02.08.2013
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Skin Signature Eye Cream
0.5 fl. oz. for $110
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Last Updated:02.08.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes

Unless you believe that Pitera (the star ingredient that sets Procter & Gamble–owned SK-II apart from the company’s Olay brand) is worth the hefty expense, there is no reason to consider this jar-packaged eye cream over any product from Olay Regenerist or Pro-X. A detailed explanation of Pitera is presented in the brand summary for SK-II on this site, but basically this is not even remotely a miraculous or even close to a must-have ingredient for skin, and there’s not a shred of published, substantiated research that can refute my statement.

Signs Eye Cream contains basic emollient ingredients that moisturize dry skin anywhere on the face, helping to improve barrier function, but the jar packaging is a problem for the stability of the teeny amount of beneficial ingredient it does contain. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion, available at the drugstore for a fraction of the price, is far more elegantly formulated. The bottom line is you don’t need to spend anywhere near this offensive amount of money to gain these benefits.

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Claims

Age is one of the few things our eyes can’t hide. Signs Eye Cream with a unique blend of seven ingredients including concentrated Pitera, revives the look of the total eye area. It works on multiple problems to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark eye circles giving you firmer, younger-looking eyes. Now you don’t have to hide your eyes to hide your age.

Ingredients

Water, Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Niacinamide, Triethylhexanoin, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Myristyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Pentylene Glycol, Sorbitan Stearate, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Myristyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Stearate, Phytosteryl Rice Branate, Dimethicone, Batyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, Benzyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polysorbate 65, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Titanium Dioxide, Methylparaben, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethiconol, Disodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Mica, Laureth-7, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Iron Oxides, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Ammonium Polyacrylate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, Methicone

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.