The name of this fragrance-free moisturizer makes it sound like a lower face-lift in a jar, but that's not the case. In fact, the jar packaging itself is a problem for the stability and efficacy of several key ingredients (see More Info for details).
Although the emollient formula for normal to dry skin won't help sagging (see More Info for details), this contains a handful of ingredients that could improve wrinkles, at least if this were packaged to protect those ingredients from degrading upon exposure to light and air once it is opened.
Platinum is a gimmicky ingredient with no proven benefit for skin. Besides, given real platinum costs about $1,500 an ounce, even if it could have benefit, there wouldn't be enough in here to help skin in any way.
Signature Club A claims that the Platinum ElectroCharged Complex consists of nanoparticles of platinum so small they are able to deliver key ingredients to the areas of skin where they are needed. The issue is you don't want platinum in your skin. Because platinum is a heavy metal, it leads to health issues upon exposure to this metal's salts. Although it isn't as toxic as other heavy metals, that still doesn't make it something you want broken down into absorbable particles.
A component of platinum is used in some chemotherapy medications. It's included in these medications for its cytotoxic (meaning it kills cells) capabilities when combined with other substances, but that has nothing to do with topical application or with restoring youth (Source: Journal of Clinical Oncology, August 2007, pages 3266–3273).
There is one study showing that when platinum is nano-sized, it can have a protective effect against UV-induced inflammation (Source: Experimental Dermatology, October 2010, pages 1,000-1,006). While that's nice, there are lots of ingredients (especially antioxidants) that help reduce inflammation from UV rays and they don't have any potential risk either.
In terms of the electrocharged part of the name, no one at Signature Club A seems to know what that's about, but electrically charging skin-care products or ingredients is useless for your skin.
At best, this moisturizer will make skin feel smoother and softer (just like thousands of others), but it cannot replace (or even be a good stand-in for) the need for a face-lift.
- Emollient formula leaves skin smooth and soft.
- Over-the-top claims in term of what this can do for sagging skin.
- Platinum nanoparticles can be problematic for skin.
- Jar packaging.
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).
Many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn't possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that's exciting! In order to gain these youthful benefits, you must protect skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. This combination of products (remember, one product doesn't do it all) has extensive research showing how they can significantly improve many of the signs of aging such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You'll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.