02.08.2013
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LXP Ultimate Revival Cream
1.7 fl. oz. for $350
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Last Updated:02.08.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes

Unless you’re a firm believer in the power of SK-II’s allegedly miraculous Pitera ingredient, there is no reason in the world to spend this much for a moisturizer (which is essentially all this is) especially one that’s packaged in a jar. As soon as you open the deluxe, sculptural packaging several light- and air-sensitive ingredients will begin to deteriorate, making this moisturizer less effective for anti-aging with each use. Besides, if this is SK-II’s “ultimate treatment for skin” then what are all of their other “treatment” products for? Are they not as good because most of them cost less and aren’t billed as “ultimate”? And what about the fact that there are far more formulary similarities than difference between all of the SK-II moisturizers, despite varying claims and wildly different prices? In the end, this would be a very good (though still absurdly priced) moisturizer for normal to dry skin had the company chosen better packaging. This does contain fragrance.

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Claims

The ultimate luxury skincare experience helps to achieve 'Your Best Skin.' SK-II LXP Ultimate Revival Cream is a rich, luxurious moisturizer that provides SK-II s ultimate treatment for your skin. It works to enhance skin's vitality and structure and strengthen skin's moisture barrier to maintain the skin over time. Utilizing a unique combination of 15 ingredients blended together in a cutting-edge formula that is sensually delightful, and incredibly powerful.

Ingredients

Water, Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate, Glycerin, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Triethylhexanoin, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Myristyl Myristate, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Myristyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Stearate, Panthenol, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hexapeptide-3, Hexylhexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Camella, Sinensis Leaf Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Glucomate, Laureth-7, Polysorbate-65, Steareth-20, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Carbomer, Sodium Stearate, Polyacrylamide, Sodium Chloride, Benzoyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Ehtylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Citronellol

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.