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Whitening Source Derm Revival Mask
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10 masks for $160
Category:Skin Care > Facial Masks > Cloth/Sheet Masks
Last Updated:02.08.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

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 20 minutes, then remove the cloths and massage the product that remains into your skin. None of this is essential, especially when you consider the whitening ingredients in this mask are found in all of the other Whitening Source products from SK-II, as well as several less expensive products from Olay, whose parent company (Procter & Gamble) also owns SK-II. There is no research proving SK-II’s Pitera ingredient has any effect on uneven skin tone or brown spots, not to mention that when it comes to skin lightening, what you do daily is far more important than what you do occasionally, which is likely how you’d use this mask (as a “special” treat, perhaps once per week). All told, the formula for this mask is relatively simple and not worth the investment. The good ingredients it contains are best utilized via other skin-care products, and you can leave this at the counter.

Claims

This mask is infused with skin conditioning and radiance-enhancing ingredients to help transform your complexion's hydration, radiance and luminosity. This wonderfully soft, full face mask intensely moisturizes to help even out skin tone, and promote a clear and translucent glow. Each Whitening Source Derm Revival Mask drenches your skin with 30ml of a special conditioning essence that contains the same amount of the key brightening ingredients as in one full bottle of Whitening Source Derm Definition. No added fragrance or color.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Inositol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hexapeptide-11, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol

Brand Overview

SK-II At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some well-formulated moisturizers and serums; all of the sunscreens provide sufficient UVA protection.

Weaknesses: Shockingly expensive, especially for the wide assortment of mediocre products; unreliable skin-lightening products; AHA/BHA products that contain an ineffective amount of exfoliant; no products to help manage blemishes; jar packaging.

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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10.24.2014
Really? This stuff blows my mind...

Huh.. I'm really surprised to read this review from PC's... I really like Sk-II's line, despite lacking published studies about Pitera's effects on the skin, I have observed firsthand very impressive and even dramatic results from use of their products... especially this one! The price does bother me, it is expensive.. But every time I use one of these I am literally left staring into the mirror saying "Wow.." to myself over and over again. A splurge but worth it in my opinion.

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