About Luminescent Serum

Published on: Apr 28, 2017

Luminescent Serum is a skin care product that claims to be able to help you achieve visibly younger looking skin with its proprietary formula. The product claims to be able to provide injection-free wrinkle relief while also giving you lighter, firmer and more radiant skin.

The company behind the product asserts that as we age, our bodies begin to produce less and less collagen, which is the most common protein in our body. They also claim that 75% of our skin is made up of water and collagen, and that this material is essential for warding off wrinkles and other skin problems.

According to WebMD, collagen does indeed make up the majority of our skin, and we do in fact produce less as we age due both to environmental reasons and age-related issues. It stands to reason, then, that since collagen is so vital to our skin's health, a product that (as the makers of Luminescent Serum claim) delivers full collagen molecules directly to the skin would be a very valuable and innovative solution to the age-old issue of wrinkles and other skin conditions.

In order to determine if this is all grounded in reality or not, though, we’ll need to take a look at how the product claims to work inside the body. From there, we’ll need to take a look at the ingredients used in Luminescent Serum in order to determine if they are truly effective for combating age-related skin conditions.

How Luminescent Serum Works

Luminescent Serum claims to work by delivering collagen molecules on application, rejuvenating and restoring the skin, reducing wrinkles and improving hydration. It would appear that using the product is as simple as applying the spray to your face once a day, ensuring that you cover the problem areas thoroughly. From there, the proprietary formula is supposed to go to work, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and improving your overall hydration.

So, what’s in this formula, anyways? And do the ingredients in Luminescent Serum really have any clinical data to back them up? Let’s find out.

What Ingredients Are Found in Luminescent?

Taking a look at Luminescent Serum’s website, there doesn’t seem to be an ingredient list anywhere. We reached out to customer service, and after a bit of back and forth with the representative, we were told that the product includes only one ingredient; Retinol. You might know it by its other name though, which is Vitamin A.

Vitamin A is an essential vitamin that is found in various foods, as well as in the human body. It has a wide variety of medical uses, and according to an article on WebMD, Retinoids have been shown to be able to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in the skin, as well as help to lighten discolorations and slow the breakdown of collagen. Being that this is apparently the only active ingredient in Luminescent Serum, it looks as though the product might indeed be able to provide at least some of the benefits listed by the manufacturer. In the world of anti-aging products, however, things are rarely ever that simple.

The big question, of course, is whether Luminescent Serum is truly a breakthrough product, or if this has all been done before. In order to answer that, let’s take a look and see what, if any, other products make use of Vitamin A in their formulas.

Do Other Products Use Retinol For Skin Care?

As it turns out, Vitamin A has been used for its skin-enhancing qualities for many years. In this article by WebMD, the author states that Retinoids first came to the market in the 1970’s as an acne-fighting substance. Since that time, it has been used for a multitude of different skin conditions.

The article above also mentions that although there are many products with Retinoids in them that do not require a prescription (like Luminescent Serum), they are typically not as effective as the prescription-strength solutions available today. One quote even mentions that prescription retinoids are “100 times” more potent than over the counter solutions.

That is important to know, because it could be argued that the sales language used on the main Luminescent website is designed to construe the product as the best solution for skin issues such as wrinkles and discolorations. It should also be noted that the article cites that it should take about 3-6 months of a retinol-based product to notice any appreciable difference.

Now that we know that Luminescent includes Retinol, we need to determine if there are any possible side effects that come along with using this type of vitamin for skin care purposes.

Potential Side Effects of Luminescent

According to an article on Livestrong.com, common side effects for the topical usage of Retinol include skin reactions such as burning, redness, itching, peeling and scaling that can start after two to three days and can sometimes last up to three months during use. It is also mentioned that the vitamin can cause photosensitivity, meaning that the skin might be especially vulnerable to exposure to the sun.

Luminescent Serum Pricing & Return Policy

Currently, it looks as though luminescent Serum is only available as part of a “Free Trial” payment structure. At HighYa, we’ve been reporting on and reviewing products with similar pricing models for years, and the issue has become so important to our readers that we’ve created a guide on the matter. You can read it right here.

Essentially, while it would appear that you’ll only be paying a Shipping & Handling fee of $4.95 upfront for the product, the terms and conditions listed on the website state that you’ll actually be charged a nonrefundable “subscription fee” of $94.95. In addition to this fee, you’ll be automatically enrolled in the company’s Autoship Program, which will continue to bill you for $94.95 each and every month for a new shipment of the product.

The only way to cancel this and avoid the additional charges is by contacting customer service before the end of the 14 day trial, but it looks like there are a few things that might make that more difficult for some. For instance, the terms state that the 14 day trial starts on the date that you place your order, not the date that it arrives. This means that shipping delays or other issues with receiving the product could potentially cut down on the amount of time you have to evaluate the product, as well as the amount of time that you have to get in contact with the company to return the trial supply.

