Facial Hydrating UV Cream, SPF 15 (Discontinued)

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$110 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
4/27/2012
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes
Facial Hydrating UV Cream, SPF 15 is almost identical to the Advanced Protect Essence UV, SPF 15, but this version omits the irritant menthyl lactate. However, the jar packaging is disappointing. Although that won’t affect the SPF, it will affect the teensy amount of vitamin E, as well as the Pitera.
Protective Day Moisturising Cream. SPF 15 UVA/UVB protection. Moisturises deeply. Non-comeodogenic. A rich, oil-free cream offering nourishing hydration and an advanced UV protection system, plus Pitera and skin-smoothing conditioners, all in one. Essential to any ritual to maintain youthful looking, glowing skin.
Active: Octinoxate (6%), Zinc Oxide (2.94%), Other: Water, Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate (Pitera), Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isohexadecane, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Steareth-21, Steareth-2, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyacrylamide, Laureth-7, Disodium Edta, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben

Procter & Gamble, as always, is extremely helpful in providing information about their products. In this case it was for their upscale SK-II skin-care line. We certainly can't say that about most companies. We have to acknowledge P&G for having the integrity to share their "inside" details with someone like me, who might be more critical than complimentary. Thank you, P&G!

Regrettably, and we mean that sincerely, we wish we had more positive comments to convey, but alas, we don't. The data provided don't change the reality about skin care and the ingredients that can have an impact on skin. SK-II products are hardly worth the price, especially when compared to Olay Regenerist and Definity (P&G's own drugstore line of skin-care products). In fact, it takes only a quick review of the formulas to note that many SK-II items are very similar to Olay Regenerist items, except that the latter don't include Pitera, the supposedly miracle ingredient in this line. Yet there is minimal research indicating that Pitera is even helpful for skin.

Pitera is the cornerstone of the SK-II line and is present in every SK-II product. Pitera is the trade name for Saccharomycopsis ferment filtrate (SFF), a form of yeast purportedly unique because of the fermenting and filtering process it goes through before being added to these products. As it turns out, many forms of yeast have anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant properties, including SFF (Source: Journal of Dermatologic Science, June 2006, pages 249–257). Other than that, all of the information about Pitera comes from papers presented at medical conferences, not from published studies. Presenting papers at medical conferences is not at all the same thing as publishing the results of studies. We frequently present papers and information at medical conferences, and we wouldn't offer that material as proof of anything because it isn't. The standards for presenting a paper at a medical conference are very different from the requirements for publication of study results in most medical journals.

To give P&G the benefit of the doubt, even if Pitera is a wonder ingredient, this doesn't explain how it rates when compared with other "wonder" ingredients because there are no comparison studies. Hundreds of ingredients—ranging from green tea to superoxide dismutase, epigallocatechin-3-gallate, eicosapentaenoic acid, beta-carotene, pomegranate, and curcumin to vitamin E, vitamin A, and on and on and on—have stellar reputations, and there's copious documentation to prove it.

Another point to consider: If Pitera deserves the spotlight SK-II shines on it, then P&G needs to change their claims about Olay Regenerist and Definity, and at the very least say that these products are almost as good as SK-II except we left out the Pitera. Ultimately, unless you believe Pitera is the answer for your every skin-care need (because each and every SK-II product contains it, with very few other added extras), there is no reason to waste your time and energy on this line.

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

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