DermaNova is a new anti-aging solution for men and women that’s claimed to help you regain brighter skin and to help you look several years younger in just weeks.
Dubbed a “Botox-like anti-aging alternative,” DermaNova is claimed to provide all-day moisture that won’t clog pores; to sink into the sub-layers of facial skin in order to improve health; to naturally rejuvenate skin and generate new skin cells; and to reduce puffiness and even skin tone, using ingredients such as:
- Triglycerides – Condition skin and help disperse “vitamins, pigments, and other active ingredients.”
- Shea Butter – Contains antioxidants that may help protect skin from free radical damage.
- Glycerin – May help skin retain moisture while reducing inflammation.
- Peptide Compound – Contains 4 amino acids, which are claimed to reduce inflammation and stimulate collagen regeneration.
- Palmitoyl tetrapepetide-7 – Claimed to be an “active regenerating agent.”
According to the manufacturer, DermaNova is made in the USA. In order to begin experiencing its benefits, you should apply a dime-sized amount to your face twice daily.
If you’ve been researching anti-aging products for long, you probably realize that most of the make the exact same claims. But is there anything different about DermaNova, and is it worth the high price? Consider the following:
What Does Science Say About DermaNova’s Ingredients?
According to WebMD, there is insufficient clinical evidence showing that triglycerides or glycerin can actively promote anti-aging benefits, other than moisturization. Similarly, shea butter contains unsaponifiables, which are an oily mixture that may provide moisturizing and conditioning benefits.
As we’ve mentioned previously in many of our other anti-aging product reviews, peptides are simply “naturally occurring biological molecules,” which ultimately doesn’t tell us much about what’s actually contained in DermaNova.
Finally, palmitoyl tetrapepetide-7 is a proprietary ingredient created by Sederma, known as Matrixyl 3000, that contains a “matrikines anti-wrinkle complex which helps reverse the chronological ageing as attested by the regulation of senescence markers, and reduces the cutaneous photo damage by restructuring the fragile network of the papillary dermis.” However, there are no independently verified clinical trials that confirm this to be the case.
But what does all of this mean? Ultimately, the vast majority of ingredients contained in DermaNova are intended to moisturize your skin, and little else. So, unless your skin is excessively dry, the benefits claimed by DermaNova’s manufacturer will likely be much less dramatic than they make it seem.
Trial-Based Anti-Aging Products
With this said, there has recently been a massive influx of trial-based (more about this in a moment) anti-aging products to the market, most of which appear to be vastly overpriced moisturizers. This includes products such as DermAktive, Nuvie Skin Care, Rejuval Skin, and many more, nearly all of which have very poor reputations with HighYa readers.
And as we mentioned in our exposé about the widespread scam of anti-aging products and free trials, these products often make very big claims and back them up with very little (if any) evidence. As such, it’s our opinion that you should be extra diligent when encountering these types of products.
Are Customers Pleased with DermaNova?
Another common theme among these trial-based anti-aging products is their use of independent affiliates for promotion, who will often resort to less-than-stellar tactics such as creating fake review websites (one sample). These types of sites are intended to make you think you’re reading a legitimate customer review, when they’re actually just more marketing hype.
Outside of these fake reviews, there weren’t any legitimate customer reviews for DermaNova available at the time of our research, and the company is not listed with the Better Business Bureau.
However, as we detailed in our trial-based anti-aging article, based on the close similarity of many of these products, it’s our opinion that the majority are made by the same handful of manufacturers.
DermaNova Pricing & Refund Policy
DermaNova is only available through a 12-day trial for $5 to cover the cost of S&H, which will arrive within 3-6 business days (faster options are available for additional money). For this price, you’ll receive a full 30-day (1oz) supply of DermaNova.
To put this in perspective, this means that if you choose the Standard shipping option, half of your trial will have passed by the time you receive DermaNova, which definitely isn’t enough time to discern whether or not you like it before being charged full price.
After your trial expires, you be billed $59 for the full price of the product you already received. Then, you’ll be signed up for the company’s autoship program, which means you’ll continue receiving a fresh supple of DermaNova once per month, and your credit card will be billed $59 each time.
Important note: We’ve written extensively about anti-aging products, and it’s our opinion that free trials are set up so that you’re essentially guaranteed to be charged full price, while autoship programs are intended to squeeze as much money from you as possible. Because of these concerns, we generally recommend staying away from products sold only through these methods.
According to the DermaNova website, outside of the 12-day trial, no refunds are available.
In order to cancel your trial or put a stop to your autoship enrollment, you’ll need to contact customer service at 646-688-0457.
Is DermaNova Worth Your Hard-Earned Money?
Chopping to the point: Considering that DermaNova will likely do little more than moisturize your skin, along with the poor customer reputations of other trial-based anti-aging products, as well as the fact that it’s only sold through a trial and subsequent autoship enrollment, it’s our opinion that your money would be better spent on something other than DermaNova.
See also: The Ultimate Skincare Guide
8 out 8 people found this review helpful
Scam and awful service
I order Derma Nova Collagen Age-Defying Cream and the eye serum. They offered a 15 days trial. I never received the eye serum and I was charged $49.95 for each one of them. The Collagen Age defying Cream arrived 12 days after the order and they charged the full amount without giving me the opportunity to try the product. Moreover, when I tried to cancel they said I needed the package tracking number before my cancellation will be processed. The service is a scam. They offer a free trial that is not granted. If you order the product be aware that they will charge you the full amount on a monthly bases even when you have not used the free trial period or have not received the product.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend