Is St Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer Really As Good As Dr Oz Claims?

by Gio

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Just because a doctor recommends something, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is good. A few years ago, Dr Oz urged his viewers to put away their expensive and fancy creams and buy St Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer instead. Now, I agree with him that a lot of these fancy moisturizers are poorly formulated and way too overpriced, but I wouldn’t suggest the St Ives moisturizer as an alternative. Why? Its formula is SO dated.

What St Ives Says

This moisturizer, with collagen elastin proteins, hydrates for visibly softer, smoother skin.

Ingredient Analysis

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Mineral Oil

Mineral oil has gained a bad reputation because it is derived from oil. But cosmetic grade mineral oil, the only type allowed to be used in cosmetics, has been highly purified. All the nasty stuff has been taken out of it, making it safe for use.

Mineral oil is an occlusive skin conditioning agent. It works by creating a barrier that prevents water loss, thus helping skin stay hydrated. Because of this, it is a great choice for dry skin.

Although mineral oil, on its own, isn’t comedogenic, it can cause breakouts when used with pore-clogging ingredients. That’s because it traps them beneath the barrier it creates. So, if you use it with other non-comedogenic products, you shouldn’t experience any side effects.


Propylene Glycol

Propylene Glycol is another ingredient with an undeserved bad rep. It is true that, at 100% concentrations, it is an anti-freeze, but of course, no one puts that much into a cream! In cosmetics, where it is used in minuscule amounts, it is used as a humectant, which means it can attract water from the environment into the skin, helping to keep it hydrated. Propylene Glycol can also help other ingredients better penetrate into the superficial layers of the skin, although mineral oil may actually block that from happening.


Collagen and elastin

Collagen and elastin work together to keep skin elastic and smooth, but, when used in a lotion, they don’t have any anti-aging properties. That’s because their molecules are too big to penetrate the skin, so they just rest on its surface and hydrate it. That’s it.

Final considerations on the formula

Is St Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer a good moisturizer? Yep. Problem is, moisturizing skin is all it does. The formula doesn’t contain antioxidants, nicinamide, retinoids, sunscreen agents, or ahas, all ingredients proven to help skin remain healthy and look younger for longer. Twenty years ago, this may have been a decent formula, but in 2014, a cream should do more than just hydrate skin, even at this low price point. And the jar packaging? I usually don’t like it because it doesn’t keep light-sensitive ingredients effective for long, but there’s nothing in here that can go bad when exposed to light and air.

Full ingredient list

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


St Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer is available at amazon . A 10 oz jar costs only $5.44.

The Bottom Line

St Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer is a very basic moisturizer. It will hydrate your skin, but don’t expect anything more. That’s why I recommend this cream only to acne-free teenagers who have great skin to begin with,and aren’t yet interested in anti-aging creams, and only have a small budget to satisfy their skincare needs.

Have you tried St Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer? If so, what do you think of it?

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Anshul August 14, 2014 - 8:16 am

I love this product and love how affordable it is!!! 🙂 Such a staple for my skincare routine!! 🙂

Gio August 14, 2014 - 8:24 pm

Anshul, glad you enjoy it. It does moisturize skin well. I just wish it did more.

Kiss & Make-up August 14, 2014 - 10:26 am

Yeah, looks like it promises more than it can actually do.

Gio August 14, 2014 - 8:23 pm

Melissa, it’s a shame it does so little, doesn’t it?

Janessa September 4, 2014 - 4:29 am

Dr. Oz… he’s blacklisted haha. Not really, just on my list of opinions to disregard. Why him when I can read unbiased reviews from lovelies like you?
I haven’t tried any St. Ive’s products. I know they’re supposed to be more affordable but I don’t want to use peach rind (popular face scrub of theirs) on my skin or a moisturizer that might break me out. I have tons of body moisturizers I already love so I just never got around to try any of their products. As I’ve tried more facial skincare products, I’m more wary about trying new products. I guess with the exception of masks and lip balms.

Gio September 4, 2014 - 8:26 pm

Janessa,lol. I think if you’re looking for a basic moisturizer, this ain’t bad, but in 2014 there are much better options around that can prevent premature aging, exfoliate skin, etc.

Re skincare products, I think that once you’ve found some that work really well for you, you kind of lose the curiosity to try more in case they hurt your skin or just not work as well as your current HGs. Trying new skincare products can be risky. Unlike makeup, which can just be washed off if you don’t like it. 🙂

Christie September 29, 2014 - 12:08 am

I bought this creme with low expectations. It is doing a great job keeping my skin moisturized. I have sunscreen and more expensive creams to do the other tasks. This is fine for pre-workout, my neck and layering over other products.

Gio September 29, 2014 - 4:21 pm

Christie, it is a good cream indeed if all you want is a basic moisturizer. I just prefer cream that have anti-aging properties too.

Dee April 17, 2015 - 6:03 pm

Which cream would you recommend that’s as natural as possible? I’m trying to find one that’s free from all nasties, not hugely expensive but still does a great anti-aging job.

Gio April 19, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Dee, I am a big fan of Mad Hippie. Their creams and serums are natural, effective, and reasonably priced.

Dee April 19, 2015 - 7:18 pm

Thanks – I’ll definitely check these out x

Gio April 19, 2015 - 8:23 pm

My pleasure!

jenny July 16, 2016 - 3:54 am

can u also use it as a body moisturizers or lotion ty

Gio July 20, 2016 - 11:56 pm

Jenny, yes you can.

Brandi July 30, 2017 - 4:33 am

I’m just saying my grandmother has used only this for as long as I can remember. She has never looked her age. Even at 80 years old barely a wrinkle. Your claims of “not enough” is a personal opinion. I’ve witnessed it working for 35 years. Even on myself.

Gio August 5, 2017 - 10:53 am

Brandi, I know this moisturizer has been around for a long time, but are you sure it’s been 35 years already? Anyway, no cream can do the miracle you claim. Your grandmother must also be avoiding the sun, eating a healthy diet or do something else. There’s nothing in this cream that can keep wrinkles away so long. It’s not my opinion. It’s science. All my claims are always backed up by studies.

Latreece Huckleby June 17, 2019 - 6:29 pm

Me too I’ve started using this product in beauty college in 2002 and my skin still doesn’t have a wrinkle at 46yo. I had bad acne all my life until I started using the apricot scrub, toner with salicylic acids then the moisturizer to clear my skin. I still have the pits from the deep blackheads but the pores are smaller and the scars are minimal. The DAMAGE is done, but I have fewer breakouts as an adult now.

Rahman December 8, 2017 - 2:27 pm

Hey! Thank you a good read.
So what do you recommend as anti-aging for my mamma who is having extreme dry skin ?

Gio December 10, 2017 - 1:51 pm

Rahman, the best antiaging ingredients can be drying for the skin. I recommend she treats her extreme dryness first and then think about an antiaging regime.

You can check out my post on how to treat dry skin here:

My post on the best antiaging ingredients is here:

Julia May 26, 2018 - 11:13 pm

If you were to add anti-aging ingredients (for an example frankincense essential oil, or hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, etc.) to the moisturizer, could this add anti-aging properties, even a little? I have a tub of it at home and love the moisturizing effects, but I do want to have some anti-aging ingredients in my cream. I’d hate to throw it to the side. Thank you for your time!

Gio June 2, 2018 - 2:41 pm

Julia, that’d definitely add some anti-aging benefits to the cream. But the jar packaging wouldn’t keep them stable for too long. Especially, the pure form of vitamin C.


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