Review: SK-II Repair C

Some of you may know that I'm really happy with my skincare regime and have not tweaked it much since September last year. This is rare for me as I usually swap my skincare around quite a bit as I love trying different things and I'm not usually satisfied with the products I use.

In comes the epic breakout I suffered in September / October. Mum then revamped my skincare routine and insisted I incorporate SK-II into it.

My skin has improved so much then and I'm going to let you in on what changed my skin in a little bit!

Today, let's talk about SK-II's Repair C


Some bits about the product:

This serum is meant to be applied after toner / lotion / SK-II's Facial Treatment Essence. It's meant to reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve skin's texture in as quickly as two weeks.

With its unique blend of concentrated Pitera (SK-II's miracle ingredient) which also acts as a moisture magnet to help leave skin plump, moisturised and velvety smooth.

It doesn't seem much but this really works wonders for me!

Way back (a good 5 years ago, maybe more) I was introduced to SK-II by Mum who likes using their products very much. Sadly, the Facial Treatment Essence a.k.a Miracle Water broke me out and I stopped using the entire range completely… Bar this product.

I don't think I've ever mentioned this but I always had a bottle of this concentrate (that's what I think the 'C' in the Repair C stands for) sitting on my dresser as I reach out for it during those really dry winter days when I feel my skin could really do with an extra film of moisture. Never reviewed it either as I did not use it consistently enough to notice much of a difference other than it soothing my sore, parched cheeks.

Today, I find SK-II's products work a treat on my skin and I have been receiving compliments from close friends and even random strangers!

Anyway, back to the review. 😉

Only one pump of product is needed for me although the SK-II beauty consultant thinks you need two – one for the face and one for the neck. I am stingy and I think one pump gives more than enough product for me to go all round!

Repair C comes out as clear, nearly odourless (well with a smidge of Pitera's signature scent) with a viscous texture. When you first spread it over your face it may feel a little sticky but give it a minute and it dries to a velvety, slightly powdery finish.

If you feel uncomfortable with the stickiness of the product I suggest you spread it out and then gently pat your face. I find this seems to take the tacky feeling away a lot faster!

The bottle shown above is a 30ml empty (I've used a bottle up!) and I've been going through Mum's deluxe-sized samples (15ml each) at the moment. I think this product makes a huge difference to my skin in terms of texture.

I suffer from dry patches on my cheeks and an oil slick for a T-zone. Using this together with the other SK-II products have really helped boost my cheek's moisture levels and balanced the oiliness on my T-zone.

My skin's a lot less oily now (I sure hope age isn't catching up on me) and there's a little glow about my complexion that makes me quite happy!

This product makes a difference to your skin. How do you know, you wonder?

Well…. I went on holiday for a good two weeks and I didn't pack Repair C with me.

I wouldn't say my skin looked horrid without it but it lacked the suppleness Repair C gives me. If you ever want to try something from SK-II please ask for a sample of this as I really enjoy using this and I can't imagine being without this nifty little serum for a while…. Until the next best serum comes along.

There's been a lot of hype going round SK-II products where some people believe your skin develops a kind of dependency for their products and if you stop using it your skin becomes sallow / bad but I don't know if that's true! Also, many complain the Facial Treatment Essence (mainly) breaks them out. It did for me, back then but it's working really well for me now!

I have a silly little theory to share but please don't judge me or take my word for it!

My guess as to why my skin couldn't tolerate SK-II 5 years back is because my skin was still “young”.


Fast forward half a decade later…. Skin actually loves SK-II and laps it all up!

I definitely am “mature” now, aren't I? 😉

Lastly, the winner of my Giveaway #1 did not respond to the post so I had to pick another one! Congratulations, Mariann!! =) Again, if I do not hear from the winner within the next 48 hours another winner will be picked!!





  1. Lily @ChloeAsh January 23, 2013 / 12:17

    I am still weary of SKII. Broke me out like crazy, and my skin is 10 years older than yours. LOL!

    • SukieK January 23, 2013 / 22:42

      That's why I said it's some silly theory I've got! =D Would you like to have some samples though? =)

  2. Michelle Beh January 23, 2013 / 12:33

    Hi Sukie!! I wish that you can share your current skincare routine! Can’t wait for that post !!;)

    • SukieK January 23, 2013 / 22:43

      Hello Michelle!! It's lovely hearing from you =) Okay I will do my best to oblige! =D xxx

  3. Becca @ The Beauty Sample January 23, 2013 / 13:55

    Glad to hear this works for you now, Sukie! I have been curious about the essence for a long, long time but since I have very acne-prone skin, maybe I will wait to try it. I am so intrigued by the “pitera” in it though–those miracle stories of young hands really work on me 😛

    • SukieK January 23, 2013 / 22:44

      Hi Becca! The sales assistant says the essence can be used to combat acne but I find it stings quite a bit when I apply it onto my spots so I wouldn't recommend you give this a go until your skin's settled down a little more! <3

    • yoeliana July 15, 2013 / 15:21

      hi, just want to share a bit. I’ve an acne-prone skin as well. I’m in my late 20s now. I had very bad breakouts that lasted for months starting last summer. I was desperate, and after experimenting with different brands, I decided to turn back to SK-II. This time I bought the full regime (sob.. sob.. broke my heart when I had to pay). The consultant suggested that I use thin cotton pads to apply the essence and let it absorbed into the skin, like mini masks. As Sukie said, it did sting a bit when applied to acnes/pimples/papules/pustules (whatever they are called). In my case, the stinging sensation faded after less than a minute. I usually had 3-4 pads on my face 3x a week. Even everyday in the beginning. Now I don’t do that routine anymore because the acnes never come back, except a few small dots every month before my period. I’m on my second 330 ml bottle now. Bought them from, the cheapest I could find online.
      I still keep my benzoyl peroxide 2.5% with me just in case of emergency (important meetings, dates, etc). But I haven’t used it for months now.
      Good luck!

  4. Jenny February 1, 2013 / 06:20

    Did mariann respond?? Would love to win that giveaway!! haha

    • SukieK February 17, 2013 / 14:53

      Hello Jenny! I've sent you an email. 😉

  5. Heang October 23, 2015 / 15:31

    Now m using foam sk2 then facial treatment clear lotion then facial treatment essence then essential power essence then stem power but I want use facial treatment repair c how to use ? Can be use the last after stem power?

    • Sukie January 4, 2016 / 21:43

      Hello Heang,

      I would apply the Facial Treatment Repair C before the Essential Power Essence. =)

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