This fragrance-free moisturizer, which is little more than water, silicone, and wax, is a more expensive yet less impressive version of SK-II’s Skin Signature Cream. As such, the same basic comments apply: It’s not a bad formula but nothing special and absolutely not worth its price. The price becomes even more disappointing when you consider the jar packaging. This type of packaging won’t keep key ingredients stable during use, and that includes the antioxidants (of which there really should be more of for what this costs). The formula has merit for normal to slightly dry skin, but so do lots of others that cost considerably less and come in better packaging. The titanium dioxide and mica this contains lend a soft, brightening shine to skin, which can look attractive but this benefit is easily obtained from hundreds of less expensive, better-formulated products.
SK-II Skin Signature Melting Rich Cream is a rich cream that penetrates the skin while it melts and wraps your skin in moisture. It's formula helps skin, resulting in a smoother appearance with a hydrated feel. Fragrance-free. No artificial colors.
Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Dimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Niacinamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Stearyl Dimethicone, Panthenol, Phytosteryl Rice Branate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Methicone, Tocopherol, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Titrate, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylparaben
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.