LifeCell All-in-One Antiaging Treatment

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$189 - 2.54 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
8/27/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Questions about this anti-aging treatment have been pouring in, and no wonder given that the claims for this heavily advertised "all-in-one" product are even more over the top than when the original StriVectin antiwrinkle product ran a series of ads with the question "Better than Botox?" Similar to that marketing campaign, ads for LifeCell state: "Better than a Facelift." Let's get to the bottom of all this marketing hype—and it really is just that, over-the-top marketing hype!

Of course, being "Better than a Facelift" depends on how you define "better."Most people would think anything is better than surgery, so the claim isn't exactly a lie!

LifeCell claims they have groundbreaking studies proving that this product reduces signs of facial aging by 94%. It's also said to moisturize for 24 hours, lift and firm, reduce age spots, build collagen, and reduce dark circles and puffiness. There seems to be no anti-aging skin concern LifeCell cannot treat!

Despite the company's claim of groundbreaking studies, none of them are available for evaluation. When we attempted to find these "studies" on the company's website, we discovered that the web address on the outer carton for LifeCell is invalid! (Even we found that shocking, and it's hard to shock us.) When we finally found a working website for LifeCell and engaged in an online chat with one of their representatives, we asked if the studies they refer to are available to see. Their response? "Not that I'm aware of." We aren't aware of any either, but then claims like this are highly unlikely to be supported by any documented research—keeping secrets is easier than revealing the facts.

The company uses several angles to sell this product: Celebrity endorsements, dermatologist testimonials (that end up having nothing to do with the actual product), pharmacist plugs, Facebook fan comments, even Nobel prize–winning scientists (that again have nothing to do with this actual product), and even claims that royalty uses it! What really matters is: Can this product do what it claims to do? The answer: No, at least not to the extent they illustrate or state directly.

LifeCell All-in-One Antiaging Treatment is a very expensive moisturizer that contains a good mix of anti-aging ingredients. Its initially creamy texture doesn't moisturize all that well (and definitely not for 24 hours as claimed), and its silky matte finish is best for normal to oily skin.

The majority of ingredients in LifeCell are not unique to this product. The company claims LifeCell creates a healthy glow due to stimulation of nitric oxide gas in the skin. First of all, nitric oxide is a free radical that damages the skin, it doesn't improve it. The claim is that it increases blood circulation to the skin, but there are other ways to do that rather than by increasing the free radicals in the skin. In reality, the real glow that's apparent on the skin from this product is a cosmetic effect from the cosmetic pigments (titanium dioxide, iron oxide), which are present in a higher-than-usual amount.

LifeCell will make the skin's surface feel very smooth and, because of the amount of film-forming agents and emollients, it can help disguise fine lines, just like all moisturizers do, but absolutely not to the extent, or in any way, shape, or form, like dermal fillers, Botox, lasers, or cosmetic surgery. Dermatologists, even the one who endorses LifeCell, offer cosmetic corrective procedures, and they certainly are not stopping any of those services because of this product.

While we can go on and on about this product's too-good-to-be-true claims, we are most confused by the statement on the LifeCell package that says: "the human eye cannot see a wrinkle." What is that about?! First, if that were true, then no one would shop for antiwrinkle products because why try to fix what no one can see? Second, LifeCell's statement just doesn't hold water. They maintain that what we really see when we look at a wrinkle is the shadow it causes, not the wrinkle itself. Although a line etched in the skin does have a sunken impression, we also see the outline of that impression and the shadow it has—which is why wrinkles are very much visible to the naked eye.

LifeCell goes on to state that using their product eliminates the shadow from the wrinkle, making the entire area smooth thanks to the prism-like light show it performs on your skin. Prisms are not skin care, they're a cosmetic effect that's washed away when you clean your skin. The ad copy for LifeCell is far more entertaining than the product is effective!

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Contains a good mix of anti-aging ingredients, but the claims surrounding them are overblown.
Cons:
  • Overinflated claims about the product's effectiveness are not supported by published research.
  • Overpriced for what you get.
  • Cannot moisturize dry skin.
LifeCell makes fine lines and wrinkles virtually invisible within 17 seconds of application, making you look younger almost instantly. LifeCell's "all natural formula" contains 6 of the most potently effective, (yet completely harmless), scientifically proven anti-aging ingredients to dramatically revive your youthful appearance, possibly completely erase the appearance of wrinkles, tighten your skin, zap 10 to 15 years off your appearance, and get you a glowing radiant complexion for life.
Water (Aqua), C 12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyl Dimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Silicon Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Iron Oxide, Thioctic Acid (a-Lipoic Acid), Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Retinol, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, DMAE, Cupric Carbonate Hydroxide (Mala’Kite), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Tribehenin, Ceramide 2, Ethylhexylglycerin, Squalane, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Steareth-20, Retinyl Palmitate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Cholecalciferol, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Polysorbate-60, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide-70, Ubiquinone, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Tocopherol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta Carotene, Ascorbyl Palmitate.

