FIRMx Neck & Decollete Creme

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$135 - 1.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
1/30/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This neck and chest cream is said to contain ingredients that stimulate natural cell activity that somehow works only for the skin on the neck and chest. (After all, who knows what could happen if you placed it somewhere else—we’re just being sarcastic here.)

We wish we could say they’ve succeeded in creating a remarkable product to remedy signs of aging on the neck and chest, but they haven’t, although they certainly found a price tag that makes it seem like they have. In reality, this is just a moisturizer with a smattering of unusual ingredients, but our analysis of these ingredients (some of which are tongue twisters on a grand scale) did not reveal any special properties or benefits for aging skin, below the jawline or elsewhere.

This product does contain a peptide blend for which there is one study (not published in a peer-reviewed or scientific dermatology journal, so its results are suspect) involving 41 women between the ages of 56 and 65. Half of the women applied a cream with the peptide blend; the others applied a placebo cream. After twice daily use for 8 weeks, the results revealed a 9% increase in skin tightening and 8% increase in firmness compared with the placebo product. Not only is the sample size too small for these results to be reliable, but also the concentration of the peptide blend used in the study was 2.5%, well below what this Roth product contains. Also of interest: The study did not involve application to the neck or chest, which is how this product is marketed, but instead to the forearms and face (Source: www.personalcaremagazine.com/Print.aspx?Story=6594). The study also did not compare the results to the results of other well-formulated skin-care products that include a sunscreen to see how that would measure up.

This contains some good anti-aging ingredients for skin anywhere on the face or body, but most of them (including the peptide blend mentioned above) will not remain effective because this product is packaged in a jar, and jars don’t keep beneficial ingredients stable. Please see More Info for details on the problems jar packaging presents.

More to the point, there isn’t one iota of research or any physiological information showing that skin on the neck or chest needs an ingredient different from the skin on the face. The whole notion is ludicrous.

Pros:
  • Contains a good mix of beneficial ingredients for improving dry, rough skin.
Cons:
  • Expensive and incapable of working as claimed.
  • Jar packaging means the most beneficial ingredients won’t remain stable during use.
  • There is no need to use a separate product for the neck or chest, especially not one as poorly packaged as this.

More Info:

The fact that this neck and chest cream is 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 (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).

This youth activating complex is specially formulated to help stimulate natural cell activity to help firm, contour, brighten, improve the appearance of skin elasticity, resilience, tone, texture, crepiness and fine lines.

Water, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Propanediol, Isocetyl Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Benzimidazole Diamond Amidoethyl Urea Carbamoyl Propyl Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-150 Stearate, Methylheptyl Isostearate, Ceramide II, Propylene Glycol, Hexapeptide-10, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Myristoyl Hexapeptide-16, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifouroacetate, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Maca Root Extract, Squalane, Phytoecdysteroids, BHT, Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Mica, Disodium EDTA, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate, Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose Stearoxy Ether, Magnesium Chloride, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea

Unique in the world of spa and salon specialty lines, Peter Thomas Roth is a large but straightforward line with mostly uncomplicated formulations that, for the most part, are quite good and state-of-the-art. Unlike many product lines, most of the acne, AHA, BHA, sunscreen, and moisturizing products contain what they should to be effective and helpful for skin.

A novel aspect of this line is that there are few (if any) nonsense ingredients. Roth products conspicuously lack the exotic, potentially irritating, sensitizing, and often unnecessary plant extracts and the irritating, fragrant plant oils that show up in most pricey skin-care lines, especially spa lines. Many of these products don't have fragrance, and they lack the long lists of ingredients that are often unnecessarily complicated. Even more impressive are the well-formulated cleansers, sunscreens, AHA products, and skin lighteners. The moisturizers have improved somewhat, and most are now packaged so that the light- and air-sensitive ingredients remain stable. In fact, Roth's packaging deserves special mention because it is exceptionally utilitarian and gender-friendly. No pretty pink bottles, sexy curved jars, or bejeweled caps—all of which reinforce the clinical nature of Peter Thomas Roth. Overall, this line should be admired for its simplicity and, for the most part, for its well-thought-out formulations.

After all that glowing praise there are a few embarrassing missteps to avoid, such as products that contain hydrogen peroxide, which can cause free-radical damage and hurt skin; irritating acne products that contain sulfur; unimpressive masks (odd for a spa-oriented line); and a bumper crop of products claiming to affect expression lines and wrinkles in a manner similar to cosmetic corrective procedures.

For more information about Peter Thomas Roth, call (800) PTR-SKIN or visit www.peterthomasroth.com.

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