02.08.2013
5
Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil
8.4 fl. oz. for $60
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Last Updated:02.08.2013
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Tested on animals:Yes

Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil is mostly mineral oil with a few thickening agents, plant extracts, and, of course, Pitera. This is one of the most expensive containers of mineral oil we’ve ever seen! The few bells and whistles in here aren’t nearly enough to make up for the absurd price and the absence of any unique benefit for skin.

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Claims

This delicate oil with Wild Rose Extract and Pitera emulsifies with water, 'Lifts and Locks' onto hidden sebum and impurities. The 'Lift and Lock' formulation allows oil to transform with water to gently lift away make-up and impurities from the skin. Leaves it soft and fresh.

Ingredients

Mineral Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Water, Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate (Pitera), Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Seed Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Glycerin, PEG-8 Diisostearate, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Disodium Phosphate, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Hexyldecanol, Phenethyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Isobutylparaben, BHT

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.