Do Not Age Firming Neck Cream

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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizers/Anti-Aging
Last Updated:
3/19/2014
Jar Packaging:
Yes
pH:
4.10
Tested On Animals:
No

The claims Dr. Brandt makes for his namesake products are getting more and more amusing, but given Brandt's medical credentials, they're also becoming more embarrassing. A cosmetic dermatologist who specializes in all manner of fillers and other injectables shouldn't be making claims that his neck cream works like a GPS (as in Global Positioning System) to target key signs of aging on the neck via "platinum peptide technology." Like GPS!? Who comes up with these idiotic marketing illusions? Regardless, this neck cream really isn't worth your time or money.

One of the showcased ingredients in this neck cream is a peptide. While peptide technology is evolving and seems promising, there's much we don't know about exactly how they work or if they really work at all in skin-care products, but we do know that dermatologists and cosmetics surgeons aren't seeing their appointment books dwindling because sagging necks are being firmed and lifted via peptides in skin-care products. Case in point, Brandt still has a cosmetic dermatology practice.

This product contains platinum, which absolutely makes for some gorgeous jewelry, but it has no special, radar-like ability to hone in on signs of aging. Overall, it's an absurd notion that any minuscule amount of minerals or metals in skin-care products can help at all. (Platinum cannot be absorbed into skin, and you wouldn't want it to, either!)

Dr. Brand boasts of an advanced delivery system, but that claim is typical of many products; there isn't anything unique in that regard for this product. Regardless of the delivery system, no product can correct signs of aging that are fixable only via cosmetic surgery or cosmetic corrective procedures.

All that leaves us with is a neck cream that doesn't contain anything special for the neck; indeed, the concept of neck creams has little merit because if the anti-aging products you're using on your face are well-formulated, then you can and should apply to your neck (and chest), too. Science has not identified special ingredients for the neck; this notion is only asserted by cosmetics companies' marketing and advertising departments.

On the bright side, this cream has a very thick, almost balm-like texture and contains a potentially helpful amount of the exfoliating ingredient glycolic acid. The product's pH of 4.1 ensures some exfoliation will occur, and that can help skin anywhere on the body look younger and become smoother.

This neck cream would actually be a great moisturizer for dry to very dry skin anywhere on the face if it were not packaged in a jar. Jar packaging can severely reduce the effectiveness of key ingredients, such as the antioxidants and, yes, even the peptides in this product. See More Info to learn why buying an anti-aging moisturizer in jar packaging isn't money well spent.

Last, although this neck cream contains fragrant geranium oil, which poses a risk of irritation, the amount is likely low enough that it won't be problematic, but, of course, it would be much better for you skin if it weren't in here at all.

Pros:
  • Rich, thick texture feels great on dry skin.
  • May be able to exfoliate skin given the amount of glycolic acid it contains and the product's pH.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging won't keep the key ingredients stable once opened.
  • Contains nothing special for skin on the neck, nor is it able to tighten or lift sagging skin.
  • Platinum is an unproven ingredient for skin.
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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).

Universal anti-aging neck cream powered by Dr. Brandt’s advanced delivery system, the platinum peptide technology, which works like skin’s own GPS. It delivers potent active ingredients that directly target problem areas to repair & restore skin’s structure.

Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sorbitan Stearate, Cholesterol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Canola Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Silica, Xanthan Gum, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Sorghum Bicolor Stalk Juice, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-17, Colloidal Platinum, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate-20, Ethylhexylglycerin, 3-Aminopropane Sulfonic Acid, Calcium Hydroxymethionine, Calcium Hydroxymethionine, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Simethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate

Dr. Fredric Brandt is a Miami- and New York City–based dermatologist whose claim to fame rests on two main points. The first (and it is a very important credibility factor for consumers) includes the many celebrity clients he claims to work with, while the second is his assertion that he performs more Botox and collagen injections than any other dermatologist in the world. (The picture on the back of his book shows him clad in white, wearing surgical gloves, and holding a syringe.) According to Allergan, the company that makes Botox, they no longer rank the physicians who purchase Botox from them; however, they did confirm that Dr. Brandt was definitely one of their biggest buyers. Yet regardless of how much Botox or collagen Dr. Brandt or any other physician uses, what in the world does that have to do with cosmetic formulations? If anything, you have to wonder why Brandt is using so much Botox and collagen if his products truly fight wrinkles, as he claims they do.

Beyond Brandt's cosmetic enhancement procedures, he is the author of Age-less: The Definitive Guide to Botox, Collagen, Lasers, Peels, and Other Solutions for Flawless Skin. His book and skin-care line are competing against the vastly more popular books and product line from fellow dermatologist Dr. N.V. Perricone. Although Perricone's skin-care line has some drawbacks, including irritating ingredients and the lack of supporting research for his neuropeptide products, the majority of his products, though overpriced, have more pros than cons. Sadly, the same cannot be said for Dr. Brandt, whose namesake skin-care line is one of the more disappointing ever assembled by a dermatologist.

Brandt's products are sold with the tag line that they are "prescription strength, prescription-free," and "are formulated under dermatologic control for maximum safety and efficiency and offer the highest performance without a prescription." Aside from how unbelievable that assertion is, what is not mentioned is the fact that none of the ingredients in Brandt's products are comparable, in any way, shape, or form, to prescription formulations. And what is "dermatologic control" anyway, given that there are no such standards anywhere in the world? Moreover, what do dermatologists know about the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, much less cosmetics? The two arenas of expertise are completely unrelated.

Dr. Brandt positions his products as clinically superior to what you would find in other cosmetics lines, when nothing could be further from the truth. Many of his products tout benefits that don't just stretch the truth, but snap it in two—and these fallacies are all the more disconcerting coming from an esteemed dermatologist. When products contain the problematic ingredients that are so pervasive in Brandt's line, such as irritating plant extracts, drying detergent cleansing agents, and far too many products with skin cell–damaging lavender oil, it becomes nothing more than a too-expensive-for-no-good-reason line that should be approached with extreme caution.

The line does have a few bright spots: many of Brandt's products do contain significant amounts of antioxidants, though that certainly doesn't make his line unique because many other product lines do that too. (Here it's fair to say that while no specific amounts have been established for any antioxidant that will ensure their effectiveness, the general consensus among researchers is that more antioxidants are better than less, and less is still better than none at all.) Unless you're a devoted patient of Dr. Brandt and would be racked with guilt for not purchasing his products while visiting for an appointment, there is no reason to seek out this disappointing line.

For more information about Dr. Brandt's products, call (800) 234-1066 or visit www.drbrandtskincare.com.

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