely mimics skin’s natural moisturising factors. SK-II’s ingredients work in harmony to gently rejuvenate the surface of the skin to reveal a smooth, healthy-looking complexion.


SK-II Pitera Essence Set

This set is great value, offering you the extra face mask and mini toner... read more >>

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SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil

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SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser

Absolutely love this product. I've always struggled with acne. I'm not... read more >>

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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence 160ml

The most expensive toner I have ever purchased - yet the most effective... read more >>

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