I had very good experiences from years of using the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and, on and off, other products from SK-II. They left my skin supple, well hydrated and fresh. However, I stopped using SK-II for a few years later on due to the cost. What I use in replacement doesn’t give me the exact same result but I’ve been doing ok I think.
The Pitera™ x R.N.A (Radical New Age Complex) Power range was launched last year and I received the products for review. I normally like to start with outcome, then get technical with product details but this time round, I think we should get technical first, so that you can understand the claims / technology.
LETS GET TECHNICAL
The SK-II Pitera™ x R.N.A Power range claims to holistically target the multi-controller of firmness to achieve lengthwise and crosswise firmness and treat 10 signs of aging, including:
- Loss of firmness
- Fine lines
- Lack of resilience
- Visible pores
- Sagging skin
- Lack of radiance
- Loss of tight facial contours
I suffer from all of the above and these claims sound really, really impressive. Especially if you consider the timeline that SK-II has set for themselves for each specific product in this range.
The R.N.A Power Moisturiser claims to rejuvenate skin cells and promote structural protein synthesis in every cell on all layers of skin with 2 core products.
1 Day: Pores reduced
10 Days: Signs of aging improved and firmness regained is > firmness lost over 15 years.
The R.N.A. Power Beauty Essence claims to improve emerging signs of aging, particularly targeting pore visibility and skin texture.
1 Day: Bouncy resilience that reduces visibility of pores
10 Days: Poreless, bouncy skin with fresh glow
In summary, the moisturiser targets existing aging problems, the beauty essence prevents new ones.
DID IT WORK?
It is known that some people are unsuitable for SK-II products but I didn’t think I would be one of them, since I had been a user of SK-II products for years before with much success. SK-II sounded really confident that the products can achieve that, especially with the timelines marketed. I was very much looking forward to the outcome.
Day 0 | 12 October 2015
This is a photo of myself with absolutely no make up before I using the R.N.A. Power products. My skin is maintained with just cleanser and a moisturiser, and that’s all. I hardly have spots but my skin can be dry and I have deep wrinkles under my eyes, large pores on and around the nose and of course, my skin that is no longer as bouncy. For some time now, I’ve accepted it as part and parcel of aging. After all, I’m 35 years old with little to no time to maintain my skin.
Day 1 | 13 October 2015
I used the products once at night and could almost immediately feel my skin taking in the moisturiser. I felt nothing about the beauty essence, possibly because I applied it on top of the moisturiser but this photo was taken early in the morning, after I gave my skin some time to de-swell in the morning. It looks almost the same to me except maybe my skin looks a little more hydrated than usual which translates to slightly less noticeable pores. However, remember that the SK-II claim was for a day of usage, I had only used it once.
Day 2 | 14 October 2015
Since I use the two products together, in the way recommended by SK-II, I truly cannot tell which product did what for me. However the initial results of using both products together were very impressive by Day 2. You may or may not be able to tell but my skin was considerably more plump, and glowy. I wouldn’t hesitate to go out with just sunblock and some undereye concealer.
Day 3, Regular Skincare | 28 October 2015
Taken right after I woke to send to the OMY representative I work with for this review. Face is a little swollen from being barely awake but you can tell that the hydration level and skin clarity are back. No itch and stinging feeling anymore.
WHAT THE DOCTOR SAID
SK-II requested that I visit a Dermatologist but was not easy to secure an appointment with doctors I trust with such short notice. I managed to secure an appointment with a senior doctor from the National Skin Centre on 9 November 2015, but I had fully recovered by then and the doctor had nothing much to say.
It is a well known fact that some people need time to adjust to certain skincare and, you need to go through a purging period when using certain skincare. However, I have no courage to continue using the SK-II R.N.A Power range of products since my skin itch and sting besides having bumps, which seems to suggest that it is more than just a purging period.
It is understandable that each product may not be suitable for all types of skin. Speaking as someone who has been on both ends of the spectrum when it comes to SK-II products, I can only say I’d still go back to the Facial Treatment Essence in a heartbeat but the new R.N.A power range is unfortunately not for me.
Nevertheless, here are pricing details for the R.N.A Power products I tested, for your information:
R.N.A Power Moisturiser
R.N.A Power Essence
Disclosure: I was provided with a 50g jar of the R.N.A Power Moisturiser and a 30ml bottle of the R.N.A Power Essence by OMY on behalf of SK-II for the purposes of this review and my visit to the Dermatologist will be reimbursed by SK-II. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own. Through OMY, SK-II requested that I go ahead with this review, and I think it speaks volumes.
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