Perfecting My Skin For Summer

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Eva Amurri Martino holds a bottle of SKII facial treatment essence in the bathroom of her Connecticut home

This content was sponsored by SK-II but all thoughts and opinions are my own


At the beginning of the year, I promised myself that after two babies in three years, I would do my best to make 2017 the year that I started doing more for myself in every way.  I realized that part of me feeling great emotionally and mentally is about making sure that I feel good in my own skin and celebrate the little things that are important to me.  One of these things is my skin! I didn’t always have clear skin, in fact it took me many years to achieve, with lots of diet changes and trial and error.  In recent years, my skin has finally been more or less clear, but with some battle wounds from my not-so-great-skin days.  I had lots of unevenness, some patchiness, and have been wanting to get some kind of glow back in my face.  I guess long nights with two kiddos will do that to you– ha!


In the summer months, I wear next to no makeup almost every single day.  We are an active family, and we love being outside, swimming in the sea, and exploring while the amazing weather lasts.  I wanted to feel great in my skin without having to hide it or perfect it superficially with makeup– I wanted to finally have that “perfect” skin that I had been craving pretty much my whole life.  But how? Today I’m SO EXCITED to share with you guys the results of my #OneBottleAwayFrom journey with SK-II!

A bottle of SKII Facial Treatment Essence sits on the marble countertop in Eva Amurri Martino's master bathroom

SK-II is a brand that I have heard a lot about for many, many years.  They’re pretty much the gold standard in luxury skincare, and have a huge following and an abundance of cult products.  I’m sure you’ve heard of their sheet masks, which are above and beyond in terms of skin pampering and perfecting. My own skincare transformation story comes with just ONE of their products, the ultra incredible SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.  This essence is SK-II’s signature product, and is often referred to as “Miracle water” (I have to say I agree with this term wholeheartedly).  It is formulated with 90% pure Pitera™, which is an ingredient exclusive to SK-II products. Pitera™ is an ingredient derived from a unique yeast strain in the sake fermentation process, and was discovered over 37 years ago in Japan (remaining pretty much unchanged until today).  Sometimes there are beauty secrets that you just don’t need to touch because they’re that good, and Pitera™ is one of them. Pitera™ promotes skin’s natural rejuvenation process, and balances the moisture barrier for overall hydration and youthful appearance.  With Pitera™ as its powerhouse, the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence delivers texture refinement, firmness, wrinkle resistance, even skin tone, and radiance enhancement.

Eva Amurri Martino shakes some facial treatment essence on to a cotton pad before applying

I had never tried the Facial Treatment Essence, but it was essentially promising everything I have wanted my skin to be in the past few years.  I decided to embark on a journey with SK-II and the Facial Treatment Essence, to see how I’m #OneBottleAwayFrom perfect skin with this miracle water and how it would change my skin in a concentrated period of time. Every single day, I used the Facial Treatment Essence morning and night.  After cleansing, you soak a cotton pad with the essence and press gently evenly across  your entire face and neck with the liquid.  Then, you may follow with any serums and moisturizers that you care to use.  I didn’t introduce any other new products in to my routine during this journey.

Eva Amurri Martino wears a lilac silk robe and applies SKII facial treatment essence with a cotton pad

Eva Amurri Martino shows her bare skin before the 30 day SKII Facial Treatment Essence challenge

When I tell you, I noticed a change in my skin after the first day, I am not exaggerating.  I loved the feeling of the essence on my skin, so light and fresh! After using it, I definitely had a glow, and my skin after just a day or two looked more even and less blotchy.  After using it for the rest of the time, I kept noticing better and better results! I had more than a few nights of very little sleep (thanks, kids!) during my journey to perfect skin and my skin stayed very even and glowing through it all.  The SK-II Facial Treatment Essence bottle became a mainstay on my vanity, and I truly did not ever miss a day. It was such a lovely ritual to perform for my skin, and was the best facial treatment I’ve ever had– seeing my skin at its best gave me such a confidence boost!  At the end of my #OneBottleAwayFrom journey, I’m absolutely blown away by the results.  My skin feels so soft and smooth, it’s much more even, and I can see the glow that it has gotten just from this process.  It was my goal to invest a little time and care in to my own appearance, and it was my hope that I would come away with more glowing skin for summer– and I accomplished both! I feel great without makeup on– dashing out to breakfast with my family early in the morning, swimming in the pool with friends, and visiting the beach.  It’s definitely brought a little bounce in my step that I was missing before.  Aaaaand now it looks like a mainstay of my beauty routine, because I can’t imagine going back!

