03.25.2015
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Facial Treatment Repair C
1 fl. oz. for $160
Expert Rating
Community Rating (3)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:03.25.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

Facial Treatment Repair C, despite the name, doesn’t contain vitamin C. In fact, all it contains is Pitera, water, slip agents, water-binding agent, and preservatives. The one thing you may be gleaning from this product lineup is that whatever effect Pitera has, P&G must believe it takes a lot of it to provide a benefit. Otherwise, why not just offer one super-Pitera product and call it good, and have this option be something else that is proven to be beneficial for skin?

Community Reviews
Claims

Hydrates intensely. Refines. Diminishes appearance of fine lines. A light yet powerful replenishing serum with rich moisturisers, Hyaluronic Acid and Pitera 4 - an extremely concentrated form of Pitera, repeatedly filtered to produce a high-powered anti-ageing element.Replenishes thirsty skin, leaving it silky and smooth.

Ingredients

Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate (Pitera), Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben

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.