PECHE Redness Control uses marketing language that is cautiously well crafted—but the underlying message is that this formula can reduce redness or the severity of rosacea symptoms. However, the reality behind this fragrance-free treatment lotion is that it’s a simple mix of sheer moisturizing ingredients, thickeners, and the ingredients caffeine and zinc PCA. None of these ingredients have research demonstrating their benefit in reducing irritation, at least not beyond any of dozens of other antioxidant or skin-repairing ingredients.
Zinc PCA has some research demonstrating antimicrobial function on skin, as well as—like caffeine—antioxidant benefits (International Journal of Dermatology, 2002; and Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2013). However, as mentioned above, these benefits aren’t unique to this formula, and they absolutely don’t justify the steep price Neocutis is charging for such a tiny amount. Otherwise, the formula is pretty barebones!
PECHE Redness Control earned its AVERAGE rating because it lacks ingredients that can make good on its alleged benefits of reducing or controlling irritation in skin, despite the fact that it is otherwise irritant- free. Not only that, this treatment is embarrassingly priced for what amounts to a simple lotion, which could easily be outdone by a $10 bottle of Eucerin, Aveeno, or any of the dozens of better alternatives suggested on our list of Best Moisturizers Without Sunscreen.
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Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Caprylyl Methicone, Caffeine, Zinc PCA, Sodium Dextran Sulfate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 60, Phenoxyethanol.
Strengths: Fragrance-free products; use of pump or tube packaging protects the light- and air-sensitive ingredients; excellent vitamin C serum and retinol product.
Weaknesses: Many of the anti-aging moisturizers and treatments are disappointingly simple formulas; expensive; some products rely on unproven ingredients.
If you’ve heard of the Neocutis brand, it’s likely because a dermatologist or aesthetician recommended one of their moisturizers or treatments. Like many skincare brands catering to patients of dermatologists and so-called “medi spas,” the claims associated with their products play off the perception of “prescription results” via ingredients that have medicinal-sounding names such as “Processed Skin Proteins” and “Melaplex.” It’s all designed to make you think you’re getting something special along with the pedigree of the doctor or spa retailing this line. As you’ll see from the reviews, that’s not true, although there are some good products to be found here.
Now headquartered in San Francisco, California, Neocutis was founded in Switzerland in 2003 by a group of physicians and biologists who realized the [marketing] potential of human cells in skincare products—specifically, amino acids and proteins (which is where their trademarked ingredients with exotic-sounding names come into play).
Despite their beginnings and their initial exclusivity to dermatologists’ offices, today you can order Neocutis products from beauty sites and other online retailers. Their line includes a range of products that caters to those whose foremost concerns are treating and preventing signs of aging. As a result, you’ll find Neocutis offers moisturizers, eye creams, and targeted treatments, many of which are themed around their trademarked “PSP,” or “Processed Skin Proteins.” Note: They claim this blend of peptides, proteins, and other substances “harnesses the power of human-cell derived growth factors and cytokines.”
What Neocutis isn’t telling you is that this blend of cytokines and human-cell derived growth factors has little research demonstrating any benefit for skin, and certainly not in comparison to the numerous well-researched antioxidants and cell-communicating agents used in so many of today’s best anti-aging products (see the More Info section of the products reviewed here for more details on PSP).
We should also note that, at the time of this review, Neocutis does not universally adhere to cosmetics ingredient labeling regulations on some of their products. In some cases, they do not list individually the proteins and amino acids that make up their PSP blend, which violates International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) and
Unfortunately, despite the pomp and circumstance surrounding these products, most are extraordinarily overpriced and contain a surprisingly bland mix of basic moisturizing ingredients with a dusting of antioxidants. When we say “dusting” of beneficial ingredients, we really mean just that; in fact, one of their “remarkable” moisturizers is little more than a mix of glycerin, glycol, and thickeners, with a price tag topping $160!
On a positive note, Neocutis does have two outstanding products—one vitamin C serum and a retinol product—that are (like all of their formulas) fragrance-free and packaged to protect their light- and air-sensitive ingredients. What’s certain is that Neocutis doesn’t have enough going for it to make putting together an entire anti-aging skincare routine from their products a good idea, for your skin or for your budget!
For more information on Neocutis, call 1-866-636-2884 or visit http://www.neocutis.com/.
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