Have you looked into the mirror lately only to see a weathered, wrinkled face staring back? Although we haven’t yet found the Fountain of Youth, there are lots of ways to rejuvenate your face. Many women turn to facelifts, which are expensive, painful, and often result in a frozen face. Anti-aging serums, on the other hand, are easy and gentle. Available online or in drugstores, they might just be the answer to your aging woes.
Do you want to erase 10-15 years from your face and achieve a radiant complexion without getting a painful facelift? Look no further than LifeCell! Produced by the company South Beach Skincare, this all-natural anti-wrinkle treatment created by a Columbia University Plastic Surgeon Dr. Janet Allenby takes a creative approach to anti-aging. Did you know that the human eye is unable to see a wrinkle? That’s right, what we see are the shadows caused by wrinkles. LifeCell contains micro-technology that reflects light, bouncing natural light into those wrinkles so that shadows disappear.
The active ingredients in LifeCell have been studied and proven to work by respected medical departments at Yale, Harvard, Cornell, and Oxford. In addition to water-binding agents, antioxidants, and anti-irritants, LifeCell contains the following active ingredients:
- Dithiolane-3-Pentanoic Acid
- Ascorbyl Palmitate
- Deanol (DMAE): Firms sagging skin
- Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 (AH3): Blocks neurotransmitters that cause facial muscles to contract
- Fractionated Silicon Dioxide: When processed, this ingredient turns into billions of microscopic 3D nanoprisms that refract light
One tube of this stuff costs $189.00, so you might want to try before you buy. Thankfully LifeCell offers a 30-day trial (all you have to pay is shipping and handling). In addition, LifeCell provides customers with a 120-day money-back guarantee in case you’re not satisfied with the results.
What did customers think?
Most users loved it! LifeCell has been referred to as a “skin saver,” resulting in compliments and peace of mind for users. By the time three months have passed, you won’t believe how much younger your face will look!
LifeCell users have reported:
- Reduction of age spots, redness, fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, frown lines, feather lips, puffy eyes, and dark circles
- Hydration, firmness, and a healthy glow
- Shedding of dry skin to reveal a layer healthy skin
Warning: your friends might gossip that you’ve had work done!
Unhappy users reported bad customer service. Make sure you read the fine print when you give the company your credit card information. If you do not cancel your subscription soon after the trial, you will be billed and signed up for monthly purchase. It seems that LifeCell does not work for everyone. Users either saw results immediately or saw no results even after months of use.
TonaDerm Anti-Aging Cream (Cleanser & Serum)
This 2-part system claims to be the #1 Anti-Aging Serum. TonaDerm is produced in the USA and is available online only. TonaDerm claims that its all-natural skincare formula will:
- Lessen the appearance of crow’s feet
- Firm sagging skin
- Tighten enlarged pores
- Soften wrinkles
- Increase hydration, suppleness, and elasticity
TonaDerm targets multiple effects of aging, but focuses on stimulating the body’s production of collagen and elastin. You’ll see results after day one with continuing results over time. Ingredients work as a team to restore your dermal matrix. The most important ingredients are Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 and Matrixyl 3000. Natural extracts (listed below) revitalize your skin and heal cracked skin at the cellular level to give you a young, healthy glow.
- Acai: nicknamed the “beauty berry,” acai removes free radicals from the body
- Pomegranate: helps produce and prevent the breakdown of collagen
- Mangosteen: a natural hydrator; prevents degeneration like peeling and cracking
- Noni: aids healthy functioning of cell membranes
- Green Tea: hydrates your skin and protects against the sun
TonaDerm runs for about $98 per bottle. You can sign up for a trial that gives you a 30-day supply (you only pay shipping and handling). Make sure to cancel your subscription within 14 days and return the bottle if you aren’t happy with the product. If you don’t, you will be signed up for auto-ship and be billed $98 every month. This product is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back.
What did customers think?
Despite the fact that 9 out of 10 women surveyed noticed improvements within a 14-day period, most customer reviews are negative. Many women fell for the 30-day trial trap and were charged the full price. It’s always important to read the fine print when ordering anything online. A few women complained that the product dried their skin out, did nothing, or smelled bad.
Those who enjoyed TonaDerm recommend sticking with it. You won’t notice results for a few weeks. If your skin seems dried out at first, it’s because TonaDerm is getting rid of a layer of damaged skin to reveal healthy skin beneath.
Surely Young Age Defy Serum with Matrixyl 3000
Surely Young Age Defy Serum is a wrinkle cream aimed to restore a youthful appearance without injections or pain. The company claims you will see results after day one. The serum is meant to be used twice a day and costs $89.95 per bottle. This product is a powerhouse combination of Matrixyl 3000, argireline, and hyaluronic acid. Other ingredients include extracts of pomegranate, green tea, mangosteen, acai, noni, and seaweed. With 100% satisfaction guaranteed, Surely Young Age Defy Serum promises to:
- Increase the body’s production of collagen
- Reduce wrinkle depth
- Improve complexion, tone, and texture
- Erase fine lines
- Tighten skin
- Fade dark circles
By looking online, you can find a “trial offer” for this product that will give you a 14-day supply for just $4.95 (shipping). However, you are automatically enrolled in the “customer preferred program,” which ships you a new bottle every 30 days AND charges you the full price of $89.95 for the trial bottle. Surely Young is not FDA-approved. It is stated on the company’s website that the imagery on the page is simulated. That means that the before and after pictures aren’t real.
