Those of you disappointed in the way your neck is aging may very well be tempted to purchase this product, especially if you’re a fan of BeautiControl. Regrettably, the claims are as over-the-top as it gets and this product can’t make good on any of them.
Before we discuss the claims a bit more, it is worth nothing that this serum contains plenty of state-of-the-art ingredients. Yet even the most special anti-aging ingredients cannot undo the effects of gravity and age-related sagging that eventually shows up on the neck and face. It just isn’t possible! As for reducing fat or fluid accumulation in that area, there is nothing you can put on topically to get rid of fat. (Our thighs would be thrilled if that were possible!) In terms of fluid retention, reducing your salt intake and standing up and walking around is the best way to reduce fluid buildup. But, fluid retention has nothing to do with skin sagging anywhere on your body.
With all of the beneficial ingredients in this serum, why the Poor rating? Because BeautiControl added several irritating fragrant plant extracts and citrus oil, and irritation is never good for your skin. Irritating ingredients cause collagen to break down and that’s not a good thing from any skin-care viewpoint. Although this serum never had a chance of improving skin on the neck in the manner claimed, it would’ve been highly recommended if not for the amount of irritants.
This revolutionary serum tightens the loosened, gravity-prone skin around the neck. Firms and tones the appearance of skin around the neck, reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles in the neck area, reduces the appearance of fat and fluid accumulation and reduces the appearance of age spots.
Water, Propylheptyl Caprylate, Glycerin, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caffeine, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Hexapeptide-10, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Camellia Oleifera Extract, Oat Kernel Extract, Orange Fruit, Grapefruit Peel Oil, Lemon Extract, Horsetail Extract, Barley Extract, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Dandelion Extract, Grape Seed Oil, Licorice Root, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Methylsilanol Carboxymethol Theophylline, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylethane, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance
Strengths: The Cell Block-C products include stablized Vitamin C; some well-formulated moisturizers; decent scrub products; excellent retinol products; some good cleansers plus an exceptional makeup remover; Lip Apeel; very good lip balm with sunscreen; some great foundations (including one with full coverage); very good powder blush and eyeshadow trios; the liquid eyeliner and lip gloss are excellent; some innovative products that make this line deserve a second look.
Weaknesses: Most of the body-care products contain irritating ingredients, as do several others throughout the line; the jar packaging is really disappointing; most of the toners contain problematic ingredients that can hurt skin; almost all of the men's products are full of irritants; limited options for sunscreens, although what's available provides sufficient UVA protection; the Skinlogics Sensitive skin-care line contains ingredients that are problematic for those with sensitive skin; mostly problematic concealers; limited to poor foundation, concealer, and powder shades for women of color.
Texas-based BeautiControl has been around for nearly three decades and has maintained a consistent focus on skin care. Most recently they have shaped their line around the concept of creating your own in-home spa, which the company uses to entice women to host BeautiControl parties for their friends and family. Whether you find out about (or end up purchasing) these products by attending a BeautiControl party or you happen across their Web site, there are some compelling reasons to consider several BeautiControl products. Let's start with the positives.
The best face forward side of BeautiControl is that their price point is not over the top, and mostly reasonable; plus several of their products are exceptional. We also think their overall approach to taking care of skin is well-intentioned. Without question, the ingredients in their best products demonstrate they're keeping up with the state-of-the-art. If they stopped including problematic ingredients and discontinued the poorly formulated products this line would be a much stronger option for consumers looking to take excellent care of their skin while remaining brand-loyal.
BeautiControl's focus on launching more and more miracle products with incredibly misleading claims might help them sell more products, but it doesn't always make for good skin care. And how come they have so few facial moisturizers with sunscreen? Protecting skin from sunlight indisputably keeps it looking younger, firmer, smoother, and even-toned far longer than anything else you can do for skin.
BeautiControl's makeup collection has been streamlined a bit, and that's good news. The foundation colors are divided into warm, cool, and neutral tones though the warm tones (those that begin with the letter Y) are more neutral than warm, which is good news. The cool shades (those that begin with the letter P) are the least impressive. Throughout the color line are some happy surprises, such as the improved powder blush and eyeshadow trios but also some really bland products such as the eye pencil and some gimmicky primer-type products. You'll find some great products whether you want to shop BeautiControl's color line piecemeal or assemble a complete makeup wardrobe, and the prices are reasonable.
For more information about BeautiControl, call (800) 232-8841 or visit www.beauticontrol.com.
Note: We would like to acknowledge and extol how exceptionally helpful the staff at BeautiControl's main office has been in allowing my team and me to compile the information necessary to complete this review. Very few cosmetics companies extend such a high level of service and reliable information to us, and we truly appreciate it.
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