This ordinary, fragrance-free formula is not the antiwrinkle answer for anyone’s skin; it’s just a basic emollient moisturizer that’s a barely passable option for dry skin.
NeoStrata Canada maintains that the peptide in this moisturizer reverses signs of aging, but there’s no research showing it does. Besides, if it could really do that, then why is NeoStrata Canada selling dozens of other antiwrinkle products that don’t contain the same peptide? Do those not work, and this one is the real deal?
It is important to understand that improving the appearance and healthy functioning of aging skin requires much more than one showcased ingredient. Think of it like your diet: Although broccoli is healthy, if that was all you ate, your health would soon suffer.
Last, even supposing the peptide in this moisturizer is a miracle worker—its effects won’t last long due to the jar packaging. 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.
Contains an innovative pentapeptide that helps reverse the signs of aging and is suited for even the most sensitive skins.
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate,Glycerin, Water, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Behenyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethiconol Behenate, Isopentyldiol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Glucose, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Cetyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Mango Seed Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Titanium Dioxide, Water, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl
NeoStrata Canada is not associated in any way with the NeoStrata brand sold in the United States, and the product selections are completely different. We asked NeoStrata Canada's owner, Canderma Pharma, Inc., why many of the products are completely different, but no one would tell us, so it remains a mystery.
What NeoStrata Canada and the U.S.-sold NeoStrata products do have in common is an abundance of well-formulated AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) exfoliants at effective concentrations and at the correct pH levels. The prices are all over the place, but for the most part you can be assured that any AHA product you purchase from NeoStrata Canada will exfoliate your skin and provide additional benefits such as improved skin texture and tone.
Exfoliants are both lines' key selling point, but they're not perfect. For example, the AHA products with sunscreen do not provide enough critical UVA protection (meaning they lack the UVA-protecting active ingredients of avobenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Tinsorb, ecamsule, or Mexoryl SX). That lack is a disappointment for those who were hoping that an AHA plus sunscreen would be a convenience.
NeoStrata Canada has several other intriguing products that include impressive ingredients such as peptides, retinol, vitamin C, and the company's patented AHA alternative, the polyhydroxy acid known as gluconolactone. Despite including some great ingredients, the formulas suffer from the inclusion of irritants (alcohol is a big one) and/or packaging that won't keep the beneficial ingredients stable during use.
The serums with vitamin C are worth a look, if you're curious about vitamin C. However, you'd do better looking for vitamin C in a product that also treats your skin to a variety of beneficial ingredients because one antioxidant is never enough; your skin requires much more (just like your diet) to be healthy so it can look and act younger.
Because NeoStrata Canada's products are not associated with the NeoStrata brand sold in the United States, our team called NeoStrata Canada's customer service to get additional consumer information about their products. Unfortunately, NeoStrata Canada's customer service phone number was perpetually set to voicemail, and our numerous messages (all left as regular customers, not as investigators) were never returned. After two weeks, the one email reply we did get in response to a question concerning active ingredients said simply that they couldn't give us any information. Their solution was to tell us that we would have to locate the product on store shelves to answer our own question. Either our question was too probing or NeoStrata Canada's strength is not customer service.
For more information about NeoStrata Canada, call (800) 636-3664 or visit www.neostrata.ca.
Note: All prices are in Canadian currency.