Most skincare products settle for just one celebrity endorsement. LifeCell, on the other hand, has more than 10. Boasting endorsements from celebrities like Paula Abdul, Melora Hardin, and Joey Fatone, LifeCell certainly seems to be the most star-studded wrinkle cream available.
According to advertisements, using LifeCell causes fine lines and wrinkles to vanish within 17 seconds. Makers are so confident that they challenge users to take “before” and “after” pictures, and back each order with a 100% money-back guarantee.
LifeCell makers say their product works by reflecting light off of wrinkles so wrinkles are no longer visible. It also contains ingredients to tighten skin and brighten reflection.
LifeCell certainly seems unique. But is a pack of celebrities and a distinctive approach to anti-aging enough to constitute a good skin cream? I intend to find out.
Who Makes LifeCell?
LifeCell is manufactured and sold by South Beach Skin Care, a company based out of Hollywood, Florida. South Beach Skin Care has been in business since 2005, which gives it a fairly longstanding history in the skin care industry.
Unfortunately for customers, that history hasn’t been an entirely happy one.
South Beach Skin Care currently has an F rating with the Better Business Bureau. In the last 3 years, 73 complaints have been filed against the company and only 26 have been closed. For these reasons, there’s an FTC consumer alert on file with South Beach Skin Care.
The biggest issue with South Beach Skin Care seems to be a “free” trial, in which the company promises a 30-day trial period before charging the customer $189.00. However, this charge appears on customers’ banking account before the 30 days expire and South Beach refuses to remove the charge.
Other customers have been lured into subscribing to monthly orders of LifeCell. This means that each month, South Beach Skin Care sends you a new supply of LifeCell and charges your account $149.00. Often, customers are unaware that they’ve agreed to these terms and find difficulty in canceling their subscription.
These kinds of practices are unfortunately common in the supplement industry. But if a company has a solid product, they shouldn’t have to stoop to deceiving customers for some extra cash.
For these reasons, I’m already suspicious of LifeCell.
What’s in LifeCell?
LifeCell doesn’t give us exact ingredient information, but it does highlight 5 ingredients on the official website, LifeCellCream.com.
I would prefer to see a supplement facts label and exact ingredient amounts in order to judge effectiveness and the likelihood of side effects. For now, however, I’ll settle for looking at the 5 ingredients South Beach Skin Care chooses to highlight.
Dithiolane-3-Penanic Acid (D3PA)
A powerful antioxidant, D3PA combats the free radicals that create wrinkles. There is some evidence that D3PA also decreases the size of skin pores, improving your skin’s look. However, it seems that LifeCell is the only product to use D3PA or advertise its benefits.
Deanol is a chemical said to prevent signs of aging, especially in the skin. According to WebMD, there is some evidence that a 3% deanol gel tightens sagging skin. Deanol is particularly effective in lifting skin around the eyelids. However, these effects have not been sufficiently explored. Furthermore, there is no evidence that LifeCell uses 3% deanol.
South Beach Skin Care refers to ubquinone as a “super antioxidant.” Ubiquinone is said to boost collagen production and enhance elastin. This tightens skin and keeps the face wrinkle-free. Ubiquinone is a new-comer to the skincare industry, having mostly been used in weight loss and energy-boosting supplements.
This ingredient is said to deliver all the benefits of collagen injections without the needle. Peptides like acetyl hexapeptide-3 indeed encourage the skin to make new collagen. With more collagen, wrinkles are reduced. This improves the skin’s overall quality.
You know this ingredient better as vitamin C. Vitamin C promotes collagen synthesis and is one of the ingredients supposedly responsible for reflecting light and decreasing the appearance of wrinkles. Because of vitamin C’s antioxidant content, it’s also beneficial in fighting free radicals that cause wrinkles.
The ingredients in LifeCell certainly have promise. However, many are newcomers to the skincare world and their effectiveness has not yet been validated in scientific studies. This makes me slightly hesitant to embrace LifeCell’s formula.
Is LifeCell Expensive?
LifeCell is indeed expensive. Retailing for $189.00 per bottle, you’ll be paying nearly $200 a month for temporary skincare. You can take advantage of the auto-ship program on the official website, but considering how difficult many customers found it to cancel, I wouldn’t recommend it.
Unfortunately, LifeCell’s availability is limited. It retails at 1 or 2 other places, but the price doesn’t change.
If you want to try LifeCell, you’ll have to reconcile yourself to spending a lot of money.
What Do Customers Think of LifeCell?
Despite its expensive price and celebrity endorsements, it doesn’t appear that real-life customers are as unanimous in their support of LifeCell. Based on 67 reviews, LifeCell holds a 3/5-star rating on Amazon.com.
Interestingly, opinions among customers seem split. Of these reviewers, 25 gave LifeCell a 5-star rating and another 25 gave it a 1-star rating. Here are some insights into what worked and what didn’t in both groups of people.
“From using this, and from reading the reviews, I’ve concluded that, like many things, it simply works well for some people, doesn’t work well for others. I’ve only been using it for about a month, so this is a limited report, but I can say that it works miracles (on me anyway) as far as getting rid of puffiness, “bags” under my eyes – virtually totally erases them within just a few minutes of application. I’ve also seen some slight improvement in my overall skin color (reducing age spots, redness, etc.). Excellent as a moisturizer.”—JB Maverick
“Well, it’s been a week now and I’ve seen AMAZING improvement in reduced visibily of my crowsfeet…EVEN WHEN I SMILE! Just like the claims say, this stuff seems to dramatically reduce fine lines and may even eliminate them??! Unlike other Amazon’iers I DO feel it working, and my skin tightens when I put it on. After a night of wearing it, I wake up with very taunt skin around my eyes. It’s also helping with puffiness SOMEWHAT.” –Jessica
“I was really looking forward to trying this product. I was convinced after reading everything about it that it was the solution to fighting wrinkles. I faithfully applied the cream twice a day every day, but I saw no changes. I even tried just doing one side of my face so I could compare the two…no difference. The write ups say that there may be a tingling feeling and a tightening feeling, but I didn’t feel either. The worst part was that when I got down to the last bit of the cream my husband asked, “Whatever happened with that new wrinkle cream you were so excited about?” Not exactly a rousing endorsement.”—Kimberly Sue Dooly “4dooleys”
“I’ve been using this product for three months and am disappointed, but not surprised, to see little to no results. I have fine lines, not deep-set wrinkles on my face, and they are still not visibly reduced. I think the cream works sort of like Vaseline in that as soon as you apply it, it will dull the fine lines and therefore make them appear less noticeable, but as soon as you wash it off, they are just as noticeable.”—SUM
It seems that LifeCell’s effectiveness really is a 50/50 chance. There is evidence suggesting LifeCell’s benefits are more visible in younger people looking to clear up minor flaws like crow’s feet and under-eye bags. However, even this isn’t a sure bet.
Is LifeCell Worth Trying?
Paying nearly $200 for a 50/50 chance doesn’t seem worth it to me, especially since most improvements are seen in minor areas. LifeCell is definitely effective for many users, but I can’t guarantee it will be effective for everyone. And with deceptive “free trials” and a hefty price tag, LifeCell just doesn’t seem worth the risk.
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