Although there are some very good emollient ingredients in this product, the truth is you don't need a special cream for the neck. Yes, skin on the neck can be thinner and can show sagging sooner than skin on the face, but that doesn't mean a special cream is needed—and no neck cream can change what really bothers most people when the neck begins to age (namely, deep, horizontal grooves, banding, and sagging).
What we typically observe with neck creams versus facial moisturizers is that neck creams tend to be more emollient; that's nice if your skin is dry, but that generally isn't the problem for skin on your neck. Even so, there are rich facial moisturizers that would easily do the job. What is most important to realize is that there are no special ingredients skin on the neck needs that skin on the face (or chest) does not.
If that isn't reason enough to skip this neck cream, here are two more: The jar packaging won't keep the most beneficial anti-aging ingredients (of which there are many) stable once you open it and the lavender oil this contains may smell great, but fragrance isn't skin care. In fact, lavender oil is among the most problematic ingredients for skin. See More Info for details about jar packaging and lavender oil.
In the end, despite its rich formula and impressive mix of antioxidants, plant oils, and skin-repairing ingredients, this neck cream cannot address the "special needs" of skin on the neck. This is due not only to the limitations of skin-care products when it comes to how the neck ages, but also because skin on the neck doesn't need different ingredients than skin on the face. You can (and should) apply your facial skin-care products, including sunscreen, exfoliants, serums, and other treatments, to your neck—not this unnecessary product!
- Jar packaging reduces the effectiveness of the best ingredients in this neck cream.
- Contains fragrant lavender oil, a potent skin irritant that's the opposite of anti-aging.
- Doesn't contain anything unique or special for skin on the neck.
Jar Packaging: The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and 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 are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial 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; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Lavender Oil: Research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, can be cytotoxic, which means that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil is a pro-oxidant, and this enhanced oxidation increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is the most potent form, and even small amounts of it (0.25% or less) are problematic. Although it's fine as an aromatherapy agent for inhalation or relaxation, it is a must to avoid in skin-care products (Sources: Psychiatry Research, February 2007, pages 89–96; and www.naturaldatabase.com).