Cosmedique is a skin cream company that claims to sell products with ‘comprehensive, nutrient-rich, anti-aging formulations.’
The brand’s leading product is an All In One Anti-Aging Treatment. 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, the Cosmedique All In One Anti-Aging Treatment 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 the Cosmedique All In One Anti-Aging Treatment is ‘the perfect solution’ for preventing the 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, the company states that your skin cell density will resemble a 30-year-old, (no matter how old you are when you start) and that your lines, wrinkles, and blemishes will fade to the point that they almost disappear.
How Does It Work?
The Cosmedique website states that their All In One Anti-Aging Treatment 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.
We weren’t able to find any evidence of clinical research or peer-reviewed studies that pertained to Cosmedique’s All In One Anti-Aging Treatment. Nonetheless, here’s what the website promises about its effectiveness.
The company states that each ingredient 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 several weeks of consistent application, the wrinkles on your face should look smoother and less visible.
The company 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?
Many anti-aging products claim to contain skin penetrating ingredients, though the reality is more nuanced than they are suggesting.
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.
Due to these factors, most molecules in cosmetic products won’t effectively penetrate through layers of skin cells.
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.
Cosmedique’s full ingredient list is not present on their website. However, 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 there’s minimal clinical evidence that it works to permanently improve the skin because the molecules are too large to penetrate the skin adequately.
Retinol: More commonly called vitamin A1, retinol is naturally found in food and has traditionally been used to reverse skin damage.
DMAE: 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.
Ceramide: Ceramide is a form of naturally-occurring lipid molecules that are found in high concentrations within the top layers of skin cells. 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 reports 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 for better skin health.
Swiss Apple Extract: Considered by Cosmedique to be the cream’s key ingredient, Swiss apple extract contains stem cells from apples. It supposedly can stimulate the production of human skin stem cells so that your skin can regenerate itself return to a younger appearance. One 2017 analysis of available data concluded that while these extracts seem to have potential anti-aging properties when used in cosmetics, more research is needed to verify their benefits.
Potential Side Effects
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.
To start, 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. High concentrations of retinol can also cause severe skin irritation and redness.
Likewise, some people are sensitive to DMAE because it causes them to suffer from insomnia, tenseness, and headaches at too high of a dose. However, 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.
Pricing and Refund Policy
At the time of writing, Cosmedique cream is only available through the company website. You can purchase a 35-ml trial size for $107.50 or a 75-ml size for $187.50. Plan to pay about $7 for standard shipping per order.
All first-time orders qualify for a 90-day money-back guarantee that allows you to return the treatment for a full refund, minus the original shipping costs. All other orders have a slightly more limited 30-day return window.
You can contact the company directly at (855) 315-7475 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Analysis of Customer Reviews
HighYa readers have left 14 reviews on the site for the Cosmedique All In One Anti-Aging Treatment, which average 1.9 stars. There’s the same amount of reviews on Trustpilot, and these come to two stars overall. Here’s a closer look at what customers are saying.
- Cleared up skin issues associated with aging
- Others mentioned how great their skin looked without knowing about the treatment
- “Free trial offers” left many customers paying much more than expected when they were later billed the full purchase price (Note: Cosmedique no longer offers this free trial)
- Many saw minimal effects on their skin
- Slow, ineffective customer service
The Bottom Line
Though the Cosmedique All In One Anti-Aging Treatment claims to be a comprehensive, nutrient-rich, anti-aging formula, there isn’t 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 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 the Cosmedique All In One Anti-Aging Treatment penetrate through your skin to renew it? 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.
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.
Additional ways to help reduce the signs of aging is by managing stress, wearing sunscreen, and eating a healthy diet.