Your Beauty Holy Grail: SK-II R.N.A. Power Review (Part 2)

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age (Essence & Cream) to the Rescue!

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age (Essence & Cream)

SK-II tested the products on both Korean and Japanese women last year (in separate groups; not mixed).

In the clinical studies with 30 Korean women aged 38 to 54, who used R.N.A. Power Radical New Age (Cream) for 1 day, 80% agreed that their skin felt more hydrated the next morning. While 33 Japanese women who used the cream over 4 weeks, 73% noticed a less visible nasolabial fold (“smile”/”laugh” lines) after 1 month.

After 4 weeks of use of R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence,

  • 85% felt that the skin was smooth, as rough skin texture had been purified
  • 79% agreed that pores were less visible in the morning and that pores had tightened due to bouncy firmness from within
  • 73% felt that skin texture was fine and even

Also as stated in the factsheet, “With the Radical New Age Complex technology, pores are less visible in just 1 day.”

With such glowing claims and reviews, indeed I have to witness the results on myself.

Since I use the two products daily (once in the morning and once at night), this will be a combined review. In fact, I’m glad I use both together because they give you more visible results. You know the saying, “Good things come in pairs”.

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age (With Spatula)

I feel the Cream boosts the effects of the Essence. I only use the Essence (without the Cream) once and ever since, I will always use the Cream together with it. This velvety cream is infused with light and natural olive fragrance. And it is not greasy.

It may be just my preference – I wish SK-II has included a spatula for R.N.A. Power Radical New Age (I’m using the spatula from another product I had finished). I don’t like to dip my fingers into creams, because our skin produces oil and our fingers may have bacteria that could be transferred to the entire product.

Although spatula could also have the same issue, I just somehow find using the spatula is a more pleasant thought.

Initially, I wanted to share the Cream with my colleagues who are in their 40s and 50s by extracting some to another opaque container. However, I scraped the idea. Because I’d think there will be an issue of contamination and in turn, may affect the efficacy. True enough, SK-II also responded that it is not recommended at all to switch the product to a different container due to the following:

  1. Contamination with dirt or other external elements especially if transferred via less sterile manner.
  2. Oxidation – R.N.A. has key ingredients that can be oxidized when exposed to air
  3. Other containers may be easily contaminated/ inadequate to protect the key ingredient (e.g. transparent containers can cause the product direct sun exposure and cause chemical reactions).

“As a rule, the company will always recommend to keep the product in its original container as it is designed to maintain the product’s freshness and quality to the highest level.”

If you’ve thought of sharing any of your beauty products, please take note. It is not advisable to do so!

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence (With Dropper)

As for R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence, I love that it comes with a dropper. I try to have minimal skin contact with the entire product, so as to avoid as much contamination as possible.

After I apply the Essence, I layer the Cream on it. At first, I was a little concerned especially for products that look creamy because previous cream products that I’ve used cause my skin breakouts. However, my concerns were unfounded.

Both are ultra light and soothing on the skin. And they smell delicious too!

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence

R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence is milky white and it absorbs almost instantly. Also, rest assured that there’s no white residue after application.

SK-II Changed My Destiny

I tracked my usage over two weeks. Before using this set of SK-II products, I was using AHA even up to 20% for home peel systems in my 20s due to my oily-prone combination skin. Few years back, I stepped down to less harsh AHA products to 8% for daily use and 10% for home weekly resurfacing treatment.

I still get plagued by acne even with AHA. My face is so congested, especially around my nose and even the cheeks! Needless to say, my skin looked rough due to the pores being quite visible. One day, my mom just told me in the face “Gal, 你的脸很粗”. (Gal, your face looks rough) *stab in the heart* D:

And I could even feel and see the oil bumps on my face.

Day 1 & 7: Left Side

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age - Results (Left Side)

I was already looking for an alternative to solve my skin problem, and SK-II came along. 12 October was the first day I took the photo without R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence & Cream. I remember perfectly that my nose, area between the eyebrows and eyes were flaky, rough and scaly that day.

See, I even have a crease. If the skin is losing elasticity, you’ll sometimes get it just after waking up.

Yeah, like mine. I often have it on my left side.

Day 1 & 7: Right Side

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age - Results (Right Side)

My T-zone will usually be quite oily in the afternoons at work,since I’m in air-conditioned room the whole day. Although it’s only one application (in the morning), I don’t feel my face is oily. It goes to show that SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age products are already at work to control the sebaceous glands production.

