03.17.2015
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StriVectin Neck Cream (Discontinued)
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1.4 fl. oz. for $90
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

“Turkey neck”—you know what it looks like and you know when that description applies to the skin on your neck. StriVectin claims to have the solution for this sign of aging, claiming that this cream can lift, shape, and refine sagging skin, which it cannot do—but more on that in a moment. The appearance of turkey neck on adults occurs when the platysma muscle (which consists of two broad strands of muscles on both sides of the neck) loosens as a result of time and repeated movements. A neck lift corrects this drooping appearance by surgically shortening or reattaching the platysma muscles to their original position. In some cases, Botox injections can improve the appearance of sagging muscles on the neck, but in advanced cases cosmetic surgery is the only way to eliminate the dreaded turkey neck.

Knowing this, you have to reason that a neck cream cannot possibly be of help, other than providing basic moisture. There are some absorbent and tightening ingredients in this jar-packaged moisturizer for normal to dry skin, but the tightening effect is temporary and incapable of shoring up loose skin that results from drooping muscles. Even if it did work, where would the loose skin go? It won’t disappear, and simply moving it up isn’t going to make your neck look any better. StriVectin Neck Cream contains a small amount of a form of antiseptic resorcinol, and it may prove irritating. It is also packaged in a jar, which means the antioxidants (which benefit skin anywhere on the body) won’t remain potent for long.

Claims

The first and only StriVectin formula specifically developed for the sensitive neck area (including the decolletage). StriVectin Neck Cream dramatically reduces the appearance of “turkey neck”... lifting, shaping and refining as it produces a smoother, younger-looking contour.

Ingredients

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,Glycerin, Silica, Yeast Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Glycereth 26, Dimethicone/Divinyldimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Polypeptide 1, Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Dimethicone, Albumen, Titanium Dioxide, Acrylates/C10 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, PEG 8, Disodium Distyrylbiphenyl Disulfonate, Phosphate Buffered Saline, Polysorbate 20, Alumina, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Triethanolamine, Sodium Methylparaben, Sodium Ethylparaben, Sodium Propylparaben

Brand Overview

StriVectin At-A-Glance

Strengths: A good cleanser and a couple of worthwhile moisturizers.

Weaknesses: Expensive; The original (and now the "improved" StriVectin-SD product (and every other product sold under this brand name) is absolutely not better than Botox; some of the products contain irritant peppermint oil; the Deep Wrinkle serum is terrible.

We had previously written about the original StriVectin-SD, when a reader asked about its ability to repair stretch marks. That was StriVectin's initial claim to fame, though the fame was all self-promoted, as there is not a single independent, peer-reviewed study to prove that StriVectin is an effective option for repairing stretch marks. The studies that do exist about StriVectin's benefits for stretch marks were paid for by Klein-Becker, the company that distributes StriVectin (and is associated with Bremenn Research Labs, which has a growing history of trouble with the FDA and various watchdog advertising organizations).

According to the company's ads, they were surprised to find that not only was StriVectin-SD getting rid of women's stretch marks, but also that somehow their facial wrinkles were going away, too. This discovery lead to the astounding "antiwrinkle breakthrough of the decade." What followed were the now-famous magazine ads that posed the question of whether StriVectin was "Better Than Botox?" Not surprisingly, this ad captured the attention of millions of people concerned with mitigating signs of aging "without painful injections".

Regrettably, no supportive research needs to be available to sell this kind of hyperbole. All it takes is to promise women that a product will get rid of their wrinkles and they will buy it in droves, no matter how many other product lines, infomercials, advertisements, or cosmetics salespeople pledge the exact same thing. StriVectin isn't and was never "better than Botox"!

Of course, now the original, lauded StriVectin-SD product has been replaced by what the company describes as a "super-charged comprehensive skin repair cream for stretch marks, wrinkles, and aging skin". It seems there's no aging skin concern this product cannot address, but as it turns out, the updated formula presents the same drawbacks as the original, although it is arguably a better formulation (just not for stretch marks).

As for the rest of the StriVectin line, it contains proportionately more misses than hits. It isn't the anti-wrinkle answer and in fact some of their products contain the type of irritating ingredients that hurt your skin's ability to look and function in a younger manner.

For more information about StriVectin, call 1-800-430-0227 or visit www.strivectin.com.

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