To make matters one step more complicated, in order to cancel these fees before the trial is over, you’ll need to call customer service and obtain a “Return Mail Authorization”, or RMA number. From then on, you’ll have only 10 days to ensure that the product arrives at the manufacturer’s return address. Note that this doesn’t mean 10 days to send out the package, but rather, 10 days to have the package back at the manufacturer. This is a sly technique, as once the package is on route, you’ll have no control over how quickly it actually arrives.

All in all, at HighYa we feel passionately about protecting our readers from potential financial headaches such as this, and we always feel that it is our responsibility to inform you factually and impartially about what you’re getting into before making a purchase you might come to regret down the road.

The Bottom Line: Is Luminescent Serum A Real Game Changer?

Bringing all of this together, we feel that it’s fair to say that from a distance, this product looks somewhat promising in being able to deliver on the promise of reducing wrinkles and rejuvenating and refreshing the skin. That being said, seeing as we aren’t told what amount of Retinol is used in the formula, we can’t say for certain that this product will be as effective as other, prescription strength solutions.

This point becomes especially important when you factor in the true costs of purchasing Luminescent Serum. $94.95 a month is considerable amount of money to pay for many, and that is money that might be able to be better spent discussing a quality, fair solution with a trained medical professional. As stated above, it typically takes about 3-6 months before you’ll notice any appreciable results with an over-the-counter product. If this number holds true with Luminescent Serum, you’re looking at a bare minimum of nearly $300 in order to get the results you’re looking for.

In our opinion, that kind of money might be better spent talking to your doctor about a longterm solution that’s right for your needs.

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6 Consumer Reviews for Luminescent Serum

Average Consumer Rating: 1.0
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  • Definitely a scam

    • Springfield, MO,
    • Aug 24, 2017
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    It's a cheap product that looks like it came from the 99 Cents Only Store. The first bottle is free, and you just pay $4.95 for shipping, but after 14 days they auto enroll in the monthly shipment plan for $94.95 a month. There are no returns. I haven't even opened mine, and they won't take it back.

    When I called customer service, the woman was rude. I told her I didn't agree to anything. I was so sure that I never saw anything about $94.95 per month or I would've never tried. So sure, in fact, that I found the online form to act as if I were ordering again. On the check out page, they do have terms, but it's a link at the very bottom in a very sneaky place, that most people wouldn't notice.

    If they are going to do this to people the least they could do is add a check box that is required to force people to read the terms and agree to them. And at the very least offer full refunds with enough time to return the unopened product once a person figures out they were scammed.

    When I called to talk to customer service the woman was rude. I told her I was going to dispute it with my credit card company and she said "it won't matter because you won't get your money back" in a rude tone.

    I read that their return policy is a nightmare.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Don't buy this product

    I would not recommend this product to ANYONE. I signed up for their "free" trial and well, that "free" trial ended up costing me close to a $200.00 charge on my card.

    I called the customer service to see if there was anything I could do about it. The young lady told me no, there was nothing I could do except close my account and that the charges would stay, PERIOD. I offered to send the unused portion back, something, anything, and NOPE, they were going to try to send me more product. What do you want to bet I would have another charge on my card AFTER it was too late to dispute it?

    Customer service is rude, and they got me for $200, which will NOT happen again. DO NOT trust these people!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Horrible company

    • Colorado,
    • Jul 8, 2017
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    I ordered the "free" trial and paid shipping. The cream is AWFUL and feels horrible. Then a $95.00 charge showed up on my credit card two weeks later. Before I saw that (because the credit card wasn't due yet), I got a fraud alert from the credit card company regarding a SECOND $95.00 charge and replied "no" to the charge being mine. The credit card company locked my credit card. Then I get an email that a bottle of face cream is being sent to me, thus the second $95.00 charge, which was put on my card before charges stopped.

    Customer service was very unhelpful. Their website nonexistent. I would give it zero stars if possible.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Stolen money

    I ordered the free trial for face and eye on May 9th and canceled it two weeks later. About a month later, I was charged $200.00.

    Customer service said they didn't show it canceled in their system. I told them to immediately cancel and give me my money back. I was then told I did not cancel in time, so there is no refund. I asked for a supervisor and she said one is not available. I asked for every department and was told either they don't have that department or no one is available.

    Since then I have contacted the Attorney General of California and disputed the charges, so beware of this company. There is no address for them, and the product doesn't work. Rip-off company!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Swollen Red Puffy Eyes

    • Maryville, TN,
    • Jun 12, 2017
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    I seen Luminescent advertised on an internet site. I was looking for something to help with fine lines and wrinkles. I am 57 year of age, white female. I ordered my free sample of Luminescent Serum, while placing my order it also popped up an offer for Luxlift Eye cream, which I didn't want but, when tried to exit out it boomed said that I ordered it and placed my order. The order came within a couple days. I tried it one time. My eyes were swollen shut the next morning very red and painful. I have pics to show. Now a trip to doctor.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Luminescent Serum

    • San Francisco, CA,
    • Jun 8, 2017
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    The advertisement is over rated. The product does not work as you see on the video. On top of that, I feel like I have been scammed. The cancelation is a hassle. They try to get as much money out of you as they can. Research before you buy.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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