The claims Dr. Brandt makes for his namesake products are getting more and more amusing, but given Brandt's medical credentials, they're also becoming more embarrassing. A cosmetic dermatologist who specializes in all manner of fillers and other injectables shouldn't be making claims that his neck cream works like a GPS (as in Global Positioning System) to target key signs of aging on the neck via "platinum peptide technology." Like GPS!? Who comes up with these idiotic marketing illusions? Regardless, this neck cream really isn't worth your time or money.
One of the showcased ingredients in this neck cream is a peptide. While peptide technology is evolving and seems promising, there's much we don't know about exactly how they work or if they really work at all in skin-care products, but we do know that dermatologists and cosmetics surgeons aren't seeing their appointment books dwindling because sagging necks are being firmed and lifted via peptides in skin-care products. Case in point, Brandt still has a cosmetic dermatology practice.
This product contains platinum, which absolutely makes for some gorgeous jewelry, but it has no special, radar-like ability to hone in on signs of aging. Overall, it's an absurd notion that any minuscule amount of minerals or metals in skin-care products can help at all. (Platinum cannot be absorbed into skin, and you wouldn't want it to, either!)
Dr. Brand boasts of an advanced delivery system, but that claim is typical of many products; there isn't anything unique in that regard for this product. Regardless of the delivery system, no product can correct signs of aging that are fixable only via cosmetic surgery or cosmetic corrective procedures.
All that leaves us with is a neck cream that doesn't contain anything special for the neck; indeed, the concept of neck creams has little merit because if the anti-aging products you're using on your face are well-formulated, then you can and should apply to your neck (and chest), too. Science has not identified special ingredients for the neck; this notion is only asserted by cosmetics companies' marketing and advertising departments.
On the bright side, this cream has a very thick, almost balm-like texture and contains a potentially helpful amount of the exfoliating ingredient glycolic acid. The product's pH of 4.1 ensures some exfoliation will occur, and that can help skin anywhere on the body look younger and become smoother.
This neck cream would actually be a great moisturizer for dry to very dry skin anywhere on the face if it were not packaged in a jar. Jar packaging can severely reduce the effectiveness of key ingredients, such as the antioxidants and, yes, even the peptides in this product. See More Info to learn why buying an anti-aging moisturizer in jar packaging isn't money well spent.
Last, although this neck cream contains fragrant geranium oil, which poses a risk of irritation, the amount is likely low enough that it won't be problematic, but, of course, it would be much better for you skin if it weren't in here at all.
- Rich, thick texture feels great on dry skin.
- May be able to exfoliate skin given the amount of glycolic acid it contains and the product's pH.
- Jar packaging won't keep the key ingredients stable once opened.
- Contains nothing special for skin on the neck, nor is it able to tighten or lift sagging skin.
- Platinum is an unproven ingredient for skin.
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).