SK-II - SKINPOWER Essence Serum

SK-II SKINPOWER Essence Serum

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • galactomyces ferment filtrate
  • niacinamide
  • palmitoyl pentapeptide-4
  • panthenol
  • butyrospermum parkii butter extract
  • dimethicone
  • dimethiconol
  • glycerin
  • peg/ppg/polybutylene glycol-8/5/3 glycerin
  • polymethylsilsesquioxane
  • +7 more
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100 /100
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MEDIUM
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WIMJ summary

This product might be able to help reduce blemishes and clogged pores because it contains niacinamide.

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This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains niacinamide.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: galactomyces ferment filtrate, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

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This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: niacinamide

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually can help even out the skin tone: galactomyces ferment filtrate.

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

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What does the product description say?
"A bio-ingredient derived from yeast fermentation that resembles your skin's natural moisturizing factors; contains over 50 micronutrients like vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and acids to condition skin's natural functions."
WIMJ summary

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: galactomyces ferment filtrate, glycerin.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: dimethicone, dimethiconol.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: niacinamide, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, panthenol

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This product contains antioxidants (galactomyces ferment filtrate) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
A yeast ferment filtrate (also known as Pitera - a trademarked name for the filtrate reserved by the SK-II brand). It helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin, can help neutralize antioxidants and can be helpful in evening out the skin tone. It might be somewhat helpful in preventing premature skin aging but solid evidence is lacking. A small manufacturer study also shows that, when used in high concentrations, it can help reduce sebum production and help against blocked pores
5.9% - 7.2%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.2% - 5.1%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
3.1% - 3.7%
Is proven to be effective in reducing blemishes, evening out skin tone and helping to improve lines and wrinkles. It helps the skin to repair sun damage, calm down inflammation and keep maintain good levels of moisture
2.3% - 2.8%
A silicone that improves product texture and helps dissolve other ingredients. Can form a non-greasy film on the skin to prevent moisture loss
1.9% - 2.3%
Helps dissolve other ingredients and attract water to the upper layer of the skin
1.6% - 2%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
1.5% - 1.8%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrier function
1.2% - 1.4%
Helps create a nice product texture and attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.95% - 1.2%
A type of silicone that create a smooth product finish and can create an optical soft-focus effect on the skin. Helps to thicken the product consistency
0.7% - 1.05%
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
0.65% - 0.95%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.5% - 0.75%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.45% - 0.7%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.45% - 0.7%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.45% - 0.7%
Used to improve product texture and help oil and water mix together
0.45% - 0.7%
A preservative. Can be used to mask unpleasant smell. Can be irritating
0.3% - 0.6%
A silicone that makes products more spreadable and keeps skin smooth. Helps to add gloss to skin and may visually fill in fine lines/wrinkles for short time
0.4% - 0.6%
Used to adjust the pH in formulations
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin, dissolve other ingredients and create a thicker product consistency
0.3% - 0.6%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.55%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.15% - 0.3%
0.15% - 0.3%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.15% - 0.3%
0.15% - 0.25%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product finish
0.15% - 0.25%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
A great moisturising ingredient that softens the skin and reduces water loss from its upper layer. It also can be helpful in protecting skin from free radicals
0.15% - 0.25%

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