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!
- Contains a good mix of anti-aging ingredients, but the claims surrounding them are overblown.
- Overinflated claims about the product's effectiveness are not supported by published research.
- Overpriced for what you get.
- Cannot moisturize dry skin.