It seems appropriate that I should embark on a new neck cream that has extract from the cork tree, since cork is what the skin on my neck looks like these days. The neck cream is by Revision Skincare and is called Nectifirm ($50).

The cork tree, phellodendron, is a stalwart of Chinese medicine and is gaining a reputation with researchers as an anti-inflammatory and important antioxidant. The extract is fairly high on Nectifirm’s ingredient list and it is preceded by sandalwood and yeast extracts. There is more to sandalwood than an exotic smell, it is another anti-inflammatory as well as soother of skin irritations.  Meanwhile, at least one study has shown that yeast extract (saccharomyces cerevisiae) is an antioxidant and improves moisture retention of the skin.

For a mid-priced product, Nectifirm appears to have a lot going for it. It has the two peptides that make up Matrixyl 3000 and even has a dash of SYN-COLL, which is palmitoyl tripeptide-3 and is supposed to outperform Matrixyl at boosting collagen production. Ceramide 2 is a useful inclusion, as is bamboo, a source of natural silica.

There are a few standard cream fillers such as a silicone and some stearates. But I’ve seen more offenders in potions twice as costly as Nectifirm. There are, however, a few of the usual suspects amongst the preservatives including triethanolamine, diazolidinyl urea and iodoprpynyl butylcarbamate.

I shall be trying out Nectifirm over the coming month. Who knows perhaps it will be an effective neck cream that won’t strain my credit card.

Ingredients:

Purified Water, Santalam Album (sandalwood) Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (yeast) Extract, Prunum Amygdalus Dulcis (sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Tricaprylin, Glycerin, Cetyl Esters, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Lauryl Lactate, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Dihydromyricetin, Glyceryl Stearate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-3, Squalane, Hordeum Distichon (barley) Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ceramide 2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Algae Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris (bamboo) Extract, Steareth-20, Idebenone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Pisum Sativum (pea) Extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Polysorbate 60, Glucoseamine HCI, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C), Ceteareth-20, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Triethanolamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Tribehenin, Diazolidiny Urea, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance