If you think about it you can tell that this is all rubbish. Your face is not made of butter but of skin and muscle and bones. Maybe it can be changed using Photoshop but otherwise you will need the surgeon knife. And then, anything can happen, most of it bad.
And yet, skin care advertising uses “sculpting” with abandon. Then, it is time to look at ingredient lists, like the one from City Multi Action Sculpting Cream.
And no, don’t expect Skin Actives to sale anything like this!
Without the solvents and thickeners, this is what the ingredient list looks like:
Caviar Extract 2 (fish egg puree), Hydrolyzed Silk (assorted peptides), Aloe Leaf Extract, Matricaria Extract, Oat Kernel Extract, Allantoin, Green Tea Extract, Comfrey Leaves Extract, Trifluoroacetyl Tripeptide-2, Soy Isoflavones, Hydrolyzed Rhizobium Gum, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Hydroxyacetophenone (fragrance), lecithin, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Fragrance.
Benefits? Yes, from soy isoflavones, green tea extract, tocopherol (vitamin E, but we prefer our antioxidant booster), lecithin. These are antixoidants and there are assorted nutrients. But sculpting?
If you are expecting those two peptides (Trifluoroacetyl Tripeptide-2 and Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester) to do anything good for you, you will be waiting for a long time. Nothing on these two from the scientific literature.
On the other hand, be aware that there are no long term studies on possible side effects. So let’s hope that there is so little of them in this cream that nothing bad will happen to whoever buys it (except for a lighter wallet).
Before you buy a product, try to separate from the effect of the name on your brain. Product names are made by people who are experts at manipulating your desire for magic and good in the world. They are not working for you.
Complete ingredient list:
Multi-Action Sculpting Cream by City
Water, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isononyl Isononanoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Cyclopentasiloxane, Behenyl Alcohol, Pentylene Glycol, Caviar Extract 2, Hydrolyzed Silk, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Allantoin, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Comfrey (Symphytum Officinale) Leaves Extract, Trifluoroacetyl Tripeptide-2, Soy Isoflavones, Hydrolyzed Rhizobian Gum, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethiconol, Alcohol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Hydroxyacetophenone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 80, Sorbitan Laurate, Lecithin, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, PVM/MA Copolymer, Dextran, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Fragrance.