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After several months of experimentation, I am finally ready stick my neck out and choose my Five Best chin to nipple creams. All of them have contributed to a noticeable difference in tone and texture. My chest is beginning (we've a way to go) look and feel smooth and hydrated. I should add that in addition to these Five Best neck creams, I cannot underestimate the contributions made by daily use of the Clarisonic Brush and a weekly burst of LED light from my Baby Quasar.
If anyone has had great success with something else, please drop a comment and we'll check it out. In the meantime, scroll down for details and continue on for full ingredient lists.
April Rain Night Rainew ($129). I found this night cream to heavy for my face, but it turned out to be just want my neck needed. The secret sauce is Hydropeptide, a combination of hyaluronate, pseudoalterononas ferment (a strain of bacteria from the Arctic Circle that helps with water retention) and a bunch of peptides. The peptides include a couple of those that prevent facial muscles from moving (dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate and AH-3) and a very new one called tripeptide-10 citrulline. The regulation of collagen fibers is controlled by a number of molecules one of which is called decorin. As we get older, decorin activity declines. This new peptide is supposed to mimic decorin so that the collagen fibers are fooled into thinking they should still be productive.
Chella’s Hydrating Face and Body Lotion ($77). This multitasker turned out to be a good workhorse for the neck and décolleté. Like all of Chella’s products, it has a slew of powerful antiagers. Antioxidant Matrixyl (palmitoyl oligopeptide) is high up the list. It stimulates collagen synthesis and skin repair. Mineral aspartate is potentially interesting as aspartic acid salts are believed to be mineral transporters to metabolizing cells, aiding in the metabolic process by replenishing vital electrolytes thereby contributing to efficient energy production. However, there isn’t much research to back this up. The inclusion of acne-controlling zinc could be useful in keeping chest breakouts at bay. And while we are into heavy metals, there is also copper, a powerful skin repairer.
IMAGE Skincare Ageless Serum ($40). I use this as a base for every neck cream and so should you if the skin on your neck and chest is dull and deserving. This is the best skin brightener I have found. Expect a brief tingle on application, but please don’t be put off because if I (a dermatological Princess and the Pea) can enjoy this product then it is likely you can. It is due to the glycolic and lactic acids (there’s also a bit of malic from apple juice for good measure) doing their exfoliation thing. There’s apple stem cells, so it is building collagen as well. For some reason, I found that it stops chest breakouts as well.
Perricone MD Firming Neck Therapy ($60). I had long ago relegated Dr Perricone to the Dept of Goofy, so I was surprised to be knocked out by his neck cream. Indeed, I liked the generously-sized sample pot so much that I will replace it with my own money. An important ingredient is astaxanthin (its the thing that makes Dr P’s favorite fish pink). It is also an antioxidant as demonstrated by a Japanese study that concluded that it protects against oxidative stress. There is also carnosine, which is supposed to extend the Hayflick Limit, allowing cells to reproduce for longer before they finally croak.
Pevonia’s Ligne Esthebuste ($67). The secret sauce is, of all things, the sausage tree. Its proper name is kigelia africana and, appropriately, African folklore has it that the extract will firm breast tissue. There is absolutely no clinical evidence that I could find that supports these claims. Although I have found that that this serum is pleasant to use and generally does seem to firm the skin. What is certain though is that kigelia africana (with its gorgeous bat-pollinated flowers and bizarre monster sausage-like fruit) is an antibacterial, a “significant” (in the words of one study) anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. The leaves and flowers are rich in hexadecanoic acid, a fatty acid, and the other important component is verminoside.
Ingredients in IMAGE Skincare Ageless:
Water, aloe barbendensis leaf extract, lactic acid, glycolic acid, sodium hyaluronate, algae extract, artemesia vulgaris, polysorbate 20, hydroxyethylcellulose, phospholipids, cucumber, arnica montana, yeast (faex) extract, chamomile, grape seed, spearmint oil, eucalyptus leaf oil, disodium EDTA, malic acid.
Ingredients in Perricone MD Firming Neck Therapy:
Aqua (Water), Taurine, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phosphatidylcholine, Palmitoyl Carnosine, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Pyridoxamine Dihydrochloride, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Resveratrol, Disodium EDTA, Pantethine, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Tocotrienols, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Astaxanthin, Parfum (Fragrance
Ingredients in Chella Hydrating Face and Body Lotion:
Water (Aqua), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycereth-26, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Peg-8, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Polysorbate-60, Coco-caprylate/Caprate, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Ruscus Aculeatus (Butcher’s Broom) Root Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Leaf Ext, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Imperata Cylindrica (Root Extract), Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Yeast Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Sodium Pca, Tetrasodium Edta, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Diglycerin, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lecithin, Phospholipids, Superoxide Dismutase, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum).
Ingredients in Pevonia Neck Serum:
Water, kigelia africana fruit extract, gycerin, carbomer, polysorbate-20, sodium chloride, pectin, chamomile, phenoxyethnol, sodium citrate, methysilsothiazolinone
Ingredients in April Rain Night Rainew:
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Propylheptyl Caprylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, C4-24 Alkyl Dimethicone/Divinyldimethicone Crosspolymer/Isodecyl Isononanoate, HydroPeptide® Complex (Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Lecithin, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, Acetyl Glutamyl Heptapeptide-3, Tripeptide-1, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol), Hydroxethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Ceteareth-20, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Menthyl Lactate, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Polydiethyleneglycol Adipate/IPDI Copolymer, O-Cymen-5-OL, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Diacetyl Boldine, Tropolone, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Fragrance.