LXP Ultimate Revival Cream

by SK-II   
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$350 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
2/8/2013
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.

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.

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

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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