11.26.2012
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5
Sculptinex Instant ReSculpting Face Treatment
Rating
1.4 fl. oz. for $44.50
Category:Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:11.26.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Here’s another product essentially claiming to be a face-lift in a tube. The promise of “instant sculpting” is one that many women who are dealing with a less-than-taut visage will find appealing. But, applying a skin-care product cannot undo what time, genetics, sun damage, hormonal changes, bone loss, muscle movement, and gravity have caused.

The backbone of this dubious treatment is a film-forming agent that forms a flexible, mesh-like “net” over the skin. As it sets on your skin you may feel a slight tightening sensation. But if you look closely, the sagging skin won’t be lifted in the least; it’s just a tactile sensation meant to convince you the product is working. The statistics from the clinical studies for this product seem enticing, but good luck seeing them (the company would not release them, which is typical), so this ends up being marketing artifice rather than a real study. You’re left to take Good Skin’s word for it that your skin will be 51% firmer after two months of use.

Beyond the talk of firming and sculpting, is there any reason to consider this serum? It contains several intriguing ingredients that have value for skin, but for a Lauder-owned line, the Sculptinex formula isn’t quite as impressive a formula as similar products from other Lauder-owned lines, such as Clinique Repairwear or Lauder’s own Perfectionist brand. Many of the state-of-the-art extras in this product are listed after the preservative, and as such don’t have much impact on skin. Still, this is a good formula overall, and it has a cosmetic tightening and smoothing effect some may enjoy. (Just keep in mind that your skin isn’t really being sculpted or lifted back into place.) By the way, this doesn’t contain the antioxidant reseveratrol, as claimed, at least not according to the ingredient list.

Claims

Instant sculpting meets long-term firming in one innovative product. From the scientists at GS Labs, this technologically advanced system instantly resculpts skin, while noticeably lifting and firming when used over time. Immediately, 64% of subjects reported an immediate tightening effect resulting in a more sculpted look. After 4 weeks, 20% measurable increase in skin firmness in clinical studies. After 8 weeks, 51% visible increase in lifting in clinical studies.

Ingredients

Water, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysilicone-11, Lauroyl Lysine, PEG-12 Glyceryl Dimyristate, Saccharomyces/Xylinum Black Tea Ferment, Steareth-2, D1-C12-15 Alkyl Fumarate, Steareth-21, St. Paul’s Wort Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Wheat Protein, Matricaria Flower Oil, Coconut Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylates Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-10, Dimethicone, Triolein, Pentylene Glycol, Biotin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tromethamine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Pvp, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylates Crosspolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Oleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Polyquaternium-51, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Stearic Acid, Silica, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorophenesin, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide

Brand Overview

GoodSkin Labs At-A-Glance

Strengths: Most of the serums and treatment products (including the wrinkle fillers) are very good; relatively inexpensive given the anti-aging ingredients used; some of the products are fragrance-free.

Weaknesses: Falls short in terms of not offering any sun protection products; no longer a comprehensive line.

GoodSkin Labs is owned by Estee Lauder and sold exclusively at Kohl’s department stores. Although originally launched as a full-featured collection of skin-care products, the brand has since been whittled down to a few key players. We’re not sure why the downsizing occurred, but perhaps it’s Lauder simply decided to focus on the core products that sold best. Whatever the reason, what remains from GoodSkin is a mixed bag—but there are some very good products you may want to consider. Because this is Lauder-owned line, you’ll find several products are similar to others from Laude brands, including Clinique. The price point of GoodSkin Labs is in line with Clinique, though with Clinique you have a lot more choices and can, if desired, put together an entire skin-care routine. Just to be clear, you can put together a brilliant skin-care routine with products from different brands—let go of the myth that you won’t get good results if your routine mixes and matches various brands. In some cases that may work beautifully, but more often than not it can lead to trouble because few lines offer a perfectly ideal assortment of products. What GoodSkin Labs does best is serums and anti-aging treatment products (including wrinkle fillers) and most of them are fragrance-free. Their formulas combine proven beneficial ingredients in elegant textures and packaging that helps keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use. As with most cosmetic lines, the claims are a bit over the top, but for the most part the formulas contain an impressive range of ingredients that can help your skin look and act younger. You won’t find anything here that Estee Lauder’s namesake brand isn’t also offering, but if you routinely shop at Kohl’s, there are some products that are worthy of checking out! For more information about GoodSkin Labs, visit www.goodskinlabs.com.

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