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About a week ago I talked about the best ways to take care of your neck and chest, and one of the things I mentioned was that no, you do not need to buy specific skincare for that area. At least not in general – every rule has exceptions! But is the NIOD Neck Elasticity Catalyst one of them? (More info: The best way to take care of your neck and chest)
What does it claim to do and did it improve the appearance of my neck and chest?
What the NIOD Neck Elasticity Catalyst claims
Multi-Peptide Formula to support skin elasticity and density.
If you are looking for more information about peptides, I have a post dedicated to them here, as I won’t be able to go into too much detail in this review.
Facts about the NIOD Neck Elasticity Catalyst
Prize and size
There are two sizes available, the one I have is a brown glass jar containing 50 ml of product and available for 65 €, the other one is 100 ml, available for 90 € and quite frankly the better option not only in terms of price per ml, but also in terms of packaging. Getting stuff out of the jar is a pain unless you use a small spoon, and even then it still is messy. Both are available on the website here and are vegan.
Texture and smell
The best way to describe the texture is “jello”, it feels as if it was something to eat. The color is a beautiful orange, almost amber and the smell is rather medicinal. Not exactly pleasant, but it doesn’t linger either. And as it goes on your neck, it is far enough from your nose that it shouldn’t bother you.
How to use the NIOD Neck Elasticity Catalyst
NIOD tells you to apply the product to the neck and lower face areas, basically the areas where you experience sagging, and not as much on the chest, where hyperpigmentation and wrinkles are your main concern. That being said, I don’t really like applying a different product to the lower parts than I do to the rest of my face, it is just too much hassle. (More info: What is Skinimalism and why is it good for you?)
It can be used morning or night and as it isn’t sticky or heavy, both will work. I personally use sunscreen on my neck in the mornings though, which is why I reserved it for the evening.
There is nothing that is likely to react with any actives, so you should be able to pair it with anything else you plan on using. (More info: How to mix your active ingredients)
Ingredients of the NIOD Neck Elasticity Catalyst
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It contains humectants and emollients, Caffeine as antioxidant, plant extracts like Plantain Leaf Extract claiming to be antiinflammatory and Edelweiß Stem Cell Extract claiming to firm and lift the skin on the neck and then quite a few peptides. There are some peptides that are supposed to relax the muscles and prevent wrinkles, some that target skin firmness (including Acetylarginyltryptophyl Diphenylglycin or Relistase which is supposed to inhibit elastase, the enzyme that breaks down collagen) and others that stimulate healing and regeneration, but no copper peptides – my favorite, you know that, and also no retinoids.
Basically nothing that I would file under “exception of the rule that you don’t need dedicated neck and chest products” – this would probably work just as well on the rest of your face than it does on your neck and lower face.
Does it live up to its claims?
It contains multiple peptides and might even support skin’s firmness – support isn’t really a measurable claim.
Would I repurchase and which skin types do I recommend the NIOD Neck Elasticity Catalyst to?
I would not repurchase. Not because I don’t like the product, it is a really nice cream, but simply because it didn’t give me 65 € results. I think using my sunscreen and a gentle retinoid has done more for my neck than this one at a much lower price point. If you want to indulge, go ahead and treat yourself, but I don’t think it is worth the investment.
Skincare and devices to use on your neck (there is a 15% discount code for the Neck & Deck Perfector when you look at the discount page above):
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