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Over 40 Imperial C Body Nourishment Cream
Rating
9 fl. oz. for $26.50
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products
Last Updated:08.27.2012
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Unknown
Review Overview

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!

Pros:

  • Rich emollient texture with vitamin C.

Cons:

  • 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.

More Info:

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).

Claims

Signature Club A's Over 40 Only Imperial C Body Nourishment Cream is a deliciously-scented beauty treatment that will make you feel like you just stepped out of a luxury spa.

Ingredients

Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Royal Jelly, Honey, Propolis Extract, Pollen Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Steareth-2, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Benzophenone-4, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 5, Red 40

Brand Overview

Signature Club A At-a-Glance

Strengths: Several products contain proven anti-aging ingredients and are fragrance-free; reasonable prices; most of the capsules are worth a look; excellent blush and mascara.

Weaknesses: Many of the anti-aging claims are over-the-top, stretching the boundaries of what skin care can really do; jar packaging which doesn’t keep the good ingredients in the products stable; the Meltdown cleansers tend to be highly fragrant; products for various areas (face, eyes, neck, and chest) tend to have remarkably similar formulas; poor foundation formulations with limited shade ranges; poor concealer and eye pencil.

Signature Club A is a line of skin care and makeup sold exclusively on the Home Shopping Network (HSN). The woman behind this brand, Adrien Arpel, has been involved in the world of cosmetics for over 40 years. Back in the 1970s she owned a namesake skin-care and makeup company sold in department stores.

Adrien Arpel sold her namesake line to a large corporation, but several years later, she had a falling-out with them. As a result of this falling out, she was prevented from attaching her name to another brand, so she began to market herself and her new products under the name "Adrienne." These products are now being sold under the brand Signature Club A.

As was true when Paula first reviewed Adrien Arpel's brand in the 1980s, there are more disappointments then strengths. This is not a line to turn to for anti-aging formulas despite the myriad options available, especially considering Signature Club A offers only one sunscreen. Dozens of anti-aging products and only one sunscreen should be illegal, but sadly it isn't, even though your skin will suffer as a result! Abundant research makes it incontrovertibly clear that you can't fight wrinkles, brown spots, and sagging skin without daily (and we do mean daily) use of a sunscreen designed for your skin type. And it should be loaded with antioxidants for even greater benefits.

Beyond skin care, the key to looking younger longer is to consider the corrective cosmetic procedures (Botox, dermal fillers, laser treatments) you feel comfortable having done. Indeed, the combination of a brilliant skin-care routine with the right cosmetic procedures can make a strikingly positive difference.

Whether you're intrigued by Signature Club A's skin care or makeup, there are only a handful of products to consider. This line is known for its large makeup kits. Although these may seem like a great deal, they aren't because most contain so-so products that aren't nearly as good as what many brands at the drugstore offer. They definitely don't have anything over the e.l.f. brand, which costs far less. Note that Adrienne's on-air presentations often spotlight makeup kits. These may seem like a  great value, but they're not if the products are mediocre (most of them are) which means you'll be less likely to use them often, if at all.

Bottom line: You're not missing out on some anti-aging miracle or secret formula if you skip this line altogether. The curious should shop carefully, and follow our recommendations on what to avoid so you can be sure you're getting the best of what Signature Club A has to offer.

For more information about Signature Club A, call 1.800.284.3900 or visit www.hsn.com.

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