About Luminis Advanced Skincare

Without expensive, painful surgery or injections, Luminis Advanced Skincare is an anti-aging facial treatment that promises to boost collagen and elastin production.

To accomplish this, we’re told Luminis delivers whole collagen molecules to the skin, versus the collagen fragments used by much of the competition, resulting in skin that is rebuilt, rejuvenated, and rehydrated.

From there? With regular use, the company claims Luminis’ ingredients will brighten skin, restore its firm structure, smooth the look of fine lines, reduce unevenness, decrease the appearance of dark circles, and prevent the damaging effects of free radicals.

Why are you here? Because you want to know if it’s reasonable to believe the manufacturer’s claims, or if Luminis is just another anti-aging scam. We’ll tell you what we found during our research, including our experience and feedback from consumers like you.

Why Does Skin Age?

When it comes down to it, there are two types of aging: intrinsic and extrinsic.

Intrinsic is the “natural” aging process. In other words, this is what happens due to the passage of time, without factoring in external influences. Think collagen and elastin fibers that clump together and thicken; sagging, brittle skin, etc.

See Also: Can Creams Really Help Crepey Skin?

On the other hand, aging caused by external factors is classified as extrinsic. This is best thought of as environment components such as excessive UV (sun) exposure, smoking, drinking too much alcohol, getting too little sleep, being exposed to too much stress, and so forth.

As you might imagine, intrinsic factors are based largely on genetics, over which we can exert little control.

On the other hand, by getting in the habit of wearing the proper sunscreen, quitting smoking/reducing drinking, getting adequate sleep, and more, we have the ability to control the appearance of aging due to extrinsic factors.

But what about the ingredients contained in Luminis Advanced Skincare? Will they provide any benefits related to intrinsic or extrinsic aging?

How Effective Are Luminis Advanced’s Ingredients

Whole Collagen Molecules & Ceramides

We’re not provided with a product label on the Luminis Advanced website, and the only two ingredients specifically mentioned are whole collagen molecules and ceramides.

Yes, collagen is the most abundant protein in skin, and the loss of collagen greatly contributes to signs of aging. But the problem is that collagen molecules (whether fragmented or whole) are simply too big to pass through your skin’s outermost barrier.

On the other hand, ceramides are “a family of waxy lipid molecules” typically “found in high concentrations within the cell membrane of cells.” While ceramides are animal-based, phytoceramides are similar substances found in plants, which became famous after appearing on the Dr. Oz show.

The problem is that according to Truth In Aging, there seems to be limited (although positive) clinical evidence drawing a direct link between topical phytoceramide application and anti-aging benefits.

Still, they note that “topical ceramide seems a good addition to our skincare regimen.”

What about Luminis Advanced Skincare specifically? Outside of what we just discussed, does the manufacturer provide any clinical evidence to back up their claims?

What Evidence Does the Manufacturer Provide?

Overall, the company links to three pieces of evidence to back up their claims for Luminis:

1. A 2015 review outlining a mechanism for increasing the absorption of vitamin A from the blood. Unfortunately, no specific mechanism is mentioned (at least not one that a non-medical professional is likely to understand).

2. An article written by the Largo Medical Center staff discussing the “potential benefits of over-the-counter cleansers and moisturizers for rosacea patients.” Which one?

On Luminis’ website, the hyperlinked text reads “caprylic triglyceride,” although this ingredient isn’t mentioned anywhere in the article.

3. Another article looking at different ceramide-containing moisturizers that could provide associated benefits. Again, “ceramide-3” is listed in the hyperlink, although this specific ingredient isn’t noted anywhere in the article.

Taken together, it seems that we aren’t told about the vast majority of ingredients contained in Luminis Skincare. And the evidence provided by the company doesn’t seem to match up with the ingredients we are told about.

How Much Does Luminis Advanced Skincare Cost?

Initially, a 30-day supply (0.5oz, or 15ml) of Luminis Advanced Skincare will only cost you $4.94 S&H. This will start your 14-day trial.

On the 14th day, you’ll then be charged the full retail price of $97.83 (note: According to the site’s Terms, the price is slightly higher at $98.71). You’ll also continue receiving a new supply of the facial treatment once per month and charged $97.83 (or $98.71) accordingly.

If you don’t want to be charged full price, you’ll need to cancel your trial before the 14th day (remember, your trial begins when your order is placed, not when the product is received!) by contacting customer service at 877-497-1088 or support@luminisadvancedskincare.com.

Outside of the trial, it appears Luminis comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges.

Is Luminis Skincare’s Trial Really “Exclusive”? Where Are the Reviews?

If you’ve been a HighYa reader for long, you know that we review a lot of these trial-based anti-aging products, including recent ones like Vita Luminance, Aviqua, JuvaLux Skincare, Vskin Active, and many others.

If you take a quick glance at each of these websites, you’ll find that not only do they share essentially the same 14-day trial (some might come with slightly different pricing), but they also share the exact same site templates.

In fact, this is such a popular phenomenon that we wrote an in-depth exposé in Avoid These Anti-Aging Websites Like the Plague.

Whether you’re reading about these products here on HighYa or elsewhere online, you’ll find customers invariably complain about one or more of the following:

  • No results. In other words, they didn’t deliver any anti-aging benefits.
  • Excessively high prices. As you might feel as well, most customers report that close to $100 is a lot to pay for something that doesn’t work.
  • Exceptionally poor customer service. Many of these customers even claim they had to get their credit card company involved in order to obtain refunds or stop automatic shipments.

Is this what you can expect with Luminis Advanced? We didn’t try it ourselves and there weren’t any online customer reviews at the time of writing. But given the company’s identical marketing approach and business model, we think it raises some red flags.

What does all of this mean for you?

Will Luminis Advanced Skincare Help You “Achieve Healthy, Younger Looking Skin”?

Again, since we didn’t test Luminis firsthand and there isn’t any feedback from other consumers we can use to gauge overall satisfaction levels, there’s no way to be 100% certain if it’ll deliver on the manufacturer’s claims.

But this doesn’t mean you can’t make an informed decision about whether or not Luminis is right for you. For example, we’re not told exactly what’s contained in the cream—and it seems that there’s limited online clinical evidence available supporting the two ingredients we are told about.

Additionally, the links provided by the company don’t seem to support their claims either, and they share an identical site design and business model as numerous other anti-aging creams that many HighYa readers are calling “scams.”

Given these concerns, we think you might get more value for your money by speaking with your dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon about anti-aging options that could deliver more significant results than Luminis Advanced Skincare.

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9 Customer Reviews for Luminis Advanced Skincare

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  • Scam

    • California,
    • Dec 6, 2016

    Don't do this. It's a giant scam. They give out your info.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Smells badly

    I received this product and smelled it and it smelled like a dead animal carcass. I don't know what is in it, but I don't want anything on my face that smells like a dead animal.

    I used it twice before I realized it smelled that horrible. I'm sorry I don't want to go around smelling that bad. Then to top it off, why is it called a free trial when they charge for it a month later of $98.00 which overdrew my account unexpectedly.

    I think they should text or email ahead to remind them they are going to do this, so at least we can prepare to have it covered. Apparently it's not free. There was nothing in the package saying if I don't like it to cancel my Nov 5, 2016 . I am so upset right now.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Scam! Luminis Advanced Skincare and Belle Epoque

    • Florida,
    • Nov 18, 2016

    This is the ultimate SCAM! My bank alerted me that my account is negative and I didn't understand why and found out that this so called company had taken out $100 for the Luminis Advanced Skincare and a $100 for the Belle Epoque. I was completely mortified!

    I called my bank to say I have fraud on my account because on my bank statement it doesn't use the company name so I had to cancel my card and I'm currently waiting to see if I get my credit back.

    My bank gave me a number to call and I called and they answered with Customer Service with no name of the company. I explained to them I didn't authorize those purchases because when I did order online, I called the number provided to make sure that this was a one time charge.

    The product is free if you pay the shipping of $6.95 and she said, “Yes, nothing will be charged to your card”. She didn't mention that I had to call to cancel within 14 days!

    How can you possibly try anything out in 14 days, especially skincare products? The kicker is that they said it was 14 days from the day you ordered it, not when you receive it!

    They were very rude! I said I wanted them to credit my account and they said no that there is nothing they can or will do for me.

    I told the guy I wanted to return it and he said they don't accept returns unless damaged! But my bank said to return it so they have a tracking number and just like any scam company, you can't find an address anywhere.

    I want to stop these companies from doing this. If you like to get on board, reach out to me. I am disgusted that this can happen and go on!

    Another kicker is I couldn't print out anything on the site once I placed the order and no email with receipt or information.

    I received the product in a blank envelope and I ordered on Oct 25th, 2016 and didn't receive it until Nov 3rd.

    Today is 11/9, they charged for both of the products and yet they tell me that it's 2 different companies but they both came in the same package!

    Please tell all your friends on Facebook or any social network and help me spread the word. Thanks!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Beware

    I received the product with nothing saying if I were not satisfied within 14 days and did not return the product that they would charge $99 and $98 for each product on my credit card. Sad way of doing business. Shame on you.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Total Scam and I saw no change

    • New York,
    • Oct 31, 2016

    These people sent me a trial if I just paid for shipping and ended up charging me $98.71 after 2 weeks.

    I saw no difference at all in my skin and they send you a tiny bottle which in the end they say is their "full size." If you are unhappy with the results or the product, there is NO refund not even partial.

    This company is more like a scam looking to steal $98.71 from a bunch of vulnerable women looking for help.

    Do not waste your money, I feel like I got robbed and on top of that their customer service rep was utterly annoyed that I had questions and wanted answers.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Deceptive advertising in many ways.

    • Portland, OR,
    • Oct 29, 2016

    I had second thoughts of completing the order. I could not go back which was a red flag and instead it kept taking me to another product to buy page. Did not press any confirmation. Then website froze.

    Later I found a charge on my credit card for the shipment. I found the phone number on the ad to cancel when I found out how much it would truly cost and this whole auto plan.

    I called the number and no person to talk to just a machine saying “You are canceled from the auto shipping program”. They also said that if you have questions or need to talk to a rep dial O. When I tried to get a rep the call would get dropped.

    I tried again all before the trial period and got the same answer with no person to talk to.

    On 14th day I got the big charges. I followed up again and was told that I have to pay because I did not cancel. Well, I explained that I did cancel using the phone number given specifically to cancel and what I was told.

    Now I'm trying to work through my credit card company. I think this is deceptive advertising in many ways.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 11 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Deceptive Advertising

    • Bensalem, PA,
    • Oct 28, 2016

    I ordered this product as a free 30-day sample for $4.95, and there was nothing on the order page that said that I would be charged $98.71 if I did not cancel the order within 14 days (It was hidden under the terms box).

    They also shipped another product, that I did not request, and eye cream which they also charged me $98.71 for. They did not give me the option to print my order page, nor did I receive and email confirmation.

    I called them on the 17th day when I saw the charge on my credit card, but they would not refund my money. The product does not even work.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 19 out 20 people found this review helpful

    Don't do it unless you have money to blow.

    • Massachusetts,
    • Oct 14, 2016

    I thought I would give it a try, then the site froze. I assumed I would be able to 'confirm' after I typed in my info. I also thought I would try the eye cream. Stupid me. I didn't realize I was going to be charged on the 14th day. I didn't find the cream for me at all, now I'm trying to get my money back. I can't get through via phone and haven't gotten a response to the emails.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 15 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    • CO,
    • Oct 14, 2016

    This is a big joke. If you don't call them in 14 days after you order they will charge your credit card $198 and they refuse to give your money back. I called and the guy I spoke was rude, said it was my fault. I told the guy I was not going to accept the stuff and he said that I had to and that I can't send it back. I am so upset, I did not have money for this and now I am screwed.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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