Cosmedique is a skin cream that is branded as a ‘comprehensive, nutrient-rich, anti-aging formulation’ on the company website.
Developed in Switzerland but manufactured in the United States, the cream claims to help rejuvenate cells deep in the dermis layer of your skin so that it can restore itself from the inside out. Through this process, Cosmedique purportedly improves skin texture and reduces discoloration through intense hydration, leaving you with a soft, smooth appearance.
For this reason, the product website claims that Cosmedique is ‘the perfect solution’ for preventing skin from aging. It states that you’ll notice firmer, brighter skin and enhanced moisture after just one treatment.
After eight weeks of daily use, Cosmedique states that your skin cell density will resemble a 30-year-old, (no matter how old you are) and that your lines, wrinkles, and blemishes will fade to the point that they almost disappear.
How Does Cosmedique Work?
The Cosmedique website states that their cream is formulated with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, retinol, DMAE, vitamins A, C, and E, natural proteins, ceramide, caviar extract, tocopherol acetate, and the ‘key ingredient’ of Swiss apple extract.
According to the brand, these ingredients are formulated to be as small as possible so that they can get through the skin. In fact, it promises to be the first no-needle treatment that can stimulate the recovery of damaged cells by working from the inside out.
Can Cosmedique possibly live up to its bold claims? Let’s unpack this product to find out.
What is the Science Behind Cosmedique?
It’s important to note that at the time of writing we weren’t able to find any evidence of clinical research or peer-reviewed studies that pertained to Cosmedique. Nonetheless, we found some facts about what it promises on the website.
The website’s science section illustrates that each ingredient in the cream is molecularly engineered to easily travel through every layer of skin so that it can fill up the spaces between connective fibers, collagen, and elastin to restore the formation levels of collagen.
After consistent application, the section states, the wrinkles on your face will look smoother and less visible.
The site claims to have synthesized hyaluronic acid into as small a form of possible so that it can better penetrate through the epidermis down to the dermis (the skin’s base layer). This process restores skin cell counts to previous levels, it states, resulting in a smoother texture and fewer age spots.
These claims are impressive, but can cosmetic ingredients successfully travel through layers of skin to promote anti-aging benefits?
Can Cosmetics Really Penetrate the Skin?
The idea of cosmetic products penetrating through skin is one that Highya has dealt with numerous times.
Our article on the topic shows that cosmetic companies often use the phrase ‘skin penetration’ to suggest the idea that your success at improving your skin is directly linked to how deep the product’s ingredients can get into your skin.
For this reason, many anti-aging products claim to contain skin penetrating ingredients, though the reality is more nuanced than they are suggesting,
We reported in this article that four factors affect skin penetration: molecular size and weight, whether a product is oil or water-soluble, molecular polarity, and the overall condition of your skin. For these reasons, most molecules in cosmetic products won’t effectively penetrate through layers of skin cells.
So, will Cosmedique’s ingredients actually make it to your skin’s dermis layer?
Our previously mentioned reporting showed us that it’s almost impossible to tell without a chemistry lab. However, any product that you can order without a doctor’s prescription almost certainly won’t have enough potency to fully penetrate your skin, which might mean that Cosmedique is overstating its skin benefits.
Looking at the ingredients in this product will tell us more.
What Ingredients are in Cosmedique?
While we couldn’t find Cosmedique’s full ingredient list on their website, they do highlight some of the cream’s main ingredients. Notably, there isn’t any information about the concentrations of these ingredients, so it’s difficult to determine whether they are potent enough to be effective.
We relied on the EWG cosmetic database for our information about the properties of Cosmedique’s ingredients, which include the following:
Hyaluronic Acid: As a natural polysaccharide found in your body’s connective tissues like cartilage, hyaluronic acid works to lubricate and cushion joints.
It’s often added to topical cosmetic products to add moisture and improve the appearance of aging skin, but we couldn’t find clinical evidence that it works to permanently improve skin because the molecules are too large to adequately penetrate the skin.
Retinol: More commonly called vitamin A1, retinol is naturally found in food and has traditionally been used to reverse skin damage.
DMAE: Examine.com tells us that DMAE is a natural chemical in the human body that can reduce the build-up of aging-related pigmentations in the skin, helping it to reduce sagging and signs of aging. This makes it a common ingredient in anti-aging skin creams.
Natural Proteins: While the Cosmedique websites lists ‘natural proteins’ as an ingredient, it doesn’t specify what form they are or where they are sourced from, making this component impossible to properly review.
Ceramide: ScienceDirect tells us that ceramide is a form of naturally-occurring lipid molecules that are found in high concentrations within the top layers of skin cells so that they form a protective layer over your skin that plumps it up and aids moisture retention. These benefits are not permanent, though, as the protective layer that ceramide forms gets washed away every time you shower.
Caviar Extract: Strange as it might sound to use fish eggs on your face, caviar extract is full of fatty acids and trace minerals that can moisturize skin when added to creams. The EWG database tells us that this extract can work as a skin conditioning agent, but we weren’t able to find any scientific evidence that provides long-term skin benefits.
Tocopherol Acetate: As a popular form of vitamin E for cosmetic products, tocopherol acetate is also a natural antioxidant that helps maintain the health of your cells. Notably, the EWG database mentions that the compound has some risks for ecotoxicology.
Swiss Apple Extract: Considered by Cosmedique to be the cream’s key ingredient, Swiss apple extract contains stem cells from apples, which supposedly can stimulate the production of human skin stem cells so that your skin can regenerate itself return to a younger appearance.
However, we weren’t able to find any clinical studies that looked at the efficacy of Swiss apple extract, nor any that stated whether it is a valid ingredient for improving skin texture in anti-aging creams.
Are There Potential Side Effects for Cosmedique?
