Jane Seymour (who understandably changed her name from Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg) has had, with the exception of being a very attractive Bond girl in 1973, an undistinguished film career. She now seems to be concentrating on endorsing products: a furniture chain in Scotland and her own line of anti-aging creams, Natural Advantage.

David Hinckley of the Daily News said (with a hint of sarcasm) that Ms Seymour's last made-for-TV movie, Dear Prudence "may combine more proven TV elements than any movie in recent memory". In a way, this could also be said of her skincare range. Natural Advantage Nighttime Renewal Complex is a mediocre mix of the tried and trusted (although there are some ingredients that I wouldn't trust on my face).

The staring role in Nighttime Renewal is given to retinol. However, we are not told what the concentration is and it is the tenth ingredient on the list. The preceding cast of characters are waxes, stabilizers, glycerins, alcohols and silicones. Padding in other words. There are vitamins E and C and bisabolol, which is derived from chamomile. Then there are a few more fillers (methyl metacrylate/glycol, for example, is there to improve the appearance of the cream, not you). Of the six preservatives, two have been linked to cancer (BHT and propyl gallate) and one (phenoxyethanol) to the breakdown of the central nervous system.

Natural Advantage products are available through a mail order scheme. Mercifully, there is no phony free trial, you pay $29.95 to get started and then every month thereafter. However, complaints about products never showing up and poor customer service are legion.

Ingredients in Natural Advantage Nighttime Renewal Complex

Water, Capryic/Capric Triglyceride, Emulsifying Wax, Glycerin, C 10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Cetyl Alochol, Dimethicone, Benzyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Methyl Metacrylate/Glycol, Dimethacrylate, Crosspolymer, Bisabolol, PEG-10 Soya Sterol, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Stearic Acid, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Proply Gallate, Polysorbate 20, Triethanolamine.