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NeoStrata Canada
Oil-Free Smoothing Lotion Level 3
Rating
50 ml for $39.50
Category:Skin Care > AHA Exfoliants > AHA
Last Updated:10.29.2014
Jar Packaging:False
pH:3.60
Tested on animals:No
Overview

This is one of NeoStrata Canada’s better AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) exfoliants and is highly recommended for normal to dry skin.

The formula contains 10% of the AHA glycolic acid and the product’s pH ensures it will function as an exfoliant. This moisturizing formula contains some helpful skin-repairing ingredients and antioxidants, making it more than just a one-note anti-aging product. Well done!

Claims

Especially suited for the combination to oily skin types that require the maximum exfoliation to even out complexion, while hydrating.

Ingredients

Water, Glycolic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triethanolamine, Silica, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cholesterol, Dimethicone, Polysilicaone-11, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Polydimethylsiloxane Polymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ammonium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, PEG-10 Soya Sterol, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate-20, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance

Brand Overview

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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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Curious about the Replacement

This product has recently been replaced in Canada by Glycolic Acid 10% Smoothing Lotion. I'm curious to know if it is the same product just with different labeling, does anyone know?

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Dawn M.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
correction Neo Strata Canada

I love it !!!! work well on my oily skin !!!

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Polly
Saturday, March 29, 2014
NeoStrada AHA Level 3 Oil Frre Lotion

Excellent product! I've been a fan of NeoStrada products for years and can honestly say I have noticed a big change. People make comments about my skin and ask what I use, I gladly tell them and recommend the use of this product. I buy this particular product because it's the more affordable one here in Canada. Would like to try Paula Begoun's AHA products and a cheaper version that I believe does the same as other AHA products and is more affordable for me is Alpha Hydrox, not available here.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
NeoStrata Canada

I love it !!!!! work well on my oily skin ! must try .

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