10.15.2012
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LXP Ultimate Serum
1.7 fl. oz. for $265
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Last Updated:10.15.2012
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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 serum. There are plenty of brilliantly formulated serums that cost less than $60 and offer skin a broader range of anti-aging benefits than this one. Besides, if this is SK-II’s “ultimate” serum then what are all of their other serums for? Are they not as good because most of them cost less and aren’t described as “ultimate”? And what about the fact that there are far more formulary similarities than difference between all of the SK-II serums, despite varying claims and wildly different prices? In the end, this is an OK (though still absurdly priced) fragrance-free serum for normal to oily or combination skin. For the money, it leaves your skin wanting more so please don’t fall under the spell of SK-II’s Pitera nonsense and spend your hard-earned money under the mistaken notion that this is finally the ultimate anti-aging serum.

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Claims

Rich treatment that helps improve the skin s texture and softness. This formula helps to vigorously hydrate skin to fight the signs of aging. It replenishes essential moisture to optimize skin tone- leaving skin soft, delicate, moist and with a healthy glow.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water/Eau), Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hexapeptide-3, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Xanthan Gum, Diphenyl Dimethicone, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA

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.