On the next morning (which means I only applied the products twice), I was so amazed that my entire face looked clearer and more supple, without any shiny areas. In fact, I couldn’t resist to keep touching my face – so smooth like a baby’s skin!

Day 14: Left Side

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age - Results (Day 14: Left Side)

On Day 14, my skin looked significantly healthier and the pores are less visible now. I also don’t have so many comedones as before.

Day 14: Right Side

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age - Results (Day 14: Right Side)

In addition, my foundation spreads and stays on better. Just the other day (28 October, 17th day), I noticed that my cheeks have a light pinkish glow when I was in the washroom at a gal friend’s house. And I don’t put blusher!

Day 14: Hello, world!

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age - Results (Day 14)

You wouldn’t want to waste such a good product, so please remember to wear your sun block. Dermatologists are even very meticulous with themselves on this. Which goes to show that sun protection is the important last step you definitely cannot leave out from your anti-aging skin care regime.

Conclusion

I’m not sure what I will do without SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age (Essence & Cream) now. My skin received so much benefits in such a short period of time.

Not only is this a pair of formidable moisturisers, they also save me a lot of time and agony.

I’m someone who likes being fuss-free (that’s why I cut my hair – fast to dry and easy to manage). Having to choose a product that’s suitable for my skin condition and then making sure that my skin loves it…It is just frustrating. And not to mention, the money spent on countless products that you think could work but didn’t work or worse, aggravate the condition.

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age (Essence & Cream) is one product that rebalances my skin and makes me see that skin care can be this simple – there’s really no need for AHA to keep my acne in check. I’m glad to say I haven’t had one acne at the time of this writing (Day 22), ever since I use SK-II faithfully day and night. SK-II products is suitable for all skin types and gender.

I’m pretty much sold on SK-II, that I’ve arranged an appointment to go for their Magic Ring Skin Counselling on 5 November (SK-II didn’t dictate this). I’m also ready to buy and try their other products (there goes my wallet…)

As for R.N.A. Power Radical New Age (Essence & Cream), I was initially thinking to give the Cream to my mom after I’m done with the review. But I changed my mind now. I’m going to keep it. LOL. Sorry mom! xD

Well then, I look forward to Day 28 (4 weeks) and beyond to see what other miracles will happen.

Thank you, SK-II!

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age - Change Your Destiny

Experience R.N.A. Power today:

P.S.: Although SK-II sponsored R.N.A. Power Radical New Age (Essence & Cream) for my review, all opinions are my own.

All product shots, except Wallace’s, are taken by yours truly. Product photography is my forte and I do it in my work too, because I cannot stand poorly taken photos. If you want to grab the product packshots, by all means.

All I ask is to attribute them back to me: “© Sharon Lee” and link to www.bodypainfree.com. Thank you.

Appendix

As always, I will provide the list of ingredients for your extra knowledge. As required by Health Science Authority of Singapore (HSA), ingredients are to be listed in descending order by weight.

Do note that the order doesn’t tell you the percentage of Pitera used. Well then, who will know? Only HSA and P&G. 🙂 Because of the other ingredients’ amount, they’re being listed in different positions, that’s all.

Ultimately, you will still have to try the product to see if it works for you.

That is what’s most important. Because ingredients work in synergy together so one plus one can be more than two.

Below explanations are extracted from Milady’s Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary, 4th Edition, Paperback, unless otherwise stated.

Full Ingredients List – SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Essence

