Although this facial moisturizer has a great price and unusually generous size, its formula is a big step backward. In many ways, moisturizers don't get more dated than this. Instead of a sophisitcated mix of repairing ingredients and antioxidants, you're left with mostly water, mineral oil, and slip agents. OK, but not great and your skin deserves great!The tiny amounts of collagen and elastin in this moisturizer won't provide timeless results. Neither ingredient can fuse with or shore up these supportive substances in skin, even when they're used in greater amounts.
Normally we'd comment on the jar packaging being a problem for the light- and air-sensitive ingredients, but in this case the formula is so bare bones the packaging is mostly a hygiene issue. This moisturizer does contain a small amount of fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation.
This moisturizer, with collagen & elastin proteins, hydrates for visibly softer, smoother skin.
Water (Aqua/Eau), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum) (Paraffinum Liquidum, Huil Minerale), Propylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed OiI (Safflower), Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Ethylhexl Glycerin, Linalool, Hexylcinnamal, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Coumarin, Geraniol
St. Ives At-A-Glance
Strengths: A couple of water-soluble cleansers, a gentle microdermabrasion alternative; some good, inexpensive body lotions; excellent hand cream.
Weaknesses: Overly abrasive scrubs; ineffective anti-acne products; dated moisturizer; overall, the facial-care products are substandard, even if they are inexpensive.
Two things set this line apart in the minds of consumers familiar with the brand: the Swiss angle and their apricot face scrubs. This notoriety didn't translate to thoughtfully formulated products, though. Instead, most of the scrubs are too abrasive, and the apricot is simply there as an extract, never mind that in a scrub it doesn't have any significant benefit for skin. The same can be said of the selection of supposedly Swiss-based herbs. Most of them have soothing properties, but it doesn't matter to skin if the ingredients came from Switzerland or South Dakota. If anything, the whole Swiss angle is getting a bit tired. You can bet that there are no scientists working high in the Swiss alps to formulate these products. St. Ives is a line with very little worth considering, so feel free to breeze right by as you shop for skin-care products at your local drugstore.
For more information about St. Ives, owned by Unilever, call (800) 333-0005 or visit www.stives.com.
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