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SK-II

Facial Treatment Clear Lotion

5.00 fl. oz. for $ 60.00
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Facial Treatment Clear Lotion is an exceptionally standard toner that is mostly water and Pitera (well, it isn’t standard if you think Pitera is the best ingredient ever for skin). There is a tiny, and I mean really tiny, amount of a good water-binding agent, even smaller amounts of salicylic acid, and two alpha hydroxy acids. While the pH is low enough for them to function as exfoliants, the amount of BHA and AHAs is far too low for them to be effective. Spending this much money on what is a basic toner would have to be based only on your faith in Pitera because every other ingredient is easily replaced by better formulations for far less money.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

The final part of your cleansing process, this lotion helps remove residual impurities and dead skin cells.

Water, Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate (Pitera), Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-150, Cellulose Gum, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben

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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