Like we previously mentioned, we couldn’t track down the full list of ingredients or concentrations for Cosmedique.
What we can determine is that this cream contains many skin conditioning agents that are common in commercial skincare products. However, some ingredients might be cause for concern.
WebMD tells us that retinol can cause your skin to age faster if you wear products containing it in bright sunlight because it makes your skin more sensitive to the sun. An article from Livestong.com also told us that high concentrations of retinol can also cause severe skin irritation and redness.
Likewise, we learned from WebMD that some people are sensitive to DMAE. It causes them to suffer from insomnia, tenseness, and headaches at too high of a dose, though this typically only happens when it is taken orally.
Because we couldn’t determine how much retinol or DMAE is in Cosmedique, you may want to err on the side of caution when applying this product to your skin.
Where to Buy Cosmedique Cream
At the time of writing, Cosmedique cream is only available through the company website on a free trial/ subscription basis. You can receive a 60-day supply trial offer of Cosmedique for the cost of shipping (about $6.50 or $14.95).
It’s critical to note that at the end of your trial period, you will be billed $187.50 for the product if you don’t return it to the company.
You are also automatically enrolled in the company’s subscription program after receiving your trial and will be sent replenishment cream every sixty days for the full price of $187.50.
If you decide you don’t want to pay for your trial offer of the cream, you must return it within the first thirty days of ordering it to cancel your account. You can contact the company directly at (855) 315-7475 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Do Customers Think of Cosmedique?
We couldn’t find any verified review on Cosmedique’s website, but Shadow.com compiles reports from sites like Amazon and Facebook to arrive at an overall rating of 82 percent approval for the product after over 600 reviews.
The individual reviews from Cosmedique customers on Shadow.com are less positive, though.
Many people complain that their ‘free trial’ was a rip-off and that they were billed for the total cost of the product before the end of the 30-day return period. Others also complained that they couldn’t get through to the company by phone and that the line seemed disconnected.
We noticed that some reviewers thought that their skin didn’t look any different after using the cream for more than a month, though other reviewers mentioned that they think their skin looks better than expected and that the product works better than anything else they’ve tried.
What Products are Similar to Cosmedique?
Finding the right anti-aging product for your skin isn’t easy, but it’s not for lack of options. There are hundreds of skincare creams on the market today, many that have surprisingly similar formulations to Cosmedique.
The Beverly Hills MD Crepe Correcting Body Complex is a skincare product that’s designed to smooth out the appearance of fine lines, hydrate skin, and improve elasticity without cosmetic surgery, just like Cosmedique claims.
This product has a more extensive ingredients list than Cosmedique, though most active ingredients within the product qualify as skin conditioning agents. On our website, the Beverly Hills MD cream averages 4.6 stars, with 94 percent of previous customers recommending it to a friend.
Another common anti-aging serum, Encante cream claims to lift and firm your skin to give it a more youthful appearance. Like Cosmedique, this product is only available through a free trial on the brand’s website, and many customers complain of being charged the full price of the product in what they call a scam.
In another similarity, we’ve found that there is little ingredient information available about Encante, making it difficult to determine how it can deliver its promised age renewing benefits.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this product has predominately one-star reviews on our website.
Our Consensus: Who is Cosmedique Best For?
If you are looking for a permanent solution for a younger looking face, you might not find it in a cream. We’ve written before that the best way to keep your face looking young is through preventing it from aging in the first place by managing stress, wearing sunscreen, and eating a healthy diet.
Though Cosmedique claims to be a comprehensive, nutrient-rich, anti-aging formula, twe weren't able to locate enough information available about this product for us to comment on whether it will work as promised.
The Cosmedique website lists numerous ingredients that have some scientifically-proven benefits for improving your skin texture, but other ingredients in the formula show no evidence of working as claimed, according to other sources. Likewise, Cosmedique doesn’t list any information about ingredient concentrations, so we aren’t able to determine if they are potent enough to be useful.
Will skin creams like Cosmedique really penetrate through your skin to renew it? Our article written to answer that question shows that it’s unlikely because the product is available without a prescription. This means that the active ingredients within the cream likely aren’t concentrated enough to produce permanent changes for your skin.
The fact that you can only buy this product through a “free trial/ subscription service” should also be something you consider, as a consumer in our opinion. If online reviews are to be believed, some Cosmedique customers struggled to cancel their subscriptions or were still billed for the total cost of the product when they attempted to cancel them.
If you are looking for a skin cream that provides permanent improvements to your face, you might be better off choosing a product with more published information about its ingredients and effectiveness in clinical studies.
Their customer service SUCKS!
Do NOT do business with this company! I happened to see an advertisement for Cosmedique boasting about their anti-aging skin product that takes 10 years off your appearance. They were offering a free 15-day trial and you only had to pay for the postage. I fell, hook, line and sinker. It wasn't until AFTER I placed my order that I was able to read that at the end of the 15-day trial period, $187.50 is DUE UNLESS I call PRIOR to that date. The deal was supposed to be 3-5 days.
5/14: I ordered the product and tried to cancel that same day. It's impossible to contact them via phone. It rings and rings, finally a soft sweet foreign female voice tells you all representative are "busy" and puts you on "HOLD." AFTER 15 minutes, the rep tells you they are still busy and to go to their website for information.
5/15: Yesterday, I see the product has been mailed via USPS.
5/16: The product has been SITTING in Juniper, Florida since 3:06 yesterday and is STILL there today (5/16).
Meanwhile, I have a flight scheduled for 5/23 and unless this product comes BEFORE then, I won't be able to MAIL it back.
I'm going to post a Tweet and include the Florida Attorney General and Consumer Advocate. This is a BIG RIP-OFF and I feel VIOLATED! Oh, I even sent them an email which they acknowledge receipt of, but have not contacted me.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend