TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream PLUS
StriVectin’s TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream PLUS’ best attribute is its rich, creamy, balm-like texture that absorbs quickly and provides lasting moisture. It’s suitable for all skin types to use on the neck but cannot actually lift sagging skin in this area. Skin care cannot “reverse the effects of gravity” as claimed, and this moisturizer ends up being disappointing despite some very good ingredients.
First, the good stuff: StriVectin’s NIA-114 ingredient, myristyl nicotinate, is a derivative of niacinamide that can repair skin’s barrier as claimed, not to mention boost hydration, both of which will make lines anywhere on skin less apparent. Even so, neither benefit equates to less sagging or bothersome deep lines on the neck, but it’s still helpful for skin.
Other impressive ingredients include shea butter, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and several antioxidant plant extracts. Sadly, this neck cream’s jar packaging is likely to compromise these air- and light-sensitive ingredients’ effectiveness from the first use. See More Info for details.
What about making neck skin feel tighter? The formula’s film-forming agents can do that, but it’s a cosmetic sensation only; no actual tightening (or lifting) is taking place.
Last, it’s disappointing that the fragrance this contains is present in a greater amount than most of the intriguing plant extracts. Fragrance isn’t skin care, and can pose a risk of irritation, especially on thinner, more delicate neck skin.
Summing up, despite some proven and intriguing anti-aging ingredients, the double whammy of problematic packaging and fragrance plus the lack of results for sagging skin make this a neck cream to think twice about buying.
- Luxuriously rich cream texture provides lasting moisture.
- Contains several anti-aging ingredients (although none specific to the neck).
- Jar packaging won’t keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable once opened.
- Cannot actually lift sagging neck skin.
- Fragranced formula poses a risk of irritating skin.
- Cinnamic acid is a known skin sensitizer.
Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight also is problematic for these ingredients.
Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.
Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin!
References for this information:
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10
This #1 selling neck cream just got upgraded. This powerful cream features the breakthrough Gravitite-CF Lifting Complex™ to improve skin elasticity and provide visible lift, while smoothing the appearance of horizontal neck lines and sagging. Botanically-derived Brightening Complex helps even skin tone on the décolleté while patented NIA-114™ technology strengthens the skin barrier. The effects of gravity appear reversed for more refined, toned definition. After just 4 weeks 92% of users showed an improvement in uneven skin tone on the décolleté.* After just 8 weeks 90% of users showed tighter, more lifted skin on the neck and décolleté.
StriVectin put itself on the skincare map with its original StriVectin-SD cream, designed to treat stretch marks. The product took off and became the cornerstone of skincare collection whose focus is now on anti-aging. Its main selling point is its use of myristyl nicotinate (called NIA-114 in brand literature), which is related to and has many of the same properties as niacinamide.
Overall, the brand has some worthwhile products and for the most part theyre in packaging that will protect their ingredients from light and air. Unfortunately there are a number of options that include fragrance and other potential irritants, which are noted in our individual reviews.
As of 2019, StriVectin no longer sells in mainland China and is now cruelty-free. For more information about StriVectin, visit www.strivectin.com.
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