NeoStrata claims this is their No. 1 selling anti-aging product, which doesn’t bode well for the many women who made that purchase. That’s because the sunscreen does not include the ingredients needed to shield your skin from the sun’s entire range of damaging UVA rays. For best results, a product must contain one or more of the following UVA-protecting ingredients: avobenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), or Tinosorb.
However, even if the insufficient UVA protection weren’t a problem, this still wouldn’t be a great choice. This lightweight lotion’s base formula contains only a dusting of the brilliant ingredients that help your skin look and act younger. For what NeoStrata Canada is charging, this product should be brimming with proven antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients, and it isn’t.
A bigger consideration is that the sunscreen’s high price discourages liberal application, and if you are to get the SPF benefit on the label, liberal application is crucial.
This product contains the same peptide that is present in some Olay Regenerist products, so if that’s the star ingredient you’re looking for, Olay does a better job, especially the sunscreen part. However, the peptides, in either the Olay line or the NeoStrata line, are not the answer for your wrinkles. Peptides have limited, and mostly unsubstantiated, benefits for skin, and they aren’t antiwrinkle miracle workers and they cannot address signs of aging related to sagging or fat pads shifting (common causes of what many describe as puffy eyes).
This product could be excellent with some formulary tweaks, but as is it’s disappointing!
The #1-selling anti-aging product is now also available with SPF 15. Same great results, now with added sunscreen to protect skin from harmful UV rays. Another anti-wrinkle breakthrough for the eye contour, face and neck.
Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Oxybenzone (5%), Other: Water, Glycerin, Water, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate. Ceteareth-20, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Sodium Acrylate/ Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Dimethicone, Polysilicone,-11, Retinol, Methyl Methacrylate/ Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Propyl Gallate, Polysorbate 20, BHT, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Glucose, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Methylparaben, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Titanium Dioxide, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Palmitoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Fragrance, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate
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.