DermaActive is an anti-aging eye serum that’s claimed to contain anti-inflammatory and moisturizing components to help you look several years younger in just 5 weeks.
According to the company, DermaActive accomplishes this by replenishing skin, stimulating collagen production, restoring your skin’s elasticity, reversing the signs of fine lines and dark circles around the eyes, and using antioxidants to target free radicals that can “subdue inflammation for an even-toned glow.”
DermaActive is made in the USA, contains gentle and effective all-natural ingredients such as glycine soja, acetyl hexapeptide-8, hydrolyzed rice protein, and superoxide dismutase, and is formulated for daily use by men and women.
But is DermaActive worth the high price? Will it really help you look “several years younger?” Consider the following:
The Flood of Trial-Based Anti-Aging Products
Before we dig in to DermaActive’s claims, we need to mention that the serum is part of a fast-growing trend of anti-aging products sold only online, and only through free trials and subsequent autoship programs (we’ll talk more about this in the Pricing section).
While we provided an in-depth look in our Exposing the Widespread Scam of Anti-Aging Products & Free Trials article, suffice it to say that any time you encounter these types of products, you should be very wary.
Are DermaActive’s Ingredients Effective for Anti-Aging?
There isn’t a product label provided on the DermaActive website, and the only ingredients we’re told about are:
- Glycine soja – Contains high amino acid and protein levels.
- Acetyl hexapeptide-8 – A proprietary ingredient manufactured by Lipotec that’s claimed to reduce facial muscle contraction (similar to Botox) and thereby reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
- Hydrolyzed rice protein – A natural ingredient derived from rice that’s claimed to work as a skin conditioning agent.
- Superoxide dismutase – A naturally occurring enzyme that helps break down “potentially harmful oxygen molecules in cells” and prevent tissue damage.
However, there is insufficient clinical evidence available showing that these ingredients can reliably provide anti-aging benefits. The DermaActive website does link to a study for Argireline (the brand name given to acetyl hexapeptide-8), although this appears to have been performed by the manufacturer, and very little detail about the study is provided.
Also, it’s interesting to note that when linking to the above study, the disclaimer at the bottom of the DermaActive website reads, “Click here to find evidence of a test, analysis, research, or study describing the benefits, performance or efficacy of Resveratrol based on the expertise of relevant professionals.” The link leads to a study for argireline though (not Resveratrol), which isn’t listed anywhere else on the serum’s website.
DermaActive’s Marketing Techniques
In our experience, manufacturers such as DermaActive understand that there’s little-to-no clinical evidence showing that their products work as advertised, so they resort to selling you through emotion instead of information.
In this instance, DermaActive attempts to make you think the serum works so well that the manufacturer is having difficulty keeping it in stock. However, in our opinion, this almost certainly isn’t the case.
In addition, the DermaActive website appears to be filled with pictures of attractive models that have almost certainly never used the product, and false before and after pictures that are digitally altered to give the appearance of an anti-aging effect.
In fact, considering that the DermaActive website would like you to believe the serum can reduce the signs of aging over your entire face, we have to wonder why the company brands it as only an “anti-aging eye serum.”
Side Effects for DermaActive
Finally, according to Truth In Aging, glycine soja is generally considered safe, although some studies “show that it acts as an oxidant (stimulating nitrate synthesis) as well as that it blocks formation of new blood vessels (antiangiogenic effects). Some studies show it to act as an inhibitor of the activity of substances in the body that regulate cell division and cell survival.” On top of this, “There is also a 2001 study that links the phytoestrogen properties of glycine soja to breast cancer in animals. A 2006 study reiterated these findings.” Finally, because glycine soja is derived from soybeans, you’ll want to stay away if you have soy allergies.
Because Argireline (acetyl hexapeptide-8) causes all facial muscles to relax, it “could also lead to facial sagging because the neurotransmitter release that Argireline inhibits, is also known to maintain facial firmness.”
Nearly all anti-aging studies completed for superoxide dismutase have applied the ingredient using injection, which could lead to redness and inflammation. However, there isn’t enough known about the topical application of superoxide dismutase to fully understand common side effects.
Customers Aren’t Talking About DermaActive
Like nearly all trial-based anti-aging products, DermaActive is only marketed through a network of independent affiliates who earn commissions for referring sales. And because of this focus on sales, these affiliates will generally build fake review websites deliberately to make you think you’re reading a real review, when it’s actually just more marketing hype so that you press on the sweet “Rush My Trial” button.
With this said, we’ve reviewed dozens of the most popular anti-aging products here at HighYa, including DermAktive, Nuvie Skin Care, AbsoluteDerma, and many more. Among more than 260 reader reviews for these products (as of 4/24/15), they hold an average rating of just 1.5 stars, with common complaints citing failure to work, high prices, and difficulty cancelling trials and autoship programs.
Granted, you may not experience the same with DermaActive, but in our opinion, it’s fairly likely.
From a company perspective, DermaActive appears to be manufactured by JASMITHWEB LLC based out of Miami, FL, although the company isn’t listed with the Better Business Bureau, and no additional information is available online.
DermaActive Pricing & Refund Policy
DermaActive is only available through a 12-day trial for $5 S&H (you can also choose USPS Priority for $10), for which you’ll receive a full 1/2oz bottle of the serum.
Note: If you attempt to click off the ordering page, the system will give you an additional 50% off S&H, which will bring the price down to $2.50 and $5 respectively.
Then, once your trial expires, you’ll be billed $79 for the full price of the product, and will also be enrolled in the company’s autoship program. This means you’ll continue receiving a new bottle of DermaActive once per month, and your credit card will be charged $79 each time.
Important note: We feel that free trials are geared toward getting your credit card number and ensuring you’ll pay full price, while autoship programs are intended to rack up as many charges as possible in the process. Because of these concerns, we often recommend staying away from products sold through these methods.
Outside of the trial, there isn’t any refund information listed on the DermaActive website.
With this said, in order to cancel your trial or your autoship enrollment, you’ll need to contact customer service at 888-221-2554.
Is DermaActive the Right Anti-Aging Serum for You?
Chopping to the point: Considering that none of DermaActive’s ingredients have sufficient clinical evidence showing them to work, the manufacturer’s less-than-stellar marketing techniques, and the fact that it’s only sold through a free trial, we’d recommend speaking with your dermatologist about effective anti-aging treatments before placing your DermaActive order.