02.08.2013
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Facial Lift Emulsion
3.3 fl. oz. for $125
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Last Updated:02.08.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

Facial Lift Emulsion. We’re really getting annoyed at this ingredient, because other than the Pitera (we're even getting tired of us saying that), this is a decent, though ordinary, fragrance-free, lightweight moisturizer for normal to dry skin that contains too little antioxidants and water-binding agents.

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Claims

Smoothes surface. Replenishes moisture. Helps to reduce the appearance of expression lines. An intense, yet light, oil-free moisturiser rich in hydrators, enhanced with Hydro-Proline Complex and Pitera to leave skin feeling supple and fresh.

Ingredients

Water, Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate (Pitera), Glycerin, Niacinamide, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Isopropyl Isostearate, Butylene Glycol, Isohexadecane, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Laureth-7, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyacrylamide, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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.