LifeCell, created by South Beach Skincare, is an “ultra-concentrated” skin rejuvenation, all-in-one anti-aging treatment. It treats everything: poor skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles, deeper wrinkles, age spots, and skin sagging. Basically, according to the company, if you use LifeCell, you will have no need for any other anti-aging treatment.
The active ingredients in LifeCell are designed to work in a manner that traditional skin care formulas cannot. The manufacturer’s recommendations are to test it in an inconspicuous area for three consecutive days before using it on your face. In addition, LifeCell recommends using the product sparingly, because it’s concentrated, and using it twice daily. You need to be committed to using it twice a day for the best results!
Is LifeCell Recommended by Dermatologists?
LifeCell is recommended by dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Janet Allenby. She comes with an impressive list of credentials, including winning the prestigious Daniel Koprince D.O. Educational Award and serving as faculty on the dermatology service at Columbia. I checked this doctor out and she actually does exist and practices dermatology in Delray Beach, Florida. You can read more about Dr. Allenby at the LifeCell website.
So far, so good.
LifeCell is easy to find on any search engine, and has been reviewed many, many times. Barring a few exceptions, it seems to me that 75% to 90% of LifeCell users can't live without this product. Never before have I seen a wrinkle cream that inspired such arduous adoration from its users. What was going on? I had to investigate.
What do celebrities use on their face?
LifeCell has an extensive list of celebrities that endorse and use it and they make their living by looking beautiful. In my research, I came upon quotes from celebrities including Deidre Hall, Paula Abdul, Mimi Rogers, and Joey Fatone: these people rave about LifeCell.
Check out the LifeCell website to see more celebrities who endorse it.
But what about us little people? I sorted through the online comments, throwing out the spammy stuff, and found one on another site: "In a world of hype, this product delivered... It wasn't a one-week wonder that instantly made me ready for TV, but by the time I needed to think about whether to re-order or not, I can definitely say that I am better with it than I was without it."
Another LifeCell user cracked me up when she said: “You need to understand that this one is the best, but you need to use it everyday. You can’t use one tube and expect to be a supermodel forever.”
When you visit the LifeCell website, you will notice that it seems full of hype and, in my opinion, is not very user-friendly. However, I did not want to judge a product by its website. Instead, I took my usual hard line approach and examined the ingredients list.
LifeCell is certified by PETA to be 100% cruelty free, which is nice. LifeCell is available directly from the Company's website and comes with a solid guarantee. A risk-free 30 day period is offered, as well as a 120 day return policy. When you place your order, South Beach Skincare requests your credit card information, but does not charge your card for the first 30 days. If you return the product within 30 days, they will never charge your card. However, even if you need additional time to evaluate the product, you still have 120 days to try it before requesting a full refund.
The retail price is $189 per tube, which is about a 1 month supply. The best value for this product is the autoship program, which ships a tube every 40 days for $149. This eliminates running out of LifeCell and having to continuously reorder.
- 24-hour Moisturizer which is the best in the world because many pharmacists believe it can penetrate 20 layers of skin cells
- Helps improve the appearance of photo-damaged skin
- Protects neck and facial skin from the future signs of aging
- Rejuvenates your skin giving you that dewey, youthful glow
- Wipes out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Improving the texture and elasticity of skin
- Takes away the appearance of crow's feet
- Revitalizing skin to make it look and feel more firm & smooth
- Balancing and brightening skin tone and appearance
- Reduces the appearance of discolorations and age spots
- Helps reduce under-eye dark circles and puffiness
- Lips appear fuller; fine lines around the mouth appear smoothed.
Ingredient list: water, caprylic/capric triglyercerides, ethoxydiglycol, stearyl alcohol, stearic acid, glyceryl stearate, disopropyl dimer dilinoleate, magnesium aluminum silicate, oxido reductases, soy peptides, cyclomethicone, hydrolyzed rice bran extract, deanol, dithiolane-3-pentanoic acid, copper gluconate, magnesium aspartate, zinc gluconate, acetyl hexapeptide-3, idebenone, ascorbyl palmitate, fumed silica, silicon dioxide, propyl gallate, BHA, citric acid, propylene glycol, imidazolidinyl urea, fragrance
As I started reading from the top of the list, nothing stood out. There were several fillers: occlusives, preservatives, emulsifiers, film-formers, blah, blah. At this point I was thinking, “Big Whoop.”
Then things get interesting! LifeCell starts a serious list of anti-aging ingredients; the likes of which I have never seen before.
They start with rice bran extract – this is a good skin tightener, common in other products, but a good ingredient anyways.
Next, they list Deanol. Deanol has been called “face-lift in a jar”, and is one of the most promising anti-aging ingredients out there. LifeCell says it works by stimulating facial muscles to tense and thus firm skin. I'm not sure how much it causes muscles to tense, but there are more things that deanol does do.