 A bottle of SKII Facial Treatment Essence sits on Eva Amurri Martino's vanity in the glam room of her Connecticut home

Eva Amurri Martino sits on her bed wearing a white shirt dress, in an "after" pic from using SKII Facial Treatment Essence

Eva Amurri Martino sits on her bed wearing a white shirt dress, in an "after" pic from using SKII Facial Treatment Essence


Have you tried SK-II Facial Treatment Essence to bring you perfect skin? I would love to hear about your own skincare journey in the comments below! If you haven’t tried the product yet, I’m sharing some promotional codes today that can sweeten the deal even further!

SKII99 (spend $99 and get a free skincare gift worth $25)

SKII150 (spend $150 and get a free skincare gift worth $55)

SKII250 (spend $250 and get a free skincare gift worth $80)

I can’t wait to hear what you’re #OneBottleAwayFrom!





This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SK-II. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. Anne says:

    This looks like a great product! Just out of curiosity how long does one bottle of this last if you use it twice a day? It’s pricey…clearly an amazing product but pricey.

    08.24.17 Reply
    • Hi Anne,
      The bottle pictured lasted me about 6 weeks! It’s definitely a luxury product, though, and not for every budget! I do think it is absolutely worth the money– I’ve never been so happy with my skin.


      08.24.17 Reply
  2. Alli says:

    Do you know if these products safe for pregnant and nursing woman?

    08.24.17 Reply
    • Hi Alli!
      I don’t, since I started using them after pregnancy. I always recommend pregnant and nursing women email the company before using any products though! I wrote a post about some hidden pregnancy dangers HERE that you can check out also

      08.24.17 Reply
  3. Camilla says:

    Do you know of any similar products that are not as expensive?

    08.24.17 Reply
    • Stef says:

      I can recommend the Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Essence. It’s brilliant and not as expensive!

      08.25.17 Reply
  4. Nicole says:

    Can you use this product when pregnant?

    08.24.17 Reply
  5. Jennifer says:

    Looking forward to adding this into my current skin regiment, hoping to get back to better looking skin. Thanks for the tip!

    08.24.17 Reply
  6. Jennifer says:


    You have beautiful skin. I have to leave a comment to say how much I love reading your blogs and watching instragram stories. You are a terrific mother and I enjoy your updates the best. 🙂

    08.24.17 Reply
  7. Annie says:

    Hi Eva, I love this product. I went to purchase this but do not see the promotion anywhere, even at checkout. Do they just send it with your order?

    08.24.17 Reply
    • Hi Annie,
      The codes are at the bottom of the post (SKII99, SKII150, SKII250) you enter one of those depending how much you spend. On the site, you will see the checkout box to the right of the screen. In small print under the total it asks if you have a coupon code to apply. That’s where you apply the code

      08.26.17 Reply
  8. Samantha says:

    I’ve been using this product for a couple years and love it, however, I do not use it twice a day. It is a luxury and I am unable to afford it that often. Fabulous splurge and definitely worth it if you can do it!! Would certainly recommend!

    08.25.17 Reply
  9. Aleka says:

    You and your great promo just inspired me to buy half their line!! So excited to try it and get all my wonderful bonuses!

    08.25.17 Reply
    • I can’t wait to hear what you think! I’m so so obsessed, hope you have a transformation like I did!!!

      08.26.17 Reply
  10. Maria Albi says:

    How do you get the free skincare kit with purchase?

    08.26.17 Reply
    • Hi Maria,
      See the response to Annie’s comment above


      08.26.17 Reply
  11. Rosalind says:

    I was just wondering what cleanser you use before putting on the Treatment Essence? Thanks!

    08.31.17 Reply
  12. Kari says:

    What moisturizer do you use with this product? Is it the same one that you use after the PowerGlow peel? Just started using those and LOVE them and wanted to try this product next 🙂

    09.17.17 Reply
  13. Sue says:

    Any recommendations for great facials in CT?

    09.27.17 Reply
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