Pro-Collagen Radiantly Smooth Body Cream (Discontinued)

by Elemis   
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$162 - 6.76 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:
6/28/2012
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
No

This body cream has a lush, emollient texture that feels great. As a specialty spa line the price is supposed to make it sound like you are getting something special, but you aren’t. In fact you would be buying more problems than benefit. While it does contain several plant oils with antioxidant properties that improve dry skin, the problematic ingredients outweigh the benefits. Adding to the absurdity of the price and overall formula is the jar packaging, which won’t keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable. This also contains the potent menthol derivative menthoxypropanediol, which is irritating for all skin types.

This anti-aging body cream deeply hydrates, visibly smoothes and firms to give skin lift with illuminating youthful radiance. Unique Lattice Technology helps to improve skin crepiness and elasticity. Formulated with Mexican Skin Tree, Amino Acids, Padina Pavonica, Brown Seaweed Laminaria, Red Berry AHA’s and a trio of nourishing exotic oils. The result is a beautifully smooth, firmer, younger looking body.

Water, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Diethylhexyl Carbonate, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Lauryl Laurate, PEG-8, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Hull Powder, Squalane, Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil Nut) Seed Oil, Milk Protein (Lactis Proteinum), Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Seed Oil, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Fruit Extract, Acacia Decurrens Extract, Rosa Damascena Extract, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Mica, Menthoxypropanediol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, O-Cymen-5-Ol, Fragrance, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Glycolic Acid, Malic Acid, Iron Oxides, Lactic Acid, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Lysine, Sorbic Acid, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Citronellol, Arginine, Leucine, Tyrosine, Valine

Elemis products are sold at upscale department stores, such as Nordstrom, and in select spas. The company describes itself as having the most successful professional spa and anti-aging range of products in the world—quite a boast, especially considering that we've never seen Elemis listed on any review or comparison of the financial status of cosmetics companies, and we review that sort of information frequently. I'm comfortable wagering that Aveda, Darphin, Decleor, Sisley, Sothys, or even Yon-Ka have greater sales than Elemis each year, but we suppose they're hoping the fiduciary boast helps establish their credibility stateside. Even if their numbers were accurate, popularity does not necessarily equate to quality; cigarettes and getting a tan are still popular, and both are terrible for skin.

Just like every spa and salon line we've ever reviewed, Elemis uses the exact same approach to skin care that their competition does—touting the miraculous properties of essential oils and the benefits of aromatherapy. Of course, Elemis wants you to believe that their blend of nature and science is the only way to keep your skin looking young and wrinkle-free for as long as possible. As is true for many lines, Elemis has followers, and some of the customers we overheard at our local Nordstrom store were excited about this line. One woman actually commented to her husband: "Look, honey, these are the products used in that expensive spa we went to, so they must be good!" Although we really wanted to tell her that spa products and price tags have nothing to do with formulary excellence, we kept my mouth shut; we get in enough trouble at cosmetics counters as it is.

On first glance we weren't real enthused about this line, and after extensive review and researching their products, we are even less enthused, plus a bit irritated at the paucity of value represented. For the most part, this is nothing more than an average collection of products whose elitist spa positioning allows them to get away with charging an exorbitant amount of money for products that cannot possibly do what they say. Even worse, they may hurt your skin in the process due to the irritating fragrant plant extracts they contain. As expected, sun protection as part of daily skin care is given little attention (their daytime moisturizers top out at a whopping SPF 7), while there are numerous moisturizers and serums claiming to increase skin's dermal respiration, oxygenate tissues, and make inelastic, sagging skin a thing of the past. If you're the type to fall for such false promises and want plants galore, there's not much else we can say to keep you from exploring this line. But if you're skeptical and concerned chiefly with getting the best possible skin care for your needs (and dollars), then Elemis is a line you can safely and absolutely ignore (if you want to splurge there are far better options).

Falling for the Elemis spa trappings, potent fragrances, and "we're-imported-so-we're-better" philosophy won't provide your skin with the litany of ingredients it needs to function at its peak and to resist signs of aging that can be legitimately addressed with state-of-the-art products.

For more information about Elemis, call (800) 423-5293 or visit www.elemis.com.

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