The Janson-Beckett line is full of products promising results that go far beyond what the ingredients they contain could ever provide, so why not add a cellulite product to the mix? The claims for this run the gamut—from burning fat to reducing fluid retention to tightening dimpled skin. Oh, and for good measure (and perhaps to please the “natural is best” crowd), they also point out that the essential oils in this “treatment” detoxify and promote lymph drainage, as if excess lymph and toxins are responsible for cellulite (they’re not, and there’s no research to the contrary).
Most of the plant ingredients in this product will cause irritation and inflammation, which may lead to a slight, and temporary, reduction in the appearance of cellulite. Nothing permanent is happening, but ongoing application of potent irritants to skin will eventually lead to collagen breakdown, which will end up making cellulite even more apparent. Lots of women persist in believing that there is a product out there that can somehow rid them of the dimpled skin they detest. But, if any of these products worked (and any of the claims were honest), then who would still have cellulite? For some reason, that question tends to slip our minds as we contemplate the latest ad or product promising a slimmer silhouette. Whether you’re considering the brand’s original or orange creme scent, please know that this product is a waste of time and money. The irritants will tingle and perhaps burn your skin, but that’s not a sign of efficacy or a signal that fat burning is taking place; rather, it is proof that your skin is being irritated, but your cellulite isn’t budging.
Our special formulation includes the latest advances in body-slimming and enhancing cosmeceuticals. REGU-SLIM stimulates fat-burning and promotes slimming and smoothing of cellulite areas. Methyl Nicotinate promotes vasodilation which increases circulation and promotes healthier skin. A gentle Caffeine Astringent provides instant skin tightening and fluid reduction. And our Essential Oils detoxify and promote lymph drainage.
Original Scent: Water, Burdock Root, Aloe Vera, Fennel, Green Tea, Juniper, Ginseng, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Caffeine, Glycerine, Rosemary Oil, Peppermint Oil, Spruce Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Orange Oil, Juniper Oil, Regu-Slim (Paullina Cupana Extract, L-Carnatine, Cysteic Acid, Pantetin-S-Sulfonate), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Methyl Nicotinate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
Orange Creme: Water, Burdock Root, Aloe Vera, Fennel, Green Tea, Juniper, Ginseng, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Caffeine, Glycerine, Rosemary Oil, Peppermint Oil, Spruce Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Orange Oil, Juniper Oil, Regu-Slim (Paullina Cupana Extract, L-Carnatine, Cysteic Acid, Pantetin-S-Sulfonate), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Methyl Nicotinate, Extracts Of Orange And Vanilla, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
As you may have guessed from this brand's name, their claim to fame is the intriguing yet murky category of products called cosmeceuticals. Neither the FDA nor any other cosmetic regulatory board in the world recognize "cosmeceuticals" as having any special status. It is purely a marketing term used by many skin-care companies, especially companies whose products are sold or endorsed by dermatologists (as Janson-Beckett is), to give the impression that their products have more effective or more biologically active ingredients than ordinary cosmetics. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Despite the medical slant, anyone can, and many do, slap this cosmeceutical label on their products to promote them as being more "medical." Even the FDA says cosmeceuticals don't exist, and considers these products merely cosmetics with clever marketing language attached (Source: www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductandIngredientSafety/ProductInformation/ucm127064.htm).
Although you can ignore Janson-Beckett's cosmeceutical angle, you may still be wondering if they offer the cutting-edge anti-aging products they boast about. The answer is that this line offers more cutting-edge hokey claims than they do cutting-edge products. These products are sold with some of the most outlandish claims you're likely to encounter and, true to form, almost none of the claims are supported by published, peer-reviewed research.
Janson-Beckett's main claim to fame (all self-promoted) is that they were an "early entrant" into the topical-alternative-to-Botox market. They emphasize peptide acetyl hexapeptide-3, otherwise known as argireline, which is the most commonly used peptide in many of the sham skin-care products claiming to work like Botox. The issue is that if acetyl hexapeptide-3 really worked to relax facial muscles, it would work all over the face (assuming you're using the products as directed). If all the muscles in your face were relaxed, you'd have sagging, not youthful, skin, not to mention that it also would affect your hand (you apply it with your fingers), which would prevent you from picking up a cup or holding the steering wheel of your car.
Despite all the fears about Botox espoused by companies featuring this peptide in their "works-like-Botox" products, there is considerably more efficacy, usage, and safety documentation available for Botox.
Moreover, there is a clinical study showing that acetyl hexapeptid-3 does not work in any manner like Botox in reducing wrinkles (Sources: www.cremedevie.com/clinical_details.htm; and International Journal of Cosmetic Science, October 2002). It is also interesting to note that even Botox when applied topically on skin has no impact on the skin or muscles in any way, shape, or form! (Source: Cosmetic Dermatology, July 2005, pages 521–524). In fact, there is no research showing that it works at all when applied topically.
Even more shocking is that Janson-Beckett doesn't offer a single reliable option for sun protection. We can't imagine that the people behind this brand are oblivious to the pernicious aging influence that years of unprotected sun exposure has on our skin, but they seemingly couldn't be bothered to offer SPF-rated products with active ingredients capable of protecting skin from the ultraviolet damage that leads to wrinkles, discolorations, and sagging, among other undesirable results. They'll go on for pages about the "clinically proven" anti-aging ingredients in their products, but really, how seriously can an informed consumer take this brand when they can't even get the issue of sun protection right? Add to that the disingenuous UV protection claims they make for some of their products, and the ethics of Janson-Beckett become even more suspect. All told, considering this line's problems and high price point, we cannot come up with a legitimate reason to recommend any of their products over countless others.
For more information about Janson-Beckett Cosmeceuticals, call (888) 476-3600 or visit www.janson-beckett.com.