What is Instantly Ageless?
Looking for a younger looking face without committing to cosmetic procedures? Instantly Ageless is an anti-wrinkle microcream (only for targeted areas) that is designed to diminish the signs of aging like wrinkles in just two minutes. The active ingredient in the cream is argireline, a peptide renowned for working like a less-invasive form of Botox.
According to the company website, Instantly Ageless was developed by a qualified team of cosmetic chemists at Jeunesse to create a better facial product for those looking to temporarily remove their wrinkles, without injections.
It accomplishes this by reviving skin and minimizing fine lines for a more youthful look in areas that have lost elasticity, like the eyes, forehead, eyebrows, and facial pores. Once applied, the cream dissolves directly into your skin to produce results that last for six to nine hours.
Instantly Ageless is meant to be applied before or after regular makeup, and it promises to be a safe, effective beauty alternative to fillers and injections. Exposure to water will deactivate the cream’s ingredients, so the company recommends avoiding water or excessive sweating while you use it.
But, does it deliver? Let’s see how argireline, the active ingredient, promises to provide a ‘facelift in a bottle.'
How Does Argireline Keep Your Face from Looking its Age?
According to WebMD, skin is exposed to numerous factors throughout your life that cause it to age quickly, including the sun, pollution, harsh chemicals, and naturally diminishing fat levels that lead to wrinkles. Keeping skin looking its best involves improving its elasticity, smoothness, and even increasing its collagen and elastin levels.
Many anti-aging products claim to inject these molecules directly into the skin to improve its appearance, but this study showed us that the injection of these molecules provides only temporary results, since they don’t help the body synthesize new ones.
Argireline, the active ingredient in Instantly Ageless, is a synthetic chain of proteins called a peptide that is commonly found in anti-aging products. We learned through the Dermatology Review that this chemical is purported to enter the skin better than collagen and elastin, making it better for helping skin synthesize collagen and elastin in beauty creams like Instantly Ageless.
But, does it really reduce wrinkles? The evidence shows that it does, but only temporarily.
According to Truth in Aging, even a 10 percent concentration of argireline in cosmetic products can't penetrate beyond the first few layers of skin, even after several hours. This means that the ingredient can’t make a difference for the foundational layers of skin, and instead only creates a temporary, occasionally frozen-looking improvement in skin plumpness.
Does this support the company’s claim that Instantly Ageless will give you an ‘instant facelift’ that will ‘last for up to nine hours'? Perhaps.
However, while clinical evidence shows that argireline is a non-toxic, anti-wrinkle peptide, we didn't find specific evidence that it can reduce under-eye plumpness, lift the brow line, or address facial pores, like the Instantly Ageless website claims.
Do the other ingredients have any benefits? We’ll discuss them next.
What Other Ingredients are in Instantly Ageless?
Beyond acetyl hexapeptide-3 (argireline) the Instantly Ageless website lists the following ingredients in their microcream formula: Sodium Silicate, Magnesium Silicate, Iron Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Yellow 5 (Cl 19140), Red 40 (Cl16035).
According to the EWG Cosmetic Database, these ingredients are a mix of buffering agents, anticaking agents, preservatives, fragrances, and dyes.
In regards to negative side effects, some of these ingredients are potentially troubling. The database revealed that sodium silicate can be a skin irritant and that both it and magnesium aluminum silicate can cause non-reproductive organ system toxicity.
Phenoxyethanol, a common cosmetic preservation agent, is also troubling as a skin irritant according to EWG, and has been linked to eczema and even life-threatening allergic reactions (no specific conditions or dosages listed).
Likewise, they also report that the two dyes (Yellow 5 and Red 40) in Instantly Ageless could potentially be dangerous if they build up in your system, in which case they can trigger long-term organ problems. However, the database revealed that it takes a significantly higher dose of the ingredients to cause damage than is available in cosmetic products.
For the best use, the product website recommends that you take care when applying the microcream to ensure you don’t put too much on at once and ensure it only goes on hydrated skin. Otherwise, a chalky residue might appear, and you may get painful pulling on your skin as it tightens.
How Much Does Instantly Ageless Cost?
On the company website, you can buy Instantly Ageless in a pack of 50 vials with 0.3ml of cream each for $74.95. After each purchase, there is a 30-day guarantee that allows you to exchange any unopened products, though shipping charges won't be refunded.
