With the release of the latest Sex & The City movie, Garnier is taking full advantage by plastering pictures of Sarah Jessica Parker all over its ads for Garnier Ultra-Lift Pro Gravity Defying Cream ($14.99). With its “skin lifting nutrients”, this potion will make you look five years younger within weeks. Is there any substance to this claim? Or will Gravity Defying Cream prove to be as thin as Sex & The City 2’s dialogue?

You can’t get away from the fact that Garnier’s new cream has all the vices of a typical drugstore product packed with silicones and harsh preservatives. To give Gravity Defying Cream its due though, there are some gems here. The most notable of which is Pro-Xylane, a proprietary antiager developed by Garnier’s parent company Lancome.

Pro-Xylane enters the skin and sparks the production and building of sections of the extra-cellular matrix (the gel-like network of proteins and sugars that acts as a scaffold and shock absorber between cells) called proteoglycans. These molecules absorb water, making the matrix more gel-like, increasing the firmness of the cells and hence the skin. It also serves as a highway to guide replenishing molecules such as growth proteins to the cells. As to be expected, we have to take Lancome’s word for this as there are no independent studies.

There is even an ingredient that qualifies as a “nutrient” (although it’s a stretch to think of it as “skin lifting”) high up the list. Used as a carrier oil because it helps other ingredients spread and is easily absorbed by the skin, apricot kernel oil contains the essential fatty acids oleic and linoleic acid and is high in vitamins A and E, all of which help to soothe irritated skin. There’s also soy protein and rosehip oil.

Expect the usual suspects in the preservative department and, unfortunately, linalool, the carcinogenic component of lavender or clove oils.

All in all, expecting that Garnier Ultra-Lift Pro Gravity Defying Cream will make you look five years younger is also likely to turn out to be a road trip to nowhere.

Ingredients:
Aqua/Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil/Apricot Kernel Oil, Isohexadecane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetyl Peg/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Acrylates Copolymer, Benzyl Alcohol, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein*, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol**, Linalool, Magnesium Sulfate, Methylparaben, Octyldodecanol, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polyurethane-2, Retinyl Palmitate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil*** Parfum/Fragrance. *Soy Protein. **Pro-Xylane. ***Omega 3 + 6.