Melania Caviar Complexe C6

melania caviar complexe c6

A new product line called Melania Caviar Complexe C6 was developed to give results comparable to spa treatments without ever leaving the comfort of home.

Melania Trump, international supermodel and wife to Donald Trump, spent the last decade developing this new skincare line. Melania’s products were designed to give women a safe, convenient alternative to expensive procedures, such as Botox injection and facelifts.

Melania states “my skincare line was inspired by my mother, who taught me to always be happy with my skin.”

The Melania Caviar Complexe C6 skincare line features 5 products, with a sixth one currently in the works. All contain Melania’s signature Caviar Complexe.

Caviar: From Dinner Treat to Dermal Feat

The Caviar in Melania’s line is derived from Sturgeon fish and is among the most nutrient-dense caviar forms. Melania uses caviar because it contains many vital nutrients to nourish and feed skin at a deep level, helping skin to harness its own natural healing powers.

Here are some of the main nutrients offered by Sturgeon Caviar:

Vitamin A is essential for healthy skin development. It is used by dermatologists to treat acne, eczema, cold sores, wounds, burns, sunburns, ichthyosis, and psoriasis.[1]

Vitamin B-6 is involved in more than 100 enzymatic reactions. Vitamin B-6 creams are used medicinally to treat dry and inflamed skin. Certain skin disorders such as seborrheic dermatitis are caused by vitamin B-6 deficiency.[2]

Magnesium improves skin texture and softens rough or callused skin. It also improves trans-epidermal water loss, helping skin retain its natural moisture. Magnesium repairs cells that comprise the skin barrier and reverses past damage.[3]

Oleic Acid is a fatty acid that gently manipulates skin surface lipids, helping medication molecules to permeate skin pores and travel deep into skin layers. Surfactants like oleic acid make topical treatments more effective. Oleic acid also hydrates and conditions skin.[4]

Protein is thought to be a contributing factor for certain skin conditions, especially acne. A deficiency of certain skin proteins leads to extremely dry skin and produces sebum which causes acne.[5]

Sturgeon Caviar contains the proteins vitellin (96 kDa) and phosvitin (28 kDa)[6], both of which are found in egg yolk.[7][8] I could not find evidence linking either protein to epidermal health, although some evidence may suggest phosvitin protects skin against UV radiation[8]. I also could not find evidence proving topical application of protein has any benefit.

Omega 3’s is an important factor in skin health. Results of several research studies show it improves skin elasticity and reduces wrinkles, prevents photo-aging, and slows collagen degradation. An omega 3 deficiency results in dry and inflamed skin, psoriasis, acne, and skin barrier dysfunction.[9]

Can Our Skin Absorb Food?

Some people are skeptical about the use of “nutritional” face masks involving nutrient absorption through skin. ABC News interviewed Dr. David Laffell, a leading dermatologist, and asked for his thoughts on epidermal nutrient absorption. Laffell says this theory has no basis in reality and ignores many digestive functions the body undergoes to extract nutrients from food.[10]

Dr. Debra Jaliman, another leading dermatologist told ABC News “You can’t absorb [food] through your skin. If you ate [caviar] you would get the nutrients, but just putting it on the skin’s surface and washing it off is . . . a waste.”[10]

However, there simply may not be enough research on epidermal nutrient absorption to determine a final verdict.

One study tested the effects of treating pre-term babies with topical nutrients. Results show administered nutrients were present in the bloodstream after topical supplementation. However, this study notes pre-term babies might have a more permeable skin barrier than healthy adults.[11] More research is needed to fully understand epidermal nutrient absorption.

When spa owners were confronted by ABC News regarding unscientific claims, they defended the use of caviar facial masks by saying “We consider different studies…And we find a lot of things that are not approved by doctors still work.”[10]

What Else Is In It?

In addition to the Caviar Complexe C6, these ingredients are also found in most of Melania’s skincare products:

Tamanu Oil has potent skin healing abilities. It has even been used to treat leprosy in tropical cultures. It has antimicrobial, anti-fungal, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is applied to wounds because it promotes new tissue formation and has a minor pain relieving effect.[12]

Opal Mica is a powdery substance made from crushed opal gemstone.[13] It is added to many cosmetic products because it adds color and a sparkly sheen. It makes translucent substances more opaque and creates a desirable makeup texture.[14]

Collagen GPP is listed in almost all of Melania’s ingredients. According to MelaniaTrump.com, Collagen GPP “neutralizes free radicals and keeps collagen from degrading.”

Unfortunately, the name “collagen GPP” is a brand name for a trademarked collagen substance designed for cosmetic use.[15] There is little information about the formulation of this substance. The name refers to collagen’s repeating sequence Gly-Pro-Pro (GPP)[16], so this ingredient is likely meant to stimulate collagen production.

Melania Caviar Complexe C6 Product Line

The Melania Caviar Complexe C6 collection is sold exclusively through Lord and Taylor. Visit MelaniaTrump.com to view the 5 products currently available:

Luxe Moisture ($100 for 1.7 Fl. Oz.)

This day cream provides moisture and improves the appearance of wrinkles. Apply it to the face and neck using sweeping upward motions. Best if applied after Fluid Day Serum.

Luxe Night ($100 for 1.7 Oz.)