The company also provides a Convenience Plan price of $54.95, which lets you automatically receive new product through a monthly subscription.
To initiate a return, you can contact the company here.
What Do Customer Reviews Say About Instantly Ageless?
The product website showcases numerous positive testimonials from previous buyers that highlight the improvement they noticed in their wrinkles within the first few minutes of using the product.
On Amazon, Instantly Ageless averaged 3.5 stars after over 650 reviews at the time of writing. Some users expressed concern with how the product seemed to dry out their face to hold its shape. Others noted that they were disappointed that they didn’t notice any changes in their face after using it, but found it looked dry and chalky, even through their regular makeup.
The blog Skinny and Sassy also had mixed opinions on Instantly Ageless. While blogger Natashia was enthusiastic about the promises of getting “Botox in a bottle,” she was unimpressed by the product’s reliance on argireline because the ingredient hasn’t been tested for long-term safety yet. ShASe also thought it was too expensive for the amount of time that the results lasted for.
From a company perspective, Jeunesse was founded in 2009 under a multi-level marketing (MLM) format, meaning that sellers make money from direct sales, as well as from sales of other associates in their downline.
At the time of writing, the company claims that it has half a million distributors in over 200 countries. However, Truth in Advertising outlines that the company is under investigation for overpromising earning potential for their vendors, as well as possibly overstating the benefits of their products.
Jeunesse held an A Better Business Bureau rating and 38 closed complaints as of 10/2/17, most of which appeared to revolve around problems with the trial and recurring shipping program. A company representative responded with a proposed solution in each instance.
What Products are Similar to Instantly Ageless?
For those that want the look of instant Botox without visiting a specialist, there are plenty of argireline-based cosmetic products that promise to deliver a brief age-defying appearance similar to Instantly Ageless.
We found two such products on Amazon, SkinPRO Elite Serum Rx and Facelift by NutraFeel, that are similar to Instantly Ageless because they provide skin plumping effects that last for several hours at a time.
The Elite Serum Rx is a cream designed to boost collagen production through a proprietary blend of ingredients (including argireline and other synthetic peptides) meant to retain moisture and rejuvenate skin by stimulating cellular repair. This is said to leave skin smoother, fuller, and younger looking.
Unlike Instantly Ageless, this serum is loaded with collagen, hyaluronic acid, and other ingredients that could have potential skin-tightening effects. However, the WebMD article we referenced earlier stated that skin can’t natural absorb these components from cosmetics, making them ineffective. Even so, the product is rated four out of five stars on Amazon after close to 500 reviews.
The second product, Facelift by NutraFeel, is also an instant facelift cosmetic kit with hyaluronic acid and argireline, which promises to create a younger appearance by reducing eye bags and wrinkles. The product claims to be more than a temporary fix for improving skin’s appearance, though, because it contains acai fruit extract for better moisture retention.
Like Instantly Ageless, Facelift comes in small packets to ensure only a dab is used at a time. However, the product had just three stars on Amazon, and many users complained that their faces looked frozen while using it.
If you’re looking for a wrinkle remover, WebMD, the Mayo Clinic, and Fox News recommend a broad range of treatments, from an everyday moisturizer to chemical peels, Botox, dermabrasion, and even laser treatment. To learn which could work for you, it’s best to visit your dermatologist.
For advice on how to reduce the chance of wrinkles forming in the first place, you can check out our article on the 19 Cardinal Rules for Wrinkle Prevention.
Our View: Who Can Benefit Form Instantly Ageless?
Though we didn’t try the micro cream ourselves, the company website and our research on the sites we’ve mentioned makes it seem that the argireline contained in Instantly Ageless may provide at least some of the promised results. The data we found reveals that it will temporarily tighten your face to remove your wrinkles, meaning that it might be a reasonable alternative to costly facial injections like Botox.
While the results won’t last, we found that customer testimonies show that the cream might leave your skin looking younger and less wrinkled, though some complained that it makes their skin stiff and chalky.
Our research on the previously mentioned medical sites shows that getting to the root of wrinkles means addressing its causes, which might take the expertise of a dermatologist to treat.
If you choose to try Instantly Ageless for yourself, keep in mind that the company’s return policy only allows you to return unopened products that aren’t delivered as ordered.