St. Ives Renewing Collagen Elastin Moisturizer claims to be inspired by collagen and elastin proteins, thus renewing the skin’s youthful glow. However, can this product offer you the best anti-aging benefits available? We shall examine product ingredients as well as aspects of customer service to help answer that question.
This manufacturer claims that this product has a sole active ingredient, Safflower seed oil. This ingredient is known to smooth and moisturize skin by promoting hydration and decreasing the appearance of wrinkles. Although this ingredient is beneficial, it is only the 8th ingredient on the ingredient list (out of 21 ingredients) meaning that the concentration may be limited and the effectiveness may be inhibited. Hydrolyzed Collagen and Hydrolyzed Elastin may support anti-aging efforts, however, they are at the bottom of the ingredients list and may not be concentrated enough to offer a substantial impact to the product. This formula contains no tested and clinically-proven patented ingredients which are a concern considering some products have up to 5 of these ingredients to ensure the best anti-aging benefits available. Some of the better ingredients to look out for in these competing products include revitalizing Glucare S2% and wrinkle-elimination Argireline NP. It is positive to note that this product is 100% natural and dermatologist-tested. However, there is no mention if this product is vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, or manufactured in a cGMP certified facility; placing the ethics as well as practice procedures into question. It’s interesting to note that the formula has recently changed which caused some outrage from fans, complaining that the once effective product now has potentially dangerous ingredients such as toxic phenoxyethanol (7th on the ingredient list). This is a concern.
The manufacturer suggests using this product both morning and night. Begin by scooping a small amount of moisturizer onto fingers and rubbing onto skin to distribute evenly. Smooth the product all over the face until it is fully absorbed. This product comes in a tub and may be more messy and inconsistent to apply than another product packaging such as a pump bottle. As mentioned before, there is no concentration of the key active ingredient or supportive ingredients available. However, what is concerning to note is that the toxic ingredient phenoxyethanol is higher up on the ingredients list than all 3 of the beneficial ingredients.
St. Ives Renewing Collagen Elastin Moisturizer is not available from the manufacturer’s website but rather from third-party sites like Amazon. A 10 oz tub of product retails at $5,44. There are packages of 2 and 4 units available for $10,88 and $23,97 respectively. This very affordable price may be the result of poor-quality ingredients and processes used, which may cost you more in the long term.
After thorough research, we are concerned to note that the manufacturer guarantee is unavailable. This is unfortunate and instills even less confidence in the product’s ability to fulfill its claims. Furthermore, there are many negative customer reviews complaining of the formula change and are unhappy with the new version’s results.
St. Ives Renewing Collagen Elastin Moisturizer Review – Conclusion
St. Ives Renewing Collagen Elastin Moisturizer seems like an appealing product at first glance, using suggestive words like Collagen and Elastin in the title. However, these ingredients are at the bottom of the formulas ingredient list. Although the product’s key active ingredient is known to be beneficial, it too is low on the formula list. The product is lacking clinically-proven and tested patented ingredients and the recent formula change has made many customers upset. Furthermore, the formula includes potentially toxic ingredients such as phenoxyethanol which is higher in concentration than the active ingredients. This is a concern. Although the product may be cheap, the price may not be worth it. There is also no manufacturer guarantee available and many negative customer reviews. For these reasons, we do not recommend this product.