Member Comments

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

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  1. regina andonov
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 28, 2014
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    WOW it does not work
    • This was bought for me from my sister as a gift I have been using it for a month now and it has done absolutly nothing no de rease in wrinkles nothing it is all just a money making hype for culabable women like me trying to regain youth there is nothing that helps with wrinkles so all these positive reviews of how life cells works so well it is all lies that is my opinion and chances are all reviews are gone thru and only positive reviews are let thru

  2. racheyw
    Reviewed on Thursday, September 25, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Lifecell worked for me
    • I had great results using Lifecell as it greatly reduced the hyper-pigmentation along my jaw line after 6 weeks use. I'm surprised it doesn't have better ratings on here. It does also fill in the wrinkles to give you a smooth appearance and even though it does wash off, there are anti-aging benefits to this product long-term. I've used it two years now. I like that it doesn't leave me greasy as well.

  3. Eva
    Reviewed on Monday, June 23, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Excellent all in one product
    • I am surpriced at all negative reviews about this product. I started using it last year without having any unrealistic expectation about results. I feel this product does what it claims, ie glow, firmness etc but without exageration. However anyone with unrealistic expectations thinking will have a facelift/botox effect should not buy this product. It is expensive but it is all in one, quick and easy application. If you can afford it def worth trying I love it and will continue using it.

  4. Toni
    Reviewed on Sunday, May 18, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Just in time
    • I haven't tried this but so glad to read your reviews. There are bogus "reviews" that come up with a link to try it. Thanks so much for these honest opinions- no links- attached.

  5. P Malli
    Reviewed on Thursday, February 06, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    Not bad
    • This is the first anti-aging solution i tried, if I hadn't taken before and after pictures I would have thought the same as the comments posted here. I'm nearing the end of my 30 day trial and trying to decide to keep or move on to something else. I really see the difference in the pictures! But agree, not as fast acting as they claim.

  6. Debra B.
    Reviewed on Friday, September 06, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Don't Waste Your Money
    • Overpriced, reading the ingredient list was like "what was I thinking". Just didn't work as promised.

  7. Lela S.
    Reviewed on Friday, August 30, 2013
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    Boooooo!!!
    • I only bought the sample tube and only had to pay for the $4.95 shipping. Sure glad I did not spend that ridiculous amount for a full product. I have used the sample for over a month religiously morning and night like it said. Well, I never saw the slightest change whatsoever. I had to stop putting it on my forehead and on my upper lip/under the nose. It made me slightly break out. I looked like I had a bad cold with the red bumps under my nose and it was sore. DONT BUY IT !!!

  8. Deane B.
    Reviewed on Friday, August 30, 2013
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    Less than zero...
    • Several years ago I bought this product. Used it once & woke up to a burn all over my face. Called my doctor & spoke w/her nurse who told me to call CDC in Atlanta!! I discovered the whole business was a sham & CDC had them on a shut-down list. I wanted to return the product; no legitimate phone # or address. I'm shocked to see this company is still in 'business' and more distressed that P's C is treating it like a relevant skincare business!!! I trusted P'sC for my skin care. DON'T BUY IT!

  9. Doris M.
    Reviewed on Friday, August 30, 2013
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    Life-cell is a Sale
    • So glad Paula has now a review of this hyped up product. Having it only 5 days I should give it time to do what the website claims. Well it claims I will noticed a difference in 17 seconds. Not only have I Not noticed any difference, it has my skin feeling dry and the winkles around my mouth are still as visible . Also they want to sale you a eye cream. If this is what it is hyped up to be, why would one need a separate product. I am sticking with Paula's . Doris

  10. MARION D.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 29, 2013
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    No Way :(. :(. :(
    • As a Sr citizen I was intrigued. Unfortunately Paula had not done an evaluation. I wondered about the jar container. I tried it for several days - maybe a week. Saw absolutely no value. I called the company, sent it back and got my refund. (Had to pay for the shipping ). :(. :( What advertising does to consumers? Be Aware. ALWAYS FOLLOW PAULA. ! ! !

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