A study out of Canada (Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Quebec) investigated the anti-wrinkle effect of deanol, and concluded that it does reduce wrinkles by directly affecting the skin. The researchers there studied the direct affect of deanol on the cells, and saw that deanol caused vacuolar cell expansion. That just means that deanol made the cells swell and plump, and that is what accounts for the very rapid effect on the skin's fullness.
See more about the benefits of Deanol on the LifeCell website!
After Deanol comes dithiolane-3-pentanoic acid or D3PA for short. LifeCell is the only wrinkle cream I have found that includes this ingredient, though many wrinkle creams contain a close chemical cousin: alpha lipoic acid. D3PA, like alpha lipoic acid, is an excellent anti-oxidant and is fat and water soluble, giving it excellent penetration into the skin. But that is not all: LifeCell claims that D3PA stimulates and dilates capillaries in the skin, bringing extra nutrients to the skin and giving skin its youthful glow. It does this by stimulating nitric oxide production.
Most other skin care companies are skeptical of this claim, as was I. I did a lot of research on this claim, which you can read in depth on my D3PA Ingredient page. I found a study published on PUBMED that showed that D3PA was able to convey nitric oxide. That is, D3PA was able to keep, to carry, and then to generate nitric oxide and it might display pharmacological effects as vasodilators.
In addition, for you scientists out there, according to the Lipid handbook, the nitro groups on D3PA are probably derived from nitric oxide and these compounds may be signal transducers for the vascular effects of nitric oxide. That basically means that D3PA does have the correct chemical structure to cause capillaries to dilate, and that LifeCell is not just blowing smoke about the capabilities of this substance.
So, does D3PA actually work? There is no reason why it shouldn’t. D3PA can easily penetrate skin cells, and the effect of nitric oxide on vasodilation is well published.
So what else does LifeCell have?
Ubiquinone is otherwise known as idebenone, or coenzyme Q10. This anti-oxidant has been getting a lot of attention lately as the best protector against free radical damage. According to a 2008 report in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, ubiquinone has been reported to have excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties when applied topically. Not only that, it increases the levels of other anti-oxidants in the skin, including vitamin E and C. Get more info about Ubiquinone!
LifeCell includes in its formulation the stable and fat soluble ester of vitamin C – ascorbyl palmitate. This means that it penetrates the skin and is less likely to degrade in the formulation. Besides being a great anti-oxidant, I found studies that showed topical application of vitamin C does reduce fine lines and wrinkles and reduce age spots.
The last ingredient in LifeCell worth talking about is Argireline, or acetyl hexpeptide-3. This ingredient is also included in several other high-end wrinkle creams, and works by relaxing the muscles under the skin. The company that makes this ingredient says it works in a similar fashion to Botox™. As I’ve said before, this ingredient may be the next best thing, but in the meantime, I would not use products that have large amounts of Argireline until long-term safety and efficacy studies are done. LifeCell does have small amount of Argireline, but in combination with several other fantastic ingredients, which makes for an overall effective, safe product.
Does LifeCell Give You Immediate Results?
All these ingredients take time to work, even the deanol. In the meantime, LifeCell has covered their bases by including fumed silica and silicon dioxide, which are microscopic light reflecting materials that trick the eye into not seeing the shadows created by wrinkles. This does nothing for wrinkles in the long term, and washes off, but isn’t it nice to know that LifeCell will help you look better immediately?
Lastly, LifeCell comes in a tube. This is awesome, because the consumer can rest assured that the ingredients are fresh and protected from light and oxygen degradation. So many other anti aging products are packaged in a pot which, basically, renders their product useless by air and light exposure!
You may also want to check out LifeCell's inactive ingredients.
The Bottom Line:
LifeCell is a little expensive, because it's high-end and it actually works! You also have to remember that it's also seven products in one tube which would cost several hundred dollars if bought separately.
It contains no nonsense, clinically proven ingredients that will work, but can take a while to see the full effects. It is only for the people who really want to commit to having younger looking skin. If you are looking for a quick fix, you are better off getting a surgical facelift. However, many people do not like the attention and scrutiny that facelifts provide.
LifeCell provides less drastic, more gradual changes that will leave you feeling better about yourself. We are all going to be living a lot longer; it would be a great benefit to not look like prunes.
I would like to see the company explore natural alternatives to parabens and peg-stearate. For the price, however, you get the best combination of anti-aging ingredients out there, including:
- Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10)
- Dithiolane-3-pentanoic acid (D3PA)
- Ascorbyl Palmitate
- Rice Bran
- Soy peptides
- Silicon dioxide and fumed silica to instantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles
No other anti-aging cream even comes close. It may seem a little expensive for some people. Of course, there are other creams that cost three times as much and don’t do half as much good. If you cannot afford LifeCell, Revitol is a good alternative to use until you can afford it. But if you can, this is the product that you should use. There is no risk with trying it, because they do offer a money back guarantee.
Do yourself a favor and get over to the LifeCell website now! You have nothing to lose and you won't know how well it will work for you until you try it. Here's the link: LifeCell