About AuraVie SkinCare
AuraVie SkinCare is a line of beauty products that are claimed to “contain a mix of clinically proven essential vitamins and peptides shown to reduce the signs of aging.” In addition, the products are claimed to help you “discover your fountain of youth,” and to keep “your skin healthy, moist, and hydrated.”
AuraVie SkinCare is based out of Van Nuys, CA, and while they are not rated with the Better Business Bureau, they do have more than 170 closed complaints over the past three years, most of which appear related to billing issues. Based on our research, online customer reviews regarding their products appear to be primarily negative, with the most common complaints citing failure to work, difficulty with the autoship program, and poor customer service.
How AuraVie SkinCare Works
Similar to Dellure Collagen, LifeCell, and Nuvie Skin Care, AuraVie SkinCare is a line of beauty products claimed to stimulate collagen production, which makes your skin appear firmer and more supple, while its antioxidants help prevent new wrinkles from forming. In fact, the company claims that AuraVie SkinCare can help take “more than 10 years off your skin.”
The primary active ingredient in AuraVie SkinCare products is Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, which has been “clinically proven to turn back the natural effects of the aging process at the cellular level.” As a self-proclaimed alternative to more intensive procedures such as Botox injections or laser treatments, the company claims that you’ll experience a “tremendous increase” in moisturization after just two days, and up to an 83% decrease in fine lines and wrinkles after 30 days.
The AuraVie SkinCare system is claimed to work over three steps:
- Apply the Purifying Cleansing Toner Gel, and rinse with warm water.
- Apply the Age Defying Serum to your “face, neck, and décolletage to nourish and revive” your skin.
- Apply the Day/Night Moisturizer, which uses NANO Time Release Technology to maximize moisture and provide protection while you sleep.
AuraVie SkinCare Pricing & Refund Policy
AuraVie SkinCare is available through Amazon.com and numerous other online retailers. However, if purchased directly through the manufacturer, you’ll be able to obtain a “free” 10-day trial by paying $4.95 to cover shipping and handling costs. After this time has passed, you’ll be charged $97.88 for the product, and will also be enrolled in the VIP Membership Program. This means you’ll continue receiving a 30-day supply of AuraVie SkinCare once per month, and your credit card will be charged accordingly.
In order to cancel your 10-day trial or to un-enroll from the autoship program, you’ll need to contact customer service at 866-216-9336 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep in mind that you’ll be responsible for return shipping to the manufacturer if you cancel your trial.
- Claims to help increase moisturization and to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Claims to help take “more than 10 years off your skin.”
- 10-day trial available for just $4.95 S&H.
- After the 10-day trial ends, AuraVie SkinCare comes with a very high price.
- Automatic enrollment in the company’s autoship program.
- Most common complaints cite failure to work, difficulty with the autoship program, and poor customer service.
With all this information in mind, what’s the bottom line: Is AuraVie SkinCare a scam? While we don’t necessarily think the products are a scam, we did uncover several concerns during our research.
First, online customer reviews about AuraVie SkinCare appear to be primarily negative, with the most common complaints citing failure to work, difficulty with the autoship program, and poor customer service. In relation to this, the products are very expensive when compared to the competition, and the fact that you’ll be charged full price and enrolled in the autoship program after 10 days is only revealed in the fine print.
In addition, taking a look at the before and after pictures shown on the product’s home page, it’s fairly clear that they are Photoshopped, or at the very least, not true side-by-side comparisons (e.g. a “before” picture is taken without makeup, and the “after” picture is taken with makeup).
Next, the company claims that “the efficacy and safety of AuraVie SkinCare has been scientifically substantiated,” and while these studies are made available on the website, they may not be what you would traditionally think of as a clinical study. This is because, while the studies did include low and high echography to measure dermis thickness/volume, much of the results were subjective, as participants were required to fill out questionnaires based on how well they felt the products performed. With this in mind, it appears the only responses available to each question were “Very Pleasant” and “Pleasant.” In other words, there may not have been the opportunity for participants to rate their results any lower.
4 out 5 people found this review helpful
The ad for the product is the exact same ad that is used for another skin care line claiming to be the one that Ellen Degeneres and other stars use to look so young. The ad also made it sound like Dr. Oz was promoting it. The following day, the exact same before and after pictures are shown promoting a completely different product stating the different product is what Ellen Degeneres and other stars are using. Thank goodness my credit card declined the auto-shipment.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend