01.20.2011
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Eye Contour Smoothing Cream
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15 ml for $30
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products
Last Updated:01.20.2011
Jar Packaging:No
pH:3.80
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Although this product does exfoliate skin, it lacks a prime selection of state-of-the-art ingredients. NeoStrata Canada did include a helping of antioxidant plant oils and extracts, but they could have included larger amounts to address the dry skin problems characteristic of the eye area.

More to the point, there is nothing in this formula that makes it preferred for the eye area; in fact, the gluconolactone and the low pH of this product may cause stinging if used around the eyes, but that is more of an individual response than a guaranteed reaction.

We know it’s hard to believe, but the truth is you don’t need an eye cream. Although there is much you can do to improve the skin around your eyes, the ingredients capable of doing that don’t need to come from, and often aren’t even included in, an eye cream (such as sunscreen, which this product doesn’t contain). To exfoliate in the eye area, you can simply apply the same exfoliant you use on your face, taking care to not apply it too close to the eye itself and never on the eyelids.

Bottom line: You can save money and take superior care of your eye area by using your face product, if it is well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes!

Claims

Especially formulated for the delicate eye contour area to gently reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Ingredients

Water, Gluconolactone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Propylene Glycol, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Dimethicone, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Evening Primrose Oil, Propylene Glycol Hydroxystearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Methylparaben, Avocado Oil, Chlorphenesin, Grape Seed Oil, Arginine, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Propylparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate

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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03.27.2013
Smoothing eye contour cream

I have been using this product for one year and 4 months now religiously, twice or more a day for the sole purpose of smoothing out the tiny wrinkels under my eyes and helping the dry skin (I am only 22). If this product did not work on someone as young as myself with very fine tiny wrinkles then it would most likely not work on anyone older. Very disappointed but will continue to use it until it is gone due to the price that I had paid for it.

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