About Sarex Ageless Face Moisturizer
Ever notice how many anti-aging products claim that they’re better than Botox? Sarex Ageless Face Moisturizer is no exception. The anti-aging cream claims to provide advanced wrinkle reduction. Sarex even states that they’re an “amazing new Hollywood secret!”
Aside from claiming to be celeb’s best-kept anti-aging secret, what will Sarex do for you? If the product’s website is to be believed, those who use Sarex Advanced Skin Care Complex will experience:
- An 84 percent decrease in wrinkles and fine lines
- A 95 percent increase in collagen production
- A 73 percent decrease in the appearance of dark circles
Mind, there’s not a single third-party study cited to support these claims. However, with those numbers, one thing’s for sure: Subtlety isn’t Sarexs’ strong suit—since I’m pretty sure the only way any of us is could possibly increase our collagen by 95 percent is if they started selling venti-sized cups of the stuff at Starbucks.
The question remains: Can Sarex deliver on their claims of dramatic skin repair and amazing results?
Not only does Sarex Ageless Face Moisturizer promise that you’ll be puffed up to perfection, free of wrinkles, and have less dark circles than the Sahara at noon, supposedly these dramatic results will be in full effect in as little as eight weeks! Can you believe it? We’ll see...
How Does Sarex Ageless Face Moisturizer Claim To Smooth Your Skin?
The “How It Works” section of Sarex’s official website reads like a science fiction story. Starting with:
1. “Clinically proven results to reverse the aging process at the cellular level.”
If the Food and Drug Administration catches wind of this first statement, Sarex Ageless Face Moisturizer will have some explaining to do. That’s because, as we’ve mentioned in many of our anti-aging reviews, cosmetics aren’t as tightly regulated by the FDA as drugs. This means that manufacturers can bring a cosmetic to market without first having to prove that it’s safe. The tradeoff? Cosmetics aren’t allowed to create change at the cellular level—any formula that can is only available by prescription.
To learn more about what cosmetics can and can’t do, check out the section “More Than Skin Deep—The Skin Cream Promise” here: The Big Skin Cream Con.
2. “Proprietary Bisophere combined with QuSome delivery allow for a molecule to be heavier and in the shape of a sphere to make deeper penetration to the lower levels of the skin.”
First off, do you really want to give access to the lower levels of your skin to a company that can’t afford an extra comma or two? Jokes aside, so many cosmetics claim to penetrate your skin, that we’ve devoted an entire article to the topic. What’s important here is to understand that it’s really very difficult for anything to “penetrate” your skin—and doing so would again violate the FDA’s boundaries of cosmetics versus drug.
Additionally, you don’t want a cosmetic to penetrate your skin. Where’s it going to end up, your blood stream? Your liver? Instead, you want anti-aging creams to sit on top, form a protective barrier, and attract moisture. Stating anything else sounds like hogwash.
If you’ve been sold on the promise of penetration, we recommend reading “Can Cosmetics Really Penetrate Your Skin?” before your next purchase.
3. “The walls of the penetrating Biofil spheres are made up of natural wheat protein. This allows for a more sustained release of nutrients, and the wheat acts like a sponge that captures trans-epidermal water loss, resulting in wrinkle reduction.”
According to Wikipedia, “Transepidermal water loss is a term associated with dermatology when measuring the quantity of water that passes from inside a body, through the epidermal layer (skin), to the surrounding atmosphere via diffusion and evaporation processes.”
Now, we could find evidence that wheat protein is used in other facial moisturizers, including a few sold by GNC. While the ingredient does appear to have a tightening effect, the change it creates in skin dissipates as the day goes on, or when it’s washed off.
Further, know that putting any moisturizer on your skin has a plumping effect. That’s because moisturizers are made with humectants and occlusive agents, to attract water to your skin’s surface and prevent further moisture loss.
Want to learn more about moisturizers? Check out our be-all-end-all guide: Making the Most Out of Your Moisturizer.
Since Sarex doesn’t provide us with any additional proof to support their claims, we’ll move on to the next item of concern.
Sarex Ageless Face Moisturizer Is Only Available Through a (Not-So) Free Trial
Experience tells us that products worth paying for are rarely offered up for a free trial, and the recent trend of anti-aging brands proffering their goods through free trials is no exception.
What’s wrong with trying Sarex for free? To do so will only cost you $4.95. However, should you fail to cancel within a 14 days of your initial order, you’re automatically enrolled in Sarex’s monthly membership program and charged sky-high prices: $94.94 plus $10.95 (totaling $105.89). Then you’re charged the same amount again and again, every 30 days!
Sarex Cancellation & Refund Policy
The website claims that you can cancel monthly shipments and avoid further monthly charges at any time by contacting customer service 24/7, at 888-851-6086.
According to the company’s Terms, refunds are available (less S&H charges and an unspecified restocking fee), although customers are limited to a single refund which must be completed within 30 days of receiving a product. To return a shipment, you must first contact customer service to receive an RMA number at the same contact number listed above.
Know that a required autoship program isn’t anything to shrug off. Sure, there are reputable companies that offer autoship. However, in our experience, the combination of high product prices, a lack of evidence showing Sarex works as they claim, and forced membership makes us think Sarex might be a scam.
What Are Other Customers Saying About Sarex Ageless Face Moisturizer?
Sarex Advanced Skin Care Complex appears to be a new product, as there were no online customer reviews available at the time of our research that could be used to gauge satisfaction levels.
However, when searching, we did find several examples of the company (or some of their affiliates) posting fake online reviews. These are typically designed to make you believe you’re making an informed decision, when it’s just more marketing material.
How can we tell? At first glance, these product reviews might make sense. However, when you pay close attention to the language used, they read as robotic and repetitive.
But, What’s The Biggest Sign That Sarex Ageless Face Moisturizer Might Be a Scam?
In our review of Encante Cream, we asked you to take a look at several other anti-aging product websites: La Bella Mystique, Dermexquis Face Serum, BellaVita Anti-Aging Serum, and Dermalay Face Serum.
If you open just one or two, compare them side by side with Sarex—they’re almost the exact same! Not only the website and images, but what each product claims to do.
While we can’t be 100% sure, it’s our opinion that whoever is manufacturing these products are doing so with the intention of raking in as much cash as possible, until the customer complaints become too numerous. At which point, it appears that they just slap another label on their website and jars, then resume selling.
Lest you think we’re being too harsh, know that these products have received an average review of 1-star from hundreds of HighYa readers—many complaining of repeated charges and poor customer service.
For an in-depth look at this situation, be sure to read: Consumer Alert: Avoid These Anti-Aging Websites Like the Plague & Exposing the Widespread Scam of Anti-Aging Products & Free Trials.
Bottom Line: Should You Buy Sarex Ageless Face Moisturizer?
Based on our experience, Sarex Ageless Face Moisturizer exhibits all the signs of a typical anti-aging product scam. These include big claims that are left unsupported, underhanded marketing techniques, autoship programs, and a worrying copycat website design/ wording all-too-reminiscent of other anti-aging products we’ve reviewed.
Because of these concerns, we’d recommend avoiding Sarex and speaking with your dermatologist about other anti-aging options, instead.
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