DermaEssence is an anti-aging skin care product that claims to use ingredients like glycerin and ceramides to help you look younger in just weeks. Here’s our DermaEssence review.
What is DermaEssence?
DermaEssence is a new anti-aging skin cream that promises to work at the cellular level to boost collagen production in the skin.
If you’ve ever used an anti-aging product, then you’ve probably realized that collagen plays a critical role in the youthfulness of your skin. As the skin ages, your collagen levels naturally decrease. Over time, this leads to wrinkled, saggy skin. By replenishing collagen levels, you can boost the suppleness and elasticity of your skin.
Today, DermaEssence promises to do that using ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin. The skin care product is available through a trial offer for $3.95 – although that trial will end up costing you significantly more than that if you’re not careful (see the “How to Buy DermaEssence” section below).
How Does DermaEssence Work?
DermaEssence claims to work in largely the same way as other skin care products. Namely, DermaEssence claims to use “natural ingredients” that are proven to boost collagen levels in your skin.
Those ingredients include glycerin (used to moisturizer the skin), ceramides (used to hydrate the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles), and hyaluronic acid (binds to moisture and plumps your skin).
DermaEssence also claims to work at a “cellular level” to repair your skin. Specifically, DermaEssence targets the area around your eyes. Here’s what the manufacturer has to say about it:
“[DermaEssence will] eliminate the blood-originating pigments responsible for dark circles and local inflammation around the eye area.”
The manufacturers also claim that in a clinical trial, skin treated with DermaEssence “increased in measurable cell vitality by as much as 75”. However, the manufacturer does not back up this claim with any link to a scientific paper, research study, or anything. It just tosses out that number and expects you to believe it.
The manufacturer of DermaEssence doesn’t even explain what a “measurable increase in cell vitality” actually means. Your guess is as good as mine.
The core ingredients in DermaEssence are the following five ingredients:
— Phytoceramide Cream
— Hyaluronic Acid
These ingredients aren’t exactly renowned for their anti-aging powers. WebMD.com claims that there is “insufficient clinical evidence” showing that glycerin or hyaluronic acid can have significant anti-aging benefits when applied to your skin (although WebMD.com does claim that both of these compounds are effective moisturizers).
Meanwhile, “ceramides” is a term for the family of waxy fat molecules found in high concentrations within cells in your body. Phytoceramides are the plant-derived version of these cells. These are backed by more science and have been shown to boost hydration in the skin.
Here’s where the evidence for DermaEssence gets a little suspicious: instead of referencing any studies that feature the above ingredients, the manufacturer instead references five separate studies on the following ingredients: Argireline, Lipogard, Glucare S, Pentavitin, and Trylagen PCB. None of these ingredients are listed anywhere on the DermaEssence packaging – so it’s unclear why the manufacturer has chosen to feature these studies on their page.
Ultimately, we have no idea what the concentrations of any of the ingredients within DermaEssence actually are. This – combined with the manufacturer’s refusal to go into depth about its ingredients – makes it impossible to assess the effectiveness of DermaEssence based on its ingredients chart.
How to Buy DermaEssence
DermaEssence is only available through a free trial offer at the official website. That free trial, as we mentioned above, is far from free and can actually end up costing you hundreds of dollars within 30 days of placing your order.
Here are the key features of the trial:
— The trial lasts 14 days. You pay only $3.95 on the first day and need to enter valid credit card information to pay this “shipping and handling” fee.
— Within 2 to 4 business days, you’ll receive a full-sized 30 day supply of DermaEssence in your mailbox.
— Once the 14 day trial is complete, your credit card will be billed $84.75 for the full price of the product. You’ll also be immediately and automatically enrolled in the skin cream’s autoship program, which means you’ll continue receiving a fresh supply of the anti-aging cream once per month, and your credit card will be charged $84.75 + $3.95 shipping and handling with every order.
— No refunds are available on your original order once the trial period is over. If you want to return any additional products, then you’ll need to pay a 15% restocking fee.
— To request a refund on your DermaEssence order, you’ll need to call 866-920-2813 to receive an RMA number.
Ultimately, DermaEssence is in a legal grey area with this shady free trial. All of the information for the trial is hidden in the fine print – but it’s not easy to find if you’re rushing to order the supplement.
With more and more beauty companies offer free trials similar to this, it’s more important than ever to read the terms and conditions before you submit any order online.
Who Makes DermaEssence?
DermaEssence is made by a company named Perfect Natural Skin. That company is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah and is not listed with the Better Business Bureau.
There’s very little information about Perfect Natural Skin available online. The manufacturer does not disclose its address. It does, however, disclose a phone number: 866-920-2813, which you’ll need to call if you want to return your product.
Googling that number doesn’t return any significant results – so there are no clues about the company there.
Conclusion: Who Should Use DermaEssence?
DermaEssence is an overpriced, over-hyped moisturizer. The ingredients listed in the supplement have few measurable benefits outside of moisturization. If you’re wiling to pay $100 for a small bottle of moisturizer, then that’s fine. But please note that you can get a virtually identical product at your local supermarket for $10 to $20.
Making matters worse is that the creators of DermaEssence have tried to lure in users with a “free” trial that hides lucrative terms and conditions in the fine print.
For all of these reasons, DermaEssence is one product that smart buyers should avoid – no matter how desperate you are for an anti-aging skin care product.