02.08.2013
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Skin Signature Mask 3-D Redefining Mask
6 masks for $145
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Last Updated:02.08.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

This 2-piece cloth mask set includes pre-soaked, specially cut pieces designed for the upper and lower portions of your face. You press and mold the damp cloths to your skin, leave on for up to 10 minutes, then remove the cloths and massage the product that remains into your skin. None of this is essential nor does it have anything to do with 3-D effects or any sort of lifting of your skin. The ingredients these cloths are steeped in are very standard and not unique to SK-II. In fact, even the best ingredients this mask contains show up in numerous other products, such as those from Olay Regenerist and Total Effects. This mask contains film-forming agents (think hairspray) that can leave your skin feeling tighter, but skin feeling tighter isn’t the same as it actually becoming tighter (or lifted). It’s merely cosmetics trickery to make you think the product is doing something effective. Ultimately, masks like this are a waste of time and money (mostly money). Their best ingredients can be obtained from less expensive products (such as serums) that you apply daily and leave on skin. If you’re thinking this mask is unique because it contains SK-II’s star ingredient Pitera, it isn’t. There’s no valid, substantiated research proving Pitera does anything close to miraculous for aging skin.

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Claims

This new mask by SK-II leads to a noticeably lifted and contoured look and with a new 3D stretch design it has been created to closely fit the face to activate key facial points with an immediate appearance lifting effect. In the moment of mask removal you can feel the difference, with continuous use of 2 masks per week, it leads to visibly firmer and smoother skin with radiance from within skin's surface.

Ingredients

Water, Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Glucosamine, Isopropyl Isostearate, Isohexadecane, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Tocopherol, Polysorbate 20, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, PVP, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Hydroxide, Methylparaben, Parfum

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.