We would love to see the studies that NeoStrata claims prove this serum targets multiple signs of aging, because the formula doesn’t correlate with what would be considered a well-formulated, state-of-the-art, anti-aging product, regardless of skin type. Of course, there are no studies to be found.
What you’re getting for your money is mostly water and film-forming agents (think hairspray). Your skin will feel tighter, but it won’t actually be tighter, and it’s disappointing that the hairspray-like ingredients are more prominent than the anti-aging ingredients such as peptides and retinol.
Those looking for an outstanding serum with retinol should consider any from our Best Retinol Products list. If you want to see what peptides can do for your skin (specifically the one NeoStrata Canada includes in this product), consider one of the less expensive serums or moisturizers from Olay’s Regenerist line instead.
Clinically proven to target multiple signs of aging, this serum delivers promised results and can be used on the face, neck and décolleté.
Water, Glycerin, Glyceryl Acrylate, Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Glycerin, Water, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinylmethylsiloxysilicate Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Glyceryl Acrylate/ Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, PVM/MA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-6, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Retinol, Methyl Methacrylate/ Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Propyl Gallate, Polysorbate 20, BHT, Tocopherol, Boron Nitride, Rosemary Leaf Extract Fragrance
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.