S/N Ingredients Properties
01 Butylene Glycol A solvent with good antimicrobial action. It enhances the preservative activity of parabens. Butylene glycol also serves as a humectant and viscosity controller, and to mask odor.
02 Glycerin A humectant used in moisturisers.
03 Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate (GFF) Pitera®. In vitro GFF has several benefits, such as antioxidant effects and induction of hyaluronan (hyaluronic acid) production in epidermal cells. *In vitro – biological studies conducted on part of an organism e.g. cell culture study.
04 Niacinamide Used as a skin stimulant and skin smoother. It is a derivative of niacin, and part of the vitamin B family
05 Pentylene Glycol An alcohol with humectant and anti-bacterial properties.
06 Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate An emollient and an occlusive agent helping retain moisture in the skin.
07 Isopropyl Isostearate An emollient that leaves the skin surface with a smooth and supple finish. It also acts as a binder. Isopropyl isostearate is a derivative of isostearic acid.
08 Dimethicone A form of silicone used to give products lubricity, slip, and good feel. It can also serve as a formulation defoamer and help reduce the feeling of greasiness that some creams leave on the skin immediately upon application. In addition, dimethicone is reported to protect the skin against moisture loss when used in larger quantities. It improves product flow and spreadability. In combination with other ingredients, dimethicone becomes a good waterproofing material for sunscreen emulsions, and helps reduce the greasiness often seen in high-SPF preparations.
09 Squalane An excellent moisturiser and lubricant, it softens and smoothes the skin while also replenishing skin lipids. Its compatibility with skin lipids can be attributed to the fact that human sebum is made up of 25% squalane. Squalane has traditionally been obtained by hydrogenation of shark liver oil or other natural oils. Components found in fish oils may reduce skin irritation and allergic responses. It can also be derived from plant sources or synthetically manufactured.
10 Xylitol A humectant and skin-conditioning agent. It acts as a humidifier, drawing moisture from the air for skin absorption. Some manufacturers also cite a soothing and anti-microbial action. Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar in birch bark and a range of fibrous fruits and vegetables, including corn.
11 Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer Ingredient that serves as a thickener and texture enhancer. Source: Paula’s Choice Skincare
12 Boron Nitride For enhancing product smoothness and slip.
13 Panthenol Pro-vitamin B5 – acts as a penetrating moisturizer. Panthenol appears to stimulate cellular proliferation and aid in tissue repair. Studies indicate that when topically applied, panthenol penetrates the skin and gets converted into pantothenic acid, a B complex
vitamin. Such action could possibly influence the skin’s natural resources of pantothenic acid. It imparts a non-irritant, non-sensitizing, moisturizing, and conditioning feel and promotes normal keratinization and wound-healing. Panthenol protects the skin against sunburn, provides relief for existing sunburn, and enhances the natural tanning process. Panthenol’s humectant character enables it to hold water in the product or attract water from the environment, resulting in a moisturising effect. It enhances skin suppleness, and claims are that it also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. It is considered a non-comedogenic raw material.
14 PEG-20 Sorbitan Cocoate Functions as surfactant. Source: cosmeticsinfo.org
15 Tocopheryl Acetate Vitamin E acetate – An anti-oxidant that helps prevent unsaturated oils and sebum from becoming rancid. It is considered a non-comedogenic raw material.
16 Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer A thickener that can absorb skin oils, leaving a dry, silky feel.
17 Phenoxyethanol A broad-range preservative with fungicidal, bactericidal, insecticidal and germicidal properties.
18 Benzyl Alcohol A preservative against bacteria.
19 Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer An emulsifier for oil-in-water emulsions.
20 Dipentaerythrityl Tri-Polyhydroxystearate An emollient. Source: CosDNA
21 PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone A skin conditioner. Source: EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database
22 Aminomethyl Propanol Used as a pH adjuster in cosmetics.
23 Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Fruit Extract Its botanical property is reported as anti-infectious.
24 Laureth-7 Used as an emulsifier. Source: cosmeticsinfo.org
25 Methylparaben One of the most frequently used preservatives because of its very low sensitizing potential. It is one of the oldest preservatives in use to combat bacteria and molds. It is non-comedogenic.
26 Polymethylsilsesquioxane Used for its lubricating action. Source: Truth In Aging
27 Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate A mild surfactant. Source: Paula’s Choice Skincare
28 Xanthan Gum Corn starch gum
29 Disodium EDTA A preservative
30 PEG-100 Stearate A stabilizer and emulsifier for creams and lotions. It is also a cleansing agent and surfactant utilized in skin care products.
31 PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate A self-emulsifying emollient especially suitable for aqueous formulations.
32 Acanthopanax Senticosus (Eleuthero) Root Extract Siberian ginseng extract – a skin conditioner. Source: EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database
33 Fragrance
34 Ethylhexylglycerin A skin conditioner and preservative derived from glycerin
35 Hydrolyzed Soy Protein A skin conditioner. Source: cosmeticsinfo.org
36 Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract Sources claim that artichoke extract helps skin irritations, is anti-inflammatory and beautifying. Studies indicate that artichoke extract leaves dry skin more vital, smoother, and firmer with an improvement at the dermal level. In cases of oily skin, it seems to help regulate oiliness, clear the skin, and make pores appear smaller. It is also believed to help even out skin tone and improve blemished complexions. Important constituents include tannin, pectin and glucoside compounds.
37 Polyquaternium-7 An anti-static agent. Source: Truth In Aging
38 Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein The hydrolysate of yeast derived by acid, enzyme, or other method of hydrolysis. Proteins are usually hydrolyzed to achieve lower molecular values, thereby enhancing their moisture-binding properties.
39 Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 A skin conditioner. Clinical studies by manufacturers credit it with an ability to promote collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycan synthesis. This would result in an ability to restore skin thickness, which diminishes with age and to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
40 Methylsilanol Tri-PEG-8 Glyceryl Cocoate An emulsifier. Source: CosDNA
41 Methicone Methicone is found in cosmetic preparations as a skin surface sealant to reduce transepidermal water loss.
42 CI 77891 Titanium dioxide. Source: cosmeticsinfo.org
43 CI 77492 Iron oxide. Source: cosmeticsinfo.org

Full Ingredients List – SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age (Cream)

SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age

S/N Ingredients Properties
01 Glycerin A humectant used in moisturisers.
02 Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate Pitera®.
03 Isohexadecane An excellent, non-greasy emollient.
04 Niacinamide Used as a skin stimulant and skin smoother. It is a derivative of niacin, and part of the vitamin B family.
05 Isopropyl Isostearate An emollient that leaves the skin surface with a smooth and supple finish. It also acts as a binder. Isopropyl isostearate is a derivative of isostearic acid.
06 Butylene Glycol A solvent with good antimicrobial action. It enhances the preservative activity of parabens. Butylene glycol also serves as a humectant and viscosity controller, and to mask odor.
07 Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Protects the skin from dehydration and external aggressions due to harsh climate, and is attributed with anti-inflammatory activity. It restores the skin suppleness, increases moisturization, and can improve the appearance of irritated dry skin. Shea butter is a natural fat obtained from the fruit of the karate tree.
08 Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride An emollient with good spreading properties. It promotes penetration and does not leave visible traces of oiliness on the skin. It is effectively used in creams, lotions, and oil formulations.
09 Pentylene Glycol An alcohol with humectant and anti-bacterial properties.
10 Dimethicone A form of silicone used to give products lubricity, slip, and good feel. It can also serve as a formulation defoamer and help reduce the feeling of greasiness that some creams leave on the skin immediately upon application. In addition, dimethicone is reported to protect the skin against moisture loss when used in larger quantities. It improves product flow and spreadability. In combination with other ingredients, dimethicone becomes a good waterproofing material for sunscreen emulsions, and helps reduce the greasiness often seen in high-SPF preparations.
11 Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate An emollient and an occlusive agent helping retain moisture in the skin.
12 Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer Ingredient that serves as a thickener and texture enhancer. Source: Paula’s Choice Skincare
13 Stearyl Alcohol Used to create cosmetic emulsions, and for its anti-foaming and lubricating action. Stearyl alcohol is also a viscosity agent and builder. It is a saturated alcohol of high purity.
14 Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer A thickener, gelling agent and formulation stabilizer.
15 Cetyl Alcohol A versatile ingredient that can serve as an emollient, emulsifier, thickener, binder, foam booster, or emulsion stabilizer, depending on the formulation and need. It is derived from coconut or palm oil as well as being synthetically manufactured. It is considered by some sources to be a non-comedogenic material.
16 Behenyl Alcohol A binder and an emulsion stabilizer. It is also used to increase a formulation’s viscosity. This is a mixture of fatty alcohols.
17 Panthenol Pro-vitamin B5 – acts as a penetrating moisturizer. Panthenol appears to stimulate cellular proliferation and aid in tissue repair. Studies indicate that when topically applied, panthenol penetrates the skin and gets converted into pantothenic acid, a B complex
vitamin. Such action could possibly influence the skin’s natural resources of pantothenic acid. It imparts a non-irritant, non-sensitizing, moisturizing, and conditioning feel and promotes normal keratinization and wound-healing. Panthenol protects the skin against sunburn, provides relief for existing sunburn, and enhances the natural tanning process. Panthenol’s humectant character enables it to hold water in the product or attract water from the environment, resulting in a moisturising effect. It enhances skin suppleness, and claims are that it also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. It is considered a non-comedogenic raw material.
18 Tocopheryl Acetate Vitamin E acetate – An anti-oxidant that helps prevent unsaturated oils and sebum from becoming rancid. It is considered a non-comedogenic raw material.
19 Benzyl Alcohol A preservative against bacteria.
20 Dimethiconol An emollient and skin conditioner. Source: cosmeticsinfo.org
21 Cetearyl Alcohol An emulsifying and stabilizing wax produced from the reduction of plant oils and natural waxes. Also used as an emollient and to give high viscosity to a finished product.
