Plexaderm Skincare Review: Does It Really Work or Just Hype?

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff
Updated on: Nov 7, 2019

What Is Plexaderm?

Plexaderm is a skincare serum that will purportedly reduce your undereye bags and wrinkles after just 10 minutes of use. The results are temporary, but the product promises to give you a more youthful appearance that lasts until you wash it off.

To use Plexaderm, the company website suggests washing and drying your skin before dispensing a small amount of serum—less than half the size of a pea—to your fingertips.

You’ll gently apply it to your face’s target areas, taking care to avoid getting any in your eyes. Let the serum set for up to ten minutes before you can remove any excess with a damp washcloth.

Once applied, Plexaderm states you can put on your makeup as usual (powdered products are preferred), and enjoy the effects of younger-looking skin for the rest of the day.

The company claims that results will differ by person, but that you should see improvements in the tone, texture, and appearance of your skin.

Plexaderm sounds appealing for anyone who wishes their wrinkles would disappear. Will this serum work as described? We’ll examine its claims, ingredients, and customer reviews to help you decide.

Plexaderm Ingredients and How They Work

Plexaderm’s central premise is to reduce the appearance of undereye bags and wrinkles that naturally form over time.

“Tissue and muscle around the eyes weaken as we age,” says Dr. Debra Jaliman, a board-certified dermatologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine in Mount Sinai (NY).

“When the tissues and muscles weaken, some of the fat around the eyes moves downward and accumulates under the eyes causing the bags. Fluid can also accumulate under your eyes causing the bags.”

To address this issue, Plexaderm contains silicate minerals from shale clay that the company claims will temporarily firm up your skin.

These minerals form a layer across your skin that both tightens and lifts crow’s feet and wrinkles that are surrounding your eyes to smooth the skin and shrink undereye bags.

Plexaderm claims this effect will last for as long as the serum stays in place, which means that oily skin or sweat from exercise can reduce the time that it works.

According to what we learned from customer reviews—which we will touch on later—many people find that the serum’s effects can last from ten minutes to several hours.

The Plexaderm website lists two active ingredients in the serum: sodium silicate and magnesium aluminum. Here’s what we learned about them from the EWG Cosmetic Database and Cosmetics Info.

Sodium silicate is an inorganic salt that works as an adhesive and a pH balancer. It’s often used in soaps, detergents, and eye products.

Magnesium aluminum silicate is a naturally-occurring mineral that is used as a thickener for cosmetic products. Truth in Aging tells us that its molecules are big enough that it can’t be absorbed into the skin.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Our research indicates there aren’t any significant safety concerns with Plexaderm’s ingredients.

The Food and Drug Administration classifies sodium silicate as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRS), and it’s often used for washing and processing produce on an industrial scale.

It’s a similar story for magnesium aluminum silicate, as the Cosmetic Ingredient Review assessed the compound and found that it wasn’t irritating to the skin when applied topically for a week straight.

There is some evidence it might hurt the eyes, so take care not to get any Plexaderm in them when you use it.

Plexaderm’s other ingredients include a blend of emulsifiers, binding agents, and preservatives that are both common in similar products and considered safe to use topically.

Is There Scientific Evidence for Plexaderm’s Effectiveness?

Plexaderm links to a clinical study on its website that the company claims highlights how well it works. According to testing conducted on 43 people, using Plexaderm leads to the following results:

  • 80% decrease in under-eye bags
  • 80% decrease in dark circles
  • 81% decrease of crow’s feet and wrinkles
  • 74% decrease in smile lines
  • 85% decrease in depth of forehead lines

We want to note that 43 people makes for a small study, so these results shouldn’t be viewed as absolute proof that Plexaderm will work for everyone.

Likewise, this study doesn’t specify how long these results lasted for participants or how long after application the testing took place.

We also weren’t able to find any outside research that looked specifically at the effects of these ingredients when used in skincare products.

Despite these study shortcomings, Jaliman believes that the two active ingredients in Plexaderm will work as described because they create a constricting effect that improves your skin’s appearance.

“The sodium silicate tightens while the magnesium aluminum silicate thickens and emulsifies the cream… [Together] they will temporarily tighten the skin around your eyes,” Jaliman said.

