If you’ve been paying attention, it seems like some new anti-aging technology hits the market daily—and with Halocel eye serum, it’s their 3-in-1 EMH formula. What’s it supposed to do? According to the company, when applied daily for several weeks, its premium quality, all-natural ingredients will:
- Provide brighter, firmer, and younger looking skin
- Reduce puffy bags and dark circles
- Decrease the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, especially around the eye area
- Stimulate the regrowth of skin cells and smooth rough skin
In fact, the company claims that Halocel provided a 70% improvement in under eye bags in clinical studies, a 33% decrease in crow’s feet, and a 19% reduction in dark spots in clinical trials. Despite these benefits, the manufacturer claims that Halocel is gentle and effective and will provide lasting results.
Is this really what you can expect, or is Halocel’s manufacturer feeding you line after line? That’s exactly what we’ll explore in this review. To begin, let’s take a look at Halocel’s ingredients and their proprietary EMH formula.
What Ingredients Does Halocel Include?
According to the serum’s website, here’s what Halocel contains:
Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Steareth-20, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, Butylene Glycol, Chamomillia Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hamamelis Virginana (Witch hazel) extract, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
Like most anti-aging products, most of these act as humectants, emulsifiers, surfectants, or conditioning agents. Although they might help your skin retain moisture and help Halocel feel better, they likely won’t do much for reducing the signs of aging.
However, some of these pull double duty. For example, dimethicone is also a skin protectant, while dipeptide-2 is “believed to improve lymphatic circulation.”
In addition, hesperidin methyl chalcone may contain some antioxidant properties, while palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 is thought to reduce the body’s acute inflammation response, which can lead to sagging skin and wrinkles. According to Truth In Aging though, “there are very few independent studies available on Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7.”
A similar ingredient named palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 “mimics the relationship of the growth factors involved in the healing process and synthesis of collagen,” although there’s also very little clinical evidence to support this.
What about witch hazel? After all, it’s a really common ingredient in facial products. As we recently mentioned in our article about toners: “These too-harsh ingredients don’t just cause irritation—they can actually damage your skin’s ability to repair itself and lessen your collagen production.”
Speaking of which, according to Wikipedia, N-Hydroxysuccinimide can be “an irritant to skin, eyes and mucous membranes.”
As we can see here, while some of these ingredients might help reduce the signs of aging, they (or the “proprietary” EMH formula) probably won’t perform anywhere near as well as the manufacturer claims.
What about Halocel’s price? After all, despite the general lack of clinical evidence for its ingredients, it might be worth trying if it doesn’t cost much, right?
Is Halocel’s Free Trial a Good Deal?
The only way to order Halocel is through a “free” trial (just pay $3.97 S&H), where you’ll receive 30-day supply of the eye serum.
Here’s where you’ll need to be careful: What Halocel’s manufacturer buries in the fine print and Terms is that, after 14 days have passed, you’ll be charged the eye-popping price of $89.95! Not only this, but you’ll be enrolled in the company’s autoship program, which means you’ll continue receiving a new bottle of Halocel once per month and charged $89.95 plus $3.97 S&H each time.
In order to cancel your trial, you’ll need to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org within 14 days of your order. All Halocel orders also come with a 60-day refund policy, which you can request by emailing email@example.com or support@Erase-time.com (both were listed in the company’s Terms & Conditions).
Halocel’s customer service can also be reached at 877-750-4095.
Should You Place an Order for Halocel?
To date, the HighYa team has reviewed well over 200 anti-aging products, and we’ve also written numerous in-depth guides about everything from buying an anti-aging cream to maximizing its effectiveness. In other words, we’ve been around the block with these types of products, and we have a good handle on what to look out for.
Given this, when it comes to Halocel, we think there are a couple disconcerting red flags:
Be Wary of Products Sold Through Trials
Whether we’re talking about anti-aging products or nutritional supplements, if you encounter something that’s only sold through a free trial, we generally recommend walking away. Why?
First, we believe that if a company is confident in the quality and effectiveness of their product, they’ll let customers decide whether or not they want to sign up for automatic shipments. Otherwise, we’ve found that these sneaky autoship programs can cost customers hundreds of dollars over a very short period of time.
Second, since these trials begin the date your order is placed, you’ll probably only have a couple days to try it out before having to cancel your trial—which is nowhere near enough time to learn if it works for you before being charged full price.
Among online-only anti-aging products like Halocel, nearly all come with bottom-of-the-barrel reviews from HighYa readers. What’s everyone saying? Most reference:
- Failure to work. Not just this, but we’ve also read countless reviews where customers experienced over-dried skin and mild to moderate skin reactions (redness, rashes, etc.). In some instances, customers had to visit their dermatologist to clear up the problem.
- Ultra-poor customer service. When calling to cancel trials, autoship programs, or request refunds, the vast majority of reviews cite terrible customer service. Based on our experience, we believe that many of these companies purposely implement poor customer service in order to frustrate you into giving up, while they hang on to your hard-earned money.
Is this necessarily what you’ll experience with Halocel? Without any online customer reviews, there’s no way to be sure. But based on the similarities between Halocel and other products like it, we think it’s certainly something worth keeping in mind.
Taking together Halocel’s ho-hum ingredients formulation, trial-only offer, and customer feedback for nearly identical products, it’s our opinion that your money would likely be better spent by visiting with your dermatologist instead of placing an order.
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