The claims for this neck cream are borderline nonsense because in truth, no skin-care product can restore facial contours. Many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face (or neck)-lift-in-a-bottle isn't possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that's exciting!
Gaining these youthful benefits requires more than one product, and none of them need to be labeled "neck cream"! You must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. Remember, no single product can do it all; it's the combination of products that has extensive research showing they can significantly improve many of the signs of aging, such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness.
As for sagging skin on the neck, that is an area where skin has strong limitations. Skin on the neck has far less support structure than skin almost anywhere else on the body, so with age, gravity, sun damage, and bone loss, the neck can look much older than the face. A moisturizer for dry skin (which is really all this is) cannot fix the underlying causes of neck aging; this is an area where cosmetic surgery and/or procedures is a must.
Two more comments: This neck cream contains far more fragrance than state of the art anti-aging ingredients; too bad fragrance isn't "full of promise" for anyone's skin! More disappointment: The jar packaging means the many light- and air-sensitive ingredients this contains won't remain as effective during use, as we explain in the More Info section.
Note: The amount of film-forming agents (acrylate/C12-22 alkyl methacrylate copolymer and sodium acrylate, etc.) this contains can make skin feel temporarily tighter, almost as though you applied hairspray to it and let it dry. That feeling isn't skin actually being tightened or lifted; it's merely a tactile sensation from the greater amount of these ingredients.
The fact that this product is packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and most other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also present a hygiene issue because even if you wash your hands or use a spatula to remove the product, you're introducing bacteria that causes further breakdown of key ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
an advanced volumizing and lifting skin care collection that reawakens your skin’s potential and helps restore facial contours. full of promise delivers visibly fuller, firmer, uplifted skin.
Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Octyldodecyl Erucate, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 80, Phenoxyethanol, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Parfum/Fragrance, Trisiloxane, Polyacrylamide, Caffeine, Disodium EDTA, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Pentylene Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Potassium Sorbate, Sclerotium Gum, Hexylene Glycol, Silica, Phaeodactylum Tricornutum Extract, Beta-Glucan, Laureth-7, Arginine, Carbomer, Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Extract, Glutathione, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 20, Alumina, Resveratrol, Tocopherol, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Mica.
Strengths: Relatively inexpensive; some of the best products are fragrance-free; very good retinol products; selection of state-of-the-art moisturizers; innovative skin-lightening product.
Weaknesses: Irritating and/or drying cleansers; average to problematic scrubs; at-home peel kits far more gimmicky than helpful; several products contain lavender oil; several products include irritating essential oils; the majority of makeup items do not rise above average status.
Believe in miracles. That's the "lifestyle" branding statement philosophy makes, which is an approach that is decidedly different from their former positioning, which encompassed family values and spirituality along with a dash of department-store élan and endearingly clever quips. The miracle angle may grab your attention, but the company is also quick to point out that its history is steeped in providing products to dermatologists and plastic surgeons worldwide (so, in addition to miracles, philosophy has a serious side, too). Although its heritage may have included providing clinically oriented products to doctors, we have yet to see or hear of any medical professional retailing philosophy products. And that's a good thing because, by and large, most of philosophy products are resounding disappointments. Moreover, several products, including almost all of their sunscreens, contain one or more known skin irritants. We would be extremely suspicious of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who recommended such products to their patients, and even more so if they actually believed some of the more farfetched claims philosophy makes.
Interestingly, when you shop this line at department stores or at the cosmetics boutique Sephora, what you'll notice is the preponderance of food- and drink-scented bath products, all in vivid colors or cutely boxed for gift-giving. It seems that somewhere along the way, the company decided to promote these nose-appeal products while downplaying their more serious-minded, simply packaged skin care. Perhaps the body lotions and bubble baths have become philosophy's bread and butter. Given the hit-or-miss nature of their facial-care products, that's not surprising. Then again, they've also heavily promoted their anti-aging-themed Miracle Worker products...
So what's to like if you're into the vibe philosophy puts out? Well, this is still a line with some well-formulated staples, including an AHA product, some retinol options, and a handful of state-of-the-art moisturizers. The products that get the most promotion at the counter are the ones you should avoid, such as the at-home peels, scrubs, pads, and anti-acne products. However, the somewhat confusing, conflicting image philosophy presents shouldn't keep you from considering their best products—but it's not a lifestyle brand in the sense that using the entire line will somehow bring you a more joyful existence, or significantly improved skin. The philosophy line is now owned Coty, a cosmetics brand primarily known for their fragrances. Their acquisition of philosophy is their first major foray into a widely-distributed skin care brand.
For more information about philosophy, call (800) 568-3151 or visit www.philosophy.com.
Note: philosophy opts to use lowercase letters for every product they sell, so the listings below are simply following suit.
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