Some TV ads are so irritating you just have to grab the remote and FF, skip, silence, or smash. ‘Anti-Aging’ cream ads fall into that category for me and once viewed I do not wish to see it again. I do not believe most of what I hear and I feel sorry for those who spend money on false assurances, sometimes at a risk to our health. We buy. We try. What about our crushed morale, when success was not around the corner.
Lift the crow’s feet
Tighten the layers
Shrink the bags
Lighten the dark circles
Promises. Promises. Promises to achieve the truly perfect solution to aging? A constant bombardment of ads telling us how marvelous their product preforms.
‘Pump, spray, cream, rub, easy as pie and in minutes you will LOVE how you look’, they tell us. The anti-aging facial cream ads are plentiful, the BEFORE and AFTER pics convincing and the ease of application attractive. But what exactly are you applying to your skin in this attempt to look better? Improving how we look and feel is in itself positive. BUT might there be a safer way to achieve that goal without resorting to products that contain the ‘no-goods’.
Let us look at one of these so called ‘miracle’ products. Currently we are being bombarded with Plexaderm commercials.
Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua) Propylene Glycol, Sodium Silicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Soluble Collagen, Cellulose Gum, Xantham Gum, Titanium Dioxide, Cl 77491, Cl77492, Phenoxyethanol Ethylhexylglycerin.
One website I perused recently titled ‘Plexaderm Review 2020: Does It Really Work?’ started off by saying that Plexaderm uses a lot of natural ingredients common to many cosmetics, but then questioned whether or not they were actually anti-aging? It claimed there were no scientific proofs, nor testimonials, nor explanations of what the user could expect. The ad identified Arthur Berokwitz as ‘Senior Editor for Skincare Reviews’. Not sure what that all entailed, but he was shown wearing a white lab coat and sporting an impressive looking stethoscope around his neck. He also spouted his choice of the 5 best anti-aging creams he claimed really do work. The site, along with Arthur, seems to have disappeared.
If you click to the Plexaderm website there ARE testimonials, many before and after pictures of 'sagging eye bags' vanishing and an impressive looking clinical study. There is also a Doctor run video to watch if you are so inclined.
Whom to believe?
DIY research is the only way. I question some of the ingredients in the anti-aging creams: titanium dioxide, Phenoxyethanol Ethylhexylglycerin, Propylene Glycol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Sodium Silicate. Most are synthetic and not always safe. Whether ‘natural’ or not remember titanium dioxide has been banned in some countries for use on the skin.
The safer way to healthy skin
Try some of our tried and trues: Emu Oil, Argan Oil, Tamanu Oil, Revitalizing Eye Oil. Try essential oils, like sea buckthorn, carrot, lemon, lavender, frankincense. These oils have been tested on the skin for centuries. And loved. Because they work.