SK-II RNA vs. Skin Power & La Mer Comparison

When it comes to having unique, effective skincare ingredients, no one does it better than SK-II (and oh, maybe La Mer). SK-II’s trademarked Pitera made waves and quickly became an award-winning skincare ingredient for its ability to brighten hyperpigmentation, improve skin radiance and hold off the signs of ageing. Plus, SK-II proved it with their Akita City study!

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SK-II R.N.A Power Radical New Age Essence | $270
This serum contains the triple combined power of hydrolysed soy and yeast extracts with Pitera for a super-effective, yet gentle anti-ageing serum.

SK-II: Proving the Luxury Difference with Pitera

The Akita City study was one of the first long-term studies performed by a skincare brand - and by long-term, it was done over a period of 10 years! The study followed 100 women who lived in Akita City, Japan, comparing their skin from before the study to after. In 90% of women, there was a noticeable change in their skin - specifically, dramatic improvements in the signs of sun damage and skin ageing. 

However, for the SK-II team, that wasn’t enough - they knew that this wasn’t the end of their research. While Pitera was already something that created a luxury difference, they knew that it wasn’t the limit. 

They wanted to find (or create) skincare ingredients that boosted the already amazing power of Pitera and found just the right thing: hydrolysed soy and yeast extracts. SK-II scientists created a unique formula with just the right amount of each fantastic skincare ingredient and gave it a name: the Radical New Age Architect Complex, aka R.N.A.

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SK-II R.N.A Power Radical New Age Cream | $240
A cream designed for all skin types fortified with SK-II’s unique R.N.A Complex for youthful skin. 

What Is R.N.A. Radical New Age Complex?

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We’re already familiar with what makes Pitera such an amazing skincare ingredient - but what about the other two components of the R.N.A. Complex? First, let’s start with hydrolysed soy extract.

Sometimes called soy isoflavones, these plant-based extracts have a lot of tricks up their sleeves when it comes to skin. Don’t underestimate them for having a ‘boring’ name!

Studies have found that soy extracts have powerful antioxidant effects, protecting skin from oxidative stress that accelerates the signs of ageing. They also boost the skin’s moisture barrier, a crucial part of the skin that helps to lock in hydration for a healthy, radiant glow.

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SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Eye Cream | $149
Don’t skip your undereyes - this eye cream nourishes and brightens eyes for a wide-awake look. 

So that’s hydrolysed soy extract covered - what about hydrolysed yeast extracts? Yep, that phrasing might remind you of plain bread, but trust - this is something that you will want on your skin. One little superpower that yeast extracts have on the skin is their ability to inhibit melanogenesis

That’s the scientific way of saying they stop excess melanin production, fading away dark spots caused by both acne and sun damage for luminous, even-toned skin. These extracts are also able to reduce oxidative stress and boost skin healing and rejuvenation! 

These two come together with Pitera to make an ultra-effective, potent skincare ingredient that makes the luxury difference for SK-II in their Radical New Age skincare line. Now that you know what makes this super-charged skincare blend so effective, will you get your beauty affairs in order and try SK-II’s luxury difference for yourself?

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SK-II R.N.A Power Radical New Age Airy Milky Lotion | $175
Created specifically for oily skin in warm climates, this moisturiser has all the benefits of R.N.A Complex in an ultra-lightweight texture.

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Alexis Adrienne

Alexis Adrienne

Alexis Adrienne is a passionate beauty writer with over 10 years of experience. She’s incredibly keen on all things skincare, makeup and cosmetics, with a fingertip on the pulse of the latest global beauty trends at all times.

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