Lift Effect Serum for Neck and Decollete

by Cellex-C   
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$125 - 4 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
3/6/2013
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No
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This pricey, fragrance-free serum should contain more than what it does given the cost. It’s mostly water with a skin-repairing ingredient, water-binding agent, preservative, and red dye. None of the ingredients this contains are unique to skin on the neck and chest. Skin showing signs of aging anywhere on the body needs the same type of ingredients to help it look and act younger, which is why there’s no need (really) to seek out special products for the neck and chest.

This serum contains a plant ingredient known as kigeline. Derived from the African tree Kigelia africanam it is said to offer “superior firming properties” yet there is no research to support that. Although the bark of this tree contains components that would be problematic for skin, the kigeline portion is extracted from the fruit. The only research on the fruit portion of this plant has to do with its effect on controlling the proliferation of cells and its role as an anti-inflammatory agent (Sources: In Vivo, January-February 2012, pages 99–105; and Journal of Natural Products, November 2005, pages 1,610–1,614). None of this has to do with firming, toning, or lifting sagging skin below the chin. This serum’s lightweight gel texture may make skin feel tighter as it dries, but making skin feel tighter isn’t the same as actually tightening and shoring up loose, sagging skin. Even if products like this worked to improve sagging, you have to wonder: Where would the excess skin go? At best, this is a mediocre, overpriced serum for normal to oily skin.

Cellex-C Lift Effect Serum for Neck and Decollete is a fragrance-free liquid gel that firms, tones and smoothes the delicate skin below the chin. This spray serum helps maintain elasticity, as well as minimize lines and wrinkles, giving skin a more youthful appearance.

Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Kigeline, Galactoarabinan, Beta Glucan, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4

As you may have guessed from the name, the story of Cellex-C has to do with vitamin C. The company has a long-held, ongoing belief that the complete form of this vitamin (ascorbic acid) is the key to reducing the signs of aging skin, including wrinkles, loss of firmness, and discolorations from years of sun exposure. Although the folks behind this brand have done their own research to support some of their claims for vitamin C, their studies are not that impressive because the conclusion anticipated was that Cellex-C would come out on top. The effects of ascorbic acid weren't compared with the effects of other beneficial, well-researched ingredients. For example, it would have been interesting to see how Cellex-C compared to a product with retinol, salicylic acid, or even a serum with multiple antioxidants (Source: Archives of Otolaryngology, October 1999, pages 1091–1098).

The good news is that published, peer-reviewed research has proven that topically applied ascorbic acid has benefit for skin. Before we get to the benefits vitamin C can bestow on skin, it needs to be stated up front that vitamin C is not the answer to your skin-care concerns, nor is it the be-all and end-all antioxidant that cosmetics companies such as Cellex-C assert it is. There is no conclusive or even vaguely convincing research indicating that a single antioxidant is the best among the hundreds and potentially thousands that exist. In fact, there are lots and lots of potent antioxidants, and vitamin C is just one of them (Sources: International Journal of Pharmaceutics, July 14, 2005, pages 153–163; Journal of Pharmaceutical Biomedical Analysis, February 2005, pages 287–295; and Journal of Molecular Medicine, August 2000, pages 333–336).

Research shows that vitamin C does have numerous benefits, including the following: It's a potent antioxidant, particularly in regard to protecting skin cells from UV-induced damage. It delays tumor formation after (animal) skin is exposed to extensive UV damage. It has a low risk of skin sensitization at concentrations up to 10% in the form of ascorbic acid (although some Cellex-C products contain more than 10%, increasing the risk of irritation without providing a statistically greater benefit). In addition, vitamin C reduces transepidermal water loss, thus strengthening skin's barrier response; promotes collagen production, and has the potential to thicken the dermis; it also reduces inflammation. Ascorbic acid at levels of 5% and above has been shown to have a positive effect on hyperpigmentation, but in this area the results are not as impressive as those with hydroquinone, suggesting that a combination of the two would be optimal; however, Cellex-C does not use hydroquinone. Vitamin C also improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin by strengthening skin's repair mechanisms, and enhances the effectiveness of dermatologist-performed procedures such as peels and microdermabrasion.

(Sources for the above statements: International Journal of Toxicology, volume 24, supplement 2, 2005, pages 51–111; Experimental Dermatology, September 2005, pages 684–691 and June 2003, pages 237–244; Dermatologic Surgery, July 2005, pages 814–817; Nutrition Reviews, March 2005, pages 81–90; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, November-December 2004, pages 298–303; BMC Dermatology, September 2004, page 13; International Journal of Dermatology, August 2004, pages 604–607; and Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, March-April 2003, pages 145–149.)

Despite the benefits of topical vitamin C, it is important not to get hung up on any one antioxidant, regardless of its history. Aging is more complicated than just the loss of or need for vitamin C—or any other vitamin, enzyme, protein, peptide, fatty acid, amino acid, or lipid in the skin. Although vitamin C is clearly an effective ingredient for skin, many other antioxidants are just as good, including beta-glucan, vitamin E, vitamin A, green tea, grape extract, selenium, curcumin, lycopene, superoxide dismutase, and on and on. Moreover, there is extensive research about each of those and lots of others and their benefit for skin. Furthermore, many researchers studying antioxidants and their effects on the human body believe that the best plan of attack is to use multiple antioxidants rather than narrowing your choices to a few well-publicized options, or staying with the mistaken belief that there is a single "best" antioxidant (Sources: Archives of Dermatologic Research, April 2005, pages 473–481; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, February 2005, pages 515–528; Photochemistry and Photobiology, January-February 2005, pages 38–45; and Mutation Research, April 2005, pages 153–173).

Beyond the information above, it's also important to keep in mind that, for all its posturing, Cellex-C has remained primarily a one-trick pony. In contrast, competitor Skinceuticals has expanded beyond vitamin C to offer their customers a greater variety of effective ingredients in proficient amounts. Skinceuticals products are priced similarly to Cellex-C's, but in the Skinceuticals line you'll find intelligent use of retinol, more intriguing antioxidants, and less jar packaging. Skinceuticals has its drawbacks and blatant similarities to Cellex-C, but at least more of their products take a well-rounded approach, providing your skin with more than just vitamin C.

For more information about Cellex-C, call 1-888-409-9979 or visit www.cellex-c.com.

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