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.
- Contains a good mix of beneficial ingredients for improving dry, rough skin.
- 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.
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).