Signs Up-Lifter contains an even more concentrated version of this strain of yeast, called Pitera 4. It's there along with many of the same ingredients you find in Olay's Regenerist products, and that means this is a good, fragrance-free moisturizer for normal to dry skin. There are a few extras in Signs Up-Lifter, like Padina pavonica extract, from a form of algae that has some antioxidant properties. But as it turns out, a comparison study (our favorite kind) found that a different form of algae had far more potent antioxidant abilities, namely Caulerpa racemosa (Source: Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, July 2005, pages 35-41). This also contains Crithmum maritimum extract, another form of algae. There is some research that shows Crithmum maritimum has some antioxidant properties, but there is also research showing it can be cytotoxic (toxic to cells) (Source: Journal of Natural Products, September 1993, pages 1598-1600). In the greater scheme of things, these extras add up to a whole lot of nothing.
This remarkably effective concentrated firming serum visibly improves the skin’s elasticity and firmness, including problem areas such as around the eyes and mouth. It has be specifically formulated with Pitera 4, an extremely concentrated form of Pitera that has been repeatedly filtered, and combined with a peptide complex to create an incredibly potent and high powered anti-aging product.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate (Pitera), Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Pentylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Centella Asiatica Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Padina Pavonica Extract, PEG-100 Stearate, Biotin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-10 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Sodium Metabisulfite, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben
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.