Although this contains vitamin C, it ends up being an overly fragranced, one-note product. Skin needs more than vitamin C to look its younger, healthier best and it definitely doesn’t need this much fragrance. Besides, the vitamin C won’t remain active once this product is opened because it’s packaged in a jar. See More Info for details on why jar packaging is a problem.
Keep in mind fragrance isn’t skin care (see More Info for details) and beyond fragrance itself, this body cream also contains fragrant plants, including several forms of citrus, all known to be irritating.
Last, there is nothing special about this product for skin over age 40. Age is not a skin type, and with this product you’re getting mostly fragrance anyway, not good skin care regardless of how old you are!
- Rich emollient texture with vitamin C.
- Highly fragrant, and fragrance isn’t skin care.
- Expensive yet doesn’t contain stellar ingredients to justify the price.
- Contains fragrant plant extracts known to be irritating.
- Jar packaging won’t keep the vitamin C stable.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
The fact that it’s 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).