About Purific Skin Serum
Purific Skin is an anti-aging serum that claims to give better-than-Botox results, increasing moisture and skin elasticity, while reducing wrinkles. But, that’s not all—of their claims, we mean.
Purific Skin serum’s website is filled top to bottom with bold statements, including promises that:
- You’ll look up to ten years younger
- It makes lines and wrinkles vanish
- You’ll see dramatic clinically prove [sic] results
- Nine out of ten dermatologists recommend anti-aging products
- It feels like a facelift
Notice how each of these claims promise something intangible? Since one can’t measure whether or not Purific Skin really feels like a face lift, or quantify exactly how many wrinkles need to vanish to achieve dramatic results, let’s look, instead, at the science the share to support their claims.
How Purific Skin Achieves Amazing Scientific Results
Purific Skin claims to work at the cellular level, “delaying the aging of essential cells and combating chronological aging to help preserve the youthful look and vitality of your skin.”
How does Purific Skin achieve the amazing results that they claim? The website says that their formula is composed of scientifically proven and patented ingredients, including:
Purific Skin claims that this is a new concentrated firming and wrinkle smoothing ingredient that acts on the skin’s natural lifting properties by stimulating the fibroblast biomechanical functions.
What is it? According to gattefosse.com, Gatuline In-Tense is an:
“Oily concentrate of the African Spilanthes Acmella flower, it targets the loss of skin firmness and appearance of deep wrinkles. By stimulating the fibroblast biomechanical functions, this active ingredient helps re-organize the dermis structure and visibly smooth the skin surface.”
Both descriptions mention that the compound stimulates the fibroblast biomechanical functions of the skin.
What does that mean to someone without a chemistry degree?
Inside the dermis layer of the skin, dermal fibroblasts generate connective tissue and aid in injury recovery. The majority of information we can locate to help us understand their role in our bodies relates to musculoskeletal injuries and heart tissue. There’s additional information within Wikipedia stating that:
“Since dermal fibroblasts play a critical role in wound healing, researchers are attempting to generate mature dermal fibroblasts to repair second and third-degree burns.”
This information is hopeful, as it highlights fibroblasts’ importance in the healing and regeneration of skin.
Just one problem: To stimulate fibroblasts in a way that results in effective healing, scientists must use stem cells. Stem cells are notoriously delicate, prone to undergoing cell apoptosis (dying), almost immediately after extraction.
Bottom line on the ingredient Gatuline In-Tense?
There is legitimate research surrounding plant stem cells. However, the truth is that stem cells in skin care products do not work as claimed; they simply cannot deliver the promised results.
In fact, they likely have no effect at all because stem cells must be alive to function as stem cells, and by the time these delicate cells are added to skincare products, they are long since dead and, therefore, useless.
Additionally, it’s a good thing that stem cells in skin care products can’t work as claimed, given that studies have revealed that they pose a potential risk of cancer.
Trylagen PCB & Glucare
The other two ingredients listed in Purific Skin are Trylagen PCB and Glucare—both of which are designer compounds created by companies for the purpose of anti-aging.
Unfortunately, there isn’t any supporting information for Trylagen PCB to be found on verified websites, such as Wikipedia, or even within scholarly research.
We were able to locate slightly more information on Glucare, and found that it is composed of Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan, and described as “a highly active yeast derived beta glucan used to revitalize skin and enhance the natural repair processes in damaged skin”—which is a pretty fancy way of saying “glucose, yeast, and salt.”
Bottom Line on Purific Skin’s Ingredients
Let’s not beat around the bush—does this stuff work?
Even though I’m not a chemist, I can say with near-certainty that Purific Skin does not create the dramatic change in wrinkles and smoothing skin as they claim.
How can I be so sure?
According to the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) Drug and Cosmetic act, no product that that is considered a cosmetic can affect the structure or any function of the human body.
To be clear, the FDA defines cosmetics by their intended use, as "articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body... for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance."
Note that while cosmetics may alter the appearance of the body, they may not alter the structure or function of the body. For example, a company can claim that a product “reduces the appearance of fine lines on the face,” but can’t say that it “will make wrinkles vanish,” as this would be altering the structure of your skin.
The difference between cosmetics and drugs is becoming increasingly relevant to consumers, as anti-aging brands attempt to get your attention by making bigger and more drastic claims.
How Purific Skin Claims to Work
The effectiveness of Purific Skin’s ingredients, aside, the product’s website also makes big promises as to how ingredients are delivered to the skin.
According to the website: “By utilizing an innovative absorption formula technology, Purific Skin penetrates the skin rapidly, delivering whole molecules deep into the skin’s target zones, leaving a clean and hydrating finish.”
The above claim doesn’t make a ton of scientific sense because cosmetics don’t penetrate your skin.
How do we know that cosmetics don’t penetrate, no matter how many snake oil salesmen try to claim differently?
As we stated in “Can Cosmetics Really Penetrate Your Skin?” if we could absorb everything that was put on our skin, we wouldn’t have to eat. Instead, we’d just tape some spinach to our inner arm and call it a day.
The above-linked article dives deep into how and why your skin works so hard to keep stuff out, as well as what claims anti-aging companies can really make.
But, the bottom line is that, by their very nature, anything considered a cosmetic won’t be able to penetrate past the skin’s layers to interact with your cells. If these products could, they’d probably be classified as drugs and require FDA approval.
Customer Feedback for Purific Skin
Purific Skin appears to be a relatively new product, as there were no online customer reviews available at the time of our research that could be used to gauge satisfaction levels.
However, when searching, we did find several examples of the company, or paid affiliates, posting fake online articles lauding Purific Skin’s effectiveness. These articles and reviews are are typically designed to make you believe you’re making an informed decision—when it’s just more marketing material.
How can you spot scam websites and reviews? Check out the following guides:
Purific Skin Pricing & Refund Policy
Purific Skin is available online through a 14-day trial, for which you’ll pay $3.95 to cover S&H charges. The trial begins the day your order is placed—not the day it arrives.
After your trial expires, you’ll be billed $99.95 for the full price of the product.
Note that Purific Skin automatically enrolls any customer in their autoship program, meaning that you will be charged $99.95 every 30 days until your membership is canceled.
Purific Skin Claims that you can cancel at any time without further obligation by calling (877) 590-1801, Monday – Friday between the hours of 9am-5pm MST.
However, at HighYa, we caution readers against making any purchase that requires membership to an autoship program, as these schemes can be very difficult to exit and often result in unwanted charges.
While shipping and handling fees are non-refundable, Purific Skin does allow refunds if you are not satisfied with your purchase. To do so, first you must contact customer service at the above-listed number to receive and RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization). Your RMA number will be issued within 2 business days. Also, know that returns are subject to a $19.99 restocking fee.
Should You Purchase Purific Skin?
While we’ve tried to look at Purific Skin’s promises with an objective eye, let’s be frank: Their website screams “scam” for these reasons:
- Purific Skin’s claims filled with ten-dollar words where two-dollar words will do—possibly to confuse consumers or compensate for the fact that their promises are completely outside the realm of cosmetics, as defined by the FDA.
- The before and after photos are more Photoshopped with a blur tool than even Kim Kardashian's champagne cover shoot.
- Even better, you know how some brands will state “As seen in” to bolster their credibility? If you look really closely at the tiny font used by Purific Skin, it actually states “ADS seen in” before citing different authority sites, such as the New York times. Tricky tricky.
We’ll point you to “Consumer Alert: Avoid These Anti-Aging Websites Like the Plague” if you’d like to read about why these, and other observations, are relevant to spotting and avoiding scam websites.
Finally, considering the lack of clinical evidence showing that Purific Skin’s ingredients work as advertised, the manufacturer’s (or their affiliate’s) use of fake review websites, and the fact the serum is only available a 14-day trial, we might recommend looking for anti-aging products elsewhere.
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