Tested on animals:Yes
uplifting miracle worker moisturizer cool-lift & firm moisturizer for face & neck claims to re-contour and lift skin by stimulating its natural functions and stimulating more collagen and elastin, the latter substance being nearly impossible to regenerate. Unfortunately, the only uplifting action here is the money you'll lift from your pocketbook if you invest in this problematic moisturizer.
Although you won't see sagging skin improve, you will see and feel smoother, velvety soft, hydrated skin thanks to the mix of basic but effective moisturizing ingredients this contains. After that, the formula begins a downhill slide, especially since it contains more fragrance than state of the art anti-aging ingredients. It's those state of the art ingredients skin needs to fight wrinkles and restore some amount of firmness, not fragrance which is counterproductive.
The "cool" part of this moisturizer's name comes from the menthol-derived ingredient menthyl lactate. The tingle this causes isn't your skin being lifted or a sign of a positive skin function being stimulated; rather, it's your skin telling you it's being aggravated, an issue that's actually pro-aging!
The last ingredient is salicylic acid, and in the right formula and greater amount this ingredient can do remarkable things for skin. Sadly, it's another strike for what amounts to just an overpriced, basic moisturizer whose jar packaging won't keep the tiny amount of great ingredients this does contain stable once opened (see More Info for details).
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- Infuses skin's surface with moisture.
- Leaves skin feeling velvety-soft.
- Jar packaging won't keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
- Cannot lift or re-contour sagging skin.
- Contains more fragrance than impressive anti-aging ingredients.
- Menthyl lactate's cooling effect poses a risk of sensitizing skin.
Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: This anti-aging formula is packaged in a jar, which means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable for long once it's opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients are air-sensitive and begin to break down in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective.
Jars are also unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, contaminating the product. This leads to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.
When shopping for an anti-aging moisturizer, the ingredients that provide the most benefit for addressing visible signs of aging among many other concerns need to be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging.
References for this information:
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, issue 14, pages 97-106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, issue 3, pages 252-259.
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, issue 9, pages 4676-4683
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, issue 6, pages 640-660
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82-88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1-10