02.08.2013
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Cellumination Cream
1.7 fl. oz. for $150
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Expert Reviews
Last Updated:02.08.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes

The jar packaging for this product means the several light-and air-sensitive ingredients it contains won't remain stable and active once this is opened, which is a big letdown. In better packaging, this would be a very good (though still absurdly priced) moisturizer for normal to combination or slightly dry skin.

As for the claims, all they're really stating is that this moisturizer makes skin's surface smoother so it is better able to reflect light. Of course, hundreds of products make skin smoother, so this is hardly the only option out there. It's plain physics that smoother skin reflects light and looks more "illuminated" (or "cell-uminated", if you prefer) than skin with a rough, uneven texture. Knowing this, the claim, though seductively worded, sounds less impressive, doesn't it?

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Claims

Hydrates and refines the surface to boost skin s natural, healthy-looking glow and to help diminish the appearance of discoloration for a more even tone. It conditions and refines for a skin surface with more even texture and transparency that boosts light transmission within the surface. More light transmission creates a healthy looking natural glow and makes the look of discolorations such as age spots have a less obvious contrast to natural skin color.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate**, Niacinamide, Triethylhexanoin, Pentylene Glycol, Isopropyl Isostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Batyl Alcohol, Squalane, Panthenol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Centella Asiatica Extract, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose Stearoxy Ether, Stearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone Vinyl Crosspolymer, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate-80, Sodium Methyl Stearyl Taurate, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum, Limonene, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Pitera

Brand Overview

Despite its high-end pricing, much of the SK-II products are surprisingly ordinary—many contain a small assortment of beneficial ingredients in addition to standard moisturizing agents and fragrance. Though their marketing campaigns are compelling, much is left to be desired when you compare glossy layouts to ingredients and formulas.

Pitera is the cornerstone of the SK-II line and is present in every SK-II product. There is some research demonstrating that this yeast, galactomyces ferment filtrate, has a protective effect on the skin barrier, working to prevent damage to the proteins that play a critical role in maintaining its integrity. There isn’t much beyond this single study, so there is no way to compare it to the already well-researched ingredients on the market, but it is intriguing (Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 2015). Why SK-II chose to base their line around this ingredient given the lack of knowledge about it is curious—there are plenty of research-proven alternatives they could have considered (vitamin C, green tea, retinol, etc.), or at least paired with Pitera!

In the end, much of the SK-II line lacks the formulas to warrant their price tags. However, if you’re looking to splurge, there are a few products to consider—see our full reviews for more information.

For more information about SK-II, owned by Procter & Gamble, visit www.sk-ii.com.

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Despite its high-end pricing, much of the SK-II products are surprisingly ordinary—many contain a small assortment of beneficial ingredients in addition to standard moisturizing agents and fragrance. Though their marketing campaigns are compelling, much is left to be desired when you compare glossy layouts to ingredients and formulas.

Pitera is the cornerstone of the SK-II line and is present in every SK-II product. There is some research demonstrating that this yeast, galactomyces ferment filtrate, has a protective effect on the skin barrier, working to prevent damage to the proteins that play a critical role in maintaining its integrity. There isn’t much beyond this single study, so there is no way to compare it to the already well-researched ingredients on the market, but it is intriguing (Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 2015). Why SK-II chose to base their line around this ingredient given the lack of knowledge about it is curious—there are plenty of research-proven alternatives they could have considered (vitamin C, green tea, retinol, etc.), or at least paired with Pitera!

In the end, much of the SK-II line lacks the formulas to warrant their price tags. However, if you’re looking to splurge, there are a few products to consider—see our full reviews for more information.

For more information about SK-II, owned by Procter & Gamble, visit www.sk-ii.com.