About La Dermanique
You may have recently clicked on an online advertisement featuring Ellen DeGeneres for La Dermanique, an anti-aging face serum that claims to be clinically proven to help you look years younger and to rejuvenate your skin without expensive surgery. By keeping your skin healthy and hydrated, and by maintaining its suppleness and elasticity, La Dermanique claims to be an injection-free solution for younger-looking skin, and even to be a “fountain of youth in a bottle.”
While these certainly sound like some great benefits, before you place your order for La Dermanique there are some important questions to ask yourself: Does it really work as well as it claims? Is it really clinically proven? And is it ultimately worth the high price? If you’re looking for answers, you definitely came to the right place.
How La Dermanique Claims to Work
La Dermanique is an anti-aging serum that claims to use clinically proven skincare technology that works in minutes to firm and tighten your skin, resulting in a new, younger-looking you.
In order to accomplish this, La Dermanique claims to combine the following ingredients, which are manufactured in the USA:
- Pepha-Tight – “An amazing breakthrough in skin tightening technology” that causes your fibroblasts to produce collagen and connective tissue.
- Unitamuron & Hyaluronic Acid – Traps moisture and keeps your skin looking supple and youthful.
- Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and Vitamins A, C, E – Helps repair damaged DNA.
- Lavendox – A topical immune booster that brightens skin and improves its immunity against free radicals.
- Supporting botanical extracts – Aloe, Green Tea, Echinacea, Centella, Seaweed and Fenugreek that firm, tighten, and hydrate skin.
To use La Dermanique, the company claims that you simply have to wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry. Next, you should apply La Dermanique to your entire face and neck area, and then wait for it to dry before applying your daily sunscreen.
La Dermanique Pricing & Refund Policy
A 1oz bottle of La Dermanique is available directly through the manufacturer via a 14-day trial for $4.95, which begins from the date your order is placed.
Important note: After 14 days have passed, you’ll then be charged the full $97.88 price and will be enrolled in the company’s autoship program. This means that you’ll continue receiving a new supply of La Dermanique once per month, and your credit card will be charged $97.88 each time.
Outside of the 14-day trial, La Dermanique comes with a 30-day refund policy. In order to request a refund or to cancel your autoship program, you’ll need to contact customer service at 844-670-0740 (see more about this in the final section).
Can La Dermanique Help Your Skin Look Younger, or Will it Just Make Your Wallet Lighter?
So, what’s the bottom line with La Dermanique? Have you finally found the “fountain of youth in a bottle,” or have you just stumbled across more marketing hype? In order to answer this, consider the following:
Overall, despite the fact that La Dermanique’s URL has only been registered since December 2013, it appears that the company already has an online customer reputation that leans heavily toward the negative side. In fact, La Dermanique holds an F rating with the Better Business Bureau, with the vast majority of complaints referencing automatic enrollment in their autoship program, and racking up hundreds of dollars in the process. On top of this, it seems that when many customers contact the company to inquire about a refund, they meet a lot of resistance from customer support.
Elsewhere online, customer reviews appear to reference many of these same complaints, in addition to failure to work and unwanted skin reactions (e.g. redness, rashes, etc.).
Clinical Proof for Claims
Next, although La Dermanique claims to include clinically proven skincare technology in their serum, there is no proof provided on their website, other than a graphic supposedly showing that La Dermanique caused a 10% reduction in wrinkles in 24 hours, a 17% improvement in skin hydration, and a 95% reduction in wrinkle contractions. However, no citations are given that provide a basis for these numbers.
With this in mind, it appears that the only clinically tested ingredient in La Dermanique is Pepha-Tight, although the only reference to this online is found here.
Lack of Ingredients List
Speaking of ingredients, while the La Dermanique website provides several of the them contained in their serum, you’ll have no way of knowing if these are all of the ingredients it contains, or how much of each of these ingredients it contains, since no nutrition label is provided.
This is important because this is something you’ll be putting on your skin, and you deserve to know exactly what’s in it.
Free Trials Are Almost Never Free
A common tactic among many manufacturers to get as much of your hard-earned money as possible is to use a “free” trial offer to lure you in, and then to quickly charge you full price and enroll you in an autoship program.
With this said, this appears to be the case with La Dermanique, and is the number one complaint against the company.
In addition, according to La Dermanique’s Terms & Conditions, you’ll be agreeing to their arbitration agreement after placing your order, which states, “You, this website, and related companies agree that each may bring claims against the other only in your or its individual capacity, and not as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class or representative proceeding.”
On top of this, “the company may use individual information for any legally permissible purpose in the company’s sole discretion.” This means that you can expect spam and/or unwanted sales calls after placing your order.
Finally, it’s interesting to note that the La Dermanique website appears to be extraordinarily similar to other beauty serum companies we’ve reviewed, including Revivasol and Rejuval Skin, although these appear to be separate companies.
Bottom line: Between the company’s seemingly low online customer reputation, its lack of an ingredients list/product label, lack of clinical support to support its claims, and La Dermanique’s very high price, we might recommend speaking with your physician about more tried-and-true anti-aging serums.