While this facial moisturizer with sunscreen uses “neck” in the name, in truth, you should be able to apply any well-formulated facial moisturizer with sunscreen to your neck, too (and chest, if this area of skin will be exposed to daylight). Regrettably, this isn’t a well-formulated product, at least not from the sunscreen angle.
To provide the best broad-spectrum protection, any SPF-rated product should be rated 30 or higher (and this is only rated SPF 15).
Although this emollient moisturizer contains some good ingredients for dry skin, the plant extracts and antioxidants it contains won’t remain stable due to the jar packaging. Please see More Info for details on the problems jar packaging presents.
As for Lauder's claims about this product, there is no reliable research proving plankton extract and the mineral malachite can stimulate collagen and elastin production. Even if they could, the lack of reliable UVA protection in this product would undermine any repairing effect, leaving skin’s supportive elements vulnerable to more damage. Besides, stimulating skin’s collagen and elastin with the goal of lifting skin does not work if your sagging is from gravity, bone loss, or other age-related changes, which are beyond the control of skin-care products.
There is no research showing that the mineral malachite and mimosa can do anything anti-aging for your skin, although there is some intriguing research on the wound-healing properties of mimosa bark; however, it’s important to note that wrinkles aren’t the same as wounds (Sources: Journal of Ethnopharmacology, July 2009, pages 391–396, and September 2007, pages 400–408). The wound-healing properties are due in part to the plant’s high tannin content, yet here’s the irony: Tannins can have a constricting effect on the skin, causing irritation that may hurt its ability to look and act younger.
Regarding the jar packaging, it’s a problem because all plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients (which this formula contains in spades) break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.
Featuring a light-responsive enzyme (Plankton Extract), mineral (Malachite) and plant extract (Mimosa) to help skin amplify its natural collagen and elastin production. Over time, skin’s strength, resiliency and volume are renewed and you’ll see a remarkably younger, revitalized look.
Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (3.5%), Other: Water, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Polyethylene, Di-C12-15 Alkyl Fumarate, Petrolatum, Hydrolyzed Lecithin, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hexyldecyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Behenyl Alcohol, Potato Starch Modified, Algae Extract, Persea Gratis (Avocado) Oil, Coleus Barbatus Extract, Melon Fruit Extract, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Yeast Extract, Plankton Extract, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment Saccharomyces Ferment Lysate Filtrate, Artemia Extract, C12-16 Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cholesterol/Potassium Sulfate, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Linoleic Acid, Whey Protein, PEG-100 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caffeine, Ergothioneine, Soybean Sterols, Palmitic Acid, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Decarboxy Carnosine HCL, Stearic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Creatine, Zinc PCA, Glucose, Trehalose, Diethylhexyl Syringydenemalonate, Sorbitol, Polysilicone-11, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Citric Acid, Lactoperoxidase, Glucose Oxidase, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate, Caprylic/Capris Triglyceride, Maltodextrin, Malachite, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phytosterols, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Silica, Aluminum Hydroxide, Fragrance, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Red 4, Yellow 5
Estee Lauder At-A-Glance
The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine available.
The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.
When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.
For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.
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