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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 out 10 people found this review helpful
Don't do it unless you have money to blow.
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
8 out 9 people found this review helpful
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