miracle worker miraculous anti-aging neck cream (Discontinued)
2 fl. oz. for $46
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Before we begin complimenting this fragrance-free product’s formula, it must be stated up front that you do not need a separate moisturizer for your neck. If you’re using a well formulated facial moisturizer (and you should be) you don’t need a separate, special product for the neck.

Miracle worker miraculous anti-aging neck cream illustrates this beautifully because despite being sold as a neck cream, the ingredients it contains are found in facial moisturizers, too. That doesn’t mean this neck cream isn’t worth considering; it is, provided you apply it to your face, too (no reason not to do this). The emollient formula is best for dry skin and contains a great blend of cell-communicating ingredients, antioxidants galore, and some helpful repairing and soothing ingredients. We restate that none of these ingredients are unique to skin on the neck but without question they will help the neck (and, as mentioned, the face) look smoother, feel softer, and be better able to repair signs of aging.

What this neck cream will not do is lift sagging skin or prevent a “corded” look that occurs with age as the platsyma muscle shifts. Those concerns can only be addressed via cosmetic surgery, not skin care, so please do not waste your money on neck creams if those are your concerns.

Note: the amounts of benzyl alcohol and denatured alcohol are low enough to not be cause for concern. The benzyl alcohol is likely present at 1% and the denatured alcohol significantly less than that.


Stay lifted and youthful with targeted anti-aging care. This cream is formulated to help improve the appearance of wrinkles as it supports natural collagen and improves elasticity for firmer-looking skin. Use daily for firmer, smoother, more youthful-looking skin, so you can keep your age a secret and feel confident in your v-neck.


Water, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Isocetyl Stearoyl Stearate, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Polydiethylsiloxane, PEG-30 Dipropylhydroxystearate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Niacinamide, Octyldodecyl Olivate, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Paraffin, Hexyldecanol, Polyethylene, Methyl Soyate, Microcrystalline Wax, Magnesium Sulfate, Cetearyl Methicone, Benzyl Alcohol, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Polysorbate 80, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cera Alba/Beeswax, Dimethicone, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Magnolia Acuminata Bark Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Octyldodecanol, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Carnauba) Wax, Tetrapeptide-14, Beta-Glucan, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-9, Arginine, Tocopherol, Bisabolol, Cocoyl Pentapeptide-9, Cetylhydroxyproline Palmitamide, Stearic Acid, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Lecithin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lysolecithin, Tocotrienols, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tropolone, Alcohol Denat., Propylene Glycol, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Arachidyl Propionate, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Ethyl Linoleate, Ethyl Linolenate, Ethyl Oleate, Mel/Honey Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, TBHQ, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea.

Brand Overview

philosophy At-A-Glance

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.

philosophy Makeup

Minimalism is a big theme among philosophy's dwindling, uneven range of makeup. Whereas the color options from this company used to be extensive, well-organized, and at times clever, what's lining the counter now needs help, in more ways than one. The major issue is the plethora of ordinary products that cost far too much for what they don't offer, which is innovation and, in almost every case, selection. The line shines brightest (pun intended) with its lip color offerings, though the best products in this category are counterbalanced by glosses or lip balms with needless irritants. If you're a fan of philosophy's skin-care products and are considering their makeup, you don't want to try to build a comprehensive color wardrobe with it. However, you'd be wise to explore the handful of pleasant surprises here, including an excellent bronzing lotion, foundation primer with sunscreen, and the multi-use makeup brush.

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neck cream

I beg to differ, the skin on the neck is different than the face. I am 64 and I have tried high quality pharmaceutical face creams on the neck with no or little results. With my doctor recommendation I have been using Revision Nectifirn cream for 2 months and my neck has improved considerably. Feels and looks firmer, neck bands barely noticeable. Skin tone clearer and skin feels soft. Caution if used on the face if acne prone. Will never go without this product until something better comes along

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Jackie E.

Has this product been discontinued? I am trying to find it because it sounds great! I even looked at philosophy's website, but nothing came up for it when I searched :(

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Laura S.
Paula's Choice Research Team Response

Hi, and thanks for your comments! Unfortunately we haven't been able to find it online, either - and partner sites that sell it have been listing it as "no longer available," so it appears it might indeed be discontinued.

—Paula's Choice Research Team
more than just a neck cream

This is a great product for use on the neck and around the eyes. I imagine it would also be a great allover facial moisturizer for someone with dry skin. And it's a much better value than those tiny tubes of "eye cream".

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