Does neck skin age differently than the skin on your face? La Prairie seems to think so, ergo this product. The reality is that although the neck does age differently from the face, that difference cannot be addressed by skin-care ingredients, so this product is completely unnecessary. The way the neck ages is about sun damage and the fact that it has less bone structure supporting the skin, so it can sag faster than the skin on the face or chest. There are no skin-care products that can tighten the skin on your face or neck the way you want them to.
The simple fact is there is no research anywhere in the world showing that neck area skin needs ingredients different from those you use on your face. If you’re using a brilliantly formulated facial moisturizer and/or serum, you can apply those products to your neck, too, as well as sun-protection ingredients, which this product sorely lacks.
Other than its ludicrous price, there’s nothing all that bad about the formula. It’s quite rich, and will definitely feel good on dry to very dry skin, but it doesn’t contain any ingredients you won’t also find in numerous other facial moisturizers from La Prairie, or from other product lines that cost far less.
What is pathetic given the price is that most of the beneficial ingredients this contains won’t remain stable once it is opened, all thanks to jar packaging (see More Info for details). So, this is not only overpriced, but also a waste of money, even if you can afford to waste money!
The one caution to mention is that the fragrance ingredients this contains are known to cause irritation. These ingredients are not what you want to see in anti-aging products, though at least they’re not present in a large amount in this neck cream. Ultimately, there are more reasons to skip this product than to give it a go.
- Very emollient, rich texture will feel great on dry skin.
- Overpriced, especially given you don’t need a special moisturizer for your neck.
- Contains several fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation, though at least they’re not present in great amounts.
- Jar packaging limits the effectiveness of several ingredients.
The fact that this neck cream is 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; and Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Irritation from Daily Use of Fragrance
Daily use of products that contain fragrance ingredients, such as eugenol and limonene, causes irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).