Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer
Although Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer has a great price and unusually generous size for a facial moisturizer, its formula is a big step backward in the world of skincare. In many ways, moisturizers for normal to dry skin don't get more dated than this. Instead of a sophisticated mix of repairing ingredients and antioxidants, you're getting mostly water, mineral oil, and slip agents. OK, but not great and your skin deserves great!
The tiny amounts of collagen and elastin in this moisturizer won't provide timeless results. Neither ingredient can fuse with or shore up these supportive substances in skin, so they become two of many hydrating ingredients, not miracle-workers.
Normally we'd comment on the jar packaging being a problem for the light- and air-sensitive ingredients, but in this case the formula is so bare bones the packaging is mostly a hygiene issue because this is a water-based formula and putting your finger in increases bacteria growth. This moisturizer does contain fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation, which we discuss in the More Info section.
- Makes skin feel smoother and softer.
- Inexpensive and generously sized for a facial moisturizer (which is how St. Ives positions this product).
- Bare bones formula that doesn't deliver what all skin types need to look and act younger.
- The collagen and elastin aren't special ingredients for anyone's skin.
- Jar packaging presents a hygiene issue for this water-based formula.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin's barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin's surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
St. Ives At-A-Glance
Two things set this line apart in the minds of consumers familiar with the brand: the Swiss angle and their apricot face scrubs. This notoriety didn't translate to thoughtfully formulated products, though. Instead, most of the scrubs are too abrasive, and the apricot is simply there as an extract, never mind that in a scrub it doesn't have any significant benefit for skin. The same can be said of the selection of supposedly Swiss-based herbs. Most of them have soothing properties, but it doesn't matter to skin if the ingredients came from Switzerland or South Dakota. If anything, the whole Swiss angle is getting a bit tired. You can bet that there are no scientists working high in the Swiss alps to formulate these products. St. Ives is a line with very little worth considering, so feel free to breeze right by as you shop for skin-care products at your local drugstore.
For more information about St. Ives, owned by Unilever, visit www.stives.com.
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