Bellaplex is a wrinkle reduction and prevention cream. According to the website, Bellaplex’s formula contains four wrinkle fighting ingredients: Argireline™, Matrixyl 3000™, hyaluronic acid, and fresh collagen (emphasis on fresh). Argireline™ is touted as the new alternative to Botox™, and works by relaxing the muscles underlying the wrinkle, thereby relaxing the wrinkle. Matrixyl 3000™ is a combination of peptides that stimulate the skin to produce more collagen.
Matrixyl 3000™ was designed to promote collagen production in the skin. In a clinical trial, Matrixyl 3000™, the key ingredient in Bellaplex, achieved the following results:
- 33% decrease in wrinkle density
- 23% decrease in the volume of wrinkles
- 20% decrease in the depth of wrinkle
Collagen, per the website, is the most powerful substance known to help keep skin stay soft, young, and vibrant. And hyaluronic acid is virtually unmatched in hydrating the skin because of its ability to retain water more effectively than any other natural substance.
Bellaplex has an impressive website with referrals to media articles focusing on the efficacy of the product, customer testimonials, and reviews of the 4 ingredients listed above. Bellaplex costs $79.99 for a month supply. They do have a 7 day free trial plus shipping and handling if you sign up for the monthly autoship program. If you like the product, this is actually a good deal, as it is $49.99 plus $7.95 shipping and handling per month. They have a couple of other deals available, like if you buy a 3 month supply, you get a bigger discount – check the website.
They also have a good refund policy. If you are unhappy with Bellaplex for any reason, you simply need to cancel your autoship program within 14 days from your invoice date. Cancellations may be done on line. Customers who don’t sign up for autoship have 30 days to return the product for a full refund minus $7.95 restocking fee.
- Reduce fine lines, wrinkles and age spots
- Enhanced production of healthy, radiant new skin
- Exfoliates dead and unhealthy skin cells
- Deep skin conditioning penetration
- Botox™ alternative
Though not available on the Bellaplex website, I did manage to scrounge up the ingredient list:
Purified Water, Sesame Seed Oil, Glycerin, Silicone, Argeriline (Acetyl Hexapeptide-3), Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Matriyl 3000 (Glyverin, Butylene Glycol, Water, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3), DMAE, Aloe Vera, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Polowax Pastilles, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
Let’s examine the claims of the four main wrinkle fighting ingredients starting with Matrixyl 3000™. This is a good wrinkle fighting ingredient, as it is an antioxidant made up of two peptides - palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3. Peptides are known to stimulate collagen synthesis and fight free radicals. However, the only clinical research conducted on this particular ingredient was done by the manufacturer. Any dermatologist knows to take these studies with a grain of salt, as the outcomes are almost always biased toward the product (since the researchers are paid employees of the same company!). I could not find any independent studies on Matrixyl 3000™. However, at least there is research behind this product and consumers seem happy.
Hyaluronic acid is indeed an excellent moisturizer. Photodamaged skin produces less hyaluronic acid, and contributes to hyaluronic acid deficiency, thus resulting in wrinkles. Topical application of hyaluronic acid has been shown to help maintain healthy collagen levels and moisturize the skin.
Argireline is touted as the new, safe and non-invasive alternative to Botox™ injections. Like Botox™, it is said to relax facial muscles, thus reducing fine lines and wrinkles by inhibiting the nerve/muscle connection. Unlike Botox™, it takes some time to take effect, and it has a cumulative effect. This is a new ingredient, and long term safety and efficacy studies have yet to surface. Until they do, use products that only have small amounts of this ingredient. Also, if you are predisposed to facial sag, I would take caution with products containing large amounts of Argireline.
Lastly, Bellaplex contains collagen; fresh collagen, no less. I hate to be a downer, but of the four ingredients, this one is the least effective in fighting wrinkles. Why? Collagen is a BIG molecule and cannot penetrate the epidermis. So it just lays there, fresh and ineffective, on your skin, only to be rinsed off when you wash. Ingredients must penetrate the skin in order to fight wrinkles – and collagen does not. Another question to ask yourself is where does this collagen come from? Shellfish? Cow or bird bones? Is that safe to use on our skin? I think not.
I am surprised that Bellaplex does not mention on their website any of the other effective ingredients included in this product, including DMAE and alpha lipoic acid. Both are effective wrinkle fighting ingredients worth mentioning. Studies indicate that the antioxidant DMAE actually makes cells live longer and helps cells avoid dehydrating. Alpha lipoic acid is a good anti-oxidant and has moderate anti-inflammatory properties. Both of these ingredients are definitely worth mentioning, however, since they are low down on the ingredient list, maybe Bellaplex uses very small amounts. It is worth exploring.
Bellaplex also includes sesame oil, which is a good skin emollient and aloe vera gel, which has anti-inflammatory effects. Both of these ingredients can be found in much less expensive products.
Another thing that I like about Bellaplex is it does come in a container that protects the product – no jar here! One last note – there is no sunscreen in this product, so if you do buy, make sure to use a sunscreen containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
The Bottom Line:
Unlike many other products that I have reviewed, Bellaplex may actually be able to do what it says it can do – fight the signs of aging. I think this is a good product that you could get at a great value if you signed up for the autoship program (first time customers only!). They have a good website and appear to have excellent customer service.
I think Bellaplex is a pretty good wrinkle fighting product, but not the best out there. For example, there is no inclusion of light reflecting particles to instantly help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. There are only a few anti-oxidants, which are an important ingredient in any wrinkle cream. To be a truly outstanding product, Bellaplex should include stable forms of vitamins A,C and/or E. I am also still wary of the claims of the company about Matrixyl 3000™, since the only clinical research available was funded by the company.
My last complaint is that they go on and on about the real fresh collagen that they use, like it is the best thing since sliced bread. Don’t they know that we know that collagen just sits on the skin and goes nowhere and does nothing but hydrate? You would think the company would drop the collagen and talk up their other ingredients!
In my opinion, another product, Revitol, which is in the same price range as Bellaplex, gives you more bang for your buck. There are the same wrinkle fighting ingredients, but in addition, you get better anti-oxidant protection and you get instant results with lipolight. Lipolight is made up of tiny spheres that help minimize the shadows caused by wrinkles, so your skin starts to look smoother even before the other ingredients have produced their full effect.