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SK-II

Signs Eye Mask

14.00 pairs for $ 110.00
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If we’ve done the math right, this mask weighs in at almost $400 for 1 ounce of product, making it the most expensive SK-II item. Oddly, you don’t even get the “concentrated” amount of Pitera that’s present in several other SK-II products. For the money, even if you were a Pitera adherent, this isn’t the way to get the stuff on your skin. It has some interesting ingredients, but again, nothing that would make it rank over and above Olay Regenerist or Pro-X.

The few additional plant extracts in here aren’t worth the extra expense or time to apply this mask. For example, it contains Chrysanthellum indicum extract (from golden chamomile), which has some research showing it reduces irritation and improves the appearance of rosacea. However, the studies didn’t compare the extract with other anti-irritant ingredients or protocols, only with a placebo (Source: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology, September 2005, page 564).

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Smooths fine lines. Hydrates deeply. Revives eye area. A soft cotton mask, drenched in moisturizers enhanced with Pitera and an exclusive Cell Treatment Complex including a combination of vitamins B3, E and Pro-Vitamin B5, specifically designed to help reduce the look of fine lines around the eye.

Water, Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate (Pitera), Niacinamide, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Panthenol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Tripeptide-3, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Glycine Max (Soybean) Symbiosome Extract, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Dimethiconol, Laureth-23, Laureth-4, Polysorbate 80, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Salicylate, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA

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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