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.
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.
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
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.