DermaJuvenate is an anti-aging product that’s claimed to help you look years younger by significantly filling deep creases and lines and restoring youthful firmness, using peptides that help eliminate wrinkles, promote collagen production, and plump and firm the skin. In fact, DermaJuvenate is claimed to provide many of these visible results within 28 days of regular use.
Because of these benefits, DermaJuvenate is claimed to provide Botox-like results without the painful injections, and to work like a “fountain of youth in a bottle.”
So let’s jump right in and take a look at whether you really can expect DermaJuvenate to work as well as the manufacturer claims, or if it’s really just a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Consider the following:
The Recent Wave of Trial-Based Anti-Aging Products
While you were reading through DermaJuvenate’s website, did you have a nagging sensation that you’ve heard many of these same claims somewhere else?
Well, if you’ve been researching online skincare or anti-aging products recently, you’ve almost certainly come across a couple that were only sold through a free trial, very similar to DermaJuvenate. Many of the most popular ones we’ve reviewed here at HighYa, including DermAktive, Nuvie Skin Care, and AbsoluteDerma.
And while we discussed all the gruesome details in our article titled Exposing the Widespread Scam of Anti-Aging Products & Free Trials, it’s our recommendation that any time you encounter a product sold only through a free trial, an immediate red flag should be raised (for more, see the Pricing section below).
Is DermaJuvenate Clinically Proven?
One of the most common attributes of a trial-only anti-aging product is making a series of very big—some might even say unbelievable—claims. In this instance, according to the DermaJuvenate website:
“Clinical studies show that DermaJuvenate Serum ingredients produce immediate lifting power, and with twice daily application, show demonstrable effects an astounding twenty-eight days after the first use.”
However, despite how “outstanding” these results might be if they were true, and how much credibility it would give to the company, not a shred of evidence is provided to support these claims. In our experience, this probably means they’re exaggerations at best, and complete mistruths at worst.
Is There Clinical Proof for DermaJuvenate’s Ingredients?
But if DermaJuvenate isn’t clinically proven, what about the anti-aging serum’s ingredients? According to the product’s website, DermaJuvenate includes the following ingredients:
A screenshot of DermaJuvenate’s product label, showing all included ingredients.
However, while sea weed contains a variety of vitamins and minerals, neither it nor lycium barbarum, coffea Arabica, acai, noni, pomegranate, green tea, or mangosteen can provide any of the benefits claimed by DermaJuvenate’s manufacturer.
Matrixyl 3000 is a proprietary ingredient created by Sederma, and is featured in many of the anti-aging products we’ve reviewed here at HighYa. This formulation is basically claimed to make “aging skin behave like young skin,” and to restructure “the fragile network of the papillary dermis,” although no third-party clinical evidence is provided to support these claims.
Argireline (Acetyl Hexapeptide-8) is a product manufactured by Lipotec that’s claimed to relax “muscles responsible for the formation of expression lines” by weakening facial contractions, similar to how Botox works. However, while there is a variety of marketing materials on the Lipotec website, none reference any third-party clinical trials that confirm these claims.
Curiously, the DermaJuvenate website also lists an ingredient called Polymoist-PS, which is claimed to be “a face firming peptide proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Derived directly from nature, they are clinically proven to turn back the natural effects of the aging process at the cellular level.” However, this ingredient isn’t listed on the label shown above.
With this said, this is probably because the only mention of Polymoist-PS elsewhere online is on websites directly promoting DermaJuvenate, so this is probably a proprietary formulation from the manufacturer (assuming it’s really an ingredient at all).
Will DermaJuvenate Cause Any Side Effects?
While most of DermaJuvenate’s ingredients may not provide visible anti-aging results, they probably won’t cause any side effects for most individuals, either.
However, for those that do experience side effects, the most commonly reported were nausea and upset stomach.
Some ingredients, such as noni and mangosteen, haven’t been studies enough to know whether or not they’re safe for long-term use, so this might be something you want to keep in mind prior to placing your order.
Do Celebrities Use DermaJuvenate?
If you were to simply skim through the DermaJuvenate website, you might reasonably believe that the product is used by celebrities, and that it’s even their “best kept secret.”
Based on the evidence, there are no celebrities who use DermaJuvenate.
However, there is no third-party verification online showing that any celebrities (A-list or otherwise) have used, or even heard of, DermaJuvenate.
Why Are DermaJuvenate’s Customers So Angry?
As of 3/29/15, there were 28 consumer complaints against DermaJuvenate on RipoffReport, nearly all of which appeared to reference high prices, difficulty with the autoship program (more about this next), and failure to work.
Dozens of customers complained of these same practices on ReviewsTalk.com, as did nearly 350 consumers on ScamBook. As if these weren’t enough, DermaJuvenate’s manufacturer, F.T Natural Inc, had 276 closed complaints with the Better Business Bureau, most of which referenced—you guessed it—being charged high prices and receiving unwanted monthly shipments. Let’s take a look at how this works.
DermaJuvenate Pricing & Refund Policy
DermaJuvenate is only available via a 14-day trial for $3.79 S&H, for which you’ll receive a 30-day supply of the product.
Then, once your trial expires, you’ll be billed $89.71 for the full price of the product, and will also be enrolled in the company’s autoship program. This means you’ll continue receiving a fresh supply of DermaJuvenate once per month, and your credit card will be billed $89.71 each time.
Important note: We’ve been around the block when it comes to these types of anti-aging products, and in our opinion, free trials and autoship programs are only out to guarantee you’re charged full price and then to loop you into recurring charges. Because of these concerns, we generally recommend avoiding products sold through these methods.
Outside of the trial, DermaJuvenate comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges, although this only applies to unopened bottles.
In order to cancel your trial, request a refund, or put a stop to your automatic shipments, you’ll need to call customer service at 888-447-6613 or 888-960-3123 for an RMA.
Will DermaJuvenate Provide You with “Botox-Like” Results?
Chopping to the Point: Even if you only skimmed through the information above, you probably already know what we’re going to say about DermaJuvenate. However, let’s quickly recap what we know:
- DermaJuvenate is not clinically proven.
- Most of the ingredients have insufficient evidence showing they can provide any kind of anti-aging benefits, and the remainder are proprietary formulations with no third-party verification of the manufacturer’s claims.
- The company and the product have a very poor online customer reputation.
- The product is only sold through a free trial and subsequent autoship program, which should raise a big red flag.
Considering all of this, it’s our opinion that DermaJuvenate is a scam and should be avoided.