Dr Brandt Contour Effect- reader reviewed and recommended
I am a 66 year old desert dweller with medium brown dry skin, which sometimes has dry or peeling patches around the eyebrows and mouth. I have little to no facial wrinkles, large pores or deep lines, but it is a constant struggle to keep my skin hydrated. I volunteered to review, hoping to receive a product that had few chemicals or ingredients I try to avoid, and was pleased to receive Dr. Brandt's Contour Effect ($182), which is described as a rich moisturizing cream for dry dehydrated skin.
It did not contain polyacrylamide, a cumulative neurotoxin which I really try to avoid. The list of ingredients was quite long, however, and there were a few ingredients I wish were not present ( methylsilanol, cyclopentasiloxane, butylene glycol, hydrogenated polyisobutene, phenoxyethanol, sodium styrene/acrylate copolymer, butyl-, ethyl-, methyl-, propyl- and isobutyl parabens, triethanolamine). Several of the other ingredients, however, are plant extracts, which I prefer. I am a retired biochemist, and pay close attention to the ingredients of the cosmetic and skin product I use.
I was especially interested in its claim to re-contour the skin, as my neck has begun to appear a little crepey. I received the product in sample packets, each of which yielded about 3 applications. I used it 1-2 times daily, usually morning and night. It felt very creamy and moisturizing when applied after cleansing and toning my face and neck, but during the first few uses, I noticed dry patches. I traced this irritation to the product I was temporarily using to cleanse my face, and after I switched back to my regular cleanser ( a moisturizing soap), the patches disappeared. My take-home lesson was that the cream was not a cure-all or a substitute for appropriate cleansing and toning. I stopped using my regular moisturizer while testing this product, but continued to use the minimal amount of makeup I usually wear. After 3-4 weeks of use, my crepey neck looks smoother, but I only see a small, if any improvement in my facial skin. The moisturizing effect does not seem to be lasting; if applied once a day, after several hours my skin looks dry again. But I think the improvement in my neck is worth recommending this product.
The product is quite expensive, however, and would be well out of my price range to purchase routinely. However, I liked it well enough to purchase a jar in discontinued packaging that I found online for 1/10 of the price of the product in current packaging. The online reviews of this product included complaints of skin irritation. I have not started the new jar yet, but I hope the reviewers of the online product may have had the same problem I had initially; which as I mentioned was due to another product I was using.
Water (Aqua), Methylsilanol Hydroxyproline Aspartate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methylsolanol, Mannuronate, Myristyl Myristate, Triisostearin, Caprylyl Trimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cetyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Bacopa Monniera Extract, Behenyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Cetyl Alcohol, Triheptanoin, Urea, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-100 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Sodium Styrene/Acrylate Copolymer, PEG-40 Stearate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Germ Extract, Phospholipids, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Lecithin, Allantoin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Castoryl Maleate, BHT, Retinyl Palmitate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Silanediol Salicylate, Triethanolamine, PEG-8, Xanthan Gum, Cyathea Medullaris Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Laureth-3, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester.