The interesting story about SK-II initiated at a sake brewery in Japan, where scientists observed the elderly workers had lined faces, but their hands were keeping an extremely youthful-look.
Those hands were in contact with the sake fermentation every day.
Research into the yeast fermentation process began, and after years of studies, involving more than 350 different strains of yeast, scientists were able to isolate an ingredient naturally present into the yeast fermentation process. They called it Pitera™.
Pitera is a delicate balance of minerals, amino acids, vitamins and organics acids so similar to the skin’s natural nutrients and moisturizing factors, to be considered a miraculous and extremely precious element, really capable to allow the natural skin surface rejuvenation process.
The ingredient was added to the “Secret Key” skincare line. The brand was renamed SK-II and launched in December 1980.
Since then, SK-II has become a special top-secret, shared by stars such as Cate Blanchett and by all the women around the world, who want to improve their skin along five dimensions: texture, radiance, firmness, spot control and wrinkle resilience, and providing their appearance with a distinctive crystal clarity.
There are numerous products within the SK-II line, including foundations, whitening, anti-ageing and color cosmetics ™.
Their most famous product is SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, which became an icon for the SK-II brand, it contains over 90 percent of Pitera and his effectiveness is so astonishing to be renamed ‘holy water’ .
SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence has gratified and improved the lives of millions of women around the world being the best-seller product for 30 years. But the most remarkable thing about SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence is the scent: a strong acid smell, which reminds the rice wine vinegar, not exactly the kind of smell you’d expect from a facial cream…. I guess it’s all because of the Pitera… but you rapidly get used to it, when you realize that this formula that hasn’t changed in the last 30 years it works wonders!
SK-II also introduced a line of products for men in October 2011