SK-II - Ultimate Revival Essence

SK-II Ultimate Revival Essence

PROMISES
FULFILLED
75 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
Works for
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Exfoliation
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
+ 1 more
Key ingredients
  • galactomyces ferment filtrate
  • betaine
  • centella asiatica extract
  • glycerin
  • hydroxyethyl urea
  • saccharomyces cerevisiae extract
+ 3 more
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"LXP Ultimate Revival Essence harnesses the power of SK-II's most concentrated Pitera yet, as well as centella essence to the look of skin tone and diminish the appearance of wrinkles."
WIMJ summary

This product contains centella asiatica extract, galactomyces ferment filtrate. These ingredients might be able to help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness, but there is not enough evidence that it actually works.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"LXP Ultimate Revival Essence harnesses the power of SK-II's most concentrated Pitera yet, as well as centella essence to the look of skin tone and diminish the appearance of wrinkles."
WIMJ summary

This product might be able to help reduce hyperpigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains hydroxyethyl urea. The effect, if any, is likely to be small. 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.

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually works: galactomyces ferment filtrate.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
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WIMJ summary

This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: hydroxyethyl urea.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"These ingredients work in synergy with the essence’s Golden Regenerating Complex—a trio of moisturizers that help to unlock the skin’s energy and deliver exceptional hydration."
WIMJ summary

This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": betaine, galactomyces ferment filtrate.

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. If the air is dry, humectants can speed up the moisture loss from the skin. This is why it is a good idea to use another product on top of this one to help "seal in" the moisture (look for ingredients like dimethicone, squalane, oils and butters).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary

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).

The following ingredients - centella asiatica extract also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW

Ingredients by volume

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
Plain old water
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

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