About Brevena Overnight Cream
Developed by medical scientists and used by doctors, Brevena Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream is claimed to be a clinically proven anti-aging solution that helps maintain skin moisture, improve hydration, boost skin tone, and enhance firmness, regardless of your problem areas. This includes under eye bags and circles, deep, neck-area wrinkles, puffiness and crow’s feet, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
In fact, Brevena claims the macro β complex in their Overnight Cream is clinically proven to provide a 97% increase in hydration, elasticity, the visible reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, and firmer, younger-looking skin. All of this using just vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C.
We’ve reviewed hundreds of anti-aging products here at HighYa, so we recognize a scam when we see one. Is Brevena one though, or is it the real deal?
To answer this question, let’s start with the basics: what causes premature aging.
Premature Aging 101
Your physical appearance is largely the result of genetics, but when it comes to the signs of aging, there are many lifestyle factors that can cause them to appear faster. The primary cause is due to UV exposure (usually through sun and tanning beds), although cigarette smoking comes in at a close second, since it dries your skin and depletes vitamin C (more about this next).
However, it doesn’t end there. Lack of exercise, poor diet, drinking alcohol, prolonged exposure to cold weather, stress, lack of sleep, and many others can also contribute to premature aging.
With this said, do Brevena’s ingredients help address these?
Brevena’s Ingredients Profile
There wasn’t a product label provided on the Brevena website, and the only ingredients we’re told about are vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C, or what they call their “macro β complex.” Are these effective for reducing the signs of aging?
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in organ function, and as an antioxidant, may also help slow cell damage caused by lifestyle and other factors. However, other than for treating sunburn, there is insufficient clinical evidence showing topical vitamin E application can treat the signs of aging.
Similarly, vitamin C is also an antioxidant that plays an important role in the human body, especially related to immune function. As we saw in the previous section, a lack of vitamin C can also lead to premature aging, and supplementation (internal) may have some anti-aging benefits.
However, there isn’t enough clinical evidence showing that applying vitamin C directly to the skin will provide any of these same benefits.
Finally, hyaluronic acid injections are commonly used in anti-aging treatments. But again, scientific evidence is lacking showing topical application will provide these same results.
Even if Brevena’s ingredients (at least the ones we know about) were shown to reliably provide anti-aging benefits, we’re not told how much of each ingredient in contained in the cream, or if this is enough to provide any results.
Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “But Brevena claims their Overnight Cream is clinically proven! What about that?” Let’s take a look.
Is Brevena Clinically Proven?
One Brevena’s home page, they claim the cream is proven “based on a clinical study of 30 participants over 3 weeks.” They do provide a link to the trial’s results, and if you skimmed over some of the numbers, you might have been blown away. 100% improvement in texture, elasticity, and moisturization across all 6 weeks? Really?
Despite how revolutionary these results might seem, the company doesn’t provide a link to the actual trial (most reputable studies are published on the NIH PubMed), doesn’t indicate if it was peer-reviewed, and—other than claiming it was completed by Essex Testing Clinic Inc—doesn’t provide any authorship information.
Considering how much credibility this would give to Brevena, it’s our opinion that these numbers are either grossly exaggerated or completely made up.
For more information about this, be sure to read Think that Clinical Study is Legit? 4 Steps for Identifying Fake Science.
One last thing before we get to pricing: why you should be wary of products like Brevena.
The Online-Only Anti-Aging Trend
As we briefly mentioned earlier, we’ve reviewed a whole lot of anti-aging products here at HighYa. With this “bird’s eye view,” we’ve watched as dozens of online-only anti-aging products like Brevena have entered the market, such as AbsoluteDerma, Revival Beauty Serum, and BellaVita Anti-Aging Serum.
Most follow a very specific pattern:
- They use much of the same language, such as making you look “years younger,” that they’re “better than Botox,” and are an “injection-free solution for younger looking skin.” This is something we covered in-depth in Avoid These Anti-Aging Websites Like the Plague.
- They make very big claims without backing them up. Even though their evidence falls flat, Brevena at least attempted to provide a clinical study for their cream.
- They’re almost always sold through free trials and autoship programs (we’ll talk more about this next). Before you get there, you might want to read Think That Free Trial is a Good Idea? Why You Might Be Gambling with Your Money.
And overwhelmingly, these products come with very poor online customer ratings, with common complaints citing failure to work, high price, and difficulty cancelling trials or processing refunds. We’ve covered just about everything you need to know in Exposing the Widespread Scam of Anti-Aging Products & Free Trials.
Speaking of price, how much does Brevena cost?
Brevena Pricing & Refund Policy
There are 2 different ways to purchase Brevena:
- A one time purchase for $89.95 plus $9.95 S&H charges, or
- A 30-day trial for $9.95.
In either instance, your order will include a free travel size container of Brevena.
Remember the trial we referenced a couple times above? If you choose Brevena’s trial, once 30 days have passed (beginning the date your order is placed), you’ll be billed $64.95 for the full price of the cream. You’ll also be enrolled in Brevena’s automatic shipping program, which means you’ll continue receiving a fresh supply of the cream once every 60 days, and your credit card will be billed $64.95 each time.
Important note: According to Brevena’s Shipping & Return policy, it will take 7-10 business days for the cream to reach you, so you might only have a little over 2 weeks to try it before cancelling your subscription.
Other than claiming that all refunds are less S&H charges, there wasn’t any indication on the Brevena website how long they’re available for, so we contacted customer service to find out.
According to the rep with spoke with, all Brevena products come with a 30-day refund policy (again, less S&H charges), which even applies to open/used product.
In order to request a refund, cancel your trial, or unenroll from the autoship program, Brevena’s customer service can be reached at (800) 260-8031.
Should You Buy Brevena Overnight Cream?
Ultimately, based on the fact that we know almost nothing about Brevena’s ingredients; that the company provides some iffy clinical evidence to support their claims; and that the Overnight Cream follows many of the same patterns as other online-only anti-aging creams, it’s our opinion that it should be avoided.
Instead, we’d recommend visiting your dermatologist. Beforehand though, we’d also recommend reading our Guide to Buying Anti-Aging Creams.