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SK-II

Facial Treatment Cleanser

4.20 fl. oz. for $ 70.00
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Facial Treatment Cleanser is a decent, extremely overpriced, basic, water-soluble, detergent-based cleanser that is an option for normal to oily skin, if only the cost weren’t so ludicrous. It does contain Pitera and a few other interesting extras, but in a cleanser they will hardly be on your face before they are rinsed down the drain.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Purifying Cream Cleanser. Cleanses. Purifies. Hydrates the skin. A luxurious lathering cream containing moisturisers, soothing Wild Rose Extract, and Pitera. Leaves skin feeling comfortably conditioned and smooth.

Water, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Propylene Glycol, PEG-150 Stearate, Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate (Pitera), Sodium PCA, Glycol Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Glycolamide Stearate, Hydrolyzed Linseed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol, Cocamide MEA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Triclosan, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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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