Unless you’re convinced that a special peptide is the intensive solution to wrinkles, this product isn’t worth considering. It cannot repair deep wrinkles and, at best, it’s just an OK moisturizer for slightly dry skin.
This moisturizer could have been excellent if NeoStrata had included more than a dusting of ingredients like antioxidants; as is, there’s more alcohol than beneficial ingredients. Small amounts of skin-repairing ingredients (e.g., glycosaminoglycans) are on hand, but again, the amounts are disappointingly low.
By the way, if this moisturizer is such an “anti-wrinkle breakthrough,” then what are NeoStrata’s other antiwrinkle products for? If they believe their own claim, shouldn’t they admit that their other antiwrinkle products aren’t the “ultimate,” and stop selling them?
Regardless, there is no one ingredient that is the miracle antiwrinkle ingredient. Skin is a complex organ requiring a complex array of ingredients to function and look healthy, radiant, and young.
One more point: Although Neostrata is 100% correct in its claim that you can use this product in the eye area, that is true for any well-formulated skin-care product for dry skin. This one just doesn’t live up to that status.
Clinically proven to repair even deep wrinkles, this cream is a true anti-wrinkle breakthrough that can be used on the eye contour, face and neck.
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Glycerin, Water, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Caprylyl Methicone, Cyclopentasiloxane/Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydroxypropyl Dimethicone Behenate, Isopentyldiol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Methyl Glucose, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Mango Seed Butter, Retinol, Methyl Methacrylate/ Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Propyl Gallate, Polysorbate 20, BHT, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Titanium Dioxide, Water, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone, Bht, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate
NeoStrata Canada At-a-Glance
Strengths: Effective AHA products with glycolic acid and, in some instances, the polyhydroxy acid gluconolactone; good, but pricey self-tanner; some well-formulated moisturizers and vitamin C serums.
Weaknesses: Irritating anti-acne products; the AHA with sunscreen products do not provide sufficient UVA protection, leaving your skin vulnerable to the sun's aging rays; most of the skin-lightening products contain an irritating amount of alcohol; jar packaging; some of the products contain such large amounts of anti-aging ingredients that they tip the scales toward irritation rather than toward youthful benefits.
NeoStrata Canada is not associated in any way with the NeoStrata brand sold in the United States, and the product selections are completely different. We asked NeoStrata Canada's owner, Canderma Pharma, Inc., why many of the products are completely different, but no one would tell us, so it remains a mystery.
What NeoStrata Canada and the U.S.-sold NeoStrata products do have in common is an abundance of well-formulated AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) exfoliants at effective concentrations and at the correct pH levels. The prices are all over the place, but for the most part you can be assured that any AHA product you purchase from NeoStrata Canada will exfoliate your skin and provide additional benefits such as improved skin texture and tone.
Exfoliants are both lines' key selling point, but they're not perfect. For example, the AHA products with sunscreen do not provide enough critical UVA protection (meaning they lack the UVA-protecting active ingredients of avobenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Tinsorb, ecamsule, or Mexoryl SX). That lack is a disappointment for those who were hoping that an AHA plus sunscreen would be a convenience.
NeoStrata Canada has several other intriguing products that include impressive ingredients such as peptides, retinol, vitamin C, and the company's patented AHA alternative, the polyhydroxy acid known as gluconolactone. Despite including some great ingredients, the formulas suffer from the inclusion of irritants (alcohol is a big one) and/or packaging that won't keep the beneficial ingredients stable during use.
The serums with vitamin C are worth a look, if you're curious about vitamin C. However, you'd do better looking for vitamin C in a product that also treats your skin to a variety of beneficial ingredients because one antioxidant is never enough; your skin requires much more (just like your diet) to be healthy so it can look and act younger.
Because NeoStrata Canada's products are not associated with the NeoStrata brand sold in the United States, our team called NeoStrata Canada's customer service to get additional consumer information about their products. Unfortunately, NeoStrata Canada's customer service phone number was perpetually set to voicemail, and our numerous messages (all left as regular customers, not as investigators) were never returned. After two weeks, the one email reply we did get in response to a question concerning active ingredients said simply that they couldn't give us any information. Their solution was to tell us that we would have to locate the product on store shelves to answer our own question. Either our question was too probing or NeoStrata Canada's strength is not customer service.
For more information about NeoStrata Canada, call (800) 636-3664 or visit www.neostrata.ca.
Note: All prices are in Canadian currency.
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