This night cream brightens and tones skin while you sleep. Labeled as having “vitamins A-E,” it nourishes skin and promotes collagen synthesis. Apply to face and neck using sweeping upward motions before bedtime.

Fluid Day Serum ($150 for 1 Fl. Oz)

This serum balances skin complexion and delivers an “airbrushed finish.” It primes skin for makeup application and makes skin texture visibly smoother and silkier. Apply 1-2 pumps to a clean face. You can also apply it to the neck and hands.

Exfoliating Peel ($60.00 for 1.7 Oz.)

This formula is meant for people desiring a deep exfoliation. This product cleanses, hydrates, brightens, and energizes skin. It polishes and detoxifies while the Caviar Complexe nourishes skin cells. Apply to entire face and massage using circular motions. Leave on for 5-15 minutes. It is meant to be used only 2-3 times per week.

Cleansing Balm ($50.00 for 4 Fl. OZ.)

This balm has a rich, creamy formula and is ideal for everyday facial cleansing. It is recommended for sensitive skin. It removes makeup including eye makeup, and also slows signs of aging. Lather a generous amount in hands or on facial sponge and gently massage into face. This product won’t irritate eyes and is ideal for use either alone or with a cleansing device.

Is It A Good Investment?

Because this product is offered by only one retailer, and also because of its heavy price tag, it is difficult to find customer reviews of people who actually tried this product. There is also limited ingredient information, as many ingredients are listed under a proprietary blend. This makes it hard to judge how effectively these skincare products target signs of aging or improve skin texture.

I would be more inclined to buy the Melania Caviar Complexe C6 if there was a money-back guarantee. Unfortunately, there is not. This is a luxury item that does not have a dedicated customer service team, which means you won’t be getting assistance should you have issues with the product.

If you are a fan of Melania Trump, and you have the money to spend on a designer item, then you will likely enjoy this skincare line. However, for most people this is a financial investment that might not live up to expectations.

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[2] “Vitamin B6.” World’s Healthiest Foods. Available from: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=108

[3] Proksch E, Nissen HP, Bremgartner M, Urguhart C. “Bathing in a magnesium-rich Dead Sea salt solution improves skin barrier function, enhances skin hydration, and reduces imflammation.” Int J. Dermatol. 2005 Feb;44(2): 151-7. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15689218

[4] Michael L. Francoeur, Guia M. Golden, Russell O. Potts. “Oleic Acid: Its Effects on Stratum Corneum in Relation to (Trans)Dermal Drug Delivery.” Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 7, No. 6, 1990. Available from: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023/A:1015822312426#page-1

[5] Tokuji Seguchi, Cui Chang-Yi, Shigeru Kusada, Masae Takahashi, Kinue Aisu, Tadashi Tezuka. “Decreased Expression of Filaggrin in Atopic Skin.” Archives of Dermatological Research. July 1996, Volume 288, Issue 8, pp. 442-446. Available from: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF02505232#page-1

[6] Murad A. Al-Holy and Barbara A. Rasco. “Characterization of Salmon (Oncorhynchus Keta) and Sturgeon (Acipenser Transmontanus) Caviar Proteins.” Journal of Food Biochemistry. Available from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1745-4514.2006.00069.x/abstract

[7] Herbert O. Calvery and Abraham White. “Vitellin of Hen’s Egg.” J. Bio Chem. 1932, 94: 635-639. Available from: http://www.jbc.org/content/94/3/635.full.pdf

[8] Ishikawa S, Ohtsuki S, Tomita K, Arihara K, Itoh M. “Protective effect of egg yolk phosvitin against ultraviolet-light-induced lipid peroxidation in the presence of iron ions.” Biol Trace Elem Res. 2005 Summer, 105 (1-3):249-56. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16034168

[9] “Omega-3 Fish Oil and Skin Health.” AscentaHealth.com. Available from: http://www.ascentahealth.com/health-science/science-articles/omega-3-fish-oil-and-skin-health

[10] “Do Caviar Facials Really Work?” ABCNews.com. Available from: http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=132117&page=1

[11] A.R. Fernandez, Geetha K., N. Patil, J.A. Mondkar, B.D. Swar. “Transcutaneous Absorption of Oil in Preterm Babies – A Pilot Study.” Indian Pediatrics. Volume 42, March 17, 2005. Pages 255-258. Available from: http://medind.nic.in/ibv/t05/i3/ibvt05i3p255.pdf

[12] Chris Kilham. “Tamanu Oil: A Tropical Topical Remedy.” HerbalGram.org. HerbalGram 63, 2004. Pages 10-15. Available from: http://mail.ccia.org/uploads/Tamanu_Oil.pdf

[13] “Mica.” EWG’S Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. Available from: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/703949/MICA/

[14] “Formulations of Cosmetic Products with Glass Powder.” United States Patent. Available from: http://www.google.com/patents/EP1366737A1

[15] “Collagen GPP.” Legal Force TradeMarkia. Available from: http://www.trademarkia.com/collagen-gpp-85557116.html

[16] David R. Eyre, MaryAnn Weis, David M. Hudson, Jiann-Jiu Wu, Lammy Kim. “A Novel 3-Hydroxyproline (3Hyp)-rich Motif Marks the Triple-helical C Terminus of Tendon Type 1 Collagen.” Journal of Biological Chemistry. Vol 286, No. 10, pages 7732-7736. Available from: http://www.jbc.org/content/286/10/7732.full.pdf

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