Because both TonaDerm and LifeCell are all-natural, contain no parabens, GMO’s, fragrances, or harsh chemicals, there is virtually no risk in trying either of these products. The only sacrifice you’ll make comes from your wallet. South Beach Skincare and TonaDerm make almost identical claims about the effects of their products. However, their approaches are different. TonaDerm focuses on the body’s collagen production while LifeCell focuses on light reflection.
Keep in mind that whichever treatment you choose, there are other things you must do in order to get that younger face you desire. First of all, your lifestyle plays a HUGE part in how your skin looks. Following these simple rules + using an anti-aging serum will put you on the path to youth!
- Wear oil-free sunscreen
- Use a face wash that contains antioxidants morning and night
- Use eye cream with ingredients like Vitamin C, Retinol, and DMAE (deanol)
- Drink lots of water and avoid smoking
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy diet and avoid greasy foods
- Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night
- Stress can increase signs of aging. Take time to relax!
Based on customer reviews, LifeCell seems to work much better than TonaDerm. If you’re willing to spend money on making your face look younger, LifeCell is the better choice.
Most Effective Age Fighting Ingredients
Your body produces a protein called collagen that is mainly composed of amino acids called peptides. As you age, production levels drop, causing thin, wrinkled skin. When used in a serum, peptides stimulate repair and growth. Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3 (trademark name: Matrixyl 3000) stimulates deep layers of skin. Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 (trademark name: Argireline) has been shown to produce effects similar to Botox without the injection. Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 is used in serums not only to increase collagen production but also to help protect your skin from sun damage.
The antioxidant Dithiolane-3-Pentanoic Acid (D3PA) causes your skin to produce Nitric Oxide, which dilates capillaries and increases blood circulation to the skin, giving your face a healthy glow. D3PA also neutralizes free radicals and increases the effectiveness of other antioxidants like Ubiquinone (COQ10). COQ10 helps the body produce collagen and elastin while hampering the effects of sun damage. Already present in your cells, COQ10 is responsible for protecting the cell and producing energy. Because exposure to the sun depletes the amount of COQ10 in your skin, adding more via a facial serum can really help those who have spent years in the sun.
A form of Vitamin C called Ascorbyl Palmitate also protects your skin from the sun. In addition, it can lighten dark spots, promote the production of collagen, reduce wrinkles, thicken the skin, and help your body recycle Vitamin E.
Acetyl Hexapeptide 8
Also called argireline, this anti-aging ingredient is derived from acetyl hexapeptide-3, a peptide (small fragment of protein) found in Botox. Made by the Spanish company Lipotec, argireline inhibits muscle movement by imitating a protein needed for exocytosis (muscle contraction). In other words: no frowning = no wrinkles. It’s a quick fix, short-term ingredient that allows users to see and feel results after the first application. Although some people believe argireline will make wrinkles worse with longtime use, there are no studies to validate this claim.
First off, let’s get something straight: although both produced by Sedema, Matrixyl and Matrixyl 3000 are not the same thing. In fact, they are nothing alike. That being said, products containing this anti-aging ingredient are usually long-term solutions aimed to repair DNA and boost collagen production. Matrixyl 3000 is a relatively new product that stimulates the rebuilding of the skin matrix with a combination of two peptides: palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 (Pal-GQPR) and palmitoyl-oligopeptide (Pal-GHK). You can think of the skin matrix as the structural framework beneath your skin.
Pal-GQPR is a chain of four amino acids attached to palmitic acid that reduces your body’s production of interleukin-6 (IL-6). Palmitic acid is a fatty acid that improves the peptide’s oil solubility and thus allows it to more easily penetrate the skin. IL-6 contributes to inflammation, degradation, wrinkle development, and loss of elasticity. Because it reduces the amount of IL-6 in your body, Pal-GQPR is believed to slow the signs of aging that appear on your skin.
Pal-GHK is a chain of three amino acids connected to palmitic acid. This peptide activates the production of new collagen by convincing your brain that your skin matrix is degrading at a rapid pace. Your body reacts by vigorously repairing itself.
When combined, Pal-GQPR and Pal-GHK work together to imitate damaged collagen. Your brain reacts by producing higher levels of collagen and elastin to fix damage that isn’t really there. When working together, these two peptides have drastic effects on the skin including improvement in wrinkle depth, roughness, complexity, density, and tone.
This unique combination of peptides holds promise but is so far unproven by clinical trails apart from Sedema’s claims.
Another name for vitamin A, retinol communicates with skin cells, telling them to act like younger, healthier cells. When buying products that contain retinol, make sure not to purchase jars, but only opaque containers. Vitamin A breaks down when exposed to light/air.
Retinol is an antioxidant, which means it can help fight free radicals (free radicals can make your skin appear and act older). In this instance, the results are wrinkle prevention and an increase in collagen production. Vitamin A is also used to treat eczema, acne, discoloration, and sun damage. With the ability to help manage over 100 skin problems, retinol really is an amazing anti-aging ingredient.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
Praised for its hydrating qualities, hyaluronic acid works for all skin types. It is a humectant that is known to hydrate the skin better than any other naturally occurring substance. Produced by the human body, HA is what makes babies appear so plump and pillowy. As we age, the amount of HA in our bodies decreases (especially after age 40).
Adding HA to the body helps your skin retain moisture. In treatments like Juvederm, a doctor will inject hyaluronic acid directly into the skin to plump up wrinkly areas. Another common use for this acid is as an ingredient in an anti-wrinkle moisturizer or serum. The results aren’t as dramatic with a topical treatment, but then again you won’t have to endure injections. With HA, you can expect skin to be smoother, softer, and more elastic.