Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer
10 fl. oz. for $5.99
Last Updated:04.01.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Collagen-Elastin Essential Moisturizers is about as basic a facial moisturizer for normal to dry skin as you’re likely to find at the drugstore. Most cosmetics companies have long since given up claiming that collagen and elastin can reduce wrinkles when applied topically. Why hasn’t St. Ives? Besides, even if these two ingredients could fuse with the collagen and elastin in skin, St. Ives uses only a fractional amount of each. This moisturizer also contains small amounts of fragrance chemicals known to irritate skin.


Restores moisture for visibly softer, smoother skin. This moisturizer, with collagen elastin proteins, hydrates for visibly softer, smoother skin.


Water, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Propylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oii (Safflower), Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linalool, Hexylcinnamal, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Courmarin, Geraniol

Brand Overview

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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Love this moisturizer!

I have been using this for about 2 years now and I do notice a BIG difference in my skin. My skin is softer, the lines around my eyes and mouth have noticeably diminished Everyone's skin reacts differently to different products. What works well for some may not work at all for others so it is very difficult for me to accept that one product is considered bad over another. All you can do is give it a try and see how your skin reacts to it. Only negative..No sunscreen. You MUST use a sunscreen

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