2 years ago
I used to buy alot of SK-II products. Before I get to that I have to state that all my reviews are always written with respect to the most up to date scientific research, cosmetic chemistry knowledge and a touch of investigative beauty journalism. SK-II is owned by Proctor and Gamble who also own Olay. SK-II I find simply recycles many of the same formulas and creates different lines with different outrageous claims. There is nothing outstanding or bad in the range. The best reviews on their products are written by Beautypedia who are linked to Paula;s Choice. Their formulas seem to only revolve around Niacinamide, a very good light and air stable Vitamin B3 ingredient with multiple benefits fine lines, pore size and increased luminosity as it helps to inhibit melanin production. Acetly Glucosamine also makes an appearance, a few skin lighteners however not at the strength that could make an actual difference and the rest is bland, average, again RECYCLED FORMULAS. If you are looking to spend money on SK-II please do not go beyond the Pitera Essentials. There is one exception Cellumination Mask in lotion that is a must have and does it's job very well. What I;m trying to say here is that SK-II is not worth it's extortionate price. There are only a handful or not even that of medical papers and clinical studies that prove Pitera, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate does anything besides inhibit some inflammation. The other ingredient as I mentioned before is Niacinamide. Only these two ingredients combined with synthetic waves and emollients and preservatives is what makes up most of the SK-II line, even right up to their luxury LXP Gold range. I wont be buying SK-II again for if you make a trip to your local pharmacy and read the lists of ingredients on many of Olay's Moisturizers particularly their Olay Regenerist line(also red) and Pro X. You will find many of the ingredients in SK-II are used in Olay, It doesn't suprise me anymore as this is a fairly common practise for a large umbrella brand to recycle their formulas amongst their many brands. Olay or Oil of Olay use alot of Niacinamide and they too have too many moisturisers in their collection, when all they use is Niacinamide and Acetyl Glucosamine. The only thing missing is the Pitera extract as that ofcourse is exclusive to SK-II. Pitera again folks is not really proven to do much, however Niacinamide is. Please be careful how you spend your hard earned money. So please humour me and compare SK-II and Olay together, you will find the results will be well worth the effort.
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