About Beverly Hills MD Line Smoothing Serum
Doctor-formulated Beverly Hills MD Line Smoothing Serum promises to use “advanced technology” and a unique blend of age-defying ingredients to deliver smoother, younger-looking skin.
To do this, Line Smoothing Serum reduces facial muscle cell contractions, helps promote collagen production, boosts cell turnover, hydrates deeply, and increases skin elasticity. Together, this leads to a proclaimed “dramatic” reduction in the appearance of deep wrinkles and fine lines.
Twice daily, simply clean and dry your skin thoroughly and apply Line Smoothing Serum in upward circular motions. Regardless of your skin type, the company claims you’ll find their Serum to be an effective short and long-term anti-wrinkle solution.
To help you figure out if Beverly Hills MD’s Line Smoothing Serum is worth the money, let’s take a closer look at its ingredients.
What Ingredients Are Found In Line Smoothing Serum? Will They Work?
According to their website, Line Smoothing Serum contains the following (only active ingredients are hyperlinked):
Water, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate (TAUT), Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Polysorbate 60, C12-C15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Polyethylacrylate, Dimethicone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Alanine, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Aminomethyl Propanol, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Glycine, Histidine, Isoleucine, PCA, Phenylalanine, Proline, Serine, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Valine, Fragrance (Parfum).
The First Half of the List
Much of the first half of Line Smoothing Serum’s ingredients list is made up of common emulsifiers, emollients, moisturizers, preservatives, and humectants. So, while you’ll find them in thousands of different creams, they’re not necessarily actively working to improve the quality or appearance of your skin.
Outside of this, dipeptide-5 is a skin conditioning agent, while tripeptide-5 may help improve cell communication and boost collagen production. TAUT is the active component in a proprietary ingredient named Syn-Hycan from Center Chem, which is supposed to boost the production of hyauronan.
Also, dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate is the active component in SYN®-AKE which “mimics the paralytic effects of viper venom” by blocking the body's uptake of Na+, resulting in relaxation of facial muscles.
While all of these benefits sound great, it’s important to note that there’s little third-party, peer-reviewed clinical evidence supporting many of these claims.
The Second Half of the List
Finally, the second half of the Serum’s ingredients list is made up of many extracts and chemical that may have beneficial effects when ingested. For example, arginine converts inside the body into a gas known as nitric oxide, which can expand blood vessels and improve circulation. Ginkgo biloba could help reduce anxiety, improve mental function, reduce the symptoms of dementia, and more.
However, we didn’t come across any clinical evidence showing that the topical application of these ingredients could provide these same benefits—or any of the wrinkle-reducing benefits promoted by BHMD. Why is this?
Will Your Skin Absorb Line Smoothing Serum’s Ingredients?
As we detail in Can Cosmetics Really Penetrate Your Skin, the fact of the matter is that your skin is really good at keeping the outside world… out. And it’s a good thing too. Otherwise, we’d absorb everything we came in contact with and quickly perish.
That’s why we can’t replace lost collagen (the primary structural protein found in skin) by applying a collagen-containing cream, or get any of the same benefits from Line Smoothing Serum’s latter ingredients as if they were contained in a supplement.
How Much Does Line Smoothing Serum Cost?
Beverly Hills MD priced Line Smoothing Serum as follows:
- 1 Bottle: $149
- 2 Bottles: $268.20
- 3 Bottles: $379.95
Like all other Beverly Hills MD products (more about this next), Line Smoothing Serum comes with a 60-day money back guarantee, less S&H charges. In order to request one, customer service can be reached at 877-828-5528.
Is Line Smoothing Serum Popular with Customers?
On the Beverly Hills MD website, Line Smoothing Serum had a 4.7-star rating at the time of our research, based on dozens of customer reviews. In fact, not a single customer rated the Serum any lower than 4 stars.
Common compliments referenced effective results (smoother skin, glowing complexion, reduced wrinkles, etc.), although many found that it wasn’t as effective as in-office treatments like Botox—nor should you expect it to be. Interestingly, we didn’t come across any customer reviews on third-party websites.
Compared to many of the other anti-aging products we’ve reviewed, BHMD’s products seem to come with very high marks from customers (typically 4 stars or above), with many of the same compliments regarding effectiveness noted above.
The company also had an A+ Better Business Bureau rating, with 19 closed complaints (as of 6/10/16). Of those with details available, most of these appeared to reference unwanted enrollment in an autoship program (note: by all appearances, customers aren’t enrolled in recurring shipments after purchasing Line Smoothing Serum).
Who’s Behind Beverly Hills MD?
The Beverly Hills MD skincare line was founded by Dr. Payman Danielpour and Dr. John Layke, who originally met while training at Nassau University Medical Center in New York. After graduating, they soon launched the Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group based out of Beverly Hills, CA, where they “have been at the forefront of plastic surgery and cosmetic technology for nearly a decade.”
Prior to meeting, Dr. Danielpour grew up in Beverly Hills, attended medical school at The Chicago Medical School, and trained in surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Layke grew up in Milwaukee, WI, received his undergraduate degree from Marquette University, and attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Is BHMD’s Line Smoothing Serum a Cure for Your Wrinkles?
Ultimately, there are two parts involved in answering this question:
On one hand, it appears that the majority of Line Smoothing Serum’s ingredients involve proprietary formulations that have limited clinical evidence proving their effectiveness—none of which are available for third-party review.
Outside of this, you’ll find:
- Ingredients that only act as emulsifiers, emollients, moisturizers, preservatives, and humectants; or
- Ingredients that might be effective for some conditions when ingested (none related to anti-aging), but probably aren’t when applied to the skin.
On the other hand, it seems like many of Beverly Hills MD’s other products come with high marks from customers, despite their high prices. In other words, it seems like customers largely feel they got their money’s worth.
Without any online reviews for Line Smoothing Serum, though, we can’t be sure if you’ll experience the same. If you don’t, you can always take advantage of the company’s 60-day refund policy—just keep in mind you’ll lose some money in S&H charges.