LifeCell

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LifeCell is an anti-aging skin cream from South Beach Skincare.

The site informs us no human eye sees wrinkles and fine lines; however, we do see shadows cast by them. The product is based on the science of light-reflecting microtechnology, or a cream that has light-reflecting ingredients that fill in and plump skin.

South Beach Skincare says LifeCell is so effective, you will notice results within 17 seconds.

Let’s take a look at customer reviews, ingredient research, and price to see if it’s worth it.

Customer Comments

Here are what two customers, with different experiences, have to say:

“In just 4 days I’d seen the little wrinkles on the top of my upper lip greatly diminish, and was too excited for words. It’s now been about 10 days and that result continues. Could it get better with time even? That would be amazing! At age 56, despite using StriVectin-SD for many years, I’d started to notice the little lines. Thought I’d try something else & after much research decided to try this product. I’m using only a tiny amount, maybe a pea-size or less per day around lips and under eyes. Now my husband has started to use it for dark circles under eyes & just ordered some for my sister(!) Can’t wait to see how that goes for them.” – mstem, LifeCellSale.com

“I admit that I “bit” on the “free” sample and was charged $189 for not returning it within 30 days. […] From what I could see in the two weeks that I tried the product, it “erased” a few lines with its mineral based foundation, but did nothing to moisturize my skin. In fact, I tossed it out after two weeks. […] I just talked with a customer service representative who told me that there was no limit on the time for the free trial, and when I told her I already had the product, she said “Yikes!” There is a time limit, so send it back within 30 days or you are stuck for $189. And then she informed me that the fine print also “subscribed” me to $149 per month further shipments of the product unless I call to cancel. […]” – I (Heart) Good Stuff, Amazon.com

LifeCell Ingredients

Here are research descriptions for the key ingredients:

Hyaluronic Acid. In one study, 1% hyaluronic acid was topically applied to 76 older females, resulting in significant improvement in skin hydration and elasticity. We don’t know the exact percentage in LifeCell, but it likely contains enough to have a similar effect. [1]

DMAE (Deanol). One study suggests DMAE includes anti-inflammatory effects and increases skin and muscle tone and firmness. [2]

Retinol (Vitamin A). Vitamin A has a molecular structure small enough to absorb into lower layers of the dermis, where it has been proven to fight fine lines, wrinkles, texture, tone, mottled color, and hydration. [3]

Ubiquinone. Ubiquinone is an antioxidant found in human cells. It provides a large amount of energy but depletes with age. A study suggests ubiquinone suppresses collagenase expression following ultraviolet A irradiation. More studies on needed on topical application; however, it has shown positive effects for skin repair. [4]

Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C). Ascorbyl palmitate is chemically identical to vitamin C. It has been shown to reduce sun-damage and wrinkles. It prevents sunburns and promotes collagen synthesis. [5]

How Do You Use LifeCell?

LifeCellSkin.com recommends these steps:

1. Begin by thoroughly cleansing skin and gently patting dry.

2. Using only a dime-sized amount, gently apply LifeCell on the targeted areas: eyes, forehead, cheeks, chin, and neck.

3. Using dabbing motions, lightly spread a thin layer of the product over face.

4. Use both morning and evening.

Pricing

LifeCellSkin.com, LifeCellSale.com, and Amazon.com sell LifeCell for $189-$194.

LifeCell’s price is a huge drawback. You will need to decide how much money you’ll invest into finding effective skin care.

LifeCell has a free-trial, where customers only pay for shipping and handling. South Beach Skincare says you can cancel at any time; however, other customers report negative experiences while trying to cancel the subscription.

Conclusion

LifeCell has great ingredients backed by scientific studies. However, I didn’t read anything in the key ingredient research suggesting LifeCell “bounced light” out of wrinkles to hide shadows.

User reviews are mixed, and it’s hard to determine its effectiveness. One thing is clear though: it is an expensive product, and it does not work for everyone.

It likely works, but I can’t fully recommend trying LifeCell.

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References

[1] Pavicic, T, GG Gauglitz, et al. “Efficacy of cream-based novel formulations of hyaluronic acid of different molecular weights in anti-wrinkle treatment.” Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. 10.9 (2011): 990-1000. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22052267

[2] Grossman, R. "The role of dimethylaminoethanol in cosmetic dermatology." American Journal of Clinical Dermatology. 6.1 (2005): 39-47. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15675889

[3] The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. “Understanding the Ingredients in Skin Care Products.” 2011. ClevelandClinic.org. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/healthy_living/skin_care/hic_understanding_the_ingredients_in_skin_care_products.aspx

[4] Allemann, Bogdan; Baumann, L. “Antioxidants Used In Skin Care Formulations.” Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami Beach, FL. 2008. Available at: http://www.skintherapyletter.com/2008/13.7/2.html

[5] “The Bioavailability of Different Forms of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid).” Linus Pauling Institute – Oregon State University. Available from: http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/vitaminC/vitCform.html

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