22 Cetearyl Glucoside An emulsifier and surfactant.
23 Methylparaben One of the most frequently used preservatives because of its very low sensitizing potential. It is one of the oldest preservatives in use to combat bacteria and molds. It is non-comedogenic.
24 PEG-100 Stearate A stabilizer and emulsifier for creams and lotions. It is also a cleansing agent and surfactant utilized in skin care products.
25 Polymethylsilsesquioxane Used for its lubricating action. Source: Truth In Aging
26 Polysorbate 80 An oil-in-water emulsifier, pigment dispersant and solubilizer for oils and fragrances.
27 Stearic Acid An emulsifier and thickening agent found in many vegetable fats.
28 Disodium EDTA A preservative
29 Propylparaben One of the most frequently used preservatives against bacteria and mold. It has a low sensitizing and low toxicity factor, is reputed to be very safe, and considered to be non-comedogenic raw material.
30 Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate A mild surfactant. Source: Paula’s Choice Skincare
31 Ethylparaben A preservative with minimal sensitizing potential.
32 Sorbitan Oleate A mild emulsifier derived from sugar.
33 Chlorella Vulgaris Extract An algae extract that helps protect and improve the condition of the skin. It is thought to have strong anti-oxidant properties. It may be used in skin care preparations to enhance skin smoothness and prevent collagen and elastin degradation. Certain studies also indicate an ability to increase skin firmness. Among its constituents are carotenoids, amino acids (including lysine, proline, glycine and alanine), and vitamin B12. It would likely be most beneficial in anti-aging and skin-protecting formulations. Manufacturers of this ingredient list it as appropriate for use in products designed to protect, restructure, firm, tone and invigorate the skin, as well as in anti-wrinkle and anti-stretch mark preparations. It is extracted from the chlorella vulgaris algae.
34 PEG-100 Stearate You may have noticed that this ingredient is repeated. I’ve checked with SK-II. Here’s what they say, “The ingredient ‘PEG-100 Stearate’ has been declared twice on the ingredient listing developed for SG-MY-AUS due to the fact that on the formula statement (document with ingredient list that we share with the local artwork development agency) this ingredient has two separate functions in the formula.” Some ingredients like this one have multiple functions – it all depends on the chemist – what they intend to use it for. 🙂
35 PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate A self-emulsifying emollient especially suitable for aqueous formulations.
36 Sodium Hydroxide Used to adjust a product pH to make it more acceptable to the skin.
37 Fragrance
38 Acanthopanax Senticosus (Eleuthero) Root Extract Siberian ginseng extract – a skin conditioner. Source: EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database
39 Hydrolyzed Soy Protein A skin conditioner. Source: cosmeticsinfo.org
40 Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract Sources claim that artichoke extract helps skin irritations, is anti-inflammatory and beautifying. Studies indicate that artichoke extract leaves dry skin more vital, smoother, and firmer with an improvement at the dermal level. In cases of oily skin, it seems to help regulate oiliness, clear the skin, and make pores appear smaller. It is also believed to help even out skin tone and improve blemished complexions. Important constituents include tannin, pectin and glucoside compounds.
41 Polyquaternium-7 An anti-static agent. Source: Truth In Aging
42 Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein The hydrolysate of yeast derived by acid, enzyme, or other method of hydrolysis. Proteins are usually hydrolyzed to achieve lower molecular values, thereby enhancing their moisture-binding properties.
43 Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 A skin conditioner. Clinical studies by manufacturers credit it with an ability to promote collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycan synthesis. This would result in an ability to restore skin thickness, which diminishes with age and to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
44 Methylsilanol Tri-PEG-8 Glyceryl Cocoate An emulsifier. Source: CosDNA
45 Methicone Methicone is found in cosmetic preparations as a skin surface sealant to reduce transepidermal water loss.
46 CI 77891 Titanium dioxide. Source: cosmeticsinfo.org
47 CI 77492 Iron oxide. Source: cosmeticsinfo.org