SK-II Whitening Source Derm Revival Mask
10 masks for $160
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This 2-piece cloth mask set includes pre-soaked, specially cut pieces designed for the upper and lower portions of your face. You press and mold the damp cloths to your skin, leave on for up to 20 minutes, then remove the cloths and massage the product that remains into your skin. None of this is essential, especially when you consider the whitening ingredients in this mask are found in all of the other Whitening Source products from SK-II, as well as several less expensive products from Olay, whose parent company (Procter & Gamble) also owns SK-II. There is no research proving SK-II’s Pitera ingredient has any effect on uneven skin tone or brown spots, not to mention that when it comes to skin lightening, what you do daily is far more important than what you do occasionally, which is likely how you’d use this mask (as a “special” treat, perhaps once per week). All told, the formula for this mask is relatively simple and not worth the investment. The good ingredients it contains are best utilized via other skin-care products, and you can leave this at the counter.

Last Updated:02.08.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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This mask is infused with skin conditioning and radiance-enhancing ingredients to help transform your complexion's hydration, radiance and luminosity. This wonderfully soft, full face mask intensely moisturizes to help even out skin tone, and promote a clear and translucent glow. Each Whitening Source Derm Revival Mask drenches your skin with 30ml of a special conditioning essence that contains the same amount of the key brightening ingredients as in one full bottle of Whitening Source Derm Definition. No added fragrance or color.


Aqua (Water), Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Inositol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hexapeptide-11, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol

Brand Overview

Despite its high-end pricing, much of the SK-II products are surprisingly ordinary—many 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 isn’t 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 curious—there 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 you’re looking to splurge, there are a few products to consider—see 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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