What Does Plexaderm Cost?

You can purchase Plexaderm from the company website for $59.99, with free shipping. This provides you with a 5ml bottle with enough product for thirty days. It’s also possible to buy three bottles for $119.99 in a buy two, get one free deal.

Unlike many similar companies, Plexaderm doesn’t offer an auto-ship subscription program.

All Plexaderm orders are covered by a 30-day-hassle-free guarantee. This means you can send your purchase back for any reason within that time-frame for a full refund, minus shipping charges. You can start initiating this return by contacting the company at (800) 681-0366.

Takeaways from Customer Reviews

Plexaderm Skincare users seem to have a lot to say about the product. Here at HighYa, the serum averages two stars out of five after more than 80 reviews.

Some users reported issues with the dispensers that prevented them from working while others wrote that the results only lasted for a few minutes after application or not at all. Still, others stated that the serum left their skin rough and irritated after use.

On the positive side, reviewers praised Plexaderm’s customer service and flexible return policy. A few also thought the product worked as described and made them feel more confident in their own skin.

The sentiments on Amazon are similar, as the serum earns 2.8 stars on that platform. Several users complained that while the serum did temporarily reduce their wrinkles, they ruined the effect as soon as they applied makeup or even smiled.

Plexaderm vs. Other Popular Eye Treatment Creams

Those looking for an eye wrinkle cream have more options than Plexaderm to consider. One popular choice Amazon recommends for shoppers searching for Plexaderm is St. Mege Rapid Reduction Eye Cream.

This product is sold on Amazon within two applicators for $33. You squeeze a pea-sized amount onto your fingertips and gently apply it under your eyes, taking care not to change your facial expression for at least two minutes.

Similar to Plexaderm, the Reduction Cream gives your eyes a temporary lift. The products differ in their reception, as the cream averages four stars after more than 400 reviews.

Many users wrote that it worked exactly as described and helped them feel like their skin looked younger. A few users thought the applicators made it easy to over apply the product and consequently waste it, but the majority were seemingly happy with the results.

Another popular eye cream that Amazon recommends for Plexaderm shoppers is Mizon Collagen Power Firming Eye Cream.

This product uses hyaluronic acid and collagen to purportedly plump up your skin and restores elasticity for the long-term. Unlike the other two products, Mizon’s effects aren’t meant to be temporary. Rather, the cream claims to improve your skin over time by restoring hydration and its collagen levels.

A 25-milliliter cannister of this Eye Cream costs $14.60 on Amazon, and it has earned a four-star average after more than 300 reviews.

The Bottom Line: Is Plexaderm Worth It?

Plexaderm promises to temporarily reduce your undereye bags. Our research shows that it seems to work as described, at least for some people and for a short time.

This product doesn’t claim to work a miracle, and as such, you should keep your expectations realistic when you use it.

Customers of Plexaderm don’t seem overly pleased with this product. Many wrote in their reviews that the results were too temporary to be worthwhile. That fits what many skin experts believe about restoring aging facial skin.

“Under the eyes is one of the most difficult concerns to address,” Dr. Jennifer Gordon, a board-certified dermatologist at Austin-area Westlake Dermatology, told us.

“Truly getting rid of eye bags takes surgery, but things like eye creams, massage, and decreasing inflammation can help. Hydrating the skin and building collagen can help, but concealer often is still your best friend.”

For this reason, Plexaderm might make sense for a big night out or another special event. You might find it’s excellent for reducing undereye bags after a sleepless night or as a quick way to put your face at its best before taking family photos.

However, it might not be the right choice for your daily skincare needs.

If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, take Dr. Gordon’s advice and seek out a product that can build up collagen.

For more guidance, check out our article on at-home treatments for dark circles under your eyes

Customer Reviews

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  • Disappointed

    • By Marie,
    • Long Beach, CA,
    • Apr 11, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I can't put into words on how disappointed I am in Plexaderm, but I will somehow try. Not only does Plexaderm do nothing for my under eye puffiness, the white residue brings more attention to the problem, even after I wipe away the excess. I have to say, I would NOT recommend this product to my friends. Thank goodness I only ordered the one bottle.

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

  • Major concerns

    • By Terri Mullins,
    • Oconomowoc, WI,
    • May 8, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I started using this product in hopes it would help with the under eye puffiness and discoloration. While it did seem to tighten the skin after application, as soon as I applied the remainder of my skin products, the effects were significantly lessened. There also was a white coating on the skin that would flake and appear wrinkled under makeup, etc.

    While I was willing for the time to put up with the above, the experience that totally turned me off was when I was using the plunger to squirt the product onto my fingers for application and it misfired and sprayed my mirror. To my horror, the product actually ate away the outside layer of the mirror, and it is now "pocked." I can actually feel the missing layer. If it eats away something like glass, I can't imagine what it will do to my face over time! I plan to return the last three tubes I purchased and hope the company will reimburse me.

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

  • False claims

    Plexaderm presents with a convincing commercial by showing dramatic results in the reduction of under eye puffiness. It simply did nothing for my husband's undereye puffiness, and the line concealing quality is very average. There are many products out there that deliver the same results for decreasing the appearance of line and wrinkles around the eye area and are much less expensive.

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

  • Good for nothing!

    This Plexaderm is good for nothing. I've tried it, and I hope I can get my money back. What gets me the most is it doesn't work, and you have to pay for it to be shipped, and if you are returning it you have to pay to send it back. Customer service tries to convince you why you should keep it even after you have told them you don't want it. They really need to be exposed on a national level.

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

  • Gives rashes

    • By Neal,
    • Miami, FL,
    • Sep 1, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased one tube of Plexaderm and was initially impressed with the results, so after the first few applications, I purchased two more tubes. After using this product for about 40 days total, it gave me a bad rash on my skin under both eyes. I applied just a touch, and it started to itch. I rinsed it off, and the skin my eyes stayed red for the entire day. Quite embarrassing. This happened a few times before I had to stop using it.

    I contacted Leigh Ann Goodrich with customer service, who stated that their policy was firm. No returns after 30 days, even if the product is unopened. Nice customer service, especially when you are selling a product that gives people rashes. I do not recommend this company. Use another!

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

  • Not happy with this product. Returning for a full refund.

    I had been watching the infomercials on this Plexaderm under the eye cream. I was excited and ordered a two-month supply.

    When I applied it under my eyes, it did absolutely nothing for me. I continued for 2 weeks, and still, nothing worked.

    I called the company, and they sent me the HA Moisturizer to put on at night under my eyes before I went to bed. Putting that on it also did absolutely nothing for me once I applied the cream under each eye. I watched the video 3 times on how to put this stuff on. I followed all directions to the tee, and still, nothing worked.

    I would NOT recommend this product to anyone. I am returning both products to the company for a full refund.

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

  • Terrible

    Plexaderm was a waste of money for me. It did absolutely nothing for my under eye problems. Also, the 30 days for a refund started counting from the day I ordered, not the day I actually received the item, so I couldn't get my money back. I wasted my money on this product.

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

  • Company is a rip off

    The cream didn't work, and I showed no sign of improvement. The company said a one-time shipping and handling fee, but I got charged $39.03 for it.

    I filed a complaint with BBB, and there were 83 complaints already. Save yourself time and money from ordering this product.

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

  • Does not work

    • By James Olsen,
    • Eastlake, OH,
    • Jan 16, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    This is a waste of money. Do not be fooled by the 5-star comment; they are paid by the advertising industry. This product does not work. Even my friend's wife got it for my buddy, and the same thing, it did not work for him.

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

  • Does not work and they wouldn't refund.

    I bought Plexaderm at the end of November but didn't use it until Christmas Day. I didn't pay attention that the satisfaction guarantee was only good until December 17th so they will not refund for a product that doesn't work. If I had really paid attention I would have tried it sooner, but with the Holidays, time got away.

    DO NOT waste your money on this product! It ever so slightly pulled the skin tight under my eyes but made an odd look, and if I put makeup on it looked even worse. It also slightly burned when I first put it on. Again, DO NOT buy this!

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

  • Works when applied on TV

    It works when it's applied as on TV, and as time is counting down. But as soon as you rinse the stuff off after it has dried and has done its thing, the bags and the wrinkles come back.

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

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