01.20.2011
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NeoStrata Canada
Body Smoothing Lotion
Rating
240 ml for $34.75
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:01.20.2011
Jar Packaging:False
pH:3.80
Tested on animals:No
Overview
This is a very effective body lotion that exfoliates dry, sun-damaged skin with a 10% concentration of the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) glycolic acid.

Although formulated within the correct pH range for the AHA to function as an exfoliant, the overall formula is plain vanilla, and the skin anywhere on your body needs a more complex mix of beneficial ingredients.

Body Smoothing Lotion does exfoliate and smooth your skin, but many other AHA exfoliants provide considerably more benefits. One to consider is Paula’s Choice Skin Revealing Body Lotion with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid. Also good are Alpha Hydrox products, which are available at the drugstore.
Claims
A complete body lotion that contains 10% glycolic acid to exfoliate rough or dry skin while moisturizing, revealing smoother and softer skin.
Ingredients
Water, Glycolic Acid, Triethanolamine, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Fragrance, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Ammonium Hydroxide, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Glyceryl Dilaurate, Triundecanoin, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate
Brand Overview

NeoStrata Canada At-a-Glance

Strengths: Effective AHA products with glycolic acid and, in some instances, the polyhydroxy acid gluconolactone; good, but pricey self-tanner; some well-formulated moisturizers and vitamin C serums.

Weaknesses: Irritating anti-acne products; the AHA with sunscreen products do not provide sufficient UVA protection, leaving your skin vulnerable to the sun's aging rays; most of the skin-lightening products contain an irritating amount of alcohol; jar packaging; some of the products contain such large amounts of anti-aging ingredients that they tip the scales toward irritation rather than toward youthful benefits.

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.

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