Tested on animals:Yes
Products like this make us want to scream, and not with joy. Not only are the claims for this product ridiculous and unsupported by any shred of research, but the price is nothing short of outrageous. Many women (and, increasingly, men) are concerned about a flabby midsection, whether from excess weight, pregnancy, or dramatic weight loss. The latter often leaves formerly stretched skin hanging loose without the excess fat to support it. To that end, a handful of cosmetics companies claim to have the solution for getting a firmer, tighter, flatter stomach, seemingly without diet, exercise, or surgery. Don’t believe it for a second—none of these products work as claimed—and all of them are a waste of money.
This entry from Clarins is little more than water, alcohol, thickeners, and silicone. Not a single ingredient in this non-restorative product can address “slackening skin” or lead to a more refined waistline, but the alcohol can cause irritation and damage skin-supporting collagen and elastin (see More Info for details).
Like many anti-cellulite products (another bogus group of products), this contains caffeine. Caffeine’s popularity in products related to cellulite is due to its distant relationship to aminophylline (a pharmaceutical once thought to reduce cellulite), which is a modified form of theophylline (Source: Yale New Haven Health Library, Alternative/Complementary Medicine, www.yalenewhavenhealth.org), and caffeine contains theophylline (Source: Progress in Neurobiology, December 2002, pages 377–392). There is no substantiated research proving theophylline can affect cellulite, but researchers have disproved aminophyilline’s claimed impact on cellulite.
The second reason caffeine may show up in cellulite or “slimming” products stems from research showing it to have benefit for weight loss, but that’s only when you drink it, not when you rub it on your thighs. Still, given the number of Starbucks and other coffee shops, you’d think if drinking caffeine was all it took to slim down, then obesity would be obliterated in the United States—clearly, that’s not the case.
In addition to the caffeine, there’s a high amount of fragrance in this product, but all that will do is cause irritation that leads to a host of skin problems (see More Info for details). The numerous fragrance ingredients in this product will cause further irritation, especially given the amount of alcohol. Talk about a burn that won’t affect your waistline but will put a serious dent in your beauty budget!
- Alcohol is one of the main ingredients, and it is known to cause irritation that hurts skin’s ability to look and act younger.
- High amount of fragrance isn’t skin-caring in the least, and can worsen the effects of the irritation from alcohol.
- Does not work as claimed—not even a little—and isn’t worth your time or money.
Irritation from Alcohol
Irritation from products with high amounts of alcohol, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation, and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: "Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In," Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm).
Irritation from Fragrance
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).