We wonder how many women are buying products like this, unaware that they are not only wasting their money but also potentially hurting their skin in the process. We suspect women who wouldn’t bat an eye at the cost of this kind of product probably aren’t reading this review, so if you clicked on it out of curiosity, please pass it along. (Of course, that’s what we hope you do with all of our reviews, but even more so for products with obnoxious price tags like this one!)
This water-based serum’s price is almost as outrageous as its formula, which isn’t the least bit lifting or “next generation.” It contains a high amount of sodium citrate, a salt-based ingredient that’s a derivative of citric acid, which can be irritating when so prominent in a skin-care formula. The irritation may cause your skin to feel tighter, but skin feeling tighter (think of washing your face with bar soap) isn’t the same as making loose, sagging skin tighter—that process requires far more than this product provides (see More Info for ways you can help improve sagging).
The formula also contains a high amount of a dry-finish solvent plus alcohol, the same kind that is pro-aging rather than anti-aging. Following closely behind are constricting plant extracts whose irritation potential spells more trouble for skin. Those are joined by fragrance ingredients known to be irritating, so, despite the fact that this product contains some promising anti-aging ingredients, you’re most likely getting far more trouble for minimal benefit, all at a premium price. No matter how you look at it or how large your skin-care budget may be, this product is one to leave on the shelf.
- Shockingly expensive.
- The main ingredients can be irritating, and irritation always ages skin.
- Contains fragrance ingredients known to be irritating.
- The tight feeling this leaves behind is from irritation, not your skin being lifted.
Alcohol in Skin-Care Products
Alcohol in skin-care products causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs the skin’s ability to heal. The irritation it causes damages healthy collagen production and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse (Sources: “Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In,” Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm).
Irritation From Fragrance and Fragrant Oils
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic 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 Aging and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
Why Skin-Care Products Cannot Lift Sagging Skin
Many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn’t possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that’s exciting! To gain these youthful benefits, you must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. This combination of products (remember, one product doesn’t do it all) has extensive research showing how it can significantly improve many of the signs of aging, such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You’ll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.