Youth Complex

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$148 - 1.25 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
3/19/2013
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No
Tested On Animals:
No

Like lots of cosmetics companies, iS Clinical sells so many “breakthrough” anti-aging products that it’s nothing short of amazing that anyone has a wrinkle on their face! You have to wonder: If any of them worked as claimed, why would so many be needed, all with repetitive formulas? Youth Complex brings nothing new to iS Clinical’s table other than sleek packaging and a tempting name. Although Youth Complex claims to exfoliate skin, it doesn’t contain ingredients that can do that. Mixed fruit acids and sugarcane are not the same as the AHAs glycolic acid and lactic acid, which have a good deal of research showing that they improve skin texture, build collagen, and reduce skin discolorations. The mixed fruit acids, on the other hand, have no research showing similar efficacy. This is actually just a moisturizer that happens to contain some good ingredients for skin, but that also contains too much lemon extract and orange extract, which are skin irritants. You don’t need to spend this much for such a small amount of product because there are far better options that cost considerably less yet provide three times as much product. Those not bothered by this product’s paltry size and other problems should know the formula is best for normal to slightly dry skin.

This breakthrough anti-wrinkle formula is a unique blend of potent antioxidants, innovative natural hydrators, and our exclusive Innovase Bio-Complex. Youth Complex provides rapid initial hydration for plumping fine lines and wrinkles, promotes controlled exfoliation.

Water, Hyaluronic Acid, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Saccharum Officinarun (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citris Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Glycerin, Glyceryl Dilaurate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Simethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Tripeptide-1, Dextran, Asiaticoside - Asiatic Acid - Madecassic Acid (Centella Asiatica), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Soy Isoflavones, Lecithin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Beta-Carotene, Panthenol, Ormenis Multicaulis (Chamomile) Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Pvp, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

From a marketing point of view iS Clinical is trying to be yet another "cosmeceutical" line of products designed by physicians and pharmacologists. The owners of iS Clinical claim to have assembled a "world renowned" team to bring consumers the best in anti-aging skin care and what they describe as "anti-aging medicine," even though iS Clinical products aren't about medicine any more than a spoonful of sugar is about medicine (with apologies to Mary Poppins).

The "iS" in the brand's name stands for "innovative skincare." Couple this with the "clinical" portion of the name and it's hardly surprising that lots of consumers concerned about aging skin are wondering yet again if this is the final frontier for their older looking skin. We'll cut to the chase: iS Clinical isn't the anti-aging line to beat, buy, or borrow. In many ways, several of their products are either dated, antiquated formulations or basic one-note products. Overall, their products don't hold up to lots of other products with far superior formulations, many of which cost a lot less, such as Clinique, Estee Lauder, and Paula's Choice to name a few.

The prices for iS Clinical products are definitely on the high side, which is one reason why it's critical that you know which ones are worth the splurge and which ones are a must to avoid, not only for the sake of your beauty budget but also for the health of your skin. As usual in such lines, there are a handful of outstanding products to consider, but there also are a lot to watch out for.

Back to the team behind this brand: If they're indeed preeminent men and women in their fields, it's truly embarrassing that they've created products whose claims are not based on proven, substantiated scientific research. For example, instead of using thoroughly researched exfoliants, such as glycolic acid or lactic acid, iS Clinical went back to the 1990s fad of including mixed fruit and sugarcane extracts for exfoliation. Think of it as using a typewriter instead of a computer; why would you ever go back to a typewriter?

Another shortcoming is their Active Serum for acne, which contains a lot of skin-damaging alcohol and menthol (both really bad for skin), while being void of ingredients proven to benefit blemish-prone skin.

One more point: iS Clinical promotes, under their "Integrity" header on their Web site, the idea that they "…strive to dispel myths in the skincare industry by disclosing and clinically validating all of the ingredients we use." However, there is absolutely not a shred of clinical validation anywhere to be found. It seems that iS Clinical wants you to think they're doing the consumer a favor by providing ingredient lists on each product, but disclosing ingredient information is required by law and has been in the United States since 1976—it's not a discretionary decision cosmetics companies can sidestep, although some have tried! Besides, the company's site only lists key ingredients (those they want to play up) so you're still not getting the full story.

It's almost funny, but not really, that as a way to explain the rationale behind their formulas, they have a section on their Web site called "Clinical Opinions." Well, "opinions" are not the same as scientifically validated research, and that's precisely what is lacking. In fact, the information presented has little to do with skin care. It's actually bizarre because the only thing they provide is a set of the same tired before-and-after pictures and improvement charts for certain products; but, without knowing key details about how the tests were performed and under what conditions the pictures were taken, they aren't just opinions, they are misleading.

For more information about iS Clinical, call (888) 804-4447 or visit www.isclinical.com.

Note: Now this was a first! When my team contacted iS Clinical to inquire about their animal testing status, we were told that they do not make this claim because they believe human beings are animals, and of course, their products are meant for people. We have no idea what that means.

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  1. Cynthia V
    Reviewed on Monday, December 16, 2013
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    Sold by a dermatologists office
    • IS Youth Complex was recommended by and purchased from a very good dermatologists office, too many women with skin problems want to believe that surely a reputable dermatologist won't sell something that can't possibly live up to the product claims. Alas, I, too, bought this very expensive serum. Now that I've read the ingredients and Paula's comments, I have my doubts that this will ever do anything except make me feel silly that I bought the "hype". Color me suckered and poorer.

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