Renewiderm is a facial therapy cream that promises to help you brighten up your skin's appearance, claiming to leave it looking visibly younger in the process. The serum is positioned as an alternative to surgeries and other medical procedures, claiming to reliably smooth out the look and fine lines and wrinkles using only the topical application of its formula to hydrate the skin and increase its collagen count.
That said, is this what you can truly expect from the product? In order to answer this question, we first need to address a fundamental aspect of Renewiderm’s marketing approach.
Understanding Template-Based Product Offers
At HighYa, we’ve reported on hundreds of anti-aging serums over the years, and along the way, we’ve noticed that many products in the industry tend to use the same website layout, often changing only the logo and leaving the text and imagery the same across brands.
For instance, Renewiderm seems to share a nearly identical layout with many products we’ve investigated in the past, such as Vlamorous, Sangeo, and Derma Genetix. These template-based options are not uncommon, and what we’ve found is that often, the only way to meaningfully differentiate between two products is through the ingredients used in their formulas.
Unfortunately, no list of ingredients is provided on Renewiderm’s website, and when we called customer service, we were told that they did not have access to this information. After speaking with three different representatives, we still were no closer to finding out what was inside the serum.
Based on our experience both reporting on these types of products and listening to reader feedback, we consider this a red flag. Why? Let’s continue this discussion in the next section.
Could Renewiderm’s Ingredients Cause Any Side Effects?
We believe that you should know what is inside a product before you put it on your skin. Without this information, how are you supposed to know if it will yield any positive results? Also, without ingredients or concentration amounts, we can’t assess the formula for effectiveness or report on potential side effects.
Despite this, we’re told that the serum is meant to impact collagen levels in the skin. What is this substance, and what makes it so essential to our bodies?
How Our Skin Changes With Age
As we grow older, our skin begins to change on a cellular level. Over time, it becomes more difficult for the body to produce collagen, which makes up about 75 percent of the skin. Collagen is the hard, fibrous substance within the skin that gives it its physical structure and shape, and it is largely responsible for fighting off wrinkle and fine line formations, according to WebMD.
It makes sense, then, that the creators of Renewiderm state that the product delivers whole collagen molecules to the skin, rebuilding and rejuvenating it in the process. Is there any scientific merit to this claim, though?
Collagen molecules are much too large to pass through the layers of the skin; instead, they only sit on top, where any smoothing effect would be expected to last only as long as the serum remains on the face.
What about fragments of collagen, however? Could these be absorbed into the skin’s deeper layers? According to a 1988 clinical study, “Even if native collagen could penetrate to the dermis, it is inconceivable that the molecules could form fibers or integrate with existing collagen fibers because the precursors for fiber assembly are soluble procollagen molecules.”
Put another way, even if it was found that collagen fragments (or whole particles) could be absorbed into the skin, there’s been no reported evidence illustrating its ability to generate new collagen fibers, strengthen existing ones, or provide lasting anti-aging benefits.
Renewiderm Pricing & Return Policy
Currently, Renewiderm is available exclusively as part of a mandatory free trial from the manufacturer. This means that you’ll pay just $4.95 upfront for a 30 day supply of the serum, which also marks the start of your 14-day trial. After this term is up, you’ll be charged the full price of $89.91 and enrolled in the company’s autoship program.
From there, approximately every 30 days thereafter, you’ll be sent a new supply of Renewiderm and your credit card will be charged accordingly. In order to cancel before this takes effect, you’ll need to contact customer support at 1-855-215-2849 at least one day before the end of the trial.
As for the return policy, the terms lay out a 30-day guarantee on all orders. After this period, it is stated that customer support handles requests on a case-by-case basis. (They told us this was based on a “variety of conditions” when we inquired further, but gave no specific criteria.) You’ll be responsible for return shipping costs, and there are no refunds for initial shipping & handling charges.
Renewiderm vs. Alternative Skincare Options
As we’ve already mentioned, at HighYa we’ve reported on many different products that feature similar site designs as Renewiderm, as well as many that are sold exclusively as free trial offers. Our chief aim is to keep you safe from scams and unfair practices, so with these similarities in mind, here are a few things you can ask yourself when considering an anti-aging product:
- Where is the product available? Is it in stores, or is it exclusively available online, like most trial-based offerings? If the product is available in stores, you may be able to avoid shipping & handling fees. If it’s online-only, you’ll need to watch out for trials and autoship programs.
- Are the ingredients published, and does the company provide any clinical evidence backing up their claims? We’ve learned that the FDA does not require supplement and cosmetic manufacturers like Renewiderm to provide proof for any claims made about their products, so long as they include a disclaimer.
- What are other customers saying? Get a feel for what real people are reporting online, but make sure you watch out for affiliate sites.
- Is there an autoship program set up for the product? Keep in mind, many HighYa readers have reported difficulties with canceling these programs once they start. Some readers also reported not even being aware of these programs until it was too late, due to the fact that it wasn’t made clear on the website at checkout.
Finally, be wary of overly ambitious promises, like products stating that their effectiveness relies on a “secret” or “ancient” formula that has been rediscovered, or those that claim they provide “miraculous” cures while offering little to no evidence to back these results up.
For more actionable tips and bits of advice, be sure to read through our comprehensive guide to buying an anti-aging product right here.
The Bottom Line: Final Thoughts On Renewiderm
Bring together everything that we’ve learned about Renewiderm, we have a few final thoughts for you to consider.
Though the manufacturer promises that the serum can hydrate the skin and replenish its collagen stores, we are not told what ingredients are in the formula to facilitate this, nor are we told in what amounts they can be found.
Additionally, the product features a mandatory free trial and autoship program that will end up costing you upwards of $100 a month if you don’t cancel within 14 days of your order, all without any hard evidence that it actually works as described.
Because of this, we feel that your best move in this instance will be to discuss your treatment options with a trusted doctor directly before purchasing any sort of skin care product, whether online or in stores. This way, you can be sure that you’re receiving the most knowledgeable and actionable advice possible, hopefully leading to an effective solution in the long run.
Caveat emptor! Expensive and it does NOT work!
We ordered the trial and canceled in the 14-day period when we called the number for Renewiderm when they charged my credit card. We were told to return the product when you get it. It had already been used. She led us to believe we would be getting another shipment and we were to return that.
This is a marketing scam, and they get you on the terms and conditions. This is not a "sample," but they are shipping you the first month's shipment, which they then charge your card. By the time you realize what's happened (getting your credit card statement and reviewing it), your time is up, and you cannot get a refund. What difference does it make if you return it in two weeks or two months if it is really a "trial?" It is NOT a TRIAL. You are signing up to spend $100 a month per product, and you cannot return it outside of their "fine print" when you checked the "terms and conditions" (this is where they get you).
Thousands of people have been ripped off by companies selling "anti-aging, wrinkle creams." Contact your state attorney general and file a complaint. Congress has to pass legislation to shut these businesses down.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend