So what’s up with this Pitera stuff?

I have long been a fan of Korean skincare, specifically sheet masks. I tried dozens of different ones on my quest to find the perfect sheet mask. Everything I’ve read has told me that SK-II was the end-all-be-all of sheet masks & that if I truly wanted the best, this was where I would find it. But at $17.00 per single-use mask, I just don’t know that it will give me anything amazing compared to my $1.00 sheet masks.

I finally bit the bullet and bought ONE sheet mask from SK-II to test out and see if it really was the most amazing sheet mask of all time!

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask ($17.00 per sheet mask)

The SK-II website claims “your skin is immediately and exceptionally immersed in moisturization, resulting in a visibly radiant and crystal clear complexion.”

Let’s put that to the test!


So what is this Pitera stuff?

Like La Mer’s miracle broth, exactly what is in SK-II’s Pitera is kind of elusive. From what I can surmise, Pitera is derived from yeast. It “is a bio-ingredient containing over 50 micronutrients that work together to provide powerful anti-aging & hydrating properties.”


The SK-II Facial Treatment Mask is made of a thick cotton material (much thicker than any other sheet mask I’ve used) soaked in their miracle substance known as Pitera. Now this is a good & bad thing. The good is that it holds more product in the cotton so it dries out much slower than a thinner cotton sheet mask. The bad part is that because it’s thicker, its hard to get it to completely grip to my face. There are edges and pieces that try to lift up so I ended up having to keep reattaching the mask to my face.

It is dripping in product, so once I applied the mask to my face, there was so much product left in the pouch that I was able to cover my neck, decollate, arms & hands completely. For how expensive one of these sheet masks are, I plan on getting my money’s worth!


Immediately After:

Right after removing the sheet mask, I still had tons of product left on my skin. After massaging the remaining liquid into my skin, I did immediately notice that my skin was more radiant without looking greasy.

One thing to note is when I tried to apply my face oil, the Pitera started to pill up on my skin. I was only able to stop it from pilling up if I pressed my face oil into my skin instead of smoothing it across my face.

The Next Day:

The next morning, my skin was noticeably more radiant and smooth. I don’t know that it was any more hydrated than normal. My makeup applied beautifully overtop my new baby-soft skin.

Is it worth it?

That’s the real question. It’s hard to say. I’ve only used it once, but for the price, I just don’t know that it did enough for me. If these just somehow landed in my lap, I would happily use them! But at $17 per mask, I just think I can find a sheet mask that does something similar for my skin for far less.


What’s your favorite sheet mask?

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