Cellumination Mask-In Lotion
Despite the confusing name for this product (it’s not a mask or a moisturizer) it ends up being a very good toner for all skin types. The formula contains a nice mix of water-binding agents, the cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide, an anti-irritant, and vitamin C (as ascorbyl glucoside). Although there’s much to like about this toner, the price isn’t likely to put a smile on your face—and without question you don’t need to spend this much to get an effective toner. If you’re sold on SK-II and have a prodigious budget this toner is an option though it’s not the oasis of hydration it’s made out to be.
Cellumination Mask-In Lotion is the first step to achieving the way to a glowing complexion. This unique everyday pre-lotion offers mask-like hydration benefits. One application delivers immediate and long-lasting hydration to the skin, similar to the effects of using a substrate mask.
Despite its high-end pricing, much of the SK-II products are surprisingly ordinarymany 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 isnt 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 curiousthere 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 youre looking to splurge, there are a few products to considersee 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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