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My Review of SK-II’s Genoptics Aura Essence: Does it work & how to use?

SK-II Genoptics Aura Essence Review

I grew up watching SK-II commercials on television featuring their miracle pitera water and have always wanted to try out their products for myself! And guess what? I finally have had the opportunity to do so recently! Having said that – I can’t wait to share my review and personal opinion of what I thought of the Genoptics Aura Essence which SK-II has kindly sent to me! Read on for more!(:

SK-II Genoptics Aura Essence – BEFORE & AFTER

Now if you have been a long time reader of my blog, you would know that I usually start off my beauty reviews with an introduction of the product, how to use it, etc before showing you the before and after photos (if any).

But this time, I’m SO excited to share with you the results of my first time usage of the Genoptics Aura Essence that I’m showing you the BEFORE AND AFTER photo of my skin first to show you how well it worked for me! Note that these photos were taken over a period of five days!

sk-ii before and after

As you can tell from the before and after picture above, my skin complexion is definitely more radiant and glowy on the right compared to a more dull complexion on the left even though I only used it for a short period of time! This in turn makes me feel even more confident to go out without applying any makeup (on the rare occasions that I don’t).

Indeed, I am attributing a step up in my confidence level to the miraculous power of using the best SK-II whitening serum – the Genoptics Aura Essence!

sk-ii whitening crea

You know, it is true that UV exposure will damage our skin which is why as we age, we seem to be losing our ‘radiance’ and develop age spots according to research done by SK-II! This is why it is good to start applying a skincare product like the SK-II GenOptics to help maintain and revitalize our radiant look while preventing potential spots from developing especially when you are still in your 20s!

Having said that – I am definitely going to be religiously applying it from now on! On the other hand, I am fortunate that I don’t have any age spots at this moment, but if you are worried about your visible age spots, then perhaps you can try the SK-II GenOptics Spot Essence – a more targeted serum! However do note that this review is focused on the SK-II GenOptics Aura Essence which I received instead 🙂

How to use SK-II Genoptics Aura Essence?

You must be wondering how I incorporated the Genoptics Aura essence into my skincare routine right? Well, the steps are really simple to follow as below:

  1. Apply toner on your skin after cleansing!
  2. Then apply the SK-II GenOptics Aura Essence!

I usually do this at night before I go to bed because I like to wake up with good skin to start off my day!

sk-ii facial treatment essence before and after toner

Now in case you were wondering if you should use the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence before or after toner (if you are an existing user) – it should be after the toner and BEFORE applying the GenOptics Aura Essence.

Don’t underestimate the size and quantity of this product as a single pump of the GenOptics Aura Essence is definitely enough to cover your ENTIRE face! The scent is also very pleasant and it absorbs into my skin pretty easily.

how to use sk-ii genoptics aura essence

On that note, I also have to say that the packaging of the SK-II GenOptics Aura Essence is absolutely gorgeous! The first time I held it in my hands, I was admiring the iridescent sheen of the product packaging which made me really psyched to use it!

SK-II GenOptics Aura Essence Ingredients

For your easy reference, here are some of the key ingredients of the SK-II GenOptics Aura ingredients if you are interested to know more!

sk-ii genoptics aura essence ingredients

In case you have any concerns about any SK-II essence side effects – nope, I had none. In fact, the GenOptics Aura Essence is suitable for ALL skin types including combination and slightly sensitive skin like mine!

However, indeed there have indeed been a small percentage of users (with normal and sensitive skin types) which have experienced side effects on their skin due to the natural ingredients contained within this essence. As such, it is recommended to consult your dermatologist or use a skin patch test first before using this product if you are worried beforehand ya?

Where can I buy the SK-II GenOptics Aura Essence?

If you are interested to start your SK-II journey with the GenOptics Aura Essence like myself or just want to pick up any other SK-II products such as the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence – you can easily get them from all the SK-II counters of all major departmental stores in Singapore! Click HERE to view all store locations in Singapore! For your reference, the GenOptics Aura Essence that I am using retails at $199 for a 30ml bottle and $299 for a 50ml bottle!

where to buy sk-ii, sk-ii duty free

Alternatively, you can always get it from the Duty-Free stores at the airport but just a quick tip – the particular SK-II GenOptics Aura Essence that I am using is often sold out there; hence I would recommend you to pick it up from the departmental stores instead! Don’t say I never share ah 🙂


All in all, I can officially proclaim that I am a SK-II convert after using my first SK-II brightening product to start off first! Personally, I feel that investing in top notch, quality skincare is really essential for women especially as we age because we all want to maintain and retain our youthful looks over the years! Of course, what better to start off your journey then with SK-II?

And that’s it for this post! I hope that you’ve found this review of the SK-II GenOptics Aura Essence useful to you in any way! If you have – don’t forget to SHARE the LOVE with your friends!

As always, thanks for reading as well! 🙂

*Article updated in April 2020

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