Just because a doctor recommends something, it doesn’t mean that it’s good for your skin.
Case in point: St Ives Renewing Collagen Elastin Moisturizer. A few years ago, Dr Oz urged his viewers to put away their expensive creams and turn to this drugstore “gem” instead.
I totally agree with Dr Oz when he says a lot of these fancy moisturisers aren’t worth the splurge. But I wouldn’t suggest this St Ives moisturizer as an alternative. Why?
It’s SO dated. Here’s what I mean:
What’s In St Ives Renewing Collagen Elastin Moisturizer?
Mineral oil has gained a bad reputation because it’s derived from oil. But cosmetic grade mineral oil (the only type allowed in skincare, FYI) is highly purified. All the nasty stuff is taken out before it gets in your cream. Phew!
But what’s it doing here? It’s an occlusive moisturiser that creates a barrier to prevents water loss. Now water stays in, it helps skin stay hydrated for longer.
Before you ask, mineral oil itself isn’t comedogenic. But the barrier it creates can trap comedogenic ingredients into your skin, and those can make you breakout. Be careful what you use it with!
Related: 5 Mineral Oil Myths You Need To Stop Believing Right Now
Propylene Glycol is another ingredient with an undeserved bad rep.
It’s true that, at 100% concentrations, it is an anti-freeze. But no one puts that much into a cream!
In skincare, it’s used in tiny doses. Enough for it to do its job. What job? It’s a humectant, a fancy way of saying it attracts water from the environment into the skin, helping to keep it hydrated.
Related: 7 Skincare Ingredients With An Underserved Bad Reputation
COLLAGEN AND ELASTIN
Collagen is the protein that keeps your skin firm. Elastin makes it elastic (the name gave it away, didn’t it?).
As you get older, and your body stops making so much collagen and elastin, your skin starts to sag and wrinkle. So it makes sense that adding them back into the skin would make it firmer and more elastic again, right?
Collagen and elastin are too big to penetrate the skin. If they can’t penetrate it, they can’t firm anything! All they do is rest on the skin’s surface and hydrate it. That’s it.
Related: 4 Anti-Aging Skincare Ingredients That DON’T Work
Lightweight, gel-like texture. Feels a little greasy only if you overdo it.
A little powdery. Pleasant. Too strong.
How To Use It
In the morning, apply it before sunscreen. At night, it’s the last step of your skincare routine.
Performance & Personal Opinion
St Ives Renewing Collagen Elastin Moisturizer is surprisingly hydrating. I say surprisingly because the texture is very light and sinks in so quickly.
If you’ve got dry skin, it’s not enough. Your skin needs something more heavy duty. But for acne-prone skin that’s a little sensitive? Works like a charm.
The cream keeps skin hydrated for a few good hours, leaving it softer and smoother. Good – but don’t expect anything more than this.
That’s my gripe with this moisturiser. It moisturises indeed, but it doesn’t have any actives – think niacinamide, retinol, or antioxidants – that can slow down aging and fight wrinkles.
Thirty years ago, this may have been a decent formula. Now, it leaves A LOT to be desired.
Who Is This For?
- Oily skin
- Acne-prone skin
- Sensitive skin
Who Is This Not For?
- Dry skin
- Anyone looking for an anti-aging cream
St Ives Renewing Collagen Elastin Moisturiser comes in a huge blue and green jar. It’s not the most hygienic packaging, but it’ll last you for a long time.
Does St Ives Renewing Collagen Elastin Moisturizer Live Up To Its Claims?
|Inspired by collagen and elastin proteins, this lotion helps renew skin’s glow.||Note how the brand doesn’t say collagen and elastin do anything. It just says the cream was inspired by them. And yes, when skin is well-moisturised, it glows a little.|
|Use morning and night for softer, visibly smoother skin.||It does make skin softer and smoother (just like any moisturiser out there).|
Price & Availability
$5.94 at Walmart
Do You Need It?
If you’re still young and need a basic moisturiser that keeps your skin soft and smooth, this’ll do. But don’t expect it to do anything more than that.
Dupes & Alternatives
- CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion ($15.99)
- It Cosmetics Confidence In A Gel Lotion Weightless Moisturizer ($36.00)
Have you tried St Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer? If so, what do you think of it?
Water (Aqua, Eau), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum, Huile Minerale), Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Coumarin, Geraniol.