on Feb. 12, 2012 :
As a qualified biologist with two medical degrees, I can attest from personal laboratory tests on a wide variety of such products (on some of the most expensive products in the world and from the biggest manufacturers) that NONE of them has been proven to reverse the aging process in any way whatsoever.
The reason is simple; once human skin begins to lose its tone, i.e. the elastin in the skin begins to degenerate; there is nothing that can be done to reverse it.
Whether we are to have wrinkles as we age is written in our genetic code and cannot be changed. Besides, it is mostly hereditary and is known as ‘senescence’ – a natural part of human aging.
No ‘wonder cure’ has ever existed nor will one ever exist.
The only ingredient of this ‘wonder cure’ that will alter any person’s appearance is the inclusion of silicon dioxide. And all this is doing is filling in cracks and giving the illusion that wrinkles are being reduced, which of course they are. The same material is used to fill in cracks in plaster walls and to make paint and bricks.
Most of these so-called ‘wonder’ or ‘miracle’ cures DO contain an amazing substance that will temporarily make wrinkles vanish. This substance is called WATER.
As long as the skin is able to absorb water, it gives the illusion that wrinkles have vanished. In fact, all that is happening is that the water is being absorbed, causing the skin to swell and thereby giving the illusion that wrinkles are disappearing – much like botox does, except that botox also paralyzes your facial muscles, which is why people who use it end up looking like expressionless reptiles.
Once any of these miracle products are washed from the skin )if possible), the wrinkles appear once again almost immediately.
Save yourself some money; use a regular hypo-allergenic moisturizer and get the same effect. Try ‘Suave Vitamin E’ cream and moisturizer from Walmart for about 89 cents. It is perfectly safe.
The ‘wonder cure’ here claims to contain the following ingredients.
1. Ascorbyl Palmitate
A quote from the Mayo Clinic Department of Dermatology in referring to the use of ASCORBYL PALMITATE in cosmetic products. These prominent Mayo Clinic doctors and scientists noted "its widespread use in numerous over-the-counter topical skin care products and sunscreens. These products contain concentrations of Ascorbic Acid-6-Palmitate as high as 15% (360 mM), thus "exceeding the dose range used in our experiments by a factor of 1000." Wow!
2. Claims that DEANOL is helpful in Alzheimer's disease, age-related cognitive deficits and in aging itself are without foundation.From UC Berkeley Wellness Clinic:
“DMAE (DimEthylAminoethaNOL): Once sold as a prescription drug (Deanol) for the treatment of learning difficulties, it was taken OFF the market because of insufficient evidence that it worked. Yet it is still allowed in ‘supplements’, despite the fact that it is known to raise blood pressure and cause insomnia.”
3. Acetyl hexapeptide 3 (Argireline )
So far, the evidence to support the benefits of Argireline is skimpy at best. In a clinical study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, acetyl hexapeptide-3 at a 10% concentration has been shown to reduce the depth of wrinkles up to 30% after 30 days of use.
There are no other credible clinical studies to be found and the benefits and adverse effects of long-term use, if any, are unknown.
There is one more concern worth mentioning:-
Botox injections target specific muscles, whereas Argireline (if it indeed works) is likely to relax most of your face.
While Argireline may reduce wrinkles, it may also, in theory, increase facial sag because the neurotransmitters whose release Argireline inhibits, help maintain facial firmness.
Notably, a popular firming skin care ingredient DMAE (Deanol) firms by stimulating the release of neurotransmitters and increasing facial tension, i.e. by producing roughly the opposite effect to Argireline. Whether Argireline may indeed contribute to facial sag has not been studied. Until more is known, people prone to facial sag should approach Argireline with caution and monitor their facial firmness while on it.
**Note: this products contains two ingredients that are fighting against each other
This is simply another name for Coenzyme Q10, used in CHF (Congestive Heart failure).
From Drugs.com:- “Ubiquinone has not been approved by the FDA to treat any disease, and it should not be substituted for prescription medications. Ubiquinone has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of this product may not be known.
Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds.
Some marketed herbal supplements have been found to be contaminated with TOXIC METALS or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should only be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.
The Linus Pauling Institute has a wonderful paper about Coenzyme Q10, free for the public to read.
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So, does any of this sound like something you would want to smear on your face? The choice is yours. Do your own research into such products, but for goodness’ sake, don’t blindly follow a commercial such as this that claims “Results 100% guaranteed” when you may end up with serious facial or other, irreversible disorders.
One need only look where this product has been ‘featured’, i.e. the ‘Globe’ and the ‘Star’. Seriously? The same people who spot aliens every now and then?
If it’s so good, why has it not been featured in any medical or healthcare journals?
I would personally love to see the human clinical trials conducted on this product to see where they determined that “Results 100% guaranteed.”
Which results? If your face peels off, that is a “Result 100% Guaranteed,” right?
Don’t be another sucker. The most natural thing in a human being’s life is the aging process. We learn to grow old gracefully.
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