Oh The Drama Of It All
We have all been there...watching that infomerical or shopping channel, and with remote in one hand and phone in the other, we are ready to be one of those umpteen women who are determined to grab the latest fad or doodad before they are sold out. We don't care what it costs or if it really works, with eyes glazed over, we are running on pure adrenalin of that shopping high....and with any luck we'll be one of the callers they interview for that seduction of hearing ourselves on tv....whoo hoo...can't you just feel the rush?
Freeze 24 7 was suppose to actually relax the facial muscles, similar to Botox, whereby the wrinkles wouldn't appear anymore when you showed expression.
Youthology 90 Second Eye Serum was suppose to give the eye area an instant mini lift making wrinkles disappear without surgery.
I actually took pause at these latest skincare infomercials, offering what seemed to be something remarkably different in the cosmetic industry....trying to hold onto reality here...."don't be sucked in...don't be sucked in" I chanted my infomercial mantra.
I watched intently following along as the camera seems to remain on their faces the entire time during the demonstration.
I have to admit, I was pretty amazed by what I was witnessing and thought to myself, "could these companies actually have found something that really works to remove fine lines and wrinkles?" I also wondered what was up with the crabby faces...not one of the women smiled the entire time they were modeling.
Even though I also sell skincare, I was ready to whip out my credit card and order one of these miracle potions and test for myself. Then I checked myself followed by hanging my head in shame with a smack to my forehead as I exclaimed, "what was I thinking?"...This is something I refrain from doing until I have more information but shopping can be like a drug. After simmering down, I began my usual investigation by perusing the internet to see what information I could locate first on these amazing products...at least on the surface.
What I found
Well needless to say the internet was littered with angry consumers who feel duped by yet another company making outlandish claims and Youthology in particular was being dubbed the "scam" company.
Now this wasn't good so I searched high and low for the ingredients and more information on both and found Freeze to be forthcoming on their ingredients and had split reviews love versus hate, and Youthologys' list was nonexistent and had really poor reviews overall. I scoured the internet during my free time and finally located a partial list located of all places, HSN website. Kudos to them for keeping it real where ingredients are concerned. However they discontinued carrying this product...hmmm wonder why....perhaps many returns occurred based on the apparent disdain for this product!
Products in Review
Freeze 24 / 7
Ingredients: Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Sesame Seed Oil, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, PEG-150 Distearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract, Aminobutryic Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Eugenol, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Orchis Maculata, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).
Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract ~ Now as we all know Tea, whether in this form or Green Tea are loaded with antioxidants and are soothing to the skin. They also offer anti-inflammatory benefit.
Aminobutryic Acid (GABA)~ is a relaxing agent typically taken orally for stomach conditions or injected subcutaneously for controlling spasms also known as a faux tox. This is how it is claimed to work on relaxing facial muscles, however no research or data has shown that applied topically, will do what this product claims. Perhaps it may give a pseudo effect to the surface of the face but all in all the data research does not support how this is being used and surface treatments are not designed to penetrate through the skin to the muscles...that is why it requires injection similar to Botox.
Ethoxydiglycol ~ Solvent to increase viscosity and contains ether which has been linked to cancer.
Eugenol ~ found in clove, cinnamon, nutmeg essential oils. Used in dentistry to create temporary fillings when mixed with zinc oxide. It is also noted for being a mild antiseptic, analgesic. It is known for its' propensity to cause a contact dermatitis on the skin. May provide a numbing or tingling effect to the skin but doubtful it will relax anything since it is the muscles on the face that support our skin creating the wrinkles through repetitive movements.
A few fancy sounding ingredients with some great uses as they are intended but in a skin cream for what they claim, it is doubtful and customers agree overwhelmingly, there was no significant improvement. All other ingredients can be found in just about every commercial skincare product on the market today, but this cannot be considered a moisturizer. I also see that they use Bismuth Oxychloride for giving soft focus. It was also described by consumers as leaving the skin very matte looking and overly dry. Also not recommended for aging skin.
Youthology 90 Second Eye Serum
After I located their partial ingredient list, I called the toll free number to find out what's up...they claimed the rest of the list was proprietary containing the patented Rejuvatin formulation. This is allowed under FDA Regulations if they applied for it, but of this I wasn't sure. But this was the least of my concern in regard to this serum.
However, based on what I have found and customers complaints, I think this partial list will suffice based on what this product actually does for the face, and I feel the proprietary blend is the least of it. This is also a great way to hide preservatives shrouding them under the proprietary veil.
It should be noted that the rest of their products clearly label silicone oils, all temporary fillers for soft focus, and preservative system made of parabens, so more than likely these too are in this formula. Another problem with proprietary blends, they do not give pertinent information to those that require it in case of severe allergy or reaction, whereby the customer becomes the guinea pig only learning the hard way of any adverse conditions. For me this is unacceptable for any consumer product.
Serum Partial Ingredients
Water, Sodium Silicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Propylene Glycol, Echinacea Angustifolia (Coneflower) Extract, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Cellulose Gum, Iron Oxide Proprietary Blend Of Herbal Extracts, Rejuvatin.
Sodium Silicate ~ a glue used to bond skin together and is used in the medical field for quick wound repair and minimizing scarring. This is the firming agent you feel as it dries on the skin pulling it tighter..Egg whites will do the same thing in a mask and actually assist with toning the face. Test it for yourself when you have time...Albumin is used in many mask treatments and you can literally see your skin drawing and pulling up as it dries especially if you lay on your back.
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate ~ this is a filler and dessicant, which means it fills in fine lines temporarily and has a whitish film to it. It also removes moisture from products so this assists with keeping the area under the eye dry, smooth and perfect looking until you move or smile, then it cracks out!
Well this certainly explains the cold stone faces on the women...they must sit perfectly still and literally don't move a muscle until it dries...also note that he only applies to the eye area since it is obvious the mouth area would be difficult to maintain due to a person talking or smiling would crack this potion out of the lines in a split second.
Here is a link from HSN website "before and after" of this product and in some of the pictures, if you look closely, you can see the filler in the lines as it begins to crack out..it appears whitish. However, some argued they had put too much on...no I don't think so....first smile, first squint in the sun...and these lines will look like highlighted runways to your eyes.
Also consumers complained about both face products leaving a residue that rolled up into little balls of gunk and they could not apply their moisturizer or makeup over the top of both products.
So despite our wish of doing it the cheapo way compared to cosmetic surgery, injectable Botox is going to be the closest you can come to freezing your facial muscles. But this gal says "H.E.double hockey sticks NO." Keep those needles away from me...I get nauseous when my blood is drawn. (giggle) Just had a flash...what if her face froze that way?
Complaints were far spread about no refunds in regard to Youthology, when they offer a money back guarantee. In reading their directions, it is clear why this product will not work as claimed. They tell you not to move a muscle until product dries and if you get a pinched look, moisten it with a wet q-tip and blend out with finger, hence my point on egg whites...same principal. They also state that the moisturizer of your choice cannot contain oils of any kind and must be water based, an example that this product will not hold up to its' claims since oil will leave the skin too moist and will dissolve the glue basically and not allow it to set up. This clearly only works on a drier skin until your first smile, something I can ill afford at my age or allow due to where I live, especially in the winter time. Plus, I personally don't have the patience to strike my Vogue pose until it dries.
Another woman remarked that the lines around her eyes are far worse than before she applied these products as it begins to crack out of the lines....and instead of looking younger, she actually looked older and her skin looked like it was not healthy or smooth at all. This seemed to be the overall consensus with this product.
As a whole, you are paying outrageous amounts of money for products that don't even contain any of the proven anti-aging ingredients found in good wrinkle creams such as....
Vitamin C....Niacinimide....Alpha Lipoic Acid....DMAE....CoEnzyme Q10....Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A)....Sodium Hyaluronate.
These two products are for immediate results supposedly and though they notate the results will vary and are temporary, this gives little comfort when you are shelling out $95.00 an ounce for Freeze 24/7 and $150 a half ounce for Youthology. These prices give the illusion of some incredible benefits which will ultimately leave the customer feeling cheated. Price does not guarantee truth, integrity or performance of a product.
Also, Youthology requires you sign up for auto ship to receive your introductory price and then your credit card will be charged the regular price each month. From many consumers complaints, it is a fight to halt this auto ship and are still fighting to have charges removed for product they no longer wish to receive.
I also caution that the absolute raves on this product could be shills since many of them seem to be in response to the review above or below them since they address their complaint directly and in most cases, the other reviewer claims the one doing the complaining is simply applying it incorrectly.
Best to keep the wallet closed on these ones ladies and seek skincare products that actually give value by utilizing proven ingredients throughout the cosmetic industry that keep skin healthy, moisturized and protected from free radical damage the safe way.
It's All In The Face
Personally, I love to look younger too, but you know what, wrinkles, fine lines and all, in my opinion, are beautiful on a mature woman.. it shows wisdom, grace and wealth of life's lessons ready to be tapped....use a touch of your mineral makeup to enhance your beauty and create soft focus, and shine with natural beauty everyday.
Take care and have a great weekend!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Oh The Drama Of It All