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SK-II

Skin Signature Melting Rich Cream

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 250.00
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This fragrance-free moisturizer, which is little more than water, silicone, and wax, is a more expensive yet less impressive version of SK-II’s Skin Signature Cream. As such, the same basic comments apply: It’s not a bad formula but nothing special and absolutely not worth its price. The price becomes even more disappointing when you consider the jar packaging. This type of packaging won’t keep key ingredients stable during use, and that includes the antioxidants (of which there really should be more of for what this costs). The formula has merit for normal to slightly dry skin, but so do lots of others that cost considerably less and come in better packaging. The titanium dioxide and mica this contains lend a soft, brightening shine to skin, which can look attractive but this benefit is easily obtained from hundreds of less expensive, better-formulated products.

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

SK-II Skin Signature Melting Rich Cream is a rich cream that penetrates the skin while it melts and wraps your skin in moisture. It's formula helps skin, resulting in a smoother appearance with a hydrated feel. Fragrance-free. No artificial colors.

Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Dimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Niacinamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Stearyl Dimethicone, Panthenol, Phytosteryl Rice Branate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Methicone, Tocopherol, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Titrate, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylparaben

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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