We know the cosmetics industry wants consumers to think that the eye are and the chest area require special products, and the same goes for the neck. Most women don’t realize that the same products and routines they use to keep their facial skin in top shape should also work for their neck, if the skin is the same type. Skin is skin, everywhere on the body, and depending on its type (dry or oily), it needs the same state-of-the-art ingredients, from head to toe.
Taking care of the skin on your neck does not mean you need to buy special neck creams (your facial products will work just fine), and this product is a perfect example. Not surprisingly, this neck moisturizer doesn’t contain a single ingredient that doesn’t also show up in facial moisturizers, and its texture isn’t any different, either.
This contains lots of emollient thickeners along with some good water-binding agents, skin-repairing and cell-communicating ingredients, and antioxidant plant oils. All told, this is a well-formulated product that can help skin anywhere on the body look and act younger, but it is not unique to the needs of aging skin on the neck.
You may wonder why we didn’t give this our top rating. It’s due to the inclusion of grapefruit seed oil along with fragrance chemicals known to cause irritation. The amounts are small, but without question, this product would be better off without them.
Note: Although this is packaged in a jar, it is a specially designed airless jar that does not expose the delicate ingredients to light and air.
Rediscover a firmer neck and smoother décolleté with this advanced anti-aging formula. Peptides help soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Helps to reduce the depth, density and volume of wrinkles. Helps to hydrate neck and décolleté area and prevent water loss. Improves skin firmness, skin tone and elasticity. Provides superior skin smoothing properties.
Water, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Isopropyl Myristate, Isocetyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Algae Extract, Pullulan, Ceramide 2, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Tribehenin, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Cannabis Saliva Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium PCA, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Copper PCA, Urea, Polyquaternium-51, Triacetin, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Simmondsia Chinensis(Jojoba) Seed Oil, Macadamia Tamifolia Seed Oil, Cholesterol, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Allantoin, Silk Amino Acids, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Geraniol, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal
Kate Somerville At-A-Glance
Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists on their website; effective Anti Bac Clearing Lotion for acne; good eczema cream; some fantastic serums and moisturizers chock-full of beneficial ingredients.
Weaknesses: Expensive; irritating cleansers and scrubs; several products contain irritating ingredients with no proven benefit for skin; disappointing CC cream.
The woman behind this line is a Los Angeles–based aesthetician who owns her own clinic, which specializes not only in aesthetic services but also in cosmetic corrective procedures involving injections (dermal fillers), lasers, Botox, and the like. The clinic is staffed with a doctor and nurses, which is definitely what you want if you're considering services beyond a facial or a massage.
The selling points of this line are Somerville's years of experience in the aesthetics industry and her allegedly devoted celebrity clientele. As such, her products and famous clientele get press in the pages of fashion magazines, which explains why we routinely get asked about this skin-care line. Somerville herself is every bit as attractive as her star clients, and the information on her Web site is presented in such a way that you sincerely believe she has your skin's best interests in mind. And wouldn't you want to trust your skin's needs to a professional who also tends to celebrities?
Knowing all these details, we were anticipating that most of the products bearing Somerville's name would be state-of-the-art slam dunks. Alas, many of them are far afield from that level of formulation. When it comes to giving skin what it needs to function as healthily and normally as possible (and, at these prices, that's what you should expect), this line is, unfortunately, hit or miss. What Somerville knows about giving an amazing facial is one thing, but she clearly missed the research that proves how problematic several of the plant oils that she uses can be. A professional concerned with the health of her clients' skin shouldn't be formulating products with cinnamon, grapefruit, and lavender oils, among others.
If we were one of Somerville's clients, we'd certainly take her to task for that oversight, but we'd also want to know why she offers only one sunscreen and doesn't offer any effective AHA or BHA exfoliants. A discussion of advanced skin science and state-of-the-art ingredients is not sufficient if your product line has gaps: limited sun protection options, no reliable exfoliants, no non-drying cleansers, and a complete lack of options to treat skin discolorations (pigment irregularities, unlike blackheads, cannot be manually extracted, which makes the absence of a skin lightening product an issue).
This product line may not be the one you want to build your skin-care routine around, but there are some exceptional products. Of all the aesthetician-backed lines we've reviewed, none come as close to providing the level of formulary excellence of many of Somerville's moisturizers and serums. They're pricey, but if you're going to spend in excess for skin-care products, you should be doing so on products that stand a very good chance of markedly improving your skin’s appearance. We are curious to see how this product line will expand and (hopefully) improve over the years. The current mishmash of awesome and awful products makes it risky to shop this line blindly (or on the sole rationale of a celebrity endorsement), but with careful consideration to avoid irritants you can find some products of value. Hopefully, she will expand the line to fill in the current gaps (especially for sun protection) and eliminate the irritants.
For more information about Kate Somerville, now owned by Unilever, call (800) 984-5283 or visit www.katesomerville.com.
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