Become is an anti-aging cosmeceutical skincare line out of Australia. “Cosmeceutical” refers to the combination of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. It’s meant to imply cosmetic products with medical or drug-like benefits. In my opinion, it’s become an overhyped word that’s really more about marketing. However, Become does formulate its products with active ingredients, and the brand does promise pretty impressive results, with some amazing before and after pictures on its website. I tested the Become Age Resistant Ultimate Face Neck Moisturiser ($129) which is meant to treat “extreme dehyradration, fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, uneven skin tone, redness, enlarged pores and loss of radiance.” Really? Is there anything this cream can’t do?
Before I get into how the cream performs, I should mention that I was skeptical of this product from the outset. Here’s why. First of all, that long list of claims sounds a bit too much. No matter your concern, this cream is the answer – Red flag #1. Red flag #2 is the jar. It comes in the type of jar that makes me wonder if more money goes into the packaging or the product. And finally, Become is the type of company where you can become a sales rep, or as they term it, an “advisor.” Basically, they are recruiting people to sell more products for them. I really shouldn’t judge this business model; it’s ultimately a win-win for everyone. But for some reason, I start to question the quality of the actual product being sold – red flag #3. Now, I honestly and truly put all of that aside when it came to testing the cream. I may have started out as a skeptic, but after seeing those before and after photos I was definitely hopeful!
The Ultimate Face + Neck moisturizer is formulated with lots of anti-aging heavy-hitters. There’s resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant. There’s teprenone, an interesting ingredient that’s meant to increase cell renewal. There’s hyaluronate, a well-known hydrator. You’ll also find vitamin C ester, which is known to even skin tone and is also an antioxidant. And wild sea fennel stem cells, which is claimed to smooth skin and increase cell renewal. What’s impressive is that these things are pretty high up on the ingredients list. Further down, you’ll find some other good stuff like tumeric root extract, aloe, pearl powder and olive fruit oil. So far so good.
The cream itself is thick and rich and feels really good on your skin. My skin felt very hydrated. When your skin is hydrated, it also appears plump. This is a good thing. That hydrated plump feeling actually lasted most of the day. The way my skin felt to the touch made me wonder if there are silicones in the cream. Turns out there are. I don’t know the final verdict on silicones but although they can feel nice to the touch, I prefer to avoid them. And since I’m breastfeeding I also prefer to avoid phenoxyethanol, which shows up at the bottom of the ingredients list. So I decided to let my mom, who is in her late 60s, try out the cream for several weeks. She really loved the feel of it and described it as “rich and creamy without being tacky or greasy.” She too felt like it was a great moisturizer for mature dry skin. She didn’t think it really had any effect on her deep lines. But when I asked her how she felt her skin looked overall, without scrutinizing each line or crease, she had to admit that over the past few weeks her skin was looking pretty good. Being so well hydrated was having a positive effect. She definitely wanted to continue using the jar until the final drop. Although, it’s unlikely that she’ll purchase it again at the $129 price point. All in all, despite my first impression, this cream had won me over. And if you’re not a total purist like I am, this makes for an excellent moisturizer with some major anti-aging benefits.
Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Algae Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Teprenone,Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (stabilised Vitamin C), Pichia/Resveratrol Ferment Extract, Glyceryl Acrylate, Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Buxus Chinensis, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Helianthus Annus(Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Tochopherol Acetate,Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Dimethicone, Mannitol, Sodium Citrate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-15, Tochopherol Acetate,.Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Amino-Esters-1, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Solanum Melongena Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Tumeric) Root Extract, Pearl Powder (Margarita Powder), Ocimum Basilicum (basil) Extract, Water, Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, Xanthan Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Stearyl Alcohol,.Cetyl Alcohol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glycerin,.Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol