Complexion Perfector by DermalMedix Review – Get Youthful Looking Skin or Is it Hype?
Complexion Perfector by DermalMedix is a collagen-based, drinkable anti-aging powder that uses a variety of ingredients to attempt to make your skin look younger.
According to material available on the product’s website, this powder uses high-grade collagen as well as a proprietary antioxidant blend to get the job done.
DermalMedix is the company who sells this cream and the man behind the company is Dr. David Watts, a former Army doctor whose company has a couple of different products available for sale. At the time of publishing, he ran a private plastic and cosmetic surgery practice in Vineland, N.J.
This product seems promising based on the claims it makes and the fact that a real doctor backs it. In this review, we’ll examine Complexion Perfector by going through a series of analyses that cover what the product does, what its ingredients are and what the prevailing scientific research says about those ingredients.
We’ll also talk to you about how much this product costs, what the return policy is and how it compares to similar anti-aging creams on Amazon.
How Complexion Perfector Works
This product takes an approach to anti-aging that many similar products take. It combines several different ingredients – some of which are well known and others that are proprietary – to create a solution to aging skin.
The Complexion Perfector website says that all you have to do is take a scoop of the powder, mix it with 6 to 8 ounces of water and drink it. It comes in one flavor: strawberry lemonade.
Doing so will, “assist your body’s own, natural collagen product, help protect against free radical damage and nourish your skin with key essential vitamins.”
If you haven’t heard those words before, they’re pretty straightforward. Just like building a home from brick, your skin builds itself with collagen, a substance that keeps your skin looking pliable and young.
As you age, “free radicals” floating around in your bloodstream invade cells and break them down, causing wrinkles and other signs of aging on your skin.
So, by using collagen, an in-house substance called “Ceramosides” and an in-house antioxidant blend, Complexion Perfector says it has just the right combination of ingredients to build your skin and ward off aging’s effects.
Complexion Perfector’s Ingredients
We mentioned a few seconds ago that this product’s main ingredients are collagen, Cermosides and a proprietary antioxidant blend. In this section, we’ll briefly describe each one.
Collagen: 2,500 mg
Complexion Perfector’s website says there are 28 types of collagen and the one they use—type 1—is the “highest quality collagen.” We took a look at the label on the back of the bottle and found that this particular type of collagen is called “Verisol Bioactive Collagen Peptides.”
The company who produces this type of collagen is Gelita. Their website says that their product “increases the skin moisture and delays the formation of wrinkles.”
Ceramosides: 30 mg
This proprietary ingredient claims to replenish cracks in your skin and make it more hydrated and plumped, according to chemical supplier and designer SEPPIC. It does so through something called phytoceramides, which is wheat-based.
The company cites a pair of studies that say the ingredients can help your skin look younger. They also point out that Ceramosides are gluten-free despite being derived from wheat.
Proprietary Antioxidant Blend: 150 mg
This mix of ingredients includes acai fruit extract, apple extract, blue currant powder, blueberry powder, raspberry juice powder and tart cherry powder.
What Science Says About Complexion Protector’s Ingredients
We cannot say for certain if this product will work for you but we can help you understand what the current research says about how effective this product’s ingredients are. In this section, we provide insight from WebMD as well as research we’ve read:
A WebMD article in which reporter Lisa Marshall interviews several doctors seems to indicate that the science behind edible collagen—pills, capsules, powder, etc.— still “in its infancy” and that there’s a chance that the acids in your stomach will break down the collagen before it can get to your skin.
The site goes on to point out that edible collagen is, in many cases comprised of ground-up animal parts like bones, hooves and hides.
“Look for companies that get their bones and tissues from cage-free, free-range and, antibiotic-free sources,” the article notes.
Marshall points out that the collagen’s reputation is further solidified if it has a certification from the National Sanitation Foundation or the United States Pharmacopeia.
Healthline points out the ceramides have been proven to help with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis but did not mention their effectiveness for making skin look younger or maintaining your skins already-present youthfulness.
The Ceramosides website provides three study results that note the product works.
These studies concluded that taking Ceramosides resulted in 26% more skin elasticity, 18% fewer wrinkles and 21% more skin moisturization than the placebo group in the study.
The data about these studies was limited, though, such that we can’t provide you crucial information about dosages, type of dosage (oral vs. topical) and the ages and wrinkle levels of participants.
Proprietary Antioxidant Blend
The good thing about this ingredient is that it’s made up of various fruit powders and, according to WebMD, fruits high in vitamins A and C can help ward off sun damage and skin cancer, as well as possibly reverse the risk of skin cancer.
However, WebMD concludes that skincare products that claim to help your skin via antioxidants don’t always deliver on the purported results.
“Companies often claim that their products can give you miraculous results, but don’t believe all the hype. Although nutritional supplements and cosmeceuticals (products that combine cosmetics and pharmaceutical ingredients) are tested for safety, their benefits aren’t necessarily confirmed in studies,” the site says.
Complexion Protector Pricing and Return Policy
At the time of publishing, you could buy one jar of this anti-aging powder for $95, two jars for $170 and three jars for $242, all with free shipping.
From the explanations provided on the site, we gathered that one jar is intended to last you for one month at a rate of one scoop per day.
The site says that each jar comes with a 90-day, money-back guarantee. We looked at the fine print and found that the 90-day deadline starts the day that the product ships from the company. So, if it takes 20 days for the product to ship from the company to your home, you have 70 days left on your guarantee.
To start your return, you’ll need to call (800)425-0243.
Comparing Complexion Perfector to Other Anti-Aging Powers
Part of understanding a particular product’s value is to judge how it compares to others like it.
We headed to Amazon to find highly-rated collagen powders and found two that get excellent reviews from consumers and contain either type 1 collagen or the Verisol collagen that Complexion Perfector does.
We found two: ForestLeaf’s collagen protein powder and Sparkle Skin Boost.
Customers gave ForestLeaf an average rating of 4.5 stars and Sparkle an average rating of 4.2 stars.
A 41-day supply of ForesLeaf was $17.5o a jar, while a 30-day supply of Sparkle was $28.50 for their orange-flavored option.
What we noticed is that Sparkle has twice as much collagen as Complexion Protector (5 grams versus 2.5 grams). FirstLeaf’s collagen powder contained 11 grams, doubling Sparkle and quadrupling Complexion Protector.
Based on this information, we believe that both ForestLeaf and Sparkle’s products provide better value if you’re looking for the highest collagen content.
The Bottom Line
We think there are several things to consider as you decide on whether or not you want to purchase this product.
First, what makes it different than some of the competitors is that you get to see a real doctor’s face when you head to the product’s website.
Rarely do you find a site for products like this that features the person who launched the line. In most cases, our research reveals, you get a generic recommendation from a doctor who is not affiliated with the development of the product.
Second, we believe that the various health websites we looked at indicate that the ingredients in Complexion Protector aren’t guaranteed to work. Because every person is different, we can’t say for sure if this product is going to work for you.
What we do know is that there are other products out there that present a better value based on the amount of collagen they have in their powder. If you feel collagen is the best fit for what you want out of your anti-aging regiment, we believe that this particular product may not be the best